1. I asked Mr. Kristof a number of questions in an email late last week, including whether he plans to write about this in a column or post. (The Times, on its Op-Ed page, published a strong opinion piece last week by Melissa Gira Grant on this subject, one that is extremely critical of Ms. Mam and the effects of her activism.)

    He told me Monday morning that he had written a “pretty terse” blog post, and published it soon afterwards.

    – Nicholas Kristof Should Give Readers A Full Explanation About Somaly Mam, Margaret Sullivan, New York Times Public Editor

  2. 02 Jun 2014   6 notes  
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  4. 02 Jun 2014   14 notes  
  5. “Ms. Mam’s stories were told in interviews with journalists including Nicholas Kristof, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times. She attracted high-profile supporters: There were benefits thrown by Susan Sarandon; Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook chief operating officer, is on the advisory board of her foundation. Ms. Mam’s target audience of well-off Westerners, eager to do good, often knows little about the sex trade. It doesn’t require much for them to imagine all women who sell sex as victims in need of rescue.”

    – The Price of A Sex Slave Rescue Fantasy,” my first op-ed for The New York Times, out today

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  8. peechingtonmariejust:

    Dr. Maya Angelou speaks explicitly about her experience with the stigma and shame of being a sex worker/former sex worker.

    "I had a very rough time at 18… and I went on a national show and a woman did the interview who I knew slightly [she smiles softly here and raises her eyebrows] and she said “Maya Angelou! How does it feel to know you’re the first Black woman to have a national bestseller non fiction, your second book nominated for the Pulitzer, and to know that at 18 you were a prostitute?” 

    And it was like a kick in the stomach! However, there is this: You must always be careful who you call out. [She smiles very broadly here and nods to emphasise the word “careful”] When she said that, I said, “Ahhh but there are many ways to prostitute one’s self and you would know about that, wouldn’t you dear?”  

    Whereupon they went to break, [The interviewer laughs heartily] Yes, whereupon her co-host came and concluded the interview.”

  9. Resisting renaming my newsletter a diary.

    (via twinpeaksgifs)

    16 May 2014   112 notes  
  10. “In an entrenched meritocracy, those who cannot purchase credentials are not only ineligible for most middle-class jobs, but are informed that their plight is the result of poor “choices”. This ignores that the “choice” of college usually requires walking the road of financial ruin to get the reward - a reward of employment that, in this economy, is illusory. Credentalism is economic discrimination disguised as opportunity… In 1971, 58 percent of journalists had a college degree. Today 92 percent do, and at many publications, a graduate degree in journalism is required - despite the fact that most renowned journalists have never formally studied journalism. Journalism is one of many fields of public influence - including politics - in which credentials function as de facto permission to speak, rendering those who lack them less likely to be employed and less able to afford to stay in their field. Ability is discounted without credentials, but the ability to purchase credentials rests, more often than not, on family wealth.”

    – College is a promise the economy does not keep, Sarah Kendzior

  11. 15 May 2014   261 notes  

    New York Times Innovation report deems Kristof’s live-tweeting a social media success. In particular, as its own news peg to occasion repackaging his old content, promoted to the same people who promoted the brothel tweets.

    15 May 2014   2 notes  

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