Music

“Norman Fucking Rockwell!” Is a Case Study in Political Apathy

Aside from a smattering of references to the counterculture movement of the 1960s and ’70s, Norman Fucking Rockwell! appears to have little to no meaningful connection to its namesake’s work. Read more »

Me Who?: Debbie Harry’s “Face It” and the Challenge of Addressing Outmoded Rape Narratives

The urge to superimpose the cultural context of today on the difficult truths of the past risks erasing them. Read more »

What Critiques of Normani Reveal about Racist Expectations of Black Women Artists

Music critics and listeners alike give Black pop stars hell—especially when they’re women. Read more »

BitchTapes: Anti-Fascist Heavy Metal Tunes

Metal is too good for Nazis and there are a growing number of artists who agree. Read more »

Cruel Bummer: “Lover” Is an Odd Litmus Test for Taylor Swift’s Politics

Taylor Swift is turning 30 in December, so it’s no surprise that she’s released an album that feels more authentic and honest than her previous two. Read more »

BitchTapes: 20 Years of Missy Elliott

Let’s celebrate a musical genius. Read more »

A New Wave of High-Femme Pop Stars Are Queering the Girl Group

Sateen is moving the girl group away from hints and subtext toward an aesthetic and musical style that’s unmistakably queer, trans-positive, and staunchly pro-girl. Read more »

Knee-Jerk Biphobia: What Responses to Miley Cyrus’s Breakup Say about Queer Erasure

Miley Cyrus isn’t “back” just because she’s dating a woman. She’s always been queer. Read more »

BitchTapes: Southern Gothic Glamour

Throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder, turn your face to the moon, and check out Nichole Perkins’s playlist—the perfect Southern gothic soundtrack. Read more »

Straight Capitalism, No Chaser: Brands Are Butting into “Hot Girl Summer” to Make a Quick Buck

As the phrase #HotGirlSummer has gained visibility, an onslaught of brands attempting to commodify Megan Thee Stallion’s lifestyle. Read more »

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