Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine's website and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also makes pie charts for The Hairpin and Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in ELLE, Esquire, Newsweek, The Observer, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She lives in Los Angeles, but travels so often the best place to find her is online at annfriedman.com.

Recent Articles

ON RECRUITING RAPE SURVIVORS FOR CAMPAIGN ADS.

Jonathan Martin reports that the Obama campaign was looking to recruit a rape survivor to appear in an ad. Kiersten Steward , director of public policy at the Family Violence Prevention Fund, served as a conduit between the campaign and victims and women's advocates. "Obviously, this is a big ask and I haven't seen a script but presumably it will be a brief 'this is what happened to me, we need someone who will fight for women like me, these are the guys to do it,'" Steward wrote in a Sept. 15 e-mail. "Again, that's just my assumption, given how these things usually go." So it raises the question: Is this exploitative? Or is it simply a compelling way to draw attention to a very serious issue? My gut reaction was similar to Megan 's on Jezebel : While I'm all for bringing more attention to the issue of sexual assault, I am more than a little disturbed that the Obama camp would be asking a victim to share her story (and likely be attacked by conservatives) in order to score some...

THE CANDIDATES ON STEM CELLS.

Joe Biden 's stem cell remarks on Tuesday and the objurgatory exchange that followed between the two campaigns raised a valid question: what's going on with this erstwhile issue-of-infinite-contention? It seems as though, within the context of the debate for federal embryonic stem cell funding, there are two parallel races currently in motion until November which may be strongly linked. One is John McCain 's race to the White House. The other is a section of the biomedical research industry's race to further their discoveries in the nascent area of adult Induced Pluripotent Stem (IPS) cells -- which are increasingly touted by pro-lifers as a sufficient replacement for embryonic stem cells, despite trenchant disagreement by most of the scientific community. With each new discovery in non-embryonic stem cell research, strident pro-life advocates gain ammunition to further dilute the importance of having federal funding across the board, for embryonic as well as other less-controversial...

OBAMA'S CHALLENGE: ANYTHING BUT THE ECONOMY, STUPID.

Founding Editor Bob Kuttner is joining us on TAPPED with commentary about his new book, Obama's Challenge: America's Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency , and on economic issues in the campaign. So now we understand what John McCain ’s handlers were up to: Intensify the culture wars, and once again use cultural symbols as substitutes for policies. In particular, use Hockey Mom Sarah Palin to change the subject from why regular Americans are hurting in the pocketbook to why Palin is a more regular American than Barack Obama . Will the Democrats change it back? Whether they do will decide the election. Last night, we learned once again how Republicans keep managing to turn seemingly weak candidates and weaker economic circumstances into instruments of political victory: They are superb at creating master narratives that make Democrats, liberals, and “the media” into the cultural enemies of ordinary people. Those who view this as an overly narrow and outmoded...

SHORTER SARAH PALIN SPEECH.

Alaska! [Cut to baby] "Community organizers" suck. [Cut to baby] DRILL, BABY, DRILL! [Cut to baby] John McCain=American hero. [Cut to entire family onstage.] --Ann Friedman

JUXTAPOSITION.

Peggy Noonan , in The Wall Street Journal today: Because she jumbles up so many cultural categories, because she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way, because she is a woman who in style, history, moxie and femininity is exactly like a normal American feminist and not an Abstract Theory feminist; because she wears makeup and heels and eats mooseburgers and is Alaska Tough, as Time magazine put it; because she is conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life; and because conservatives can smell this sort of thing -- who is really one of them and who is not -- and will fight to the death for one of their beleaguered own; because of all of this she is a real and present danger to the American left, and to the Obama candidacy. She could become a transformative political presence. Peggy Noonan, thinking her mic is off at the RNC today: Murphy : "Is she the most qualified woman they could have picked?" Noonan: "Most qualified? No. I...

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