Culture

You Can Laugh If You Want To: “Veep,” “Shrill,” and TV’s Abortion Plotlines

Abortion no longer requires a Very Special Episode. Read more »

The Heart of Whiteness: On Spiritual Tourism and the Colonization of Ayahuasca

Only in our current capitalist system is wellness considered a luxury. Read more »

Thor’s “Endgame” Weight Gain Should Have Been More Than a Punch Line

There’s a longstanding assumption that fat people feel less pain or sadness than non-fat people, and that they both deserve and can handle less-than-human treatment. Read more »

Body Freedom: Shemekka Epps Should Get to Have It Too

She’s Gotta Have It buys into the idea that self-love and body modification can’t coexist. Read more »

(Un)smart Buddies: “Booksmart” Is an Adorably Gawky Entry into the High School Comedy Canon

If “Booksmart” endeavors to make an argument for what youthfulness can be, and for all the messy hope entangled in it, then it must unearth the muck, too. Read more »

It’s My Party: How Conspicuous Consumption Became the Theme of Sweet Sixteens

Today’s Sweet Sixteener isn’t an exact replica of the debutante, but she reflects the same narrow view of womanhood.  Read more »

Coexisting Desires: Nola Darling Finally Gets Real with Herself in “She’s Gotta Have It”

Nola Darling understands that trauma porn is a tactic often used to beef up the work and lives of Black women for clicks and scholarships, but it is also demeaning. Read more »

Boss Butch: “Gentleman Jack’s” Warm, Irreverent Take on 19th-Century Lesbian Desire

Gentleman Jack is unquestionably fun, but it also doesn’t set out to be an unconditional empowerment fantasy. Read more »

Unbroken and Unbowed: Revisiting Disability Representation on “Game of Thrones”

Tyrion Lannister is a survivor in a deeply ableist family who loathes him for being a “dwarf.” Read more »

Invisible Signs: What We’re Still Missing When We Talk about Domestic Violence

No Visible Bruises will raise awareness and save lives. Read more »

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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 »

One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... 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 »

"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »