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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Our Best Shot

State legislatures across the country have begun debating whether to make vaccination against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) mandatory for all sixth-grade girls. And most local coverage of the debate has included stories about parents considering whether to vaccinate their daughters. Such Oprah-style tales of educated mothers and their wide-eyed tweens having heart-to-heart chats behind closed bedroom doors never mention that these girls are at very low risk for dying from HPV-related cervical cancer.

It's the daughters of lower-income, minority families who are really at risk.


"PRO-WOMAN," ANTI-CHOICE. If you read the October issue of the Prospect, then much of this week's New York Times Magazine cover story wasn't news to you. Like Sarah Blustain and Reva Siegel did months ago, writer Emily Bazelon explores the anti-abortion movement's move toward an "abortion hurts women" rather than an "abortion kills babies" argument.


CELEBRATING ROE, ANTI-CHOICE STYLE. I marked the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade by attending the Blogs4Life conference this morning at the Family Research Council HQ. A couple observations:


SEXISM: SADLY, ALWAYS IN STYLE. Apparently it's time once again to over-analyze the fashion choices made by female members of Congress. At least this story appears, appropriately, in the Style section. (It's particularly maddening when the Times chooses to put basic coverage of women politicians in this section, as if they were still the "Women's Pages." Or when the paper chooses to cover women's fashion in the politics section.) But this is exasperating.


LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX. I think Courtney Martin makes a great argument that the number of drunken acquaintance rapes might be reduced if everyone was more experienced talking about sex, boundaries, and needs. While I think it's at some risk for being interpreted as, "Date rape is women's fault if they can't say 'no' loudly enough" -- which is definitely NOT what she's saying -- the inability to have a mature dialogue about sex and power is a largely unexplored consequence of abstinence-only education. And an under-explored contributing factor to drunken acquaintance rapes.