Alyssa Rosenberg

The Washington Post


  • Currently a reporter covering politics and culture at The Washington Post
  • Graduated with a degree in humanities from Yale University
  • Previously served as the Features Editor at, columnist at Slate, and correspondent for The Atlantic.
Esquire’s cover boy wants to know what he can and can’t do. Adults owe him good answers.

Feb 13

Esquire's cover boy may not stand in for all American teenagers. We should still care how he turns out.

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If even the Super Bowl and the Oscars can’t bring us together, what can?

Feb 5

What happens when even our cultural spectacles don't unite us?

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The 2019 Oscar nominations were full of problematic favorites — and pleasant surprises

Jan 22

The movies in contention will stir up tough conversations, and that's a good thing.

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Karen Pence’s worldview horrifies me. Her return to work is still a feminist victory.

Jan 17

I find the school where Karen Pence is working abhorrent. But first and second ladies should have the right to hold jobs and be more than mute helpmeets to their husbands.

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Trump tried to play a normal president on television. The result was very strange.

Jan 9

Watching Trump mouth platitudes he can't possibly believe isn't comforting. It's horrifying.

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Even if celebrity boycotts make you queasy, you should mute R. Kelly

Jan 7

It's one thing to refuse to pay for the work of an artist you disagree with. It's another to actively fund someone's dangerous behavior.

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Saudi Arabian censorship isn’t just a problem for Netflix

Jan 2

The company's decision to take down an episode of Hasan Minhaj's show should worry everyone on the Internet.

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In 2019, it’s time to move beyond the Bechdel test

Dec 21

The Bechdel Test set a very low floor for Hollywood. We can't let it become the ceiling for progress.

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Kevin Hart’s homophobia caught up with him. Is losing the Oscars enough?

Dec 7

Kevin Hart says he's shouldn't have to address old, homophobic remarks again. Is he right?

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In ‘Creed II,’ the most important victories aren’t the knockouts

Dec 3

The real prize isn't a championship belt: It's a functional family.

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What the women of ‘My Brilliant Friend’ tell us about the men of ‘The Godfather’

Nov 16

"The Godfather" is a masterpiece about men. "My Brilliant Friend" shows us just how much is happening to the women at the margins.

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Thank you, Stan Lee, for She-Hulk, a superhero who is beautiful when she’s angry

Nov 12

Stan Lee's greatest gift to me was a character created as a corporate power move. I love her anyway.

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In ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,’ girl power can be a horror story

Oct 26

Taking over the world is a hex of a challenge.

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The saddest part of Kanye West’s visit with President Trump

Oct 11

If you're missing "male energy" in your life, the president is the last person you should take as a role model.

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Melania Trump wants our respect. Here’s how she could earn it.

Oct 9

Where Melania Trump often ends up in the headlines -- to her stated frustration and to the consternation of her critics -- is in a tendency towards the theatrical.

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Taylor Swift is no revolutionary. But her reason for getting political matters.

Oct 8

It's not so much the substance of her political endorsements but her decision to follow her personal conscience that makes Taylor Swift's decision to speak out intriguing.

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It has been a year of #MeToo. There’s so much work left to do.

Oct 5

Personal testimonies alone can't change law and custom. But they're an essential place for the work to start.

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The best books I read on maternity leave

Oct 3

From a Pulitzer Prize-winning romance to a Silicon Valley expose.

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I’m going on leave, but Act Four will be right here in my absence

May 29

Hi, all! I’m breaking the fourth wall for a brief programming announcement. If you’re reading this, it’s because I just had a baby, and my husband and I will be spending the summer getting to know the tiny human who has just arrived in our lives before return…

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If you grew up on ‘Star Wars,’ how does ‘Solo’ hold up?

May 28

Global Opinions writer Jason Rezaian and I are arguably the two biggest “Star Wars” fans in The Washington Post’s Opinions section. So after we both saw “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at an early press screening, we knew we had to talk about it, in extensive and p…

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