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Meet Two Feminist Journalists Who Are Saying #MeNeither: Podcast

Nancy Rommelmann and Leah McSweeney on the "toxic femininity" of Asia Argento, anti-Semitism at the Women's March, and 21st-century sexual liberation.

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Journalists Nancy Rommelmann and Leah McSweeney make no apologies for critiquing what they've called the "toxic femininity" of Asia Argento and the anti-Semitism of some of the leaders of this weekend's Women's March in Washington, D.C.

Argento, they tell me in a new Reason podcast, acted like Harvey Weinstein when it came out that she had slept with a 17-year-old boy she had known for a decade. She denied it, attacked the credibility of her accuser, and paid him hush money. In a blockbuster December story for Tablet co-authored with Jacob Seigel, McSweeney documented that top organizers of this Saturday's Women's March, which began as a protest against sexism and Donald Trump, "claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade" and pushed Jewish women out of leadership roles. The story was picked up by The New York Times and other outlets and has led to a number of high-profile supporters and organizations pulling their support for the March, especially after the organizers refused to denounce Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, the source for much crackpot history regarding Jews and the slave trade. After the two created a YouTube channel called #MeNeither, where they critique aspects of contemporary feminism and talk about contemporary call-out culture, an outraged viewer started a campaign against Ristretto Roasters, the Portland-based coffee-shop chain owned by Rommelmann's husband.

McSweeney, who is the founder of the punk-influenced clothing line Married To the Mob (sample t-shirt: "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Bleeding"), and Rommelmann, author of 2018's To The Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder and a Reason contributor, tell me they are feminists who believe in equal opportunity and legal treatment for women but recoil from the excesses of current identity politics. It's a wide-ranging, foul-mouthed, and frank conversation about contemporary sexual mores.

Bonus link: McSweeney does a podcast called Improper Etiquette with Laura Stylez. Check it out here.

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25 responses to “Meet Two Feminist Journalists Who Are Saying #MeNeither: Podcast

  1. You’re going to have to make up a new word for their brand of feminism, because the tent isn’t big enough for all of this.

    1. wizard’s sleeve feminism

  2. Say what you will about Harvey Weinstein but at least he didn’t kill Anthony Bourdain.

    1. Ok, I laffed.

    2. suppressed chuckle

  3. Virginia Postrel has tattoo that sez #MeTooHorny on her azz but to be fair it’s a cover-up over a cherry dripping juice tat.

    1. I laffed at this too.

  4. 21st-century sexual liberation.

    Which comes with a 12-page, 3 ply carbon copy consent form– which is strong enough for a man, but made for a woman.

    1. I larfed

  5. I like Nancy Rommelmann. She looks like that crazy blue-haired woman who strikes up a conversation with you on public transit and then you end up going out on a weird but interesting date.

  6. McSweeney, who is the founder of the punk-influenced clothing line Married To the Mob

    The Good Luck Bitch Water Bottle
    $15.00

    The Not Really Air Freshener
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    The So Many Fuckboys Air Freshener
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    So it’s some shit housewife hobby-business.
    We’re not talking some 21st Century Vivienne Westwood here.

    And a columnist for Penthouse?

    1. Yeah i checked out that and it’s something you could set up in 5 mins to get basic designs printed on fruit of the loom/gildan tea sharts and hawk them through a “lifestyle brand” bigcartel store.

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  8. Rommelmann, author of 2018’s To The Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder

    Rommelmann, you magnificent bastard, I read your book!!

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