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(Black) Girls Need Love Too: R&B Creates New Standards for Situationships

This generation of Black women R&B artists are seeking clarity and setting new relationship standards for themselves—and their devoted fanbases.

The Best Queer YA Novels of 2019

It’s been a stunning year for queer young-adult novels. Read more »

Unpoetic Injustice: “Queen & Slim” Treats Its Outlaws as Misguided Political Symbols

It treats its strangers–turned–outlaws as political symbols rather than fleshed-out characters with interests and flaws. Read more »

Solo Act: R&B Music Made My First Apartment Feel like Home

Our physical living space is closely tied to our emotional needs. Read more »

Narrowing the Chart: The Most Essential Episodes of “The L Word”

For those who are new to The L Word universe, here are the most essential episodes to watch to prep for Generation Q. Read more »

“The L Word: Generation Q” Isn’t an Apology—It’s an Entirely Refreshed World

“The idea that normalization is radical is something that we talk a lot about the writers room.” Read more »

Very Online: “Kamala Is a Cop” Is More Than a Meme for Many Black Voters

What does it mean that “Kamala is a cop” is being called a meme as a means to dismiss it, especially considering that Black people drive much of meme culture? Read more »

The Unbearable Whiteness of Leftist YouTube

Years before the rise of so-called LeftTube, men on the site were endlessly abusing, harassing, and threatening women of color. Read more »

Dirty Minds: The Evolution—and Queering—of Sex-Advice Columns

Examining the cultural relevance of sex columns challenges us to question the speed at which we consume others’ sex lives, in all their intimacy and vulnerability, online. Read more »

For “Great British Baking Show” Contestants, The Real Loss is the Endless Trolling

It’s not just about harassing women online—it’s about re-establishing gendered power dynamics and punishing those who flirt with the domestic on public-facing platforms. Read more »

In 2019, “Charlie’s Angels” Isn’t Just about Girl Power—It’s a Critique of Male Leadership

In 2019, Charlie’s Angels is less about impossibly perfect women saving the world. Read more »

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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 »

Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... 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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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 »