Culture

The Devil Wears Cornrows: Could Appropriation Lead to the End of Fashion?

A true reckoning of fashion’s debt might mean the end of houses, the end of fashion week, the end of “high” and “low,” the end of trend forecasts written by anyone who isn’t a 15-year-old brown girl from Chicago’s West Side. Read more »

This Woman’s Work: FKA twigs’s “MAGDALENE” Dissects Female Martyrdom

FKA twigs not only treats her album’s namesake as a source of spiritual strength, but considers how often women are stripped of their agency and their voice—even when they’re the heroine of their own stories. Read more »

On “90 Day Fiancé,” Love Is a Form of Capital

90 Day Fiancé exposes the attitudes and practices that have foreground America’s history of anti-immigrant sentiment, nativism, racism, and xenophobia. Read more »

What the Styling of Good Janet on “The Good Place” Shows about Sexist Character Design

With Good Janet versus Bad Janet, The Good Place uses fashion to signify goodness. Read more »

Beyond Coming Out: 6 Lesbian Novels That Bring the Romance, and Sex

We deserve books that actively center our pleasure, too. Read more »

BitchTapes: Sanctuary

Who better to create a playlist about sanctuaries than someone who spends the majority of her days surrounded by books? Read more »

Warts and All: The Art of Being Dragged by Our Astrology Apps

 It can be a relief to see that—via the stars or an app or a super accurate meme—we might be known, warts and all. Read more »

Sharona Franklin Is Calling out Gucci for Exactly the Reason You Think

Sharona Franklin’s botanical jelly sculptures have been making waves online after the artist accused Gucci of stealing her work. Read more »

On Becoming a Fraud in Central Florida

The show offers a sharp critique of the broader capitalist system that harms us all. Read more »

Still Doubt Online Harassment Is Real? Read SheRatesDogs

Michaela Okland’s popular Twitter account is a critical tool of resistance for women. Read more »

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The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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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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 »

"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 »