Desperate Housewives

Here’s a fantastic piece in the current issue of Harper’s on Mary Kay and their exploitation of desperate housewives. It’s by Virginia Sole-Smith, a talented young journalist who’s carved out an interesting niche for herself: her beat combines beauty, labor, and exploitation. (She also happens to be the daughter of my adviser in grad school, Rogers Smith.) Alas, the geniuses at Harper’s have it behind the firewall.  But it’s astonishingly cheap to subscribe to the magazine, so do that or buy the issue.


  1. Roland Jesperson July 19, 2012 at 10:11 am | #

    I haven’t yet read the article, but can vouch for the excellence and incredible value of “Harper’s” Magazine. It’s been my all-time most cherished periodical for decades now. If it’s in Harper’s, it (virtually always) must be excellent.

  2. rolandrjs July 19, 2012 at 10:12 am | #

    Reblogged this on Rolandrjs's Blog.

    • Dr. Richard Beck July 19, 2012 at 2:46 pm | #

      Roland, nobody could have put it better! Harper’s Magazine is on my list of favorite periodicals also, along with New York Review of Books and Atlantic Monthly.

  3. ScS July 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm | #

    Give it a month or two and they’ll probably end up posting it on the front page.

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