What We Lose When Music Divas Become Movie Stars

When pop stars turn to film, they're at the whims of mostly male directors who squander their visionary talent.

The Secret Abortion Movement That Revolutionized Feminist Health Before “Roe v. Wade”

“We traveled everywhere, and everywhere there were women who wanted to learn this.”

Headhunters: Are Psychedelics Capitalism's New Productivity Hack?

What underlies the use and abuse of performance-enhancing drugs is an American obsession with self-improvement that will always find new targets and tools. And most recently, “plasticity”—another term for cognitive flexibility or the brain’s ability to adapt and change—has become a signifier of success in a time when constant productivity is an expectation.

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Policing Parents: Jessamine Chan’s “The School for Good Mothers” Imagines a Carceral State for “Bad” Moms

In “The School for Good Mothers,” the question of how to punish bad mothers is answered by the state, in an America not much different from our own.

“Yellowjackets” and the Disturbing Reality of Social Contract

With "Yellowjackets," the so-called “puzzle-box show” achieves a kind of maturity by doing away with the conspiratorially furrowed brow of the masculine heroes who are obsessed with, and eventually resolve, whatever metaphysical conundrum that has made life unlivable.

Our 10 Most-Read Stories of 2021

From the misogynoir Meghan Markle faced to people being weird about Elliot Page's body, these were our most-read stories from 2021.