Music

BitchTapes: Decolonizing Healing

In pop culture, eating disorders are often depicted as illnesses that visit solely white women, but that doesn’t reflect reality.

A Time to Sing: “Un Violador En Tu Camino” Becomes a Global Protest Anthem

The song is a clear, material, experience-based assessment of universal structures of power and what they do to us. Read more »

Normalized Abuse: Ari Lennox, Blue Ivy, and the Quest to Make Black Girls Hate Themselves

Unfortunately, anti-Black ridicule, much of which is grounded in colorism, only increases when a Black woman becomes famous. Read more »

Over It: Is There Room for Anxious Black Girls in Music?

We owe Black women musicians the space to take care of themselves. Read more »

Just a Fan: With “Cheap Queen,” King Princess Finds Her Power

A satisfying album that centers on the complexities and changeability of identity, let alone queer identity, is a tough task. Read more »

BitchTapes: Best Songs of 2019

Music remains one of the guiding lights for the Bitch staff. Read more »

(Black) Girls Need Love Too: R&B Creates New Standards for Situationships

This generation of Black women R&B artists are seeking clarity and setting new relationship standards for themselves—and their devoted fanbases. Read more »

Solo Act: R&B Music Made My First Apartment Feel like Home

Our physical living space is closely tied to our emotional needs. Read more »

What the Conversation about Harry Styles Reveals about Queerbaiting

What do fans of potentially straight, queer icons like Harry Styles actually want?  Read more »

Father Knows Nothing: Purity Culture Stunts the Sexual Growth of Black Girls

The concept of virginity derives from white-evangelical, patriarchal notions that have been used to control and regulate the bodies of women. Read more »

This Woman’s Work: FKA twigs’s “MAGDALENE” Dissects Female Martyrdom

FKA twigs not only treats her album’s namesake as a source of spiritual strength, but considers how often women are stripped of their agency and their voice—even when they’re the heroine of their own stories. Read more »

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