Okay, so I’ve had problems with Jezebel in the past, but this particular piece enrages me because of two things.
First, the editor at The Mix, Lisa Marie Basile, is incredibly intelligent and insightful. Each of the “click-bait-y” headlines were actually then accompanied with more in-depth prompts that asked probing questions. When she edited my pieces, she asked me to go in deeper. She asked me to give a message or an idea of how to fix things. She wanted to use the platform for good.
Second, the fact that this article asserts that The Mix was “a submission program that allowed young and/or inexperienced, mostly non-professional writers to make very little money to write about their deepest personal tragedies, secrets, and insecurities” is inherently problematic. Many, many writers on The Mix WERE and ARE professional writers. It’s insulting to assume they weren’t just because we agreed to be paid a certain amount (which is more than I’ve been paid by some other big and well-known publications, by the by, for far less work).
Also, while there is truly a problem with commodifying tragedy, there is also the fact that many articles on The Mix aimed to raise issues regarding mental illness, alternative marriages, the difficulties of parenting, and other serious topics we tend to avoid talking about.