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Popaganda Episode: Snacks

We talk with Top Chef star Karen Akunowicz about how she handles being an executive chef at a super busy restaurant. Then, writer and chef Soleil Ho shares an essay on race, food, and identity and talks about the politics of... Read more »

Backtalk: Donald Trump & Feminism in the Food Industry

This week, the big news is that Republicans are turning on Donald Trump, putting together a viral ad about some of the most sexist things he’s said. We also discuss race and gender at the James Beard Awards and how the restaurant industry is a hotbed of sexual harassment.   Read more »

The Restaurant Industry Is Very Diverse—But It’s White Chefs Who Win Most of the Awards

Since 1990, the James Beard Foundation has put on an annual awards show that, in more ways than one, stands as the food and drink industry’s version of the Academy Awards. In the years since I entered the restaurant world, I’ve repeatedly had the same conversation with coworkers and... Read more »

“Top Chef” Star Karen Akunowicz Talks about Gender Dynamics in the Kitchen

Karen Akunowicz brings queer femme representation into the world of mainstream reality TV.  Read more »

Craving the Other: One Woman’s Beef with Cultural Appropriation and Cuisine

From our 20th anniversary issue: If a dish hasn’t been eaten or reimagined by a white person, does it really exist? Read more »

Why Are Almost All the World’s Top Baristas Men?

Of the 50 baristas representing the best of their country’s coffee industry at the 2015 World Barista Championship, only 12 were women. Read more »

Instead of Banning Yoga Pants, Schools Should Crack Down on Harassment

Yoga pants and leggings are increasingly being banned by school dress codes. Photo by Matt Madd I was driving by one of the high schools here in Portland the other day and the... Read more »

How Fat Bodies Queer Fashion

A new collection of essays about fatness came out this spring: Queering Fat Embodiment is an academic book that looks at numerous perspectives on fatness, culture, and identity. We’re publishing an... Read more »

What Does “Femme” Look Like?

“It shouldn’t be assumed that just because you wear skirts you’re straight.” – Kathleen, from the Femme Project.  Artist Toni Latour’s The Femme Project is an exhibit of 64 photographs... Read more »

Girl, Uninterrupted: A Q&A with Feminist Fashion Writer Kim France

There are women in this world who, when they hear the name “Kim France,” literally gasp because they are so. Damn. Excited. And rightly so: As a writer, editor, and blogger, France has had a dreamworthy career in zeitgeisty print... Read more »

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