Amanda Marcotte

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Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte at WIS2 5-18-2013.JPG
Amanda Marcotte in May 2013
Born Amanda Marie Marcotte
(1977-09-02) September 2, 1977 (age 37)
El Paso, Texas
Occupation Blogger
Citizenship American
Alma mater St. Edward's University
Subject Feminism, politics
Partner Marc Faletti[1]

Amanda Marie Marcotte (born September 2, 1977) is an American blogger who writes on feminism and politics. In 2004 she won a Koufax Award for her blog Mouse Words.[2] Time magazine described her in 2007 as "an outspoken voice of the left," and said "there is a welcome wonkishness to Marcotte, who, unlike some star bloggers, is not afraid to parse policy with her readers." Time also described Marcotte's blogging as "provocative and profanity-laced."[3]

Marcotte is the author of It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments (2008) and Get Opinionated (2010).

Marcotte currently blogs at The Raw Story,[4] contributes to Slate,[5] The Guardian,[6] and does a weekly podcast called RH Reality Cast.[7]

Marcotte has given presentations at Skepticon, SXSWIII, Women In Secularism 2,[8] and SkepchickCON.[9] She is on the speakers bureau of the Secular Student Alliance.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Born in El Paso, Texas, Marcotte was raised in the small town of Alpine in the west of the state. She graduated from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas with a degree in English literature.[11] Around 2004, she began writing for the liberal blog Pandagon.net, then later for Slate and The Guardian.[12] As of 2011, Marcotte lives in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.[13]

Writing[edit]

Feminism[edit]

Marcotte's writing includes articles on the treatment of women in the secular and skepticism movements,[14] issues surrounding reproductive health,[15] and the efforts to limit access to reproductive health services in the United States.[16] She has written opinion pieces on ways to promote healthy sexual behavior.[17]

Statements on Duke lacrosse case[edit]

Marcotte attracted criticism in January 2007 for her views on the March 2006 Duke lacrosse case.[18][19][20] A few months before all charges were dropped in the case, on a blog post titled "Stuck at the airport again....." Marcotte wrote in part, "Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it? So unfair."The post attracted so much criticism, including from The New York Times, that Marcotte ended up deleting it.[21]

Blogging for the Edwards campaign[edit]

On January 30, 2007, the John Edwards 2008 presidential campaign hired Marcotte to act as the campaign's blogmaster.[22] She was soon criticized for her previous work.[23][24][25] [26] The campaign responded that, while Edwards was "personally offended" by some of Marcotte's remarks, her job as their blogmaster was secure.[27] On February 12, 2007, the Catholic League called Marcotte's review of the film Children of Men "anti-Christian".[28] Later the same day, Marcotte announced that she had resigned from the Edwards campaign, accusing Donohue of a sexist perspective in the calls for her resignation. She returned to her work on other blogs.[29] In an article for Salon a few days later, she said the reaction to her comments on the Duke lacrosse case was the first in a series of "shitstorms" that had prompted her to resign from the campaign.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (2010). Get Opinionated – A Progressive's Guide to Finding Your Voice (and Taking a Little Action). Seal Press. ISBN 1580053491. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ Drum, Kevin (23 February 2005). "Koufax Awards". The Washington Monthly. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Calabresi, Massimo (2007-02-07). "Bloggers on the Bus". Time. 
  4. ^ "Pandagon". Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Amanda Marcotte". Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Profile: Amanda Marcotte". The Guardian (London). 1 July 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "RH Reality Check". Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Amanda Marcotte Profile". Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "SkepchickCON at CONvergence". Skepchick.org. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Amanda Marcotte". Secular Student Alliance. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.sealpress.com/book.php?isbn=9781580053020
  12. ^ "Amanda Marcotte at Slate". 
  13. ^ Amanda Marcotte. Secular Student Alliance. Accessed May 30, 2012.
  14. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (7 August 2013). "Skepticism and Secularism Have a Serious Sexual Harassment Problem". Slate. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (5 August 2013). "The Pill, the Rhythm Method, and Why "Nature" Isn’t An Argument". The Raw Story. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  16. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (9 August 2013). "Virginia Crisis Pregnancy Centers Caught Lying About Abortion and Contraception". Slate. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  17. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (14 August 2013). "Teens and sex in Dad's house: Column". USA Today. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  18. ^ Last Call for "Rape-Crisis" Feminism? - Reason Magazine
  19. ^ Kurtz, Howard. "The Press, Turning Up Its Nose at Lame Duck". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  20. ^ RealClearPolitics - A Feminist Flare Up
  21. ^ Stuck at the airport again….. at Pandagon
  22. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (2007-01-30). "Pandagon changes". Pandagon. Archived from the original on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  23. ^ Alex Koppelman; Rebecca Traister (February 7, 2007). "Edwards campaign fires bloggers". Salon.com. Retrieved 31 August 2011. "The right-wing blogosphere has gotten its scalps ... [Marcotte and McEwan] had come under fire from right-wing bloggers for statements they had previously made on their respective blogs." 
    • Beyerstein, Lindsay (February 26, 2007). "Why I refused to blog for Edwards". Salon.com. Retrieved 31 August 2011. "Bill Donohue of the Catholic League and the right-wing blogosphere aligned for an all-out assault on Amanda. If it had just been the right-wing bloggers gunning for Amanda, the problem would have been short-lived. ... What Bob didn't seem to realize is that the right-wing blogosphere was going to try to get Edwards' bloggers fired no matter what." 
    • Parker, Jennifer (February 8, 2007). "Edwards Reprimands Campaign Bloggers". ABC News. Retrieved 31 August 2011. "Salon reported that the women had come under intense scrutiny from right-wing bloggers for statements they had previously made on their respective blogs." 
    • Tapper, Jake (February 13, 2007). "Edwards' Campaign Blogger Quits Amid Controversy". ABC News. Retrieved 31 August 2011. "On the Internet, outrage erupted. ... But that did not quell the Internet storm as Marcotte continued to write in her no-holds-barred style." 
  24. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (February 16, 2007). "Why I had to quit the John Edwards campaign". Salon.com. Retrieved 31 August 2011.  Terry, Moran (February 6, 2007). "Does John Edwards Condone Hate Speech?". ABC News. Retrieved 31 August 2011. "A bit of a tempest is brewing over the strident and profanity-laced writings of John Edwards’ official campaign "blogmaster," Amanda Marcotte." 
  25. ^ "Unholy Hire", Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, February 6, 2007.
  26. ^ Catholics slam bloggers hired by Edwards. MSNBC.com (AP February 7, 2007)
  27. ^ Edwards, John (2007-02-08). "Statement on Campaign Bloggers". John Edwards Campaign Blog. Archived from the original on 20 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  28. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (2007-02-11). "Review of Children of Men". Pandagon. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  29. ^ Baker, Mike (February 12, 2007). "Targeted Blogger Quits Edwards Campaign". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 14 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  30. ^ Why I had to quit the John Edwards campaign - John Edwards - Salon.com

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