Culture

Love and Surveillance: Dating Shows Channel More Than Reality

Netflix released multiple reality TV shows in 2020 that feature beautiful people blissfully succumbing to the power of being watched. Read more »

“We Are Watching Eliza Bright” Turns Gamergate into Experimental Fiction

There may be other Gamergate novels to come, but for now, A.E. Osworth has set the bar. Read more »

Botch Goddess: How Bridget Jones Redefined Career Failure

The unlikely icon made fallibility as a career asset. Read more »

Quid Pro No: Women Approach Power from a New Direction

Recent representations of women on television have reset gender hierarchies centered around cishet male desire. Read more »

Luxury Fashion Won’t End Fatphobia

Plus-size lines are a double-edged sword—simultaneously granting access to those long forgotten in the fashion world while perpetuating the notion of fat as “other.” Read more »

Ramona Taught Me: An Ode to Beverly Cleary’s Beloved Feminist Icon

Legendary children’s author Beverly Cleary died on March 25, but she left us with the eternal gift of Ramona Q. Read more »

“Caul Baby” Meditates on the Birthing of Black Women’s Lives

The caul bearer is often featured as a prominent figure within mystical and spiritual lore around the world.  Read more »

We’ve Apologized to Britney Spears. When Is It Jessica Simpson’s Turn?

With so many of her marital fights and throwaway comments captured, Simpson felt much closer to our reality than other stars. Read more »

Viral Vultures: The Plight of Black TikTok Creatives

It’s not just about Addison Rae. Read more »

Let’s Go to the Tape: Filmmaker Amy Ziering on Bias and Belief in HBO’s “Allen v. Farrow”

“The fact that you hear a victim speak out doesn’t make it biased.” Read more »

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Dear Bear: My Partner Makes No Money. Is That a Problem?

Our advice columnist offers a lesson in anticapitalist self-care. Read more »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  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 »

Game Changer: Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

You're a Bolshevik feminist jewess that hates white people… and you expect to be taken seriously when you're “critique-ing” ...

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