The Establishment’s Most-Read Stories Of 2015

Oh hello, dear readers! We’ve been alive and kicking and sometimes screaming for 67 days, and are so pleased you’ve joined us as we tackle gun violence, prison rape jokes, Syrian refugees, the art of scamming, wrestling, uterus transplants, competitive eating, herpes, tight pussies, medical child abuse, feminist clown-dom, phone sex, queer girl friendships, Drake, and drunk evenings dressed as a teenage mutant ninja turtle . . . among other things.

We’ve had one hell of a grand time challenging the patriarchy and media homogeny by providing a platform to the marginalized and brilliant and altogether charming, and can’t wait to do more of it — and then some — in the coming year. On this, the last day of 2015, we’re reflecting on the way we were by sharing our most-read stories of the year (er, last couple months). ICYMI.

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Yes, Your Dating Preferences Are Probably Racist

Elevator pitch: Emma Tessler, professional matchmaker for The Dating Ring, taps her experience to reveal the ugly truth of online dating bias. The facts, uncomfortable though they may be, don’t lie.

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The Troubling Trendiness Of Poverty Appropriation

Elevator pitch: With trademark aplomb, contributing writer July Westhale examines the socioeconomic insensitivity of the tiny home movement, trailer park-themed bars, dumpster diving, and other appropriated favorites of the privileged hipster set.

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The Dirty Politics Of Period Sex

Elevator pitch: Sure, plenty of people have written about period sex before. But few have done so with the raw candor and intellectual probing that Establishment Creative Director Katie Tandy brings to the conversation. Oh yeah, she goes there.

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An Open Letter To James Deen In The Wake Of Stoya’s Rape Accusation

Elevator pitch: Writer, activist, and sex worker Margaret Corvid talks about the dangerous ramifications of Deen’s sexual assaults . . . while pleading with him to own up and step down.

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The Official 2015 Feminist Killjoy Holiday Gift Guide

Elevator pitch: “Well, The Patriarchy Isn’t Going To Fuck Itself” tote! The Badass Feminist Coloring Book! Thelma and Louise scarves! Feminist killjoy wunderkind Anne Theriault brings us everything we could ever need for the holidays . . . or really, ever.

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Let Mercy For Refugees Be The Response To The Paris Attacks

Elevator pitch: Corvid, again, shares a thoughtful, eloquent, critical plea: this time, to show compassion to refugees in the wake of the tragic Paris attacks. Her words, sadly, prove to be both broadly unheeded and all-too prescient.

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How Female-Founded Siren Is Changing The Online Dating Game

Elevator pitch: Establishment News Director Kelley Calkins talks to the eminently badass Susie Lee about her dating app, founded on a simple, ingenious idea: allow women to control their own visibility online.

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Gamergate: The Greatest Trick The Devil Ever Pulled

Elevator pitch: The unbelievable story of Alison Prime, a faux woman created by a Gamergater, is in the end indicative of a much bigger, and more insidious, truth. Natalie Waschots bravely takes on a movement founded on abuse and harassment.

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg: Your Breastfeeding Policies Are Offensive

Elevator pitch: Wendy Wisner reacts with impassioned outrage when told breastfeeding photos are too “sexually suggestive.” Seriously?

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Black Kids Will Save America

Elevator pitch: The year was rife with horrifying racially motivated violence. But, as Establishment Editor-at-Large Ijeoma Oluo stirringly writes, the next generation is bravely doing everything it can to fight back against the injustice.

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