Culture

Virgin Royal, Mother, Whore: The Enduring Appeal of Princess Diana Fever

The abiding interest is the result of a sustained mythmaking organized around the figure of Diana, the most visible face of the British royal family even in her death.

Feminist-ish: The “Cool” Asian Hair Streak Trope

In its most egregious examples, the “cool” Asian hair streak trope is used to camouflage underwritten characters who lack personality.  Read more »

Women in the Picture: The Art Historian Challenging the Western Gaze Through a Feminist Lens

A new book explores the power of artistic imagery from Venus to Beyoncé. Read more »

“Sex Cult Nun”: Faith Jones Interrogates the Abusive Community Her Grandfather Created

“Sex Cult Nun” is a startling memoir of child abuse about the Children of God. Read more »

Facial Difference and PTSD: Ariel Henley on Growing up with Crouzon Syndrome

What Henley addresses with intelligent ferocity in her memoir is the emotional and psychological abuse that she endured throughout elementary and middle school growing up with Crouzon syndrome. Read more »

Man Down: "The Power Of the Dog" Is a Brutal Meditation on Masculinity

Jane Campion’s new film explores what makes a man, and what traps him. Read more »

Freedom Fighters: Are Better Days Ahead in Palestine?

Palestinians’ will to free themselves from Israeli occupation is as strong as ever. Read more »

5 Feminist Albums That Got Us Through November

Get emotionally vulnerable with releases from Adele, Lotic, Summer Walker, and more. Read more »

Double Down: "King Richard" Is an Ode to the Power of Believing in Black Girls

“King Richard” succeeds in drawing us to root for the Williams family to beat the odds against them—the specter of both genteel and bloody racism, the gang violence that threatens their neighborhood. Read more »

Rare Delight: : "Sort Of" Is a Refreshingly Complex Take on Nonbinary Life

What makes Sort Of work is its exploration of a nesting series of communities; one is diverse and queer, featuring people of a variety of genders and sexualities who move fluidly through each other’s lives in a way that highlights the rapid diversification of the LGBQT community... Read more »

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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 »

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

The marginalization of transgender women in feminism is not new, but the decades-long debate has taken on new dimension thanks to social media and the ease of finding strangers’ personal information online. Read more »

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 »