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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.

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 »

Cold Comfort: “The Goop Lab” Proves Capitalist Takes on Self-Care Aren’t Going Anywhere

“We’re here one time, one life, like, how can we really like milk the shit out of this?” Read more »

Patriarchy Proof: Thinx and the Perils of Emphasizing Female Founders

Is it actually good that we inherently trust, and buy from, “female founded” brands?  Read more »

“Like a Boss” Takes Down a Girlboss, But Loses Its Sense of Humor

Like a Boss has a message that’s both confusing and unfunny. Read more »

On Becoming a Fraud in Central Florida

The show offers a sharp critique of the broader capitalist system that harms us all. Read more »

Hot Mic: Priyanka Chopra’s Selectively Woke Stardom Is a Strategic—and Risky—Decision

Diasporas and communities of color often feel that we must pedestalize even the least bit of representation that comes our way. Read more »

Straight Capitalism, No Chaser: Brands Are Butting into “Hot Girl Summer” to Make a Quick Buck

As the phrase #HotGirlSummer has gained visibility, an onslaught of brands attempting to commodify Megan Thee Stallion’s lifestyle. Read more »

From Butt Masks to Glass Dildos: The Commercialization of Self-Care and Wellness

If your brand claims to value mental health and wellness, then it should go beyond lip service. 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 »