The Privilege Of Existential Guilt

“I’m tired of being the better person,” I whined into the phone to my mother. I was a few thousand miles away; she was urging me to craft a message that could somehow bridge the divide—quickly forming—between me and my anti-immigrant family, people who I only ever see on Facebook.

“You’re so smart,” she said. “You do your research. You’re always so well-informed.” But maybe you can’t change the world. She didn’t say it, but the words rang in my ears nonetheless. Maybe you’re just a little too smart for your own good.


The Establishment is a multimedia company run and funded by women that’s predicated on a simple, yet radical notion: the world is a better, more interesting place when everyone has a voice. When one small, homogenous group runs the media, we’re left with a very skewed notion of the human experience.

We’re here to provide space for writers and creators of all shapes, sizes, and creeds to work their magic.

Let’s build a new Establishment.

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