Amanda Marcotte

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Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte at WIS2 5-18-2013.JPG
Amanda Marcotte in May 2013
BornAmanda Marie Marcotte
(1977-09-02) September 2, 1977 (age 41)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Alma materSt. Edward's University
SubjectFeminism, politics
PartnerMarc Faletti[1]

Amanda Marie Marcotte (born September 2, 1977) is a liberal American blogger who writes on feminism and politics.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in El Paso, Texas, Marcotte was raised in the small town of Alpine in the west of the state. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas with a degree in English literature.[3] Around 2004, she began writing for the liberal blog, then later for Slate and The Guardian.[4]

In 2004 she won a Koufax Award for her "Mouse Words" blog.[5]

Writing and activism in 2007[edit]

Time magazine described her 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."[6]

In January 2007, Marcotte made several controversial statements about the Duke lacrosse case including calling people who defended the accused "rape-loving scum"[7][8][9][10] and writing on her blog "Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it? So unfair." The post, which Marcotte later deleted, attracted criticism, was mentioned in The New York Times.[11][12] The Duke lacrosse players were eventually found to have been falsely accused. Their accuser, Crystal Mangum, was later convicted of an unrelated murder, and the prosecuting attorney, Mike Nifong, was disbarred.

On January 30, 2007, the John Edwards 2008 presidential campaign hired Marcotte to act as the campaign's blogmaster despite the criticism,[13][14][15][16][17] responding that while Edwards was "personally offended" by some of Marcotte's remarks, her job as their blogmaster was secure.[18]

Further controversy resulted on February 12, 2007, when the Catholic League criticized Marcotte's review of the film Children of Men as "anti-Christian."[19] Following the criticism Marcotte announced her resignation from the Edwards campaign. 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 prompted her resignation.[20]

Activities since 2008[edit]

As of 2013, Marcotte blogs at The Raw Story,[21] contributes to Slate,[22] The Guardian,[23] Salon,[24] and does a weekly podcast called RH Reality Cast.[25]

Marcotte has given presentations at Skepticon, SXSW 2012, Women In Secularism 2,[26] and SkepchickCON.[27] She was formerly on the speakers bureau of the Secular Student Alliance.[28]

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


  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.
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  3. ^ "Book details: Get opinionated: a progressive's guide to finding your voice (and taking a little action)". Seal Press.
  4. ^ "Amanda Marcotte at Slate". Archived from the original on 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2011-03-03.
  5. ^ Drum, Kevin (23 February 2005). "Koufax Awards". The Washington Monthly. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  6. ^ Calabresi, Massimo (2007-02-07). "Bloggers on the Bus". Time.
  7. ^ "Last Call for "Rape-Crisis" Feminism?". 16 April 2007.
  8. ^ "Why we should be questioning rape victims". 5 December 2014.
  9. ^ Kurtz, Howard. "The Press, Turning Up Its Nose at Lame Duck". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-05-22.
  10. ^ "A Feminist Flare Up - RealClearPolitics".
  11. ^ Broder, John M. "Edwards's Bloggers Cross the Line, Critic Says". Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  12. ^ Stuck at the airport again….. at Pandagon
  13. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (2007-01-30). "Pandagon changes". Pandagon. Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
  14. ^ Alex Koppelman; Rebecca Traister (February 7, 2007). "Edwards campaign fires bloggers". 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". 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.
  15. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (February 16, 2007). "Why I had to quit the John Edwards campaign". 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.
  16. ^ "Unholy Hire" Archived 2007-08-07 at the Wayback Machine., Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, February 6, 2007.
  17. ^ Catholics slam bloggers hired by Edwards. (AP February 7, 2007)
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Marcotte, Amanda (2007-02-11). "Review of Children of Men". Pandagon. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-12-29.
  20. ^ "Why I had to quit the John Edwards campaign - John Edwards -".
  21. ^ "Pandagon". Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  22. ^ "Amanda Marcotte". Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  23. ^ "Profile: Amanda Marcotte". The Guardian. London. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Amanda Marcotte". Retrieved 9 Nov 2015.
  25. ^ "RH Reality Check". Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  26. ^ "Amanda Marcotte Profile". Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  27. ^ "SkepchickCON at CONvergence". Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  28. ^ "Amanda Marcotte". Secular Student Alliance. Archived from the original on 2013-10-03. Retrieved 11 August 2013.

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