Culture

The Only Gaze Is Ours: Tracing the Evolution of Black Women’s Stories

Writing about Black people feels limitless. It feels infinite. Read more »

What, like It’s Hard?: The Enduring Legacy of “Legally Blonde”

Elle is not only harassed, but also has the harassment weaponized against her.  Read more »

“Moxie” Isn’t Perfect, but Neither Are New Feminists

Moxie is more educational than groundbreaking. Read more »

Avenging Eve: The Death of Eden and the Birth of Patriarchy

The biblical origin story teaches us that the woman who dares disobey God is the monster. Read more »

“What’s Mine and Yours” Complicates the School Segregation Story

Naima Coster’s prescient novel brings human faces to a broader social issue. Read more »

Dream Sequence: “To All the Boys” Ends Less Sugary Sweet Than It Began

The film ultimately lacks the essential nutrients of a satisfying conclusion. Read more »

Under Your Spell: Revisiting “Buffy’s” First Lesbian Kiss 20 Years Later

The fact that these queer women weren’t allowed sustained happiness sent the message that stability exists only in relationships between men and women. Read more »

Hidden in Subtext: “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” Masks Bisexuality

The main character’s queerness is downplayed.  Read more »

Is the Abortion Rights Movement Becoming a White Woman’s Story?

White girl protagonists become stand-ins for a “universal” experience. Read more »

“Honey Girl” Is about a Woman Coming Home to Herself

Honey Girl is not a romance novel. 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 »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. 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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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 »