Culture

White and Whimsical: The Reformation of Fashion’s History

Many of us have accepted that whiteness and cultural appropriation have long dominated fashion, but these issues have tangible roots that deserve interrogation. Read more »

Cultivating Freedom: This Year, Cottagecore Exploded—But Excluded Black Women

Cottagecore is about freedom rather than loneliness. Read more »

In Heaven’s Name: A New Documentary Revisits a Notorious, Misunderstood Cult

Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults challenges viewers to rethink their assumptions. Read more »

No One Can Escape Diet Culture—Even Lizzo

Bodies detox themselves, and no amount of supplements, smoothies, or apple cider vinegar do more than our own bodies naturally do to regulate us. Read more »

Joke to Trope: On the Pop Culture Villainization of Aunties

Is it possible that we’re being just a little too harsh on our aunties? Read more »

Lizzie McGuire is 30. Apparently That’s a Problem for Disney+.

How Disney+ killed our Lizzie McGuire dreams. Read more »

Rescue Rom-Com: Sex Workers Reflect on the Fantasy of “Pretty Woman”

Pretty Woman is to real-life sex work what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are to actual ninjas. Read more »

Bad (White) Moms Dominate Christmas Movies

Perhaps we’re not far enough removed from the bigoted assumptions that moms who don’t fit the mold aren’t parenting correctly. Read more »

That “Gay Cowboy Movie”: Queer People Reflect on 15 Years of “Brokeback Mountain”

Six queer creatives reflect on “Brokeback Mountain’s” enduring, complex legacy and its indisputable impact on queer media and American audiences. Read more »

Whiteness Reigns: Our Cultural Obsession with Cleopatra

Gal Gadot isn’t the first white woman to be cast as Cleopatra. 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 »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

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

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... 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 »