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Annie Cohen, Deputy Opinion Editor

All content by Annie Cohen
It’s on Us to Hold Trump Accountable

It’s on Us to Hold Trump Accountable

November 28, 2016
Since Trump was elected, he has done little to quell any fears about what his presidency means. We, the non-deplorable — the decent, the caring, the tolerant — we must not let these injustices go by unnoticed or unregulated.
Male Objectification Does Not Compare

Male Objectification Does Not Compare

November 14, 2016
When a man is objectified, he is objectified by an individual or group. When a woman is objectified, she is objectified by society.
Smoking Outside Bobst Doesn’t Make You Cool

Smoking Outside Bobst Doesn’t Make You Cool

November 7, 2016
NYU students walking past Weinstein or Bobst should not have to continue to be confronted daily by toxic hazes of smoke as they walk to school or work.
In Politics, Visionary Wives Blamed For Husband’s Mistakes

In Politics, Visionary Wives Blamed For Husband’s Mistakes

October 31, 2016
Just like her boss decades before her, Huma Abedin must exercise damage control in the wake of her husband’s sexual misconduct.
Partisan Wikileaks Are Not Democratic

Partisan Wikileaks Are Not Democratic

October 24, 2016
We have a responsibility to denounce Wikileaks for their unabashedly ill-intended actions. This information is simply not legitimate, and nobody knows who -- or what -- will be the next target.
Surge in Anti-Semitism, Thanks to Trump

Surge in Anti-Semitism, Thanks to Trump

October 17, 2016
Trump is tiptoeing around it, but the rhetoric of his campaign has been used for centuries by anti-Semites to denounce Jews.
Trump’s Rhetorical Strategy Clumsily Broadcasts Dangerous Messages

Trump’s Rhetorical Strategy Clumsily Broadcasts Dangerous Messages

October 5, 2016
For some reason we now have decided that Donald Trump's brand of discourse is acceptable in American politics, and as a result America’s collective moral compass runs the risk of being skewed beyond repair.
Millennials Should Be Excited for Clinton

Millennials Should Be Excited for Clinton

September 26, 2016
Hillary Clinton is not Donald Trump with a few different policies and a better makeup artist. She is an intelligent, hardworking woman who has already accomplished an astonishing amount for this country, and who will continue to do so if elected president.
Trump Surrogates Erode Trust In Political Process

Trump Surrogates Erode Trust In Political Process

September 20, 2016
Donald Trump’s surrogates are a haphazard group of political and cultural eccentrics, most of whom have little to no knowledge of or experience in politics.
24-Hour News Is the Only Modern Option

24-Hour News Is the Only Modern Option

September 16, 2016
Current events and breaking news was simply far less accessible than they are today, which is why, for all its foibles, the existence of a 24-hour news cycle is a net boon for the American people.
Alt-Right Not Welcome in U.S. Politics

Alt-Right Not Welcome in U.S. Politics

September 6, 2016
The acceptance and inclusion of the alt-right and the normalization of racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and general xenophobia that it breeds.
Rape Kit Processing Still Disappoints Survivors

Rape Kit Processing Still Disappoints Survivors

April 25, 2016
As the nation works to prevent and combat sexual assault, we must also work to better provide for the victims of these crimes.
Coolness Does Not a Proper President Make

Coolness Does Not a Proper President Make

April 12, 2016
While the elusive, mystifying cool factor will likely continue to confound politicians and voters alike, a larger degree of self-awareness must be in order. To go beyond the cool, beyond the superficial and the promises can be challenging in a society that is as image-obsessed as ours.
Keep Celebrities Out of Politics

Keep Celebrities Out of Politics

April 4, 2016
This means that while the celebrities have a certain degree of responsibility if they elect to get involved in politics, so do their fans.
Trump Is the Worst Candidate for Women

Trump Is the Worst Candidate for Women

March 23, 2016
America doesn’t need a president who resorts to name-calling and infantile insults the moment anyone disagrees with him.
Battle Over Abortion Reignites in the Supreme Court

Battle Over Abortion Reignites in the Supreme Court

February 29, 2016
The sole purpose of abortion practice standard laws and other iterations of them all over the country is to restrict women’s access to abortions by shutting down abortion clinics that fail to meet ridiculous, arbitrary standards.
Hollywood Gives Women a Second Chance to Tell Their Stories

Hollywood Gives Women a Second Chance to Tell Their Stories

February 24, 2016
The stories of bold female figures need to be told truthfully, and now — thanks to Hollywood — they finally are.
Tampon Taxes Bleed Women Dry

Tampon Taxes Bleed Women Dry

February 12, 2016
In all but a few states, feminine hygiene products like tampons and pads are subject to sales tax, while other necessary items related to health are not. But feminine products are mandatory for most women who want to maintain good health and hygiene, and therefore must be made more affordable.
Sexism alive and well in U.S. politics

Sexism alive and well in U.S. politics

November 2, 2015
Hillary Clinton's congressional hearings revealed the ignorance that still dogs women in politics. Through the interruptions and the raised voices by the all-male interrogating committee, Clinton remained stoic.
Celebrities should not ignore fans

Celebrities should not ignore fans

October 5, 2015
Don't be afraid to ask a celebrity for a photo or a bit of conversation. Meeting with them is just part of the New York experience.
Republicans must stop cowering behind Reagan

Republicans must stop cowering behind Reagan

October 1, 2015
GOP must be forward-facing, and must stop venerating Reagan.
GOP must end its war on women

GOP must end its war on women

September 23, 2015
Given how many of Planned Parenthood's activities have nothing to do with abortion, the GOP must end its war on women.
Jenner interview should be model for future

Jenner interview should be model for future

April 29, 2015
Bruce Jenner's recent transition has been respectfully handled by the media.
Double standards in journalism, politics

Double standards in journalism, politics

April 12, 2015
As the nation continues to prepare for the 2016 election, a critical eye must be kept on candidates and their treatment of women and women’s issues, and voters must hold them accountable for what they do and say on the topic.
French law must attack root of problem

French law must attack root of problem

April 8, 2015
France's new law on mandatory minimum BMIs for models partially combats the problem of eating disorders among young people, but more must be done to attack to the root cause of the problem.
NY must raise age of criminal responsibility

NY must raise age of criminal responsibility

March 30, 2015
Gov. Cuomo's proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 is a step in the right direction.
Women belong on the $20 bill

Women belong on the $20 bill

March 26, 2015
Andrew Jackson should be removed from the $20 bill and replaced with a woman. People should participate in the online voting process to determine which American woman should replace him.
Women’s colleges should admit trans women

Women’s colleges should admit trans women

March 11, 2015
Restrictive admissions policies are antiquated and should be revised.
Oscars lack diversity, audience

Oscars lack diversity, audience

February 25, 2015
The Oscars remain revelant by casting light on contemporary issues despite the specter of controversy.

Video: Op Ed Live: Humans of New York

February 11, 2015

Richard Shu leads a conversation bout the latest humanitarian efforts of the Humans of New York blog. Joined by Annie Cohen and Shawn Paik.

Questions remain about Harper Lee sequel

Questions remain about Harper Lee sequel

February 11, 2015
The announcement of a new book from Harper Lee has garnered a lot of attention and excitement, but there's cause for suspicion.

Media response to Jenner harmful

February 3, 2015
The media's gross speculation into Bruce Jenner's gender identity shows how society disrespects transgender people.
TV portrays idealized New York City

TV portrays idealized New York City

January 29, 2015
Television shows like Girls portray an unrealistic standard for post-grad life in New York City.
Fraternity culture must improve

Fraternity culture must improve

December 4, 2014
Fraternities need to change their culture, or should be banned.
Allegations against Cosby compromise legacy

Allegations against Cosby compromise legacy

November 17, 2014
It is difficult to reconcile such a beloved figure with something as reprehensible as rape, especially given the significance Cosby’s work has had on entertainment.
Dismissive responses to catcalling problematic

Dismissive responses to catcalling problematic

November 10, 2014
Street harassment does not exist in a vacuum and to effectively address it, discussions cannot have dismissive tones.
Lewinsky’s return to public life courageous

Lewinsky’s return to public life courageous

November 3, 2014
While it is unlikely that her name will be completely rid of stigma, Lewinsky’s decision to turn her infamy into a platform against cyberbullying is commendable.
Tradition of retaining male surname is sexist

Tradition of retaining male surname is sexist

October 22, 2014
The tradition of taking a man's surname when getting married is inherently sexist and should be ended.
Advertising feminism sparks conversation

Advertising feminism sparks conversation

October 8, 2014
Businesses may use feminism for their advertising campaigns, but whether their intentions are genuine or not does not matter. Feminism in ads puts a spotlight on the subject and helps the cause.
Late night talk shows should consider female hosts

Late night talk shows should consider female hosts

September 18, 2014
Given the current pool of prominent, successful and qualified female comedians, the lack of women in the late night talk show host role is disgraceful.