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Private Eye: Inside Cammie Toloui's "5 Dollars For 3 Minutes"

Toloui’s photos turn the peep show around on its audience. Read more »

The Most Realistic Part of “Euphoria”? Its Depiction of Caregiving.

Unlike the series’s more graphic depictions of violence, substance use, and sex, Euphoria’s portrayal of kids in caregiving positions runs quietly in the background. Read more »

“Jackass” Made Me the Trans Woman I Am

What Jackass has—what makes it “forever”—is genuine heart. Read more »

Admitted But Not Accepted: Kendra James Shares the Undertold Story of BIPOC Students at Elite Boarding Schools

In “Admissions,” Kendra James opens up about her difficult time at the elite Taft School. Read more »

6 Feminist Albums That Got Us Through January

This month, we’re looking at releases by both new and veteran artists including FKA twigs, Halsey, and Linying. Read more »

Fantasy vs. Reality: What "Encanto" Gets Right—and Wrong—About Colombia

While Disney’s “Encanto” represents parts of Colombia’s diasporic cultural experience, its mirage of multicultural equity downplays the reality of marginalized communities in Latin America. Read more »

Andre Leon Talley's Legacy Goes Beyond Fashion

While his eyes were always “starved for beauty,” he cultivated a world where fat, Black, queer people like me could feel not only beautiful, but important.  Read more »

In Vogue: Ricky Tucker's Essential Read on Ballroom Culture

Ricky Tucker’s “And the Category Is…” offers a careful and thoughtful examination of ballroom culture. Read more »

Confused and Lacking: “The Lost Daughter” Erases the Depth of Elena Ferrante's Book

By omitting the rich interiority of the main character, the film adaptation renders flat the book’s complex discussion of motherhood and class. Read more »

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She-Hulk, Attorney at Law: She's Mean, She's Green, and She Believes in Due Process

Avenger. Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Member of the Fantastic Four. Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. 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 »

Will Filming the Police Keep Us Safe?

There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf... Read more »