Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is an editor and writer. Formerly the executive editor of GOOD, she’s now hard at work on a crowd-funded magazine called Tomorrow and is a politics columnist for She curates the work of women journalists at LadyJournos!, makes hand-drawn pie charts for The Hairpin, and dispenses animated advice at the Columbia Journalism Review. In July 2012, CJR named her one of 20 women to watch.

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Just to clarify, I don't agree with Douthat that Aliza Shvarts's kinda-hoaxy abortion art project raises uncomfortable questions for pro-choicers. Scott makes a good point that this art project should raise the question of whether anti-choicers believe a woman should be punished, along with her doctor, for obtaining an abortion, but I just don't believe that's going to come into play. Pro-choicers are going to stop talking about this in a few days, or a few weeks at most.

Listening to Iraq

The news coverage of the Iraq War almost always ignores the daily lives of ordinary Iraqis. Seeking out those personal stories could help us understand the war's human cost.

Recently I heard Haifa Zangana, a novelist and former prisoner of Saddam Hussein's regime, give a speech in Boston in which she urged anti-war activists around the world to work in solidarity with -- not for -- Iraqis to achieve peace. It was a simple yet profound request. But how can Americans who oppose the war work with Iraqis as equals when, to many of us, they are nameless, faceless, and voiceless? It's the details that humanize, that enable us to understand people as individuals. And as the war drags on, we get increasingly fewer details about what life is really like in Iraq, making it difficult for even the best-intentioned anti-war American to see Iraqis as partners, rather than as a political project.


To add to Dana's post on "Choose Life" license plates, it's also interesting that in Florida, the money raised can only go toward women who choose to carry their pregnancies to term and give up the child for adoption. And because most women faced with an unplanned pregnancy choose to either have an abortion or to raise the child themselves, much of Florida's license-plate money is going unused.

That's better than spending all the money on crisis-pregnancy centers, I suppose. But perhaps it would be more accurate for the Florida plates to say "Choose Adoption."


To jump into the conversation Dana started about male contraception, I have to echo what she says (in response to Matt) about female hormonal contraception being no picnic in the park, either.


... and smiley faces, apparently. This is the graphic the National Review chose to promote Larry Kudlow's defense of Bush's "confidence" in the economy: