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One True Pairing: “Younger” Is Ultimately a Rom-Com about Women

The show is more than a rom-com about a cishet love triangle between Liza and two men. Read more »

Unhappy Medium: The Business of Misery Memes

The meme has entered a new era as an emotional shorthand. Read more »

Love and Surveillance: Dating Shows Channel More Than Reality

Netflix released multiple reality TV shows in 2020 that feature beautiful people blissfully succumbing to the power of being watched. Read more »

“We Are Watching Eliza Bright” Turns Gamergate into Experimental Fiction

There may be other Gamergate novels to come, but for now, A.E. Osworth has set the bar. Read more »

Botch Goddess: How Bridget Jones Redefined Career Failure

The unlikely icon made fallibility as a career asset. Read more »

Quid Pro No: Women Approach Power from a New Direction

Recent representations of women on television have reset gender hierarchies centered around cishet male desire. Read more »

Luxury Fashion Won’t End Fatphobia

Plus-size lines are a double-edged sword—simultaneously granting access to those long forgotten in the fashion world while perpetuating the notion of fat as “other.” Read more »

Ramona Taught Me: An Ode to Beverly Cleary’s Beloved Feminist Icon

Legendary children’s author Beverly Cleary died on March 25, but she left us with the eternal gift of Ramona Q. Read more »

“Caul Baby” Meditates on the Birthing of Black Women’s Lives

The caul bearer is often featured as a prominent figure within mystical and spiritual lore around the world.  Read more »

We’ve Apologized to Britney Spears. When Is It Jessica Simpson’s Turn?

With so many of her marital fights and throwaway comments captured, Simpson felt much closer to our reality than other stars. Read more »

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Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »

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 »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

Oh Joy Sex Toy: How I Realized I'm Asexual

Artist Kiku H shares her personal experiences learning what it means to be asexual. Read more »