Music

Taking the Long Way: The Price of Political Dissent in Country Music

The severity of the punishment wasn’t retaliation for an act of dissent but rather one of betrayal; and to commit a betrayal, one has to first be a loyal soldier. Read more »

Dusted or Busted: In “The Man,” Taylor Swift Seeks to Critique Sexism, but Twists Drag to Do So

While Swift is trying to call out a double-standard, she may be enabling a double-standard for the queer community. Read more »

Women in Dancehall Turn up for Pleasure Parity

Though dancehall has long been considered a platform for both men and women to unapologetically express their sexual prowess, the genre also has its limitations. Read more »

Safe and Sound: How Podcasts Became Audio Enclaves for Black Women

In a world that has very few spaces for us, podcasts that lift up and celebrate Black women listeners are a welcome breath of fresh air. Read more »

The Music and the Misery: Hulu’s New “High Fidelity” Upends a Male Classic

The new reboot proves that music-snobbery is an equal-opportunity annoyance. Read more »

BitchTapes: Decolonizing Healing

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

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 »

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