Word Travels: The Social Network Sex Workers Built

Many “respectable” women are discovering the strategies that sex workers use—which are actually the same ones used by all women outside the charmed circle of privilege.  Read more »

Backtalk: Who Gets to Make Mistakes?

This week, Dahlia and Amy round up some of the big hits of bad takes. From Lena Dunham’s letter from the editor where she admits to lying to protect a rapist to a weird piece dissecting Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” music video, who gets to make mistakes over and over again? Writers... Read more »

Bitch in a Box: Gifts for Young People

Shopping for young people doesn’t have to be intimidating. Read more »

Digital Crackdowns on the Sex Trade Can Put Sex Workers at Risk

Raiding sex worker websites may look good for law enforcement—but it can push sex workers further underground. Read more »

#MeToo’s ‘Moment’ Isn’t Ending—It’s Just the First Step

Systemic and widespread institutional change is still desperately needed in order to ensure that positive outcomes for sexual-violence survivors match the fervor with which advocates have embraced the ethos of the #MeToo movement. Read more »

Backtalk: Mind the Wage Gap

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about what real allyship can look like in Hollywood and beyond. Recently, Porter magazine hosted a roundtable with Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez, Ellen Pompeo, and Emma Roberts where Pompeo called on white folks to do better and Rodriguez brought up the... Read more »

The Last Big Lean In: Corporate-feminist self-help was always a scam

They sold advice to the same ambitious women they were later willing to sacrifice. Read more »

Mother Knows Best: The Family Secrets at the Heart of “Sharp Objects”

At the center of Sharp Objects is a culture that’s intimately familiar in many parts of the rural United States. Read more »

Break the Spell: Witchcraft Is Capitalism’s New Trick

While many critiques of the Pinrose Witch Kit are valid and well-argued, most fail to address the bigger issue: Witchcraft and New Age spirituality have long been a site of cultural theft. Read more »

Popaganda: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

Like death and taxes, the pumpkin spice latte seems inevitable. Read more »

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Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... Read more »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

Saying Goodbye to Maria and the End of a Sesame Street Era

Growing up, Sesame Street's Maria was one of the best Latina role models I had. Read more »

Target Market: Black women with guns: frontier feminists or insurrectionists?

When I was 6 years old, my mother and I were robbed at gunpoint by two men looking for cash. One of them placed the gun at...

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