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Audible Anger: Women in Rock Validate and Honor Anger

The very emotions rock centers, like anger, desperation, and full-bodied passion, are often weaponized against women. Read more »

You Can’t Map White Guilt onto Black Celebrities

I’m uncomfortable with white people asking Black celebrities to respond to police brutality every time it occurs. Read more »

Open Your Purse: On Twitter, Users Demand Celebrities Distribute Wealth to Fight Police Brutality

As everyday Twitter users discuss where to donate their one-time government stipend of $1,200, it can feel like the rich live on another planet where sharing wealth is a non-issue. Read more »

Tony McDade and Other Trans People Deserve Better than Deadnaming

It’s not accurate to call a trans person by incorrect pronouns, or a name that isn’t, and never was, their name. Read more »

Bethany C. Morrow Rewrites the Siren Song

There’s no way to opt out of oppression and dehumanization, and no way to opt in to the power majority. Read more »

Manipulative Neutrality: Mark Zuckerberg Won’t Fact-Check Trump, Threatening Democracy in the Process

At this point, it’s impossible to argue that social media is a neutral force. Read more »

(Un)happily Ever After?: TV Treats Arranged Marriage as an Archaic Indian Custom. It’s Not.

These stereotypical depictions ignore, to their detriment, the fact that many arranged marriages are consensual. Read more »

Intentionally Hidden: Mia Mercado’s “Weird but Normal” Honors Shame

“The idea of female sexuality is scary to a lot of people.” Read more »

Done Searching: Kehlani Powerfully Conquers Growings Pains on New Album

Kehlani has always worn her heart on her sleeve. Read more »

Without Condition: In “Fairest,” Meredith Talusan Dreams of Freedom from Others’ Perception

“My gender and race reflected on each other like a dizzying hall of distorted mirrors.” 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 »

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 »

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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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 »