Jessica Roake

Jessica Roake, a frequent Slate contributor, lives in Washington, D.C.

April 18 2014 8:08 AMEmpty SuitsOrphan Black’s straight male characters are completely flat. That’s not an accident.
The XX Factor
March 15 2013 12:35 PMThe Veronica Mars Kickstarter Project Is Great News for the Show's Fans, Women, Movie Lovers
Nov. 2 2012 11:22 PMSo Long, HoldenHigh schoolers need a new Catcher in the Rye. Luckily David Mitchell wrote one.
Dec. 12 2011 7:17 AMCute Little PsychokillersWhy "bad seed" films are both deeply unsettling and confoundingly popular.
The XX Factor
March 28 2011 1:14 PMWhat Geraldine Ferraro Taught Me About Toughness
Dec. 2 2013 7:15 AMNot HelpfulMaking kids read The Help is not the way to teach them about the civil rights struggle.
Low Concept
Feb. 19 2013 12:48 PMPax Out!Edicts of a lame-duck pope.
Sept. 7 2012 11:24 PMOne Nation, UnderpantsThe triumphant return of Captain Underpants, hero to hyper, school-hating 8-year-olds.
July 26 2011 10:07 AMThomas the Imperialist Tank EngineThe not-so-hidden subtexts of the popular children's show.



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 17 2014 8:15 AM Ted Cruz Will Not Join a Protest of "The Death of Klinghoffer" After All
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 17 2014 9:03 AM My Father Was James Brown. I Watched Him Beat My Mother. And Then I Found Myself With Someone Like Dad.
Future Tense
Sept. 17 2014 8:27 AM Only Science Fiction Can Save Us! What sci-fi gets wrong about income inequality.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 17 2014 7:30 AM Ring Around the Rainbow
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.