Culture

Very Online: Emily Mariko Has Us Obsessed—for Now

There’s a fundamental contradiction in nearly all influencers’ lifestyle content.

Messy Reality: “Maid” Puts an Unflinching Lens on Women in Poverty

A lack of support for single mothers in poverty keeps the main character trapped in a cycle. Read more »

"Carefree Black Girls" Treats Black Women As Art

“The inspiration for the phrase and concept #CarefreeBlackGirl was the fact that, at that moment, I wasn’t feeling very carefree.” Read more »

Bloodlust: “Mayday” Is a Brutal, Irresistible Feminist Revenge Fantasy

Karen Cinorre delivers a bloody, cathartic thrill with Mayday. Read more »

Culture of Fear: 10 TV and Film Workers Call Out Hollywood Exploitation

The film and TV industry has been abusing its workers for decades with relentless schedules, stolen wages, grinding culture, unequal opportunity, and other hazardous conditions. Read more »

Picking Fights: Can Foraging Be Fruitful for People of Color?

Knowing one’s rights, the local laws, and being able to identify local plants are all important skills for foragers. A heightened sense of awareness, common among all people of color during any activity, is also particularly important. Read more »

Words Fail: “Dear Evan Hansen” Is an Obvious Disservice to Mental-Health Representation

Corny and contrived, Dear Evan Hansen is an obvious disservice to mental-health representation. Read more »

Punching Down: Why Netflix Deserves Some of the Heat for Dave Chapelle’s Transphobic Comments

Focusing the blame only on the comedian is no longer enough. Read more »

Bad Sport: “Squid Game” Exposes the False Rhetoric of “Choice” and “Resilience”

Resilience is admirable; challenging the system is intolerable. Read more »

One-Inch Barrier: How Americans Watch Netflix’s “Squid Game” Matters

Americans really, really don’t like subtitles. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in October

Cozy up with a new title this month. Read more »

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It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

To imply that trans women pose a threat to cisgender women in restrooms is misinformation that preys on unfounded fears. Read more »

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 »

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

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

"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »