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Very Online: Quarantine Is Changing Influencer Culture. Will It Last?

In quarantine, influencer marketing is being tossed into harsher light.

Streaming Isn’t Music’s Magic Bullet

Independent artists are reckoning with what it means to work on their own terms in an industry that’s increasingly led by a small number of billion-dollar data and tech companies. Read more »

This Year, Pride Returned to Its Radical Roots

Social justice movements demanding civil rights for minority groups have too often been led by queer people of color who are later erased in our remembrance of events. Read more »

Slaying the Girlboss: New Books Explore the Underbelly of Corporate Feminism

Against differing backdrops, Andrea Bartz and Leah Stein offer their own look into the darker underbelly of these easily marketable spaces. Read more »

Beyond Retail Therapy: The Case Against Pandemic Shopping

With the sudden shift toward increased online shopping, there has been an unintended casualty—the United States Postal Service. Read more »

Manipulation By “Transparency”: The Rise and Fall of Everlane

“Ethical fashion” has long been a phrase used to lure customers. Read more »

Blank Slate: Spiritual Emptiness Is Clearing Our Closets

While minimalism may masquerade as a reaction to capitalism, current practices and values have turned it into the rebellious offspring of capitalism. Read more »

Popaganda: Glamour beyond Capitalism

Confronting and rejecting the cultural messages that assign value to our bodies based on wealth and status can be revolutionary acts of reclamation—and help feminists redefine “glamour. Read more »

Sustainable Influencers and the Problem with Trendy Environmentalism

Not everyone can afford to go vegan or spend hundreds of dollars on ethically made clothes—and they shouldn’t have to. Read more »

For the Love of Goop: What We Lose When Women’s Magazines Prioritize Celebrity over Truth

Dr. Jen Gunter didn’t want to build a career out of criticizing Goop, but Goop didn’t stop giving her reason to be critical. Read more »

Beyoncé Wrapped Capitalism in Orange Boxes and Called It Empowerment

Many people no longer consider wealth the gateway to freedom and power for Black people. Read more »

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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 »