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

Recent Articles


... 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: Yeah , why not optimism ? --Ann Friedman


Why, after Geraldine Ferraro 's comments , didn't Hillary Clinton stand up and deliver a speech on how she sees race in America? Ok, ok, of course I understand why Obama was the one expected to offer a definitive statement on race. I just don't like it very much. People of color are not the only people who have a racial identity, and are not the only people who deal with issues of race in this country. Just like women are not the only ones who deal with issues of gender. Just had to say that again . --Ann Friedman


Via Matt , it appears House Republicans have hired director Joel Surnow to create this self-parody: Unbelievable. --Ann Friedman

Solidarity Politics

After so many years with "white male" as the default political identity, we're all suddenly forced to think about how much a candidate's race, gender, and background should matter.

With the Democratic front-runners a woman and a black man, it's not surprising that the phrase "identity politics" is popping up all over the place. In his post-Super Tuesday analysis for The New York Times , Adam Nagourney wrote, "Surveys of voters leaving the polls suggested a reprise of the identity politics that has so long characterized -- and at times bedeviled -- Democratic politics." Christopher Hitchens penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled "The Perils of Identity Politics." And Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama warned, "We're not going to win on identity politics." But just because our front-running candidates are a woman and a black man, it does not mean that this is the first election to hinge on candidates' identities. All those other election years, when only white guys were vying for the nomination, well, those were "identity politics" races, too. Why weren't they framed that way? Because most of the framers shared the identity of the candidates: white and male. It's high...


K-Lo declares that the real reason people say they aren't ready for a female president is... bad Lifetime movie portrayals of female presidents. Because we all know that sexism has nothing to do with it. Nah, it's because people don't want life to imitate crappy TV dramas. --Ann Friedman