Culture

“A Little Late with Lilly Singh” Has a Code-switching Problem

Lilly Singh is trailblazing as a South Asian woman on late night TV while also dismantling that good work by continuing to perform a Blackness that isn’t hers. Read more »

Hell Is Older People: Aging as the Ultimate Cinematic Horror

Unlike horror-movie fates such as, say, decapitation by paper cutter, aging is the ultimate fright because viewers recognize that they cannot escape it. Read more »

No Good Deeds: “Succession” Rejects the Redemption Arc for Its Ruthless Characters

HBO’s hourlong drama about a Murdoch-inspired family slyly toys with Americans’ impulse to see the good in the worst people, particularly when those people are white.  Read more »

Backtalk: So Burning Books is Back?

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the recent campus conflict when white students with hurt feelings thought it’d be a good idea to burn books written by a visiting author. Read more »

Very Online: Gina Rodriguez, Black People Deserve More Than a Notes App Apology

When celebrities want to apologize, their fans deserve more than a half-hearted screenshot from their Notes app. Read more »

Housebound: Why the Dollhouse Metaphor Remains So Indelible

The dollhouses of today are not, then, miniature playgrounds that train girls to believe their future paths go no further than their front door. Read more »

How @EmoBlackThot Infiltrated Black Women’s Safe Spaces

At times, she seemed too good to be true. And now we know she was: @EmoBlackThot was not our dark-skinned digital big sister; in fact, she wasn’t a sister at all. Read more »

Me Who?: Debbie Harry’s “Face It” and the Challenge of Addressing Outmoded Rape Narratives

The urge to superimpose the cultural context of today on the difficult truths of the past risks erasing them. Read more »

Leah Vernon Won’t Be Hemmed in by the Fashion Industry

The fat, Black, Muslim, blogger speaks truth to power on her Instagram account, in her new book, and in this raw, honest interview. Read more »

Uneasy Spirits: Black Vengeance in Supernatural Pop Culture

There’s a specter in our midst, and it’s white people’s projection of their own guilt and fear onto the Black search for justice. Read more »

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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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Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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She-Hulk, Attorney at Law: She's Mean, She's Green, and She Believes in Due Process

Avenger. Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Member of the Fantastic Four. Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... Read more »