Rebecca Onion
Rebecca Onion Rebecca Onion

Rebecca Onion is a Slate staff writer and the author of Innocent Experiments.

Family
Jan. 18 2019 1:07 PMThe Troubling Thing About the “Fit Mom” Instagram Community
History
Jan. 17 2019 5:38 PM“Build a Wall of Steel”A century before Trump, the KKK also wanted to halt immigration. And while a real wall wasn’t in their playbook, their motivations and goals sound eerily familiar.
Downtime
Dec. 24 2018 5:55 AM“Absurd Creatures of My Own Invention”The delightful, inventive, fraught era when kids made their own toys.
Life
Dec. 14 2018 3:36 PMA Penthouse DividedCan a publication be both sexually provocative and a mouthpiece for the right? The iconic porn magazine seems to be trying.
Science
Dec. 6 2018 5:34 PMThe Real Story Behind Margot Robbie’s Wild Queen Elizabeth MakeupElizabeth I is famous for her face powder. Why she wore it and whether it poisoned her is complicated.
Picks
Nov. 28 2018 5:44 AMThe Game That Takes Advantage of Your Psychic Connection to the Ones You LoveAn ode to Celebrity.
Life
Nov. 16 2018 11:11 AM(French!) Kissing the Teen Mag GoodbyeWith Seventeen moving to “digital-first,” the era of the teen print magazine is over. As it should be.
History
Nov. 14 2018 1:16 PMWorld War WasteMemorials of World War I should focus on the truth—that it was bloody and pointless.
Life
Nov. 1 2018 2:43 PMHow Disinformation and Conspiracy Culture Are Convincing Young People They Don’t Know Enough to Vote
History
Oct. 25 2018 12:51 PMThe Far Right Is Claiming That Letter Bombs Are a “Liberal Tactic”But history shows that they are equal-opportunity terrorism.
Life
Oct. 17 2018 11:03 AMThought Trump’s “Pocahontas” Joke About Elizabeth Warren Was Just Racist? Great News: It’s Also Kinda Sexist!
The Angle
Oct. 10 2018 5:29 PMThe Angle: Where’s the Base EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on Jamal Khashoggi, drag in A Star Is Born, and Hispanic turnout.
The Angle
Oct. 4 2018 6:08 PMThe Angle: College Try EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on A Star Is Born, crème brûlée, and Kavanaugh’s Yale roommate.
Life
Oct. 3 2018 11:08 AMPoor Little Rich JudgeThe GoFundMe campaigns for the Kavanaugh family are a disturbing reminder of the nomination’s forgotten controversy.
The Angle
Oct. 1 2018 5:47 PMThe Angle: No Fury EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on the Devil’s Triangle, the history of sexual assault, and Kavanaugh’s anger.
Brow Beat
Jan. 17 2019 7:01 PMWild and Precious LifeMy mom, Mary Oliver, fancy smart people, and me.
Family
Jan. 8 2019 1:47 PMWhat a Single Mom of Four Spends on Her Kids During One Week in IndianapolisOn an annual income of $76,000.
Work
Dec. 18 2018 1:44 PMTavi Gevinson on Why Rookie Had to EndThe writer and actress, now 22, on aging out of her iconic teen magazine—and retreating from the Instagram life.
History
Dec. 11 2018 12:59 PMMaking History Go ViralHistorians used the Twitter thread to add context and accuracy to the news cycle in 2018. Here’s how they did it.
Science
Nov. 29 2018 4:30 PMHow to Stop Falling for the “I’m Not a Scientist” TrapThis is a rhetorical tactic that denialists have been using for decades. There are better responses than deifying scientists.
Family
Nov. 26 2018 2:47 PM“I Am Happy Again”A new book shows the remarkable contrast between 19th-century women’s views of miscarriage and the loss-focused rhetoric of today.
Family
Nov. 14 2018 1:21 PMWhat a Dad of Two Spends on His Kids During One Week in Arlington, Virginia
Future Tense
Nov. 6 2018 2:36 PMThat Beautiful Barbed WireThe concertina wire Trump loves at the border has a long, troubling legacy in the West.
Family
Oct. 30 2018 2:46 PMIn Defense of Parenting IdealsActing like only crackpots police screens, or have wooden toys, devalues all our parenting.
History
Oct. 19 2018 1:56 PMA Devil’s BargainThe Proud Boys’ acceptance at a fancy Republican club looks a lot like the courtship between conservatives and fascists before WWII.
The Angle
Oct. 11 2018 4:52 PMThe Angle: Whither the Court EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on Kara Swisher’s bosses, teenagers and abortion, and the future of SCOTUS.
The Angle
Oct. 9 2018 5:26 PMThe Angle: Your Emotions EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on the A Star is Born soundtrack, racism on Discord, and misogyny vs. the Democrats.
The Angle
Oct. 3 2018 5:54 PMThe Angle: Google “Fears” EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on Kavanaugh GoFundMes, presidential-text alerts, and changes at Google.
The Angle
Oct. 2 2018 6:04 PMThe Angle: Drinking Problem EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on Stormy’s memoir, a child star’s experience, and why Kavanaugh’s relationship to alcohol matters.
Family
Oct. 1 2018 9:00 AMShould We Force Shy Kids to Do Class Presentations?Here’s what experts say.

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