Culture

Where There's Smoke: Sherman Alexie and the Toll of Literary Tokenism

Alexie was the singular voice of Native American literature. Maybe he shouldn’t have been. Read more »

“The White Lotus” Shines Its Tiki Torch on Settler Colonialism

The White Lotus looks to critique masculinity and its many toxicities. Read more »

BitchReads: 11 Books Feminists Should Read in September

Greet fall with these upcoming titles. Read more »

Summoning Yourself: The Role of Conjure in “Candyman”

Sometimes desire is layered with disbelief, but the summoner gets what they asked for regardless. Read more »

Sun Worshiper: Lorde Doesn’t Want to be a Messiah—or Does She?

She doesn’t want to be a messiah; she wants to be a devotee. Read more »

Academia Is Even Darker than We Thought

Katie Zhao and Victoria Lee are shaping the canon of dark academia. Read more »

5 Feminist Albums That Got Us Through August

As summer winds down, new releases from artists such as Cleo Sol, Billie Eilish, and Tinashe will hit the spot. Read more »

Loose Threads: Anna Qu Wants Us to Know the Truth About Garment Factories

Anna Qu relied on her powers of observation to survive a punishing home environment. Read more »

Sex Workers Deserve Better than OnlyFans

Why would OnlyFans bite the hand that feeds it? Read more »

Twists and Turns: Simone Biles, Kerri Strug, and the Trouble with “Taking One for the Team”

She showed the world she was more than a mule for Olympic medals. Read more »

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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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Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It's easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »