Letter to Romenesko
From PAUL WOOLVERTON JR.: What should a Q&A columnist do when someone sends the same question to various columnists and one of your competitor/colleagues publishes an answer before you do? Dump the question? Does it really matter?
It looks like the someone sought help from advice columnists Cary Tennis at Salon and Emily Yoffe at Slate. The question is about a mom who lets her kids play with her breasts for years after they’ve ended breastfeeding.
The phrasing of the question at both sites is very close, sometimes identical.
Here is Emily’s May 17 column:
A Touch Too Long
My mom let me play with her breasts for years after I stopped breast-feeding, and now she’s doing it with my sister. How do I stop it?
And here is Cary’s May 20 column:
We were breast-fed really late
My mother continued to let us touch her for years after feeding stopped, and now it feels creepy and revolting
And I’m wondering, too, if Slate’s Branded column and Marshall Brain’s “BrainStuff” podcast also were in that situation regarding the history of the zipper:
April 30 Branded:
The mysterious Japanese company behind the world’s best zippers.
April 13 BrainStuff podcast:
Why do most zippers say ‘YKK’ on the pull-tab?
Have you ever wondered why zippers often have the letters ‘YKK’ etched into them?