Culture

In Favor of Straight White Viewers, “Queer Eye” Lives in the Middle Ground

Many straight women love and enjoy Queer Eye. Does it hold the same weight with queer women?

In “The Nightingale,” Rape is a Tool of Colonialism

The horror depicted in The Nightingale is that of colonial violence’s endlessness, a war for power designed to go on forever. Read more »

Work in Progress: The Indian Directors Highlighting Depictions of Household Labor

Invisibilizing domestic labor allows men to ascribe higher value to the more “masculine” work they have traditionally performed. Read more »

“Euphoria” Utilizes Black Trauma for Character Development

Christopher McKay is an example of Black trauma through a white lens. Read more »

Knee-Jerk Biphobia: What Responses to Miley Cyrus’s Breakup Say about Queer Erasure

Miley Cyrus isn’t “back” just because she’s dating a woman. She’s always been queer. Read more »

Yes, We Sketch Too: What “A Black Lady Sketch Show” Means for Comedy

 Black women know how to create space for each other in a very special way. This show is a testament to that. Read more »

Technology Isn’t Neutral: Ari Fitz on How Instagram Fails Queer Black Creators

“Technology has this way of feeling so neutral, like a bug is just a bug, but it’s really racism and sexism and bias masquerading as a bug.” Read more »

Writing Toward Truth: Bassey Ikpi’s New Book Reckons with the Lies Mental Illness Weaves

“…the lie that sustained itself for so long becomes true in its own way. It becomes a part of the story.” Read more »

Glitter Tears: On “Euphoria,” Fashion Is (Sometimes Painfully) Symbolic

Many have taken note of the glittery, bold makeup of Euphoria. Read more »

Be the Monster: Sady Doyle Draws a Macabre Road Map of Female Monstrosity

Throughout history, patriarchal social norms have dictated an acceptable set of standards—mental, physical, relational, sexual—that non-cisgender men must conform to. Read more »

BitchTapes: Southern Gothic Glamour

Throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder, turn your face to the moon, and check out Nichole Perkins’s playlist—the perfect Southern gothic soundtrack. Read more »

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Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... Read more »

Critical Conditions: For Trans Individuals, Seeking Medical Care Can Be a Minefield

When trans individuals encounter the medical system, they're often met with discrimination and misunderstanding. Read more »

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 »

Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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