Culture

Rare Delight: : "Sort Of" Is a Refreshingly Complex Take on Nonbinary Life

What makes Sort Of work is its exploration of a nesting series of communities; one is diverse and queer, featuring people of a variety of genders and sexualities who move fluidly through each other’s lives in a way that highlights the rapid diversification of the LGBQT community... Read more »

Feminist-ish: The “Little Miss Badass” Trope

The trope itself is powerful because audiences also often perceive young women as vulnerable and nonthreatening, and the reveal that a character is secretly a Little Miss Badass subverts their own expectations of the narrative. Read more »

Queen Shit: Lil’ Kim Celebrates 25 Years as Rap’s OG Doll

Lil’ Kim’s personas have long been a point of contention among many hip hop listeners concerned with women’s representation in the genre. Read more »

Taylor’s Version: How Swift Created a Roadmap for Young Women in Pop

The intentionality of her rereleased albums only further cements what fans have known for almost two decades: Taylor Swift is nothing if not strategic about how she tells her story. Read more »

Feminist-ish : The Straw Feminist Trope

Welcome to Feminist-ish: a video series deconstructing the feminist-adjacent tropes that we love to hate. Read more »

BitchReads: 9 Books Feminists Should Read in November

Dig into these smart, irresistible new titles. Read more »

Hot Girl Shit: Trap Feminism Is Sesali Bowen’s Vision for Black Women

“There are a hundred different types of hood girls in the hood,” says author Sesali Bowen. “[Look closer, there’s] an array of stories about Black resilience and Black beauty and Black excellence and creativity.” Read more »

Personal Parallels: Halsey’s Gothic Film Is a Gendered Journey Through Pregnancy

“I am not a woman, I’m a god / I am not a martyr, I’m a problem.” Read more »

Silicone Sham: Will Sex-Doll Brothels Change the Future of Sex Work?

Aura Dolls, advertised as a brothel, promised clients a “realistic sensual experience with a girl who is made just for you.” Read more »

Frigid Family: “Spencer” Amplifies the Horror of the Royal Family

 At last a Diana every bit as batshit as any of the inbred remnants of House Saxe-Coburg-Goth. Read more »

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The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

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

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 »

Saying Goodbye to Maria and the End of a Sesame Street Era

Growing up, Sesame Street's Maria was one of the best Latina role models I had. Read more »