Culture

Cat-Eared Brainwashing: “Josie and the Pussycats” Prophesied the Age of Influencers

It’s a film that tickles the absurdities of the past and, in doing so, has successfully determined the misfortunes of our future.

“Shadow and Bone” Diversifies Its Fantasy World

The characters feel like a chosen family who are just starting to come together. Read more »

Coming Out Doesn’t Excuse Colton Underwood’s Abusive Past

Accepting this narrative is a disservice to queer folk who are or were closeted and have never abused their partners in the process of finding themselves. Read more »

“Diners, Dudes, and Diets” Reveals the Absurdity of Gendered Food

By naming and examining dude food, Emily J.H. Contois gives us the language and historical context for an omnipresent phenomenon we’ve all surely noticed. Read more »

Beyond Skin Deep: Khloé Kardashian, Madison Beer, and Social Media’s Unwinnable Beauty Game

We’re all body positive so long as that positivity includes warping ourselves beyond recognition. Read more »

“Them” and Us: Do We Need to Televise Black Pain to Take It Seriously?

Stomach-churning violence against Black women is near constant. Read more »

One True Pairing: “Younger” Is Ultimately a Rom-Com about Women

The show is more than a rom-com about a cishet love triangle between Liza and two men. Read more »

Unhappy Medium: The Business of Misery Memes

The meme has entered a new era as an emotional shorthand. Read more »

Love and Surveillance: Dating Shows Channel More Than Reality

Netflix released multiple reality TV shows in 2020 that feature beautiful people blissfully succumbing to the power of being watched. Read more »

“We Are Watching Eliza Bright” Turns Gamergate into Experimental Fiction

There may be other Gamergate novels to come, but for now, A.E. Osworth has set the bar. Read more »

Botch Goddess: How Bridget Jones Redefined Career Failure

The unlikely icon made fallibility as a career asset. Read more »

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It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

To imply that trans women pose a threat to cisgender women in restrooms is misinformation that preys on unfounded fears. Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »