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Rare Delight: : "Sort Of" Is a Refreshingly Complex Take on Nonbinary Life

What makes Sort Of work is its exploration of a nesting series of communities; one is diverse and queer, featuring people of a variety of genders and sexualities who move fluidly through each other’s lives in a way that highlights the rapid diversification of the LGBQT community... Read more »

Feminist-ish: The “Little Miss Badass” Trope

The trope itself is powerful because audiences also often perceive young women as vulnerable and nonthreatening, and the reveal that a character is secretly a Little Miss Badass subverts their own expectations of the narrative. Read more »

Queen Shit: Lil’ Kim Celebrates 25 Years as Rap’s OG Doll

Lil’ Kim’s personas have long been a point of contention among many hip hop listeners concerned with women’s representation in the genre. Read more »

Taylor’s Version: How Swift Created a Roadmap for Young Women in Pop

The intentionality of her rereleased albums only further cements what fans have known for almost two decades: Taylor Swift is nothing if not strategic about how she tells her story. Read more »

Feminist-ish : The Straw Feminist Trope

Welcome to Feminist-ish: a video series deconstructing the feminist-adjacent tropes that we love to hate. Read more »

BitchReads: 9 Books Feminists Should Read in November

Dig into these smart, irresistible new titles. Read more »

Hot Girl Shit: Trap Feminism Is Sesali Bowen’s Vision for Black Women

“There are a hundred different types of hood girls in the hood,” says author Sesali Bowen. “[Look closer, there’s] an array of stories about Black resilience and Black beauty and Black excellence and creativity.” Read more »

Personal Parallels: Halsey’s Gothic Film Is a Gendered Journey Through Pregnancy

“I am not a woman, I’m a god / I am not a martyr, I’m a problem.” Read more »

Silicone Sham: Will Sex-Doll Brothels Change the Future of Sex Work?

Aura Dolls, advertised as a brothel, promised clients a “realistic sensual experience with a girl who is made just for you.” Read more »

Frigid Family: “Spencer” Amplifies the Horror of the Royal Family

 At last a Diana every bit as batshit as any of the inbred remnants of House Saxe-Coburg-Goth. 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 »

Will Filming the Police Keep Us Safe?

There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf... Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »