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BitchTapes: Best Songs of 2019

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

MILF of Human Kindness: “Mrs. Fletcher’s” Muddled Messages about Older Women and Sexual Freedom

On paper, Mrs. Fletcher is a slam dunk. In execution, not so much. Read more »

Yay, Us?: In the World of “mixed-ish,” Colorblindness Is the Same as Anti-Racism

There’s still a dearth of pop culture with multiracial characters who contend with what that multiraciality means socially and politically. Read more »

Sticky Fingers: What Have We Learned from a Decade of Sexting?

Regardless of the progression of sexting as a practice, the way women are exploited online has yet to change. Read more »

The Lasting Impact of the “Fleabag” Jumpsuit

The iconography of clothing in film and television has transcended time and gender over the years. 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 »

The Best Queer YA Novels of 2019

It’s been a stunning year for queer young-adult novels. Read more »

Unpoetic Injustice: “Queen & Slim” Treats Its Outlaws as Misguided Political Symbols

It treats its strangers–turned–outlaws as political symbols rather than fleshed-out characters with interests and flaws. 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 »

Narrowing the Chart: The Most Essential Episodes of “The L Word”

For those who are new to The L Word universe, here are the most essential episodes to watch to prep for Generation Q. Read more »

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Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... Read more »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »