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 NYmag.com. 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.

Recent Articles

HELLO, MACACA? A...

HELLO, MACACA? A new website lets users submit political ringtones for anyone to download to their mobile phones. From a press release:

RingTones08.com lets someone in Utah turn a political gaffe or gem into an original ringtone that someone in Manhattan can broadcast every time their cell phone rings - in the subway, at their office, in the mall," said Jo Lee, co-conspirator at RingTones08.com. "RingTones08.com leverages the viral quality of digital media to push user-generated content into real world venues.

My guess is that hearing George Allen's voice every time my mom calls would lead to an intense Pavlovian desire never to speak with her again.

REPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, RISK DEPORTATION?

REPORT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, RISK DEPORTATION? Salon's Broadsheet has the unfortunate news that an amendment may be tacked on to the immigration bill that would make women's immigration status known to federal authorities if they report domestic violence to local police.

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM.

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM. The Roberts Court handed down a set of pro-big business, anti-free speech, anti-environment decisions today. The court ruled taxpayers can't challenge the federal government's funding of faith-based organizations. Businesses don't have to worry much about the Endangered Species Act. Schools can punish students for speech with a perceived "pro-drug" message. And interest groups can run TV and radio ads endorsing a candidate, right up until the election.

WHY "HEY BABY!" IS A BIG DEAL.

WHY "HEY BABY!" IS A BIG DEAL. D.C.'s alt-weekly, the City Paper has a package of stories this week on street harassment. One, a catcall diary a woman kept for a year. Two, a very poorly-written essay by that same woman about how now she's a racist because of all the harassment she gets from Latino men. And three, a piece by some dude who was apparently totally unaware that your average woman experiences street harassment on a daily basis.

SUDDENLY THE ABSTINENCE-ONLY MOVEMENT CARES ABOUT FACTS?

SUDDENLY THE ABSTINENCE-ONLY MOVEMENT CARES ABOUT FACTS? Sometimes I give anti-choicers too much credit. This week, when articles started cropping up on pro-fetus websites about how a government study showed comprehensive sex ed programs disseminate false information, I was actually kind of concerned. After all, the whole "false information about condoms" thing is the abstinence-only folks' area of expertise -- not ours.

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