Ann Friedman

Ann Friedman is a columnist for New York magazine's website and for the Columbia Journalism Review. She also makes pie charts for The Hairpin and Los Angeles magazine. Her work has appeared in ELLE, Esquire, Newsweek, The Observer, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets. She lives in Los Angeles, but travels so often the best place to find her is online at

Recent Articles

Why Clinic Violence is Obama's Problem

Dr. George Tiller's murder should push the federal government to get serious about fighting harassment of abortion providers.

I shouldn't have been shocked to see the news that Dr. George Tiller, an outspoken advocate for abortion rights and one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers, was gunned down yesterday morning as he attended church. Despite the fact that it's been more than a decade since an abortion provider has been murdered in America, I pay enough attention to hard-line anti-choice groups to know that a violent incident like Tiller's murder was all too predictable. Tiller's clinic, Women's Health Care Services, was bombed in mid-1980s. In the '90s, it was the subject of blockades, bomb threats, and a shooting attack -- Tiller sustained gunshots to both arms. Just this month, Tiller's clinic was vandalized, with security cameras and outdoor lights damaged and the downspouts plugged, causing rain to pour through the roof. Protesters routinely gathered outside Tiller's church. In 2007, two men were arrested for disrupting services to speak out against him. Tiller often had a bodyguard by...


Dr. George Tiller , an outspoken advocate for abortion rights and one of the few late-term abortion providers in the country, was shot dead in church this morning. Cara Kulwicki writes at Feministe, This is the first time an abortion provider has been murdered in over a decade . I have friends who work in abortion clinics. This is terrorism. And right now, I just don't have the words. The loss of Dr. Tiller is deeply upsetting, and Cara rightly identifies this as a terrorist act. It is the culmination of an ongoing campaign of intimidation and harassment against someone who was providing completely legal health-care services. I've been paying attention to the more militant strains of the anti-choice movement, so this news shouldn't have shocked me as much as it did. But, like Cara, I have friends who work and volunteer in abortion clinics. When violence against abortion providers was hitting a fever pitch 10 years ago, I was not strongly pro-choice identified. I remember reading about...

When Opting Out Isn't an Option

For too long, "working women" has meant professionals with children. It's time we focus on the majority of female workers.

Introduction to our four-part series on women and work: Pink-Collar Blues By Dana Goldstein Outside the 9-to-5 By Janet C. Gornick, Harriet B. Presser, and Caroline Batzdorf The Invisible Workers By Elissa Strauss A Family-Leave Safety Net By Heather Boushey For too long, the narrative about working women has centered on professionals with children. It's time we focus on the majority of women workers. To hear the media tell the tale, the central problem facing working women today is the question of whether they should leave their professional careers to raise children. For much of the past decade, the "opt out" debate has been a staple of style sections and op-ed pages. It's easy to see why. The story of how highly educated, professional-track women choose to construct their personal lives lies at the nexus of personal, political, and economic issues. It is a good fit for business columns, for parenting magazines, for feminist blogs. From Lisa Belkin's coinage of the term "opt-out...


In response to my piece on Double X today, editor Hanna Rosin writes , Our model here is Esquire , and particularly Esquire of the 1970's. Esquire is clearly a men's magazine but I have read it all of my life. Early on it pioneered new forms of journalism and continues to publish award winning stories year after year. Growing up, I'd read Esquire , and then a women's glossy, and the difference made me crazy. We don't have nearly the resources Esquire has, but DoubleX is our small contribution to this historical gap. Like Rosin -- and just about every woman I know who works in journalism -- I too have lamented the fact that there is no Esquire -quality magazine for women. There are a lot of fallen editrixes in the war to produce an intellectually hefty magazine geared toward women. I remember when Joanna Coles took the reins of Marie Claire in 2006, and proclaimed it the dawn of a new journalistic era at the magazine: "I hate women-as-victim stories," Ms. Coles said, although some of...

The Trouble with Double X

Is the niche-ification of the Internet amplifying or ghettoizing women's voices?

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In the 1960s, feminists demanded newspapers take their women's pages -- sections devoted to recipes, fashion tips, and the occasional political article -- and make them gender-neutral. This way, they figured, newspapers would have to find a way to integrate "women's" coverage. One by one, publishers retitled these sections: Features, Style, Life. But they never quite managed to integrate women's issues into the rest of the paper. By 1972, Gloria Steinem had changed her mind about the women's pages. "There is a need for women's pages," she said, but "they should be more relevant than talking about subjects like turning artichokes into lampshades." Earlier this week, Slate launched Double X , an online magazine "founded by women but not just for women," which bears an eerie resemblance to the women's pages of yore. It is the latest in a series of women-focused online magazines to split off from general-interest news and politics sites. Gawker Media has Jezebel -- a blog founded as an...