Culture

Family Stones: Lee Lai’s “Stone Fruit” Draws the Growing Pains of Queer Kinship

“Everyone’s pretty messy, while also being really well-intentioned.” Read more »

Whole Person: Lindy West Reflects on the Fat Positive Legacy of “Shrill”

“It was important to me to tell especially young fat women that romantic love will not save you.” Read more »

Inside the Quiverfull World That Made Josh Duggar

It’s hard for Quiverfull escapees and child sexual abuse survivors to feel any relief that the law is holding Josh Duggar accountable. Read more »

“The Nevers” Can’t Escape the Joss Whedon Curse

There are too many characters, too many high-stakes plotlines, and not enough explanation for how it all connects. Read more »

Mean to an End: How Online Harassment Became a Feature, Not a Bug

The facilitation of harassment may be social media’s most reliable content strategy. Read more »

All Grown Up: The Triumphant Return of Aly & AJ

There’s an evident maturity in their new music, one which strays from the more cookie-cutter pop and rock that came after their Disney days. Read more »

Tight Reins: The Careful Construction of Demi Lovato’s Docuseries

We love to keep our pop stars under a tight lens. Read more »

Saweetie, Rihanna, and the Memeification of Domestic Violence

What does it mean to live in a society where violence against women and girls is treated as comedic fodder? Read more »

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 »

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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 »

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 »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »