Culture

“Bad Hair” Makes a Tangled Mess of Black Women’s Woes

In his quest to create a fable about Black women’s hair, Justin Simien overlooks the actual function it plays in Black women’s lives. Read more »

Very Online: You Can’t Escape Death on TikTok

We’re still learning what to do with death, both online and off. Read more »

Pausing the Panic Button: Can Religious Scholarship Teach Media Literacy?

Moral panics about sexually disturbing or explicit media are hardly new or uncommon. Read more »

Female Trouble: Why Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” Still Possesses our Imaginations

What makes Daphne du Maurier’s prose feel fresh and unique to this day is just how real it is in capturing the way women observe. Read more »

Meme and My Squad: The Teens Tagging their Way to Queer Utopia

Memes can offer familiarity, freedom, and levity in a world that, more often than not, flattens and invalidates queer experience. Read more »

Trolling in the Deep: Deepfakes Are the Latest Innovation in Online Shaming

The deepfake is a form of public shaming. Read more »

Mind Interrupted: The Horrifying Manipulation of Black Women’s Psyches

The traumatic spectacles of these transformations often reveal so little about the interiority of the fictional Black women who experience them. Read more »

BitchWatch: 15 Shows Feminists Should Watch This Fall

This list has it all, from scary shows to calming ones. Read more »

BitchReads: 11 Books Feminists Should Read in October

For those updating their fall reading lists, we have books for everyone. Read more »

Billie Eilish’s Body Is Not Ours to Claim

“I feel you watching, always. And nothing I do goes unseen.” Read more »

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Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

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 »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »