Culture

Very Online: Emily Mariko Has Us Obsessed—for Now

There’s a fundamental contradiction in nearly all influencers’ lifestyle content.

Messy Reality: “Maid” Puts an Unflinching Lens on Women in Poverty

A lack of support for single mothers in poverty keeps the main character trapped in a cycle. Read more »

"Carefree Black Girls" Treats Black Women As Art

“The inspiration for the phrase and concept #CarefreeBlackGirl was the fact that, at that moment, I wasn’t feeling very carefree.” Read more »

Bloodlust: “Mayday” Is a Brutal, Irresistible Feminist Revenge Fantasy

Karen Cinorre delivers a bloody, cathartic thrill with Mayday. Read more »

Culture of Fear: 10 TV and Film Workers Call Out Hollywood Exploitation

The film and TV industry has been abusing its workers for decades with relentless schedules, stolen wages, grinding culture, unequal opportunity, and other hazardous conditions. Read more »

Picking Fights: Can Foraging Be Fruitful for People of Color?

Knowing one’s rights, the local laws, and being able to identify local plants are all important skills for foragers. A heightened sense of awareness, common among all people of color during any activity, is also particularly important. Read more »

Words Fail: “Dear Evan Hansen” Is an Obvious Disservice to Mental-Health Representation

Corny and contrived, Dear Evan Hansen is an obvious disservice to mental-health representation. Read more »

Punching Down: Why Netflix Deserves Some of the Heat for Dave Chapelle’s Transphobic Comments

Focusing the blame only on the comedian is no longer enough. Read more »

Bad Sport: “Squid Game” Exposes the False Rhetoric of “Choice” and “Resilience”

Resilience is admirable; challenging the system is intolerable. Read more »

One-Inch Barrier: How Americans Watch Netflix’s “Squid Game” Matters

Americans really, really don’t like subtitles. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in October

Cozy up with a new title this month. Read more »

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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 »

Know & Tell: The Literary Renaissance of Trans Women Writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »

One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... 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 »