Kanye West’s Sexism, Bernie Sanders’ Campaign, and More: Today’s Recommended Reading


Here at Flavorwire, we pride ourselves on not only writing some of the best content on the Internet, but keeping an eye on all of the great writing that other folks on the ‘Net are doing, too.Today, a feminist gives an excellent defense in favor of Kanye’s sexism, Bernie Sanders is urged to start playing dirty against Hillary Clinton, citizens from Steven Avery’s town express their grievances about Making a Murderer‘s release, and a 16-year-old high school debater talks about her presidential dreams.

The Washington Post’s Alyssa Rosenberg justifies her love for Kanye West despite his proclivity towards misogynist thoughts and beliefs.

During yesterday’s highly publicized feud between rappers Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa (though, admittedly, it was a bit one-sided), I was enamored with the ruthlessness in which Kanye spewed vitriol in Wiz’s general direction. But when he brought up Wiz’s relationship with Amber Rose for no apparent reason, I was affronted by the blatant misogyny present in his statement. Sure, this isn’t the first time that Kanye has expressed uncomfortable disdain for a woman, but is it possible that his thinly veiled sexism is the result of something much more personal?

As West’s attacks on Amber Rose suggest, confession is not the same thing as a promise not to sin again. Marinating in your own self-loathing is not actually an inherently redemptive act. But if West vents his anger on women in both fiction and real life, his own misery is equally apparent. I wouldn’t want to be with Kanye West. But on the basis of his music, the prospect of being him actually sounds even worse.

Buzzfeed’s Jessica Testa profiles a 16-year-old high school debater who has Ivy League aspirations and hopes to be the Democratic candidate for the 2048 presidential race.

When I was 16, I was focused on finishing my homework in the most efficient way possible so that I would have more time to goof around with my friends. Molly, the 16-year-old debater who wants to be president one day, prefers to spend her time studying politics.

If she has her earbuds in, Molly says, she’s listening to a podcast. She doesn’t feel remotely drawn to pop music, or the fandom inspired in her peer group by pop musicians: “I feel like it’d just kind of be painful to get so attached to someone you can never really be close with. I mean, I only get obsessed with politicians.” Her Bieber is Bernie, or Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee, or Hillary Clinton (whom she emphasizes she likes and looks up to, despite supporting Sanders for president).

New York Magazine‘s Eric Levitz posits that Bernie Sanders may need to dirty up his game a little bit if he really wants to beat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential campaign slot.

As the Iowa Caucus quickly approaches, the race between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton is getting more anxiety-inducing than ever before. Sanders has seen his polling numbers rapidly increase since the beginning of his campaign, while Clinton’s continuous baiting has been a primary topic of discussion for the past few months. Now that the time to vote is just around corner, it’s time to decide what Bernie Sanders really needs to do if he wants to stand a chance against the former First Lady.

The Vermont senator is contemplating two very different paths to victory. Down one road, America’s friendly neighborhood socialist would stick to the issues and nostalgic folk rock on which his political revolution and favorability numbers were built. Down the other, the progressive gadfly would make sure every liberal in the Hawkeye State knows exactly how much money Hillary Clinton has received from Goldman Sachs.

The New York Times Monica Davey dives into what the release of Making a Murderer means for the residents of Steven Avery’s town, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

I can’t stop reading about Making a Murder. The Netflix docuseries is an excellent balance in research, storytelling, and shock value. But given that the show retells the story of something ten-years-too-late, it’s no surprise that the people who lived through all of the drama the first go-around are not the happiest now that their city is being shoved back into the spotlight.

In downtown Manitowoc, the county seat, the talkative, curious people I had come upon a decade earlier were no longer surprised — or the least bit pleased — to see yet another reporter. Many avoided any talk about “Making a Murderer,” or simply spotted my notebook and walked away. The mayor declined to be interviewed. Business owners refused to discuss it: One said she had read online about a call for a protest in the town, and she was worried about safety.