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The cycle of online outrage journalism goes a little something like this: an inflammatory story is published; the Internet reacts; the original story is not apologized for, but rather defended; everyone moves on to the next inflammatory story; rinse and repeat. Most recently, an essay on xoJane about a woman's experience in her yoga class and Jezebel's $10,000 bounty on unretouched photos from Lena Dunham's Vogue shoot have been the posts that ignited a million responsive...
Imagine, if you can, how difficult it is for a skinny white woman in Brooklyn to go about her business (I use the term "business" pretty lightly here, because that implies some actual sense of purpose), which includes practicing yoga, only to be confronted by the fact that, whoa! There's an actual black woman in her yoga class. Can you even imagine that? It's hard, right? What would you do if that happened to...