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Body Freedom: Shemekka Epps Should Get to Have It Too

She’s Gotta Have It buys into the idea that self-love and body modification can’t coexist. Read more »

(Un)smart Buddies: “Booksmart” Is an Adorably Gawky Entry into the High School Comedy Canon

If “Booksmart” endeavors to make an argument for what youthfulness can be, and for all the messy hope entangled in it, then it must unearth the muck, too. Read more »

It’s My Party: How Conspicuous Consumption Became the Theme of Sweet Sixteens

Today’s Sweet Sixteener isn’t an exact replica of the debutante, but she reflects the same narrow view of womanhood.  Read more »

Coexisting Desires: Nola Darling Finally Gets Real with Herself in “She’s Gotta Have It”

Nola Darling understands that trauma porn is a tactic often used to beef up the work and lives of Black women for clicks and scholarships, but it is also demeaning. Read more »

Boss Butch: “Gentleman Jack’s” Warm, Irreverent Take on 19th-Century Lesbian Desire

Gentleman Jack is unquestionably fun, but it also doesn’t set out to be an unconditional empowerment fantasy. Read more »

Unbroken and Unbowed: Revisiting Disability Representation on “Game of Thrones”

Tyrion Lannister is a survivor in a deeply ableist family who loathes him for being a “dwarf.” Read more »

Invisible Signs: What We’re Still Missing When We Talk about Domestic Violence

No Visible Bruises will raise awareness and save lives. Read more »

Fire and Bleh: In the “Game of Thrones” Finale, We All Lost

We’ll never forget the show or its finale—but we’ll also never forget to look deeper at what it says about gender, representation, and episodic television as a whole.   Read more »

Cherríe Moraga Honors Her Foremothers in “Native Country of the Heart”

Capturing our foremothers’ stories is one of the ways in which women of color remember themselves. Read more »

New Rules: Megan Thee Stallion’s Hot Girl Confidence is Super Infectious on “Fever”

“Fever” is a state of the union address for Megan’s “Hottie” nation. 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 »

It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

To imply that trans women pose a threat to cisgender women in restrooms is misinformation that preys on unfounded fears. Read more »

Critical Conditions: For Trans Individuals, Seeking Medical Care Can Be a Minefield

When trans individuals encounter the medical system, they're often met with discrimination and misunderstanding. Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... Read more »