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Bad (White) Moms Dominate Christmas Movies

Perhaps we’re not far enough removed from the bigoted assumptions that moms who don’t fit the mold aren’t parenting correctly. Read more »

That “Gay Cowboy Movie”: Queer People Reflect on 15 Years of “Brokeback Mountain”

Six queer creatives reflect on “Brokeback Mountain’s” enduring, complex legacy and its indisputable impact on queer media and American audiences. Read more »

Whiteness Reigns: Our Cultural Obsession with Cleopatra

Gal Gadot isn’t the first white woman to be cast as Cleopatra. Read more »

Jane from “Happiest Season” is Autistic-Coded—And She Thrives

Whether coded or canon, Jane makes autistic viewers feel seen. Read more »

Shia LaBeouf’s Abuse Confession Can’t Absolve Him

LaBeouf admitted to abusing loved ones for years. Read more »

In the Stars: Rachel True Wades into the World of Tarot

The magic isn’t really in the paper, the cards, or the ink. Read more »

BitchReads: 7 Books Feminists Should Read in December

We hope that our monthly BitchReads list has served as even a small distraction. Read more »

Ijeoma Oluo’s “Mediocre” Explores the Disaster of White Male Supremacy

Mediocre resists the naive and coddling notion that simply loving white men out of their brittle rage and self-hatred will turn things around. Read more »

Enduring Legacy: Playwright Josefina Lopez Reflects on “Real Women Have Curves”

Both the play and the film had a massive impact. Read more »

Give Elliot Page—and All of Us—the Rightful “They”

 Page’s coming out promises to further increase trans visibility in the public conversation. 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 »

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 »

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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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 »