Culture

Samantha Irby on “Wow, No Thank You” and Desanitizing Women’s Lives and Bodies

Samantha Irby will make you cringe as hard as you laugh. Read more »

Of Course We’re Attracted to Chaotic TV Shows Right Now

Though this seems to be a counterintuitive phenomenon, it appears we’re all turning to anxiety-inducing TV in these exceptionally anxiety-inducing times. Read more »

Truth Hurts: Fat, Black, and Too Good to Cancel

In every industry Black women have to work four times as hard for less than half the credit.  Read more »

Love the Hard Way: Reflecting on the Magnificence of “The Bluest Eye”

“Ugliness,” one of the novel’s running themes, is examined under an unforgiving spotlight because it’s such a familiar experience for young Black girls. Read more »

Very Online: “Karen” Isn’t a Slur—It’s a Critique of Entitled White Womanhood

A Karen’s racism is inextricable from her white womanhood. Read more »

Sunday Best: The Beauty and Timelessness of Black Adornment Rituals

Fashion rituals are a set of acts, an unwritten code of survival, that are passed down from generation to generation.  Read more »

Laugh at My Pain: Finding the Humor in Being a “Black Widow”

Grief is a thing that will live, in some way, in our DNA and our body and be triggered by the wrong song or the wrong turn down the street where you see someone that looks like the person you lost. Read more »

Fixed It For You!: The COVID-19 Pandemic is Not a “Cozy Catastrophe”

Admit it: The coronavirus apocalypse is actually kind of fun for you (if you don’t give a shit about other people). Read more »

Staying Soft: Megan Giddings Explores the Hypervigilance of Black Women in “Lakewood”

The participants—nearly all people of color—break bones and lose teeth to help advance the future of science and healthcare. Read more »

“Crip Camp” Brings Visibility to the History of Disabled Activists

There are no human rights without disability rights, and Camp Jened produced many of the feisty activists that took on this fight. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

Oh Joy Sex Toy: How I Realized I'm Asexual

Artist Kiku H shares her personal experiences learning what it means to be asexual. 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 »