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Body and Soul: In Its Final Season, “Shrill” Explores the Fear of Being Seen

We’ve seen Annie face off against the world; now it’s time for her to face herself. Read more »

Gina Frangello Writes Complex Women. Is That Why She’s “Unlikeable?”

Gina Frangello is surprised to find herself suddenly being a poster girl for rage. Read more »

Bucky With the Good Arm: Fans’ Response to Wakandan Justice Is Peak Whiteness

As the internet ruminates on Marvel’s latest hit show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, one scene in particular has ignited debate across Twitter. Read more »

Beautiful Suffering: “Pop Song” Bears Witness to the Power of Different Loves

Maybe it’s human instinct to want to capture our emotions, to bottle and preserve them for others to see. Read more »

“Death, Sex & Money” Offers a Masterclass in Hard Conversations

What is achieved when you try to have these uncomfortable conversations with people in your life? Read more »

Love Is the Message: The Final Season of “Pose” Hands Out Happily Ever Afters

We’ve cried with them and mourned for them, but the third and final season of Pose gives us reasons to smile for them. Read more »

girl in red Wants to Follow Her Impulses

She is ever-changing and ever-evolving. Read more »

5 Feminist Albums That Got Us Through April

We’re all still searching for comfort and inspiration. Read more »

Daughters of the Resurrection: For Black Women, “Lemonade” Still Feels Like Home

Though the album delves deep into the pain of infidelity, it shouldn’t be separated from its depiction of Black womanhood as a far-reaching community forged from shared experience. Read more »

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Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... 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 »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »