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

March 5 2014 5:30 AMKorra’s a Girl?TV producers think boys won’t watch girl heroines. Turns out that’s not true. 
Aug. 12 2013 5:30 AMIs Diet Soda Girly?Marketing companies take on gender contamination, the idea that when women flock to a product, men flee.
April 29 2013 5:30 AMSleevelessThe sheath: a particular brand of female-anchor sexy.
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March 19 2013 1:13 PMWhy Not Marry at 20 If You’re Rich and Famous?
Dec. 27 2012 7:33 AMDrill Baby DrillWhy are women suddenly really into power tools?
Nov. 16 2012 7:40 AMWhen Did Socialite Become an Insult?From Brooke Astor to Jill Kelley. How far they have fallen.
Aug. 21 2012 11:08 AMGoogle vs. GodWhat’s causing all these Hasidic Jews to flee their community? Smartphones.
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June 29 2012 2:45 PMTomKat's Split Portends a Bad Summer for Scientology
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June 18 2012 1:26 PMWhy Are Creflo Dollar’s Followers So Quick To Assume His Daughter Is Lying?
June 1 2012 3:25 PMWhat It Feels Like for a VirginWhy MTV never should have pulled the plug on My First …
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May 25 2012 2:48 PMJohn Edwards Flirts With Destruction, Alternate Juror
May 21 2012 7:37 AMTweens on the RunwayWhen did high fashion models get so young?
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May 11 2012 5:36 PMMichele Bachmann Accused of "Treason"
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April 27 2012 4:12 PMIn Defense of Sexy Ads
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April 13 2012 1:23 PMHilary Rosen Did Indeed Screw Up
Sept. 25 2013 11:49 PMKorra’s a Girl?TV producers think boys won’t watch girl heroines. Turns out that’s not true. 
Aug. 5 2013 7:15 AMBuying a Car OnlineYou should do it. Especially if you’re a woman.
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March 26 2013 5:12 PMThe Strange Passions of Buzz Bissinger
March 19 2013 7:30 AMBaby, You Can’t Drive My CarWhy does the auto industry get women so wrong?
Nov. 23 2012 7:00 AMThe Worst Baby Advice EverSmear your baby in lard! Feed the infant bacon and eggs!
Sept. 7 2012 3:30 AMWhy Are Presidential Candidates’ Wives All the Same?What do Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and Ann Romney have in common? Apparently, everything.  
July 19 2012 6:16 AMBieber in a BottleThe exploding market of celebrity perfumes.
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June 22 2012 10:20 AMKaren Klein and the Strange Nature of Bullying
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June 7 2012 1:24 PMThe New Fetal Tests and the Science of Uncertainty
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June 1 2012 1:03 PMReporters Ask Men About Women's Issues, Instead of Women
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May 25 2012 2:12 PMBei Bei Shuai's Attempted Suicide-While-Pregnant and What It Tells Us About Motherhood
DoubleX Gabfest
May 17 2012 10:24 AM DoubleX Gabfest: The Barechested EditionListen to Slate’s show about attachment parenting, President Obama’s college love letters, and child psychopaths.
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May 4 2012 5:35 PMVogue Stops Passing the Buck and Declares There's Such a Thing as Too Thin
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April 19 2012 5:52 PMSpirit Airlines Wants To Help You Hire Hookers in Colombia
April 6 2012 10:55 AMWhite Bread KillsA history of a national paranoia.



Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

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Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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Sept. 20 2014 7:27 AM How Do Plants Grow Aboard the International Space Station?
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Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
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Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
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Sept. 20 2014 3:21 PM “The More You Know (About Black People)” Uses Very Funny PSAs to Condemn Black Stereotypes
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Sept. 19 2014 6:31 PM The One Big Problem With the Enormous New iPhone
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Sept. 20 2014 7:00 AM The Shaggy Sun
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Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.