Culture

Very Online: Emily Mariko Has Us Obsessed—for Now

There’s a fundamental contradiction in nearly all influencers’ lifestyle content. Read more »

Messy Reality: “Maid” Puts an Unflinching Lens on Women in Poverty

A lack of support for single mothers in poverty keeps the main character trapped in a cycle. Read more »

"Carefree Black Girls" Treats Black Women As Art

“The inspiration for the phrase and concept #CarefreeBlackGirl was the fact that, at that moment, I wasn’t feeling very carefree.” Read more »

Bloodlust: “Mayday” Is a Brutal, Irresistible Feminist Revenge Fantasy

Karen Cinorre delivers a bloody, cathartic thrill with Mayday. Read more »

Culture of Fear: 10 TV and Film Workers Call Out Hollywood Exploitation

The film and TV industry has been abusing its workers for decades with relentless schedules, stolen wages, grinding culture, unequal opportunity, and other hazardous conditions. Read more »

Picking Fights: Can Foraging Be Fruitful for People of Color?

Knowing one’s rights, the local laws, and being able to identify local plants are all important skills for foragers. A heightened sense of awareness, common among all people of color during any activity, is also particularly important. Read more »

Words Fail: “Dear Evan Hansen” Is an Obvious Disservice to Mental-Health Representation

Corny and contrived, Dear Evan Hansen is an obvious disservice to mental-health representation. Read more »

Punching Down: Why Netflix Deserves Some of the Heat for Dave Chapelle’s Transphobic Comments

Focusing the blame only on the comedian is no longer enough. Read more »

Bad Sport: “Squid Game” Exposes the False Rhetoric of “Choice” and “Resilience”

Resilience is admirable; challenging the system is intolerable. Read more »

One-Inch Barrier: How Americans Watch Netflix’s “Squid Game” Matters

Americans really, really don’t like subtitles. Read more »

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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 »

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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"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 »

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 »