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The Alison Roman Controversy Is a Teachable Moment About Cancel Culture and Implicit Bias

Alison Roman came for Marie Kondo and Chrissy Teigen. The backlash tells us a lot about the state of our world under a racially oppressive capitalist system.

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As with most cancellations, Alison Roman's is a nuanced issue that's more complex than it appears on the surface.

At best, it's a teachable moment—about cancel culture, about implicit bias, and about the capitalist systems that keep it all in place.

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Tackle The New Year With A Fresh, Clean Home

Organize your home in 2020, the easy way.

Like most people, I start each new year with a new resolution.

Surprisingly, I've been successful at keeping them up over the past few years. Last year I ate more home cooked meals.

When I realized how much money it saved me, I kept it up.

The year before that I vowed to exercise and hit the gym - I still get to the gym once a week! I never thought I'd consistently fit these habits into my busy life.

The one area that could definitely be improved is my messy - and if I'm being honest, dirty - apartment. My job can be pretty demanding so I'm rarely home.

And when I am, I'm either cooking, eating, or sleeping. I can only manage the bare minimum - no mopping, no vacuuming. I've struggled to fit cleaning into my schedule, but it's hopeless - I'm hopeless. It's gotten so bad, I hate having company over.

So, this year I decided to get help maintaining my apartment. My friend Amy told me about this company called Handywhich sounds cool.

It's a site that connects you with top rated cleaning professionals in your area - they also have an app that is super easy to use. Amy's house always looks spectacular, so I was curious about trying out Handy.

I'll admit, I was a little apprehensive about letting a stranger into my home, but I looked into it and Handy is committed to providing their customers with a safe cleaning experience.

Before Handy matches a professional with jobs, the company uses credential verification technology with background check screenings. Plus, Handy has a helpful customer service team that can answer all of my questions.

The great thing about Handy is you can schedule regular appointments with cleaning professionals as often as you like. You can create a 3, 6, or 12-month membership, and you can tweak your plan at any time.

Appointments can sometimes be made as soon as the day before and can be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to the service.

Handy allows you to book a wide range of services that can make any bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and other living areas shine. Before your appointment, simply provide your cleaning professional instructions through the app. It's super easy!

Amy values her cleaning service and depends on Handyso much that she has a 12-month membership with monthly appointments. However, she often uses it more when scheduling a last-minute spruce-up before having guests over.

To start, I'm going for a 3-month membership with weekly appointments. I'm so excited to begin booking cleanings through Handy. I'm already relieved knowing I don't have to feel guilty about not cleaning.

I can't wait to throw a dinner party for my friends without worrying about the dust bunnies in the corner.

Whether you have kids, just don't have the energy, or are crazy-busy with work like me, Handy can bring so much value to your day to day.

Handy works with your schedule and with any home's needs.

Update: The folks at Handy are extending a Special offer to our readers. For a limited time follow this link to get a special offer on a cleaning plan!

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The Weird, Heartless Magic of Marie Kondo: The Cleanest Cult To Ever Exist

The phenomenally successful KonMari method is part self-improvement, part sexism, all cult.

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When you're finally ready to dispose of your 9th-grade formal wear, that copy of Infinite Jest you should admit you'll never read, or your creepy, tiny baby teeth tucked underneath your mattress, Marie Kondo wants you to gently stroke each time, thank it for the joy it's brought to your life, and throw it the fuck away.

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In the spirit of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Netflix is asking subscribers to de-clutter the space in their wallets. To the delight of investors and dismay of subscribers, the streaming behemoth announced on Tuesday that it will be raising its subscription fees. Effective immediately, new subscribers will be charged $13/month for a standard plan, the service's most popular, which is up from $11. Existing subscribers can expect to see an increase on their credit card bills within the next three months.

While another dollar or two may not seem excessive, considering the 7.6 million new subscribers they were expecting to amass over the last quarter. Investors were clearly pleased by news of the latest price hike—shares were up 6.5% following the announcement. And though that may seem like a serious windfall for the company, Netflix really needs the cash. A late-October announcement that they'd be taking on $2 billion in debt brings the company's total burden close to $10 billion, a significant increase from about $4.6 billion the year before, and doesn't seem to be tightening the purse strings anytime soon.

It's easy to see where the money's going: Netflix has been a leader in streaming entertainment since 2013, when it crossed over from being a digital Blockbuster to creating digital blockbusters. Once companies like Hulu and Amazon followed suit, the competition got stiffer and Netflix continued to pour money into original programming. With acquisitions and multi-platform releases from notable filmmakers, awards and industry recognition, and a catalog of previously-released titles so massive you'd need at least a week to read every "What's Leaving/Coming to Netflix" list published each month, the endless debt cycle seems only to be speeding up. Add to that the new competition in forthcoming platforms from Disney, WarnerMedia, and now NBCUniversal, Netflix is surely hoping your extra $1-2 dollars don't spark much joy.

Rebecca Linde is a writer and cultural critic in NYC. She tweets about pop culture and television @rklinde.

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