Queen Arsem-O’Malley focuses on grassroots labor organizing, youth-led social movements, anti-carceral feminism, and critiques of mainstream media.
“How to Make an Accused Rapist Look Good,” by Erin Gloria Ryan. Jezebel, February 6, 2015.
A piece published by Cathy Young in The Daily Beast earlier this month proved, yet again, that mainstream media perpetuates rape culture by questioning survivors’ accounts of sexual assault. Jezebel does a great job of tearing down these journalistic practices, and shutting down Young’s persistent rape skepticism in favor of the voices of the brave young people who have come forward on the issue of sexual assault and rape culture in their universities.
Avi Asher-Schapiro focuses on US foreign policy, politics in the Middle East and South America, and technology issues.
“Jose Mujica Was Every Liberal’s Dream President. He was Too Good to be True,” by Eve Fairbanks. The New Republic, February 5, 2015.
This rare deep dive into the personality and politics of Uruguay’s Jose Mujica is engaging and rich with anecdotes, but ultimately falls short. Eve Fairbanks parachuted into Montevideo, spoke with a few opposition journalists, and wrote a familiar tale of overambitious radicals who fail to deliver. By brushing aside the legacy of military dictatorship, the impact of the far right National Party—and for that matter the internal dynamics of Mujica’s own Popular Front—Fairbanks missed a rare opportunity to dig into an under-covered corner of Latin America.
Cole Delbyck focuses on LGBT politics, East Asia, and representational issues in film and television.
“Guardians, Gatekeepers, and the Gay White Media,” by Rohin Guha, Tom Bardwell and Zach Wilcha. Medium, February 8, 2014.
How do you solve a problem like Azealia? Ever since she splashed onto the rap scene in 2011 with the infectious “212,” Azealia Banks has thrown the music industry for a loop, indicting many for what she calls “cultural smudging” and feuding with the likes of Iggy Azalea and Kendrick Lamar. Her frequent use of the word “faggot” on Twitter, which she claims to be using in a “feminist way,” has recently sparked an important discussion in gay media circles about the power and policing of language in this cultural moment.