Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles


UPDATE: POP SINGERS AND MATRIMONY. So David Brooks thinks Avril Lavigne , 22, and Pink , 28, promote an ideology hostile to marriage before the age of 30? They're both married . -- Dana Goldstein


RETRO DAVE. David Brooks has a truly bizarre column today citing the lyrics of female pop stars as evidence of America's "formless premarital life, and the anxieties it produces." Apparently songs by Avril Lavigne , Carrie Underwood , and Pink expressing anger at cheating boyfriends and too-slick guys at bars prove that today's "lone ranger" young women, "product[s] of the cold-eyed age of divorce and hookups... face a social frontier of their own. They hit puberty around 13 and many don’t get married until they’re past 30. That’s two decades of coupling, uncoupling, hooking up, relationships and shopping around. This period isn’t a transition anymore. It’s a sprawling life stage, and nobody knows the rules." Hm. What would Brooks prefer? A world in which, thanks to social pressures to rush into marriage and motherhood, women stay with the first loser who crosses their path? In any case, he missed the best entry of the angry-girl genre, Lily Allen 's " Smile ." --Dana Goldstein


"DIE N-WORD." Those were the words of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick , who yesterday participated in an NAACP ceremonial "burial" of the racial epithet, complete with pine coffin and eulogies. Is the NAACP alienating itself from younger African Americans by excoriating a term commonly reappropriated in rap lyrics? The group's chairman, Julian Bond , told the Associated Press that younger members of the board were responsible for planning the event. Indeed, there is a movement within hip hop and pop culture to stop using the word: Check out Abolish the "N" Word and these comments from comedian Dave Chappelle . But politically-engaged progressives who critique the term are often accused of preaching from a place of class privilege. Are women more likely to embrace the c-word to describe their sexual anatomy if they don't live a life where they're slurred with the term? And how about "queer?" There's a word that, for its adherents, has a much broader meaning than the terms "gay" or "...


SHEEHAN V. PELOSI. Speaking of impeachment , Cindy Sheehan , the antiwar activist and mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq, says that unless Nancy Pelosi files articles of impeachment against George W. Bush , she will run against her for Congress in 2008. Guess Sheehan isn't out of the movement afterall. Sheehan is a master of political theater -- one of the only ones we have. But the question is, is she effective? --Dana Goldstein


MY CHILD/SIBLING. The debate between reproductive health advocates and the disability rights community is usually framed as a question of how far medicine can ethically go to prevent disability without further stigmatizing the disabled. There is deep concern , for example, about the fact that 90 percent of expectant parents who receive a definitive prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are choosing to terminate their pregnancies. Here's a new ethical quandary : The mother of a Canadian girl born with Turner's syndrome, a genetic condition that results in infertility, has frozen her own eggs for possible future use by her daughter. Of course, if the girl does want children someday, she will have the option of either using these eggs or taking another route, such as adoption. Though sister-sister egg donation is relatively common, this is the first time a mother has donated to a child. And there's concern that having your mother also be your sister could cause "genealogical bewilderment...