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“Auntie” Agony : Black Women Can Hate Ageist Phrases

Because female power is assumed to be beauty, and female beauty is latched tight to youth, our power is believed to fade over time. Read more »

Oh Joy Sex Toy: Finding Fat-Postive Sexuality

Sarah didn’t see herself represented in sexy stories in books or on TV. But she found a body positive community online.  Read more »

I Talked With One of America’s Only Female Sushi Chefs

There’s a strong taboo against women becoming sushi chefs. But that didn’t stop Mikiko Ando.  Read more »

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 »

More People Are Identifying as Bisexual—and That’s Great!

We talk with author Shiri Eisner about the changing nature of bisexual identity.  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 »

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Target Market: Black Women with Guns: Frontier Feminists or Insurrectionists?

The guns Black women carry are symbols of their abilities to be both frontierwomen and nurturing warrior mothers birthing a new generation of revolutionaries. Read more »