Culture

Not Your Crisis Daddy: Is Memeing Politicians Critique—or PR?

Memes stand apart in a range of political coverage that includes everything from established news reporting to satirical forums. Read more »

Sex Workers Are No Longer the Butt of the Joke. They’re Making Them.

Sex-worker comedians allow audiences to see erotic labor through the lens of the people who actually do it. Read more »

“Tiger King” Is about Murder, Mayhem, and Misogyny

“Tiger King” lends a hand to Joe Exotic’s agenda to sour Caroline Baskin’s reputation and make her, in the eyes of the public, a maniacal man-killer.  Read more »

Two Funny Moms Get Real about the Goriness of Having a Baby

“There’s No Manual” informs without scaremongering and advises without judging Read more »

“The Half of It” Isn’t Joking When It Says It Isn’t a Love Story

“The Half of It” seems to be more about the halfway happiness Ellie’s given. Read more »

Incinerating Injustice: Women Are Rightfully Furious Under Trump

All roads lead back to empathy. Read more »

Channeling Confidence: mxmtoon Sings for Queer Teens—and for Herself

“I have this platform where I can see my own audience reacting to who I am and feeling safe to express who they are as well.” Read more »

“All Boys Aren’t Blue” Offers Hope and Trust to Young Queer Black Readers

George M. Johnson has crafted an intimate community of Black queer readers. Read more »

(No) Escape Zone: Two Authors Bring Us to Terms with Our Mortality

The more we’re encouraged to talk to one another about death, the less scary and anxiety-inducing it is. Read more »

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She-Hulk, Attorney at Law: She's Mean, She's Green, and She Believes in Due Process

Avenger. Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Member of the Fantastic Four. Read more »

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

The marginalization of transgender women in feminism is not new, but the decades-long debate has taken on new dimension thanks to social media and the ease of finding strangers’ personal information online. 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 »

Oh Joy Sex Toy: How I Realized I'm Asexual

Artist Kiku H shares her personal experiences learning what it means to be asexual. Read more »