Culture

Trauma Loop: “Antebellum” Mishandles Its Message

The film is fixated on racism as an act of overt violence, but racism is so monstrous because it can appear so deceptively normal. Read more »

Personal Connection: #OwnVoices, Outing, and the Ongoing Quest for Authenticity

Not all authors feel safe, comfortable, or interested in being out to readers about their identities. Read more »

Yola Is the Unconventional Queen of Country Soul

Black artists from all around the world are continuing the tradition of upending the expectation that country music is a genre reserved for white artists. Read more »

Denouncing White Supremacy Must Be a Movement, Not a Trend

Reclamation isn’t for everything, and it’s not for everyone. Read more »

In “Emily in Paris,” Being Thin and White Is a Path to Success

Emily is yet another thin white woman who fails upward. Read more »

Go Low: The Time for Civility Is Over

We don’t pay our representatives to be scared, hiding behind the apron strings of civility. Read more »

“Blacklight” Spins a New Tale about Strippers in New Orleans

Sex workers are very dynamic and have their own varied, colorful lives. Read more »

Teen Girls Shouldn’t Have to Fix Our Country

We shouldn’t be making demands of Claudia Conway, especially if they aren’t demands we’ve even made of ourselves. Read more »

Patient Perspective: Lara Parker, a Wise Friend for Those with Vagina Problems

In order to get help from doctors and be taken seriously, people with endometriosis have to be really vulnerable. Read more »

Colorblind Justice: “Unpregnant” Is Too White to Be Revolutionary

While Unpregnant succeeds in illustrating a larger thesis about the state-sanctioned roadblocks to abortion, it fails at developing its supporting characters. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »