“Transphobia Is Perfectly Natural,” and “Ferguson, Missouri Looks Like A Rap Video”: So declared headlines on two consecutive days this past August from early adulthood-angst purveyor Thought Catalog, a Web site for and by millennials.
Both pieces racked up thousands of social media shares while being dissected and denounced by dozens of blogs and news outlets.
No substitutes.'Meanwhile, another man was unable to put up with the fact his beloved ate her peas one by one, while a woman found herself dumped because she rubbed mustard on her hands, rubbed it all over her fries and then licked the residue off her fingers.
One person didn't like the mole a woman had on her eyelid.
When Gawker reported on the post, it used the headline: “Thought Catalog Is Now a White Supremacist Publication.” The stories, Thought Catalog’s publisher and staff told The Washington Post, are the end products of an “anything goes” publishing policy, in which articles from outside contributors – like the authors of the two posts in question – are supposedly published without editorial oversight or judgment.But others, the employees said, select stories that relate to a personal “aesthetic.” Some, one producer said, “seek out only very specific content within their interest group.” Yet there is no way to distinguish between what is endorsed and what isn’t, and Thought Catalog’s publisher denies that the publishing choices made by his producers even constitute editorial discretion.That self-proclaimed void of oversight is how the site has published articles as harmless as “25 Things I’ve Learned In My 20s” — one of its many ultra-personal, first-person stories that have become major traffic cash cows for online publishers everywhere.From a man who wouldn't take his underwear off during sex to a woman who pronounced coleslaw as 'cold slaw', people have been sharing the minor irritations that led to their break ups in a series of funny images.Proving that dining habits can be a high risk area when it comes to the success of a relationship, one man explained he was dismayed that his girlfriend refused 'to eat anything besides chicken nuggets and french fries.