Culture

Making Waves: In “Luca” and “Wolfwalkers,” Monstrousness Is a Queer Metaphor

While the two films feature protagonists’ attempts to assimilate into human culture, they also ultimately do so under the threat of violence and discrimination. Read more »

Human First: Black Women Athletes Aren’t Your Performance Mules

Discrediting Black women athletes is par for the course in sports. Read more »

“Stolen” Reclaims the Narrative of the Troubled Teen

A survivor challenges institutional child abuse masquerading as therapy. Read more »

Ready For Those Jellies: The Shoe That Became Both Cheap Luxury and Status Symbol

It’s disheartening to watch the young folks who popularize apparel being excluded from the very trends they helped start. Read more »

Chasing Amy: Amy Winehouse’s Life—and Death—in the Media Glare

Not much has changed in the decade since Winehouse passed. Read more »

“Planet Her” Cements Doja Cat’s Pop Reign

“Planet Her” is a thrilling ride into Doja Cat’s mesmerizingly eccentric world. Read more »

Big Time Crush: “Never Have I Ever” Loses Itself In a Teenage Love Triangle

Never Have I Ever is like a teenager: It wants to be popular, relatable to everyone, and alienating to no one. Read more »

Ones You Can Depend On: “Ted Lasso” Offers Up an Ode to the Power of Friendship

Recently, Ted Lasso racked up a historic 20 Emmy nominations, more than any freshman comedy in history. Read more »

Mother Monsters: Two New Books Get Raw about Mothering as a “Natural” Role

“Maybe this was what happened to all moms and no one had told her.” Read more »

Who’s Spying On Your Kids? Everyone.

 TikTok, just like McDonald’s, is a flagrant collector of kids’ data. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »