Libby Copeland

Libby Copeland is a writer in New York and a regular Slate contributor. She was previously a Washington Post reporter and editor for 11 years. She can be reached at

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April 4 2012 3:22 PMWomen's Apathy Over "Women's Issues"
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March 30 2012 1:56 PMLimbaugh Wants Us to Believe He's Indomitable
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March 13 2012 1:00 PMWhy Do American Parents Feel So Guilty All The Time?
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March 8 2012 7:08 AMDoes It Matter If Advertisers Leave Limbaugh? Yes and No.
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Feb. 24 2012 4:21 PMWhat Vaccinated Children Have to Fear From Anti-Vaxxers
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Feb. 8 2012 3:00 PMWhat Do You Call It When Dad Stays Home With the Kids?
Jan. 30 2012 5:18 PMIs Polygamy Really So Awful?A new study shows that despite what you see on reality TV, plural marriage isn’t very good for society.
Jan. 25 2012 6:45 AMHow Much Do Looks Matter in Presidential Politics?It’s not just attractiveness that counts among voters—it’s a cluster of physical traits.
Jan. 13 2012 2:46 PM“Ron Paul Is My Homeboy”Why the candidate appeals to men under 30.
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Jan. 6 2012 4:17 PMIs There Anything Worse Than A Vain Woman?
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Dec. 30 2011 2:55 PMMichele Bachmann and the Lure of Outrageousness
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Dec. 16 2011 3:58 PMFacebook's Timeline: What's Revealed Is Not Exactly Us
Dec. 2 2011 10:36 AMI’ll Have To Ask My WifeWhen did politicians start publicly blaming their spouses for keeping them off the campaign trail?
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Nov. 23 2011 3:31 PMJennifer Lopez and Fiat Both Suffer Through Their Association With One Another
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Nov. 16 2011 4:53 PMGossip Columnist's Advice For Lindsay Lohan: Die And Get Rich
April 3 2012 3:50 PMWhat October Baby Gets Wrong About Modern WomanhoodThe movie’s self-involved, career-minded biological mother doesn’t reflect reality, but she fit a pro-life stereotype.
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March 23 2012 10:48 AMDharun Ravi's P.R. Campaign is Disastrous
March 12 2012 12:51 PMMaking Love and TroubleThe surprisingly woman-friendly roots of modern polyamory.
Feb. 29 2012 6:35 AMAre Fairy Tales Out of Fashion?I hate reading them to my young daughter—the classic versions are too violent, the Disney stories have bad values.
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Feb. 15 2012 10:43 AMA Review of The Slap, and the Perils of Modern Parenting
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Feb. 2 2012 3:04 PMThere's Something About Newt Gingrich That Turns Women Off
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Jan. 27 2012 10:27 AMWhen Is Losing Your Political Bid Actually Winning? In Presidential Politics
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Jan. 20 2012 5:14 PMNo, Newt Didn't Force Marianne To Get An Abortion
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Jan. 13 2012 1:07 PMThe Triumph of the Cosmetic Surgery Industry
Jan. 4 2012 6:11 PMWhy Do Women Vote Differently Than Men?Despite stereotypes, men are actually more fickle at the voting booth.
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Dec. 23 2011 9:39 AMJean-Claude Mas Sold Breast Implants Made Industrial-Grade Silicone, the Kind Used In Cookware
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Dec. 6 2011 6:07 PMRon Paul Won't Let Anybody Take Your Cream Cheese Away
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Nov. 29 2011 11:38 AMHerman Cain Imagine an "Infinite" Army of Lying Women
Nov. 22 2011 7:26 AMHow To Hit a WomanThe new anti-Elizabeth Warren ad, and how political attack ads differ when the target is female.
Nov. 8 2011 9:12 AMA Brief History of Pantyhose Ads from Joe Namath to Big Mama to the L’eggs Elephant



Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case

The Jarring Experience of Watching White Americans Speak Frankly About Race

How Facebook’s New Feature Could Come in Handy During a Disaster

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

View From Chicago

You Should Be Able to Sell Your Kidney

Or at least trade it for something.

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Terrorism, Immigration, and Ebola Are Combining Into a Supercluster of Anxiety

The Legal Loophole That Allows Microsoft to Seize Assets and Shut Down Companies

  News & Politics
Oct. 19 2014 1:05 PM Dawn Patrol Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s critically important 5 a.m. wake-up call on voting rights.
Business Insider
Oct. 19 2014 11:40 AM Pot-Infused Halloween Candy Is a Worry in Colorado
Oct. 17 2014 5:26 PM Judge Begrudgingly Strikes Down Wyoming’s Gay Marriage Ban
  Double X
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Oct. 17 2014 4:23 PM A Former FBI Agent On Why It’s So Hard to Prosecute Gamergate Trolls
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 8:32 AM Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy—and a Mess. Can the Movies Fix It?
Future Tense
Oct. 17 2014 6:05 PM There Is No Better Use For Drones Than Star Wars Reenactments
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 20 2014 7:00 AM Gallery: The Red Planet and the Comet
Sports Nut
Oct. 16 2014 2:03 PM Oh What a Relief It Is How the rise of the bullpen has changed baseball.