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Backtalk: OK Meme-er

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the meme that’s the perfect digital eye roll.

In the Muck: With “In the Dream House,” Carmen Machado Archives Queer Women’s Pain

“Our culture does not have an investment in helping queer folks understand what their experiences mean.” Read more »

The "Steven Universe" Movie Reminds Us That Change is the Only Path to Growth

There are few cartoons—few series as a whole—as impactful as Steven Universe. Read more »

Scared Silly: Jenny Slate’s “Stage Fright” Gives New Meaning to the Phrase “Standing up to Fear”

Stage Fright is a distillation of how we live with and confront fear, and the lifelong process—and joy—of overcoming it. Read more »

“All This Could Be Yours” Complicates the Narrative of Shitty Men and Forgiveness

By focusing on the women who Victor has harmed, Jami Attenberg offers a fleeting world where even messy, sometimes-bad women deserve justice on their own terms. Read more »

Father Knows Nothing: Purity Culture Stunts the Sexual Growth of Black Girls

The concept of virginity derives from white-evangelical, patriarchal notions that have been used to control and regulate the bodies of women. Read more »

The Devil Wears Cornrows: Could Appropriation Lead to the End of Fashion?

A true reckoning of fashion’s debt might mean the end of houses, the end of fashion week, the end of “high” and “low,” the end of trend forecasts written by anyone who isn’t a 15-year-old brown girl from Chicago’s West Side. Read more »

This Woman’s Work: FKA twigs’s “MAGDALENE” Dissects Female Martyrdom

FKA twigs not only treats her album’s namesake as a source of spiritual strength, but considers how often women are stripped of their agency and their voice—even when they’re the heroine of their own stories. Read more »

On “90 Day Fiancé,” Love Is a Form of Capital

90 Day Fiancé exposes the attitudes and practices that have foreground America’s history of anti-immigrant sentiment, nativism, racism, and xenophobia. Read more »

What the Styling of Good Janet on “The Good Place” Shows about Sexist Character Design

With Good Janet versus Bad Janet, The Good Place uses fashion to signify goodness. Read more »

Beyond Coming Out: 6 Lesbian Novels That Bring the Romance, and Sex

We deserve books that actively center our pleasure, too. Read more »

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All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »

Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »

She-Hulk, Attorney at Law: She's Mean, She's Green, and She Believes in Due Process

Avenger. Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Member of the Fantastic Four. 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 »