Culture

A Multifaceted Beauty: In Emma Dabiri’s “Twisted,” Black Hair Is Both Historic and Personal

Emma Dabiri’s analysis also shines in its unexpected critique of today’s natural hair movement in an international context. Read more »

Very Online: Anti-Racist Readers Are Plaguing the DMs of Black People

We’re in the time of the online anti-racism book club. Read more »

Mindy Kaling Puts a New, Comedic Spin on the Rom-Com Heroine

For some, Kaling’s characters represent the wish fulfillment of actually doing the wild thing your parents always warned against. Read more »

True Revolution: In Quarantine, Queer People Are Redefining Community and Celebration

The thought of celebrating Pride Month has felt particularly complicated in the wake of the protest and rightful uprisings sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and many others.  Read more »

Mishaps and Milestones: “Insecure” Moves from Chaos to Clarity

Black women’s friendships are a saving grace but also a mirror that shows us our own imperfections. Read more »

White Filters: Tech Companies Are Butchering Juneteenth

Tech isn’t hopeless, but fixing its problems will take more than a simple Snapchat filter or offering a day off. Read more »

The Final Rose: A Black Bachelor Can’t Fix a Franchise’s Race Problem

The Bachelor franchise survives in the streaming age because it coddles white fragility. Read more »

Sound Out: Coming Home to Lavender Country

Queer country artists have been making their voices known for decades. Read more »

Petty, Egotistical Barbs Overshadow J. Cole’s Important Message

Holding people, including Black celebrities accountable for their inaction or misguided action, isn’t an attack or an attempt to create undue separation between Black men and Black women.  Read more »

Unexpected Connection: “Felix Ever After” Lets Queer and Trans Teens Be Messy

The characterization in this book should serve as an example to others writing queer YA in 2020. 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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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 »

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

The marginalization of transgender women in feminism is not new, but the decades-long debate has taken on new dimension thanks to social media and the ease of finding strangers’ personal information online. Read more »

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »