Culture

Accidents Still Happen: Revisiting “Degrassi’s” Infamous Abortion Episode

The N refused to air the episode for several years.

License to Feel: “SOUR” Highlights the Unique Wisdom of Teen Girls

Rodrigo’s practice of sitting intently with her messy emotions—whether on her bathroom floor or in her car—seems like a metaphor for the recent seasons of quarantine. Read more »

Romantic Resilience: Jamal Jordan Captures the Beauty of Queer Love in Color

This book is offering a unique gift to the world, one that presents a new story with new definitions and new possibilities. Read more »

Afrominimalism Offers a New Vision for Black People

Minimalism’s loudest voices have historically been white people who consistently overlook how people of color, especially Black people, have to approach minimalism differently. Read more »

Of Course Cis People Are Being Weird About Elliot Page’s Body

Many cis people have a long way to go when it comes to thinking critically about talking about trans people and their bodies. Read more »

Cruella Is an Irredeemable Villain—and Disney Should Keep Her That Way

Just because a villain is a woman doesn’t mean she needs to be redeemed. Read more »

#MeFirst: Lady Gaga Doesn’t Need to Name Her Rapist

Treating survivors as a monolith only perpetuates further violence against them. Read more »

Finally, a Neurodivergent Family Saves the World

Just because a routinely ableist society often overlooks and underestimates neurodiverse people, that doesn’t mean they aren’t integral to the world around us. Read more »

Kristen Arnett’s “With Teeth” Packs a Huge Bite

As unreliable a character as Sammie is, the reader knows she’s not a liar. Read more »

Cute Overload: Pride, Kink, and the “Smol Bean–Industrial Complex”

It’s important to remember that respectability will not save us. Read more »

Jessica Darling Saved Teen Girls in the 2000s. Can She Do It Again?

For a lonely teenage girl looking for a reflection of herself in a culture that disdains her, a brutally honest, interiority-heavy YA book can be a lifeline. Read more »

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The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »

"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »