Backtalk: That's Not Consent. That's Capitalism.

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the newest marketing ploy around consent: condoms that require four hands to open. These kinds of throwaway, viral products commodify ideas around sexual violence without actually working to solve a problem (while hoisting the blame for sexual assault away from... Read more »

Building Trust: #MeToo and Media’s Responsibility to Survivors

Publications need to build trust with survivors so that their stories can be told. Read more »

#MeToo’s ‘Moment’ Isn’t Ending—It’s Just the First Step

Systemic and widespread institutional change is still desperately needed in order to ensure that positive outcomes for sexual-violence survivors match the fervor with which advocates have embraced the ethos of the #MeToo movement. Read more »

Conditions of Consent: Teaching Children Bodily Autonomy

These instances are about our collective avoidance of consent and the rape culture. Read more »

Punishment Is Not Justice: Defying Definitions After Sexual Violence

We need to move beyond binary survivor-perpetrator framing. Read more »

“Sanctuary of the Psychic Life”: Why Poetry Matters in the Trump Era

All poetry is inherently political. Read more »

#ChurchToo: The Toxicity of Christian Complementarianism

The church’s views on sex entrench the power dynamics that contribute to the abuse of women (and the abuse of people of color and queer folks.) Read more »

I Kissed Consent Goodbye: Purity Culture and Sexual Violence on Evangelical Christian Campuses

Purity is tarnished by sexual contact, regardless of circumstances, and the only recourse is to pray for a “second virginity.” Read more »

Backtalk: What About "Us"?

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into Jordan Peele’s latest horror film, “Us.” Lots of spoilers while they talk about how the film fits into genre canons, symbolism, and what can it all mean? And in Amy vs. Dahlia, an argument about the worst of adulting. There are so many terrible things to... Read more »

6 Fat Writers, Activists and Athletes Who Defy Traditional Femininity

Lots of people needed what I was looking for: people as fierce, fun, and fat-positive as the ones I already loved—just less femme. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

Dear Bear: My Partner Makes No Money. Is That a Problem?

Our advice columnist offers a lesson in anticapitalist self-care. Read more »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream. Read more »