Culture

Face Value: How K-Beauty Repackaged Skincare as Self-Care

K-Beauty ritualizes self-discipline, rather than effortlessness, as a moral value. Read more »

“Who I Was With Her” Explores Queer Grief and Loneliness

Nita Tyndall surveys what it’s like to grieve in silence. Read more »

Queer Pressure: #OwnVoices and What We Demand of Queer Authors

Reading is about learning and reflecting, not reaching out and making demands. Read more »

Conjuring Possibilities: Remembering Chadwick Boseman, a Champion of Black Stories

Popular media is a feedback loop that both tells us how to exist in the world and reinforces what we believe is possible. Read more »

Very Online: Inside the Endless Post-Police Brutality Loop

We continue treading the same digital footsteps, hoping that, maybe, this time, it’ll make a difference. Read more »

Wildcat Strike: Sports Show the Possibilities of Collective Action

While a boycott is a consumptive act of resistance, a strike is an action grounded in labor resistance.  Read more »

“Legend of Korra” Shows How to Navigate PTSD While Fighting Injustice

Legend of Korra shows TV viewers that it’s possible to manage trauma—even while continuing the fight for justice. Read more »

Trauma Fishbowl: Reality TV Is Costing Survivors More Than Privacy

These events are a stark reminder of the price of fame. Read more »

Verbalizing the Self: Why Bisexuals Are Fighting to Update the Definition of Bisexuality

Merriam-Webster finally changed their definition of bisexuality. Is it a win for bisexuals, or more of the same? Read more »

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Dear Bear: My Partner Makes No Money. Is That a Problem?

Our advice columnist offers a lesson in anticapitalist self-care. Read more »

Oh Joy Sex Toy: How I Realized I'm Asexual

Artist Kiku H shares her personal experiences learning what it means to be asexual. Read more »

Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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Saying Goodbye to Maria and the End of a Sesame Street Era

Growing up, Sesame Street's Maria was one of the best Latina role models I had. Read more »