Culture

Manipulation By “Transparency”: The Rise and Fall of Everlane

“Ethical fashion” has long been a phrase used to lure customers. Read more »

Mixtape to My Heart: Music as a Function of Vietnamese Memory

Music needs minds and media to carry it, but it doesn’t need bags. Music can’t sink boats. Read more »

“Promising Young Woman” Aims to Redeem the Rape-Revenge Tale. Does It?

In recent decades, audiences have become desensitized to rape stories. Read more »

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 »

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Where My Girls At: Meet Two of Ferguson's Black Queer Activists

Amid national discussions of police brutality and systemic racism, Black women have been the loudest and most consistent voices demanding change. Read more »

Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »