Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is the winner of the 2017 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.

Recent Articles

It's the Misogyny, Stupid

Trump's election threw the long-standing sexism of white America into stark relief. 

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Albin Lohr-Jones/Sipa via AP Images Demonstrators gather outside Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan to decry Donald J. Trump's sexist behavior. This article appears in the Winter 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . M any are the reasons—and I don’t think we know them all yet—why Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the 2016 presidential race to Donald J. Trump, despite having won the popular vote by at least 2.8 million. Aside from the peculiarities of the Electoral College, there’s Russian hacking, Trump’s stoking of racial resentment amid his mostly white base, his mastery of the media and the news cycle, the media’s engagement in false equivalencies between controversial aspects of each campaign, and the Clinton campaign’s own missteps. There’s a lot to sort out. But misogyny in white America belongs at the top of the list. Misogyny knows no boundaries of color or culture; you can pretty much expect to find it in any society where men are running the show, and even...

In the Age of Trump, Resistance Requires Creativity

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(Photo: maddymayi13 via Instagram) PEN America in conjunction with the Writers Resist project convened a reading on the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15. S ince the shock of election night, and the ongoing tremors of scandal and shenanigans surrounding or promulgated by President-elect Donald J. Trump and his transition team, liberals and progressives in the institutional left have struggled with how to respond. So has most of America, which awards Trump the lowest approval numbers ever for an incoming president, yet is not yet appalled enough to kick up a fuss. As Trump made clear in his carnival show of a press conference, he intends to maintain power by continuing to break the norms of such institutions as the free press—and society at large . Institutions operate on the assumption of long-held norms. So does society. But artists, less so. Artists generally function in an individualistic way, but not detached from institutions of power. Their communities are...

Barack Obama Gives a Farewell Address for the Ages

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AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais President Barack Obama waves as he take the stage to speak during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, January 10, 2017. I f there was ever a day that encapsulated the dynamics of the forces arrayed against each other in our national politics, January 10 was it. At a confirmation hearing in the United States Senate, the incoming president’s nominee for attorney general defended himself against charges of racist behavior. Not long after the hearing concluded for the day, the nation’s first black president took America to school about the very threat to democracy posed by the incoming administration and the winds of fear and resentment that propelled Donald J. Trump to power. President Barack Obama’s farewell address was an extraordinary thing. In our current moment—filled with the frenzy of a strategically compressed schedule of confirmation hearings, and spicy if not wholly substantiated allegations of coordination between the...

No, Feminism Isn’t Over -- But It Needs to Change

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(Photo: AP/Chuck Liddy/News & Observer) Thousands march in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, on February 8, 2014, as part of the Moral Mondays movement. I t was supposed to be the ultimate moment of the feminist project—that moment when the national media networks would call the 2016 election for the nation’s first woman president. That didn’t happen, of course; instead, a man, who has made a display of his contempt for women, won the White House. Since Donald Trump’s great Electoral College triumph, women dedicated to the cause of equal rights, whether they describe themselves as feminists or womanists, have been taking stock. For many, it’s hard not to fall into despair, especially as pundits and analysts allied with the Democratic Party tell us that the failure of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was due to her ostensible neglect of the white working class—by which they usually mean white, working-class men. As Kali Holloway, a woman of color, wrote in the days following...

As Trump Builds His Oligarchy, America Goes to Sleep

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson speaks in Washington. A s the nation lay sleeping, evidence piled up of an alliance between a hostile foreign power and an incoming Republican administration that owed much of its electoral good fortune to the apparent intervention of said hostile power. And still the nation slept. The nation this week groggily received word that its top law-enforcement entity, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, obtained a search warrant that stands in violation of constitutional norms —less than two weeks before the presidential election—for the computer of an aide to the opponent of the Republican standard-bearer. The warrant was issued two days after, to great fanfare, the FBI director informed Congress that he was rebooting an investigation into the Democratic candidate’s use of a private email server for the conduct of government business, despite having announced months earlier that his bureau had found no evidence of...

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