Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is the winner of the 2017 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

Warren Silenced: The Patriarchy Strikes Back

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Senate TV via AP Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks on the floor of the U.S. Senate in Washington. T here’s nothing the patriarchy hates more than a woman who’s got a point to make, especially a powerful point to make against the man the white patriarchy means to install in the highest law-enforcement office in the land. And the patriarchy really is not down with the fact that the point was originally made by a black woman, one of the most revered civil rights activists in modern history. On Tuesday, when Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, read the words of Coretta Scott King from the Senate floor—words originally written in opposition to the 1986 nomination of Republican Jeff Sessions, currently the U.S. senator from Alabama, to the federal bench—Republicans invoked an arcane rule to shut down Warren’s speech and send her back to her seat. Warren’s remarks last night were offered in opposition to the nomination of Sessions to the position of attorney general. Citing...

How to Build a Winning Progressive Infrastructure

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(Photo: Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA via AP) People attend the opening of the "We the People" exhibit hosted by Wieden Kennedy in Portland, Oregon, on February 2, 2017. The exhibit features protest signs from recent social justice marches. W hen you’re in the midst of multiple constitutional crises , it’s hard to focus on the future. But without that focus on the part of progressives and liberals, the fate of the republic looks bleak. Donald Trump may not have been the dream candidate of right-wing leaders, but in the end, they deemed him close enough. For that, they’re being richly rewarded. In the course of a week, the religious right has gotten nearly everything its leaders ever longed for , short of overturning Roe v. Wade , the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. But they seem confident, given the president’s pick of Neil Gorsuch to the high court bench, that it’s just a matter of time—four, maybe eight, years before that aim is achieved. The people around Trump know...

Hold the Mansplaining: The Resistance Is Being Led by Women

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(Photo: Sipa USA via AP/Albin Lohr-Jones) Hundreds of thousands marched in the streets of Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2017. T he contrast couldn’t have been greater: a soulless inauguration ceremony, full of foreboding and lacking in poetry, followed by an outpouring of spirited protesters, most of them women, into the streets of cities and towns across the United States and throughout the world. Millions of them. That the Women’s March on Washington drew far more people to the nation’s capital on Saturday than did Friday’s inauguration of Donald J. Trump clearly irked the new president, who sent his press secretary to the White House press room to issue a statement condemning the media for stating the simple fact that a modest numbers of Trump supporters made the trek to Washington for the showman’s swearing-in, especially when compared with the two inaugurations that preceded his. If Trump hoped to deflect attention from the women’s marches taking place nationwide, he failed...

It's the Misogyny, Stupid

Trump's election threw the long-standing sexism of white America into stark relief. 

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Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa via AP Images Demonstrators gather outside Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan to decry Donald J. Trump's sexist behavior. This article appears in the Winter 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . M any are the reasons—and I don’t think we know them all yet—why Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the 2016 presidential race to Donald J. Trump, despite having won the popular vote by at least 2.8 million. Aside from the peculiarities of the Electoral College, there’s Russian hacking, Trump’s stoking of racial resentment amid his mostly white base, his mastery of the media and the news cycle, the media’s engagement in false equivalencies between controversial aspects of each campaign, and the Clinton campaign’s own missteps. There’s a lot to sort out. But misogyny in white America belongs at the top of the list. Misogyny knows no boundaries of color or culture; you can pretty much expect to find it in any society where men are running the show, and even...

In the Age of Trump, Resistance Requires Creativity

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(Photo: maddymayi13 via Instagram) PEN America in conjunction with the Writers Resist project convened a reading on the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15. S ince the shock of election night, and the ongoing tremors of scandal and shenanigans surrounding or promulgated by President-elect Donald J. Trump and his transition team, liberals and progressives in the institutional left have struggled with how to respond. So has most of America, which awards Trump the lowest approval numbers ever for an incoming president, yet is not yet appalled enough to kick up a fuss. As Trump made clear in his carnival show of a press conference, he intends to maintain power by continuing to break the norms of such institutions as the free press—and society at large . Institutions operate on the assumption of long-held norms. So does society. But artists, less so. Artists generally function in an individualistic way, but not detached from institutions of power. Their communities are...

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