Stories by Michelle Goldberg

Michelle Goldberg is a senior contributing writer at The Nation. She is the author of "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World," and "Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism." subscribe to Michelle Goldberg's feed

Posted on: Apr 13, 2015, Source: The Nation

Contrary to the right’s caricature, Clinton’s feminism always had a distinctly maternalist bent.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2014, Source: The Nation

The line between respecting civil liberties and protecting victims is anything but clear.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2014, Source: The Nation

The so-called “Swedish model” banning the purchase but not the sale of sex is catching on in Europe. But does it work? And for whom?

Posted on: May 27, 2014, Source: The Nation

With liberal hopes dashed in Washington, political energy is gathering in cities, where social change is actually possible.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2014, Source: The Nation

One result of anti-abortion activism is that local hospitals refuse to admit abortion patients, even when women's lives are at risk.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2013, Source: The Nation

In the midst of a shocking rise in inequality, America's right wing continues to behave as if nothing's wrong.

Posted on: May 16, 2011, Source: Conscience

When rape is a weapon of war, denying abortion services compounds grave human rights abuses. So why does the Obama administration play by the right's rules?

Posted on: Apr 25, 2011, Source: The Nation

For decades now, feminists have warned about a post-Roe v. Wade world in which women are locked up for having abortions.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2010, Source: Religion Dispatches

The anti-abortion movement is making a push to enlist African Americans in their cause by framing abortion as a tool of eugenics and genocide.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2009, Source: The American Prospect

There's something really rotten in the state of Texas.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2009, Source: The American Prospect

For years, the religious right tried to lose its racist image, reverting to homophobia as its hatred of choice. As it joins the Tea Party fray, it may once again have to own both.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2009, Source: The Guardian

Mobilized by the theocratic bombast of Bush-era Republicans, America's growing number of atheists are pushing for greater recognition.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2008, Source: The Nation

The religious right can be confident that they'd have a fundamentalist in the White House with Sarah Palin.

Posted on: May 29, 2006, Source: AlterNet

The largest and most powerful mass movement in the nation -- evangelical Christianity -- has set out to destroy secular society.

Posted on: Nov 6, 2002, Source: Salon

The U.S. helped build the Islamic fundamentalist movement threatening to take over Pakistan. Now can it rescue the world from the deadly consequences?

Posted on: Oct 21, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Fed up with their state's draconian laws, New York voters have suddenly made long-shot independent Tom Golisano a force in the governor's race.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2002, Source: Salon

In an age of religious fanatics, patriotic zealots and self-righteous leftists, Rushdie champions free thinking and fun.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2002, Source: Salon

At ground zero, Americans suck the last morsel of flavor from the most exciting day they will ever know.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2002, Source: Salon

There are women in the Senate, women heading studios and busloads of young women emerging from film school. So why are 96 percent of films directed by men?

Posted on: Aug 5, 2002, Source: Salon

Fed up with draconian drug penalties, a coalition led by angry mothers is threatening to overturn some of the country's harshest laws.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2002, Source: Salon

Left Behind, the bestselling series of paranoid, pro-Israel end-time thrillers, may sound kooky, but America's right-wing leaders really believe this stuff.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2002, Source: Salon

Backpacker fiction like "The Beach" explores the authenticity-grubbing subculture of the dreadlocked, ganja-scented travelers, but women have been left out -- until now.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2002, Source: Salon

Anointed by the desperate music media as pop's new king, Moby brings electronica to the masses with his new album "18."

Posted on: Apr 22, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Kristina Borjesson talks about "Into the Buzzsaw" and her excommunication from mainstream journalism after she began challenging government assertions about TWA Flight 800.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2002, Source: Women's eNews

A previously unpublished photo of a sexual assault at Seattle's 2001 Mardi Gras won a major photojournalism prize -- and raised difficult questions about privacy.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The authors of the incendiary new book "Into the Buzzsaw" have won nearly every journalism award possible, yet all were censorsed for challenging corporate or government power.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2002, Source: Salon

Tough-guy writer Nick Tosches elegantly mourns the vanishing of a decadent icon. Michelle Goldberg writes that she "knows from my own blissful experience that the opium den lives on."

Posted on: Feb 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Now that anti-Semitism has receded in America, young Jews are looking around and wondering what it means to be Jewish if being Jewish no longer means being persecuted.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A recent spate of pop culture man-beatings indicates that the War of the Sexes is far from over. Why has the image of a frenzied female attacking a callow guy become a media staple?

Posted on: Jan 14, 2002, Source: AlterNet

In the mainstream media, unemployment has falsely mutated into a hot new trend. Stories of happy, laid-off hipsters have obscured the true tragedy of post-9/11 poverty.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2001, Source: AlterNet

In the year 2000, after decades of wrangling with the myth of the ugly, hirsute, ball-busting women's libber, the culture has finally seemed to reconcile beauty and power, fun and feminism. But like so many other cease-fires in our society, this one was negotiated largely in the marketplace.

Posted on: Jan 1, 2001, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

The newest source of pop-culture fascination and bawdy celebration is food. But why is there so much drama in simply admitting to the intense pleasures of taste?

Posted on: Nov 28, 2000, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

New Hope, a live-in program that "cures" gays, boasts a 50 percent "success rate." Why are its residents working so hard to be straight?

Posted on: Oct 23, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"One expects William Vollmann, swashbuckling whoredog, war correspondent, quixotic freedom fighter, gun aficionado and fiction prodigy, to be gruff and imperious. Yet, out of all the many writers I've interviewed, he's probably the only one who, after giving long, considered answers, looks at me and asks "what do you think?"

Posted on: Jul 9, 2000, Source: Metro Silicon Valley

As the dotcom layoffs mount -- a recent New York Times article counts more than 2,000 -- so do the ranks of the disillusioned. Dotcom deathwatchers like and suggest that a backlash is brewing against the Internet economy.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2000, Source: AlterNet

A handful of resourceful techno-privacy activists have taken over Sealand, an island fortress six miles from the English coast, and plan to start a super-secure data sanctuary there.