Lauren Duca, The Independent

Lauren Duca

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Past articles by Lauren:

America deserves more than Joe Biden, a man qualified to be America's most famous grief counselor and little more

Watching Joe Biden win major victories on Super Tuesday felt like a punch in the gut. It wasn’t as traumatic as watching Donald Trump win the 2016 election or Brett Kavanaugh get a spot on the Supreme Court. This heartbreak was more of a thud than a primal scream, but the reaction that followed was the same: I resisted the temptation to go numb to it all, instead finding the → Read More

Mike Bloomberg doesn't just want to buy memes. He wants to buy your principles

After the Iowa caucus resulted in a split decision between Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders, few things seemed certain besides the need to question a process involving a lot more coin tosses than anyone wants to see in a country masquerading as a civilized democracy. → Read More

Confused about the Iowa caucus? Don't be — it's just a fun little block party for white people that changes American history

While it may feel as if the Democratic primary has been going on for 84 years, I regret to inform you that it’s really only just getting started. Ours is an era of grotesque polarization ground through a seemingly endless electoral process. We are a country that has been gaslit to exhaustion and divorced from anything even remotely resembling unity, and so I submit to our → Read More

In backing Liz Warren and Amy Klobuchar, the New York Times rejected toxic masculinity — as we all should

On Tuesday, the New York Times editorial board released an op-ed titled “Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren Are Democrats’ Top Choices for President.” The unusual choice seemed more an endorsement for women in general than either one of them in particular. I’ve chosen to accept this as mainstream media’s acknowledgement of the rise of the divine feminine. → Read More

If you find Elizabeth Warren's adorable goofball dancing 'inauthentic', ask yourself why

I often think about sexism in politics the same way I think about how inhaling New York City air is bad for my lungs. The pollution is so revoltingly pervasive, calling it out seems futile to the point of ridiculousness. → Read More

The rise of the journalistic influencer » Nieman Journalism Lab

"How the hell are we going to empower citizens with the information they need to be free and self-governing if they’re too bored to even bother?" → Read More

I used to support Elizabeth Warren, until I realized she's just doing it all for attention

I’ve been excited about Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy since the day she announced her campaign. It seemed to my tiny lady brain that that campaign was built on a salient diagnosis of the political industrial complex, and a package of plans that aim to dismantle the system which consolidates wealth and power in the hands of a few corrupt officials. → Read More

What to tell your white, polite relatives who 'don't do politics at the Thanksgiving table'

As I prepare to travel to New Jersey to eat turkey, it has occurred to me that Thanksgiving is the ultimate manifestation of the crisis of white politeness. Despite the fact that Donald Trump’s impeachment will be an elephant in millions of rooms on Thursday, there are many white families who will insist that political conversation is off-limits. → Read More

A premature obituary for the career of Mitch McConnell

There are many promising agendas on display in the Democratic primary, but few policy solutions that can currently be put into practice so long as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is in office. McConnell currently has a stronghold on the Senate, preserved via ruthless wielding of the 60-vote legislative filibuster. → Read More

The Trump impeachment process has made it clear we live in an American oligarchy. But we can do something about that

I have a hazy memory of the last time a president faced removal from office. I was in third grade, and my teachers and parents made me feel as if Bill Clinton’s impeachment had nothing to do with me. I couldn’t affect the outcome, and the outcome wouldn’t affect me. → Read More

If calling migrant detention centres 'concentration camps' makes you that upset, ask yourself why

Let’s get right to the point: They are f**king concentration camps. There is an ongoing debate over how to refer to the migrant detention centers at the border, which began this past Monday, when Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said that the Trump administration “has established concentration camps at the southern border.” The emerging debate has been → Read More

Some people in the Democratic debates wanted to change things. Some wanted to clean up a murder scene with a Lysol wipe

Over the past two nights of Democratic debates among 20 candidates, a key question has been introduced to this clown car of a primary, namely: Do we want “big, structural change” — as Elizabeth Warren put it, setting the tone on Wednesday evening — or would we rather go back to the way things were before? → Read More

The US Constitution wasn't really supposed to include all Americans — as a new Broadway play reminds us

You’d be forgiven for thinking What The Constitution Means to Me, the play appearing on Broadway through June, might be something like a history class with production design. In terms of structure and tone, playwright and lead Heidi Schreck is not unlike your most captivating teacher, except the show is definitely not about the past. After all, the United States Constitution → Read More

I agree Joe Biden is 'of a different time' — that's why he shouldn't be president

We are currently “in the age of MeToo”. This phrase comes up often in news items nowadays, as a reminder that men sometimes face consequences for not treating women like people now. This has not always been the case, and so it’s deemed necessary to signal MeToo when talking about sexual misconduct; in doing so, we acknowledge that the actual allegations are nothing new but → Read More

If you want to know the shocking truth about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her scandals, here it is

There is a veritable dumpster fire of scandals currently embroiling the White House. President Trump has been accused of conspiring with a foreign government, obstructing justice, and violating campaign finance law, among other things that I cannot list in full because this piece can only run to 800 words. Indeed, Americans are facing the most pressing threat to our democracy → Read More

The Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Feels Inevitable. But We Can Actually Stop Him.

Fume about all of this. And then do something about it. → Read More

Donald Trump Is Still Gaslighting America. I Really Care. Do u?

In this edition of Thigh-High Politics, Teen Vogue columnist Lauren Duca explains why Donald Trump is still gaslighting America. → Read More

Al Gore Called Low Voter Turnout “Pathetic” — Here's Why That's Unfair

Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca spoke to former vice president Al Gore about his current work on climate change activism and his thoughts on youth voter turnout. → Read More

Donald Trump Has Been Lying to the American Public, and Journalists Need to Call Him Out

Teen Vogue writer Lauren Duca calls out journalists who have been soft on their reporting of Donald Trump’s lies. → Read More

Saying Cyberharassment “Is Just the Internet” Erases Its IRL Consequences

Lauren Duca reviewed the film “Netizens”, which shows how cyberharassment has become as problematic and misogynistic as “IRL” abuse. → Read More