Reading List: 21 Outstanding Stories from Women’s Magazines and Websites

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Are women’s magazines avoiding “serious journalism”? Guess it all depends on who’s deciding what’s serious.

The New Republic asks that question in a new article, and our biggest problem with this debate (and, to be honest, the term “longform journalism”) is that it can often run everything through a male-skewed filter of what counts as “serious journalism.” We’ve seen serious storytelling in both.

The other problem is that we’re still relying on National Magazine Awards and print-only publishers to reflect the zeitgeist. I’ve mentioned that 65% of all #longreads started out in print, but we also should spotlight the work of online publishers who are pursuing in-depth storytelling.

So, here’s a start: 21 stories from women’s magazines and sites that we’ve featured on Longreads. On Twitter, Rebecca Traister is curating some of her favorite serious work. And we’d love for you to add your favorite women’s magazine stories in the comments.

Allure

The F Word, Jennifer Weiner

Marie Claire

The Big Business of Breast Cancer, Lea Goldman

Tiger Beatdown

The Percentages: A Biography of Class, Sady Doyle

O, The Oprah Magazine

‘I Will Never Know Why’, Susan Klebold

‘We Thought the Sun Would Always Shine on Our Lives’, Paige Williams

Promises of an Unwed Father, Ta-Nehisi Coates

Is Ecstasy a Viable Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?, Jessica Winter

Rookie

Higher Learning, Staff

XO Jane

How A Gun-loving West Texas Girl Learned to Fear Assault Weapons, Haley B. Elkins

It Happened To Me: My Parents Adopted a Murderer, Amity Bitzel

More

How I Lost $500,000 for Love, Aryn Kyle

Vogue

Notes on a Scandal: Jenny Sanford Vogue Interview, Rebecca Johnson

Sheryl Sandberg: What She Saw at the Revolution, Kevin Conley

Susan Rice: She’s Got Game, Jonathan Van Meter

Elle

I’m For Sale, Genevieve Smith

The Hairpin

My Brother, My Mother, and a Call Girl, Mara Cohen Marks

He’s So Unusual, Jane Marie

A Goodbye to Ambien in Dubai, Amy Schumer

The Evolution of Ape-Face Johnson, Carolita Johnson

Glamour

Relationship Violence: The Secret That Kills 4 Women a Day, Liz Brody

Jezebel

What Can a Civilian Possibly Say to a Wounded Soldier?, Chloe Angyal

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