Jess Lahitou

Associate Editor


Jess writes about Politics and Education, with the occasional foray into Culture (mostly of the Pop and book-ish variety). She has a regular column at The Good Men Project, and is a sometime contributor to Elite Daily. Loves: Flannery O'Connor, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Colombia. Loathes: Mayonnaise and hypocrisy.

Jess Lahitou's Articles

Why are female-voiced bots responding so passively - or even gratefully - to sexual harassment?

Sexism Programmed Into Bots Like Siri? Yeah, It's True

Digital assistants such as Siri are not people. Yet, the way these female-voiced bots are programmed to react when being sexualized or sexually harassed paints a pretty bleak picture of how Silicon Valley organizes its values.
Jess Lahitou   |   03.22.17 12:01am   |   SHARE
"Wayne Tracker" was Rex Tillerson's alias email account while he served as CEO of Exxon Mobil.

"Wayne Tracker:" Cowboy GPS OR Exxon Mobil Alias For U.S. Secretary Of State?

Wayne Tracker. When I first came across this made-up alias, it didn’t speak to me like someone’s first and last name. I read it instead as a job description. Imagine: a discombobulated actor playing Cowboy 3 escapes off some western set, wanders onto a Hunger... Read...
Jess Lahitou   |   03.15.17 12:01am   |   SHARE
Mainstream pornography preaches messages about sex that are usually negative and dehumanizing to women.

Pornhub Launched A 'Sexual Health & Wellness Center,' But The Site Is The Wrong Messenger

To explain the problems mainstream porn represents for feminists (or more accurately, anyone not at the top of the porn industry food chain) could easily take years of research and tome-length exposition.
Jess Lahitou   |   03.10.17 12:01am   |   SHARE
Sinking to new lows as POTUS. (Image Credit: Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

Donald Trump's Speech To Joint Session Of Congress: A New Level Of Egomaniac Emerges, Hidden Under Rapturous Applause

This is the first time I’ve seen a sitting president “spin” a clear military defeat to save his own ego, and use a bereft and heartbroken wife in order to get away with it. Disgust is not the right word. Horror, maybe. Disbelief and revulsion crashing into... Read...
Jess Lahitou   |   03.1.17 8:17am   |   SHARE
Milo Yiannopoulos reaches the limit for his "free speech" argument. (Image Credit: Instagram/milo.yiannopoulos)

Sexual Abuse Of Children - Yes, It's Worse Than Racist Or Sexist Online Trolling

Every legal system in the world recognizes gradations of bad behavior. It’s why, thank the judiciary, a person will face different penalties for stealing a wallet than robbing a bank. Yep, both are wrong. And what’s more, they’re both wrong within the exact... Read...
Jess Lahitou   |   02.22.17 12:01am   |   SHARE
An early look at just how bad (or not) some of Trump's nominees are so far.

Trump's Cabinet Pie Chart Analysis: Who Is Most Likely To Wreak Havoc?

Perhaps you’ve noticed that Democrats and Republicans aren’t getting along so well these days. Or maybe not, since it’s been quite some serious time since civility ruled the day in Washington, D.C. Partisan bickering is a 21st century reality, no doubt. But... Read...
Jess Lahitou   |   02.9.17 1:40pm   |   SHARE
Hi, this is Jess here, and I hope these recommends make your February warmer, more interesting, and more delicious. (Image Credit: Instagram/youngertv)

#RavsRecs: Jess Sets You Up For A Fabulous February

Welcome To #RavsRecs, a look inside the lives (and minds) of your Ravishly staffers, with a list of things that are probably unnecessary but definitely awesome.
Jess Lahitou   |   02.3.17 12:01am   |   SHARE
Change demands more than just protests.

How To Start A Revolution: Think Small

If I’m just online screaming, what am I not doing in physical reality?
Jess Lahitou   |   02.1.17 12:01am   |   SHARE
Can't we all just agree that bullying kids is a no-go? (Image Credit: YouTube/Celebrities TV)

On Not Cyberbullying Barron Trump, Some Partisan Reactions Are Sadly Predictable

This last Friday happened to be the inauguration of President Donald Trump. Or, as he has dubbed it going forward, “A National Day of Patriotic Devotion.” I’ll keep a no comment policy on that for a hot second, only because adding my commentary would take up... Read...
Jess Lahitou   |   01.25.17 12:01am   |   SHARE
With or without your viewing, this is happening. (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

The Case For Watching Trump's Inauguration

Because it looms a mere three days away, the subject of President-elect’s inauguration is a media fascination. Will there be protests? Will they get rowdy? Will there be helicopters? Will the fever dream of David Foster Wallace really manifest itself in... Read...
Jess Lahitou   |   01.18.17 12:01am   |   SHARE