Culture

Sex Workers Have Always Known That Zoom Is Anti-sex. Now, the Public Knows Too.

As we move into a more permanent online existence, people should be paying more attention to issues of surveillance. Read more »

Leave Summer Walker (And Her Nose) Alone

Instead of condemning Black women, like Summer Walker, who choose to alter their bodies, we should interrogate how the world made their existence in their inherited bodies hostile. Read more »

Glamour Shots: #HospitalGlam Pulls Back the Curtain on Disability and Beauty

Karolyn Gehrig is referring to both healthcare’s status as a luxury good, and the way traditional poses of illness are used to sell health and beauty back to us. Read more »

BitchTapes: Soundtracks from Fantasy Films

In this BitchTape, Rekha Shanker takes us on a fantastical journey, shining a light on soundtrack-born songs that help us suspend disbelief. Read more »

Making Fetch Happen: Fiona Apple’s New Album Is a Story of Resilience and Rebirth

Apple’s latest release is a refusal to relinquish control of her own story. Read more »

“Too Hot to Handle” Is a Conservative Nightmare of a Reality Dating Show

The premise is simple: for the duration of the season, no one can have sex. Read more »

“Nightmare Temptation Academy” Is a Video Game Challenging Rape Culture

Creator Lena NW’s shit isn’t for everyone. Read more »

Siena Liggins Hates Being Told What to Do

“I hate my voice,” the pop singer says. Read more »

We Were Rooting for You: On the Changing Legacy of Tyra Banks

Banks has been around since the ’90s, but it has taken this long to reckon with her true legacy. Read more »

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Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  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 »

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 »

Where My Girls At: Meet Two of Ferguson's Black Queer Activists

Amid national discussions of police brutality and systemic racism, Black women have been the loudest and most consistent voices demanding change. Read more »