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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June 17 2011 4:24 PMPreviously Gay But Permanently Sure of Himself
June 1 2011 6:11 PM"Who's Sarah Palin?"Following the potential presidential candidate to the only spot in America where people don't recognize her.
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May 27 2011 4:47 PMThe So-Called Rape Cops Trial From Every Angle
May 19 2011 1:17 PMGet This Woman Some Laughing Gas!Other countries use nitrous oxide in the delivery room. Why don't we?
May 13 2011 6:55 AMThe Other Kennedy CurseHas Maria Shriver finally bucked her family's addiction to bad marriages?
May 9 2011 6:47 PMWhen a Home Birth Ends in Tragedy, Can the Midwife Go to Jail?What the case of a Baltimore midwife tells us about midwifery and the law.
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April 29 2011 2:40 PMAnd Now for a Different Sort of Wedding
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April 15 2011 5:01 PMThe Disturbing Transcript in the NY Rape Cop Trial
April 14 2011 4:03 PMThe Cure for Your Fugly ArmpitsHow advertisers create body anxieties women didn't know they had, and then sell them the solution.
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April 7 2011 10:14 AMYour Sanitary Pad Is Showing Its Age
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March 25 2011 2:44 PMChurch Makes You Fat and News Stories Make You Stupid
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March 9 2011 12:13 PMReporting on a Gang Rape in East Texas
March 4 2011 12:53 PMAdvice for Callista GingrichNavigating the tricky path from mistress to political wife, with help from Judi Nathan and Anne Boleyn.
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Feb. 15 2011 12:30 PMBerlusconi Said What?
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Feb. 2 2011 1:39 PMIntroducing Lila Rose
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June 8 2011 5:05 PMBachmann Taking on Palin's Mothering?
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May 31 2011 3:14 PMThank You, Sarah Palin
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May 20 2011 11:13 AMFun With Statistics, and Other Thoughts on Home Birth
May 16 2011 11:18 AMA Slide Show History of Body-Shaming Ads
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May 10 2011 11:05 AMBut the Gingriches Are Solid
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May 6 2011 2:58 PMThe Coolest Geek-Nun Ever
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April 20 2011 11:31 AMWhat's Fair in Rape-Trial Coverage?
April 14 2011 4:03 PMThe Cure for Your Fugly Armpits
April 8 2011 6:51 AM"Seems These Movie Stars Are Nothing but Plain Old People!"Celebrity coverage from a century ago.
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April 1 2011 4:44 PMThe '60s Redux and Redux and Redux
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March 16 2011 4:24 PMMichele Bachmann Doesn't Know How To Say She's Sorry
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March 4 2011 2:04 PMThe Young and the Sexless
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Feb. 22 2011 4:12 PMOvulation Nation
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Feb. 9 2011 12:39 PMDiet Pepsi and the Politics of Skinny
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Jan. 31 2011 2:47 PMFacebook Makes Us Sad, Part II




Scalia’s Liberal Streak

The conservative justice’s most brilliant—and surprisingly progressive—moments on the bench.

Colorado Is Ground Zero for the Fight Over Female Voters

There’s a Way to Keep Ex-Cons Out of Prison That Pays for Itself. Why Don’t More States Use It?

The NFL Explains How It Sees “the Role of the Female”

The Music Industry Is Ignoring Some of the Best Black Women Singing R&B


Theo’s Joint and Vanessa’s Whiskey

No sitcom did the “Very Special Episode” as well as The Cosby Show.


The Other Huxtable Effect

Thirty years ago, The Cosby Show gave us one of TV’s great feminists.

Cliff Huxtable Explains the World: Five Lessons From TV’s Greatest Dad

Why Television Needs a New Cosby Show Right Now

  News & Politics
Sept. 18 2014 8:20 PM A Clever Attempt at Explaining Away a Vote Against the Farm Bill
Sept. 18 2014 6:02 PM A Chinese Company Just Announced the Biggest IPO in U.S. History
The Slate Quiz
Sept. 18 2014 11:44 PM Play the Slate News Quiz With Jeopardy! superchampion Ken Jennings.
  Double X
Sept. 18 2014 8:07 PM Crying Rape False rape accusations exist, and they are a serious problem.
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Sept. 18 2014 1:23 PM “It’s Not Every Day That You Can Beat the World Champion” An exclusive interview with chess grandmaster Fabiano Caruana.
Brow Beat
Sept. 18 2014 4:33 PM The Top 5 Dadsplaining Moments From The Cosby Show
Future Tense
Sept. 18 2014 6:48 PM By 2100 the World's Population Could Be 11 Billion
  Health & Science
Sept. 18 2014 3:35 PM Do People Still Die of Rabies? And how do you know if an animal is rabid?
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.