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Pretty Hurts: Israel Is Still Putting a Feminine Face On Its Violent Operation

Their gendered advertising is seemingly created to sanitize the violence they inflict on Palestinians.

Once Again, Disney Attempts to Co-opt Pride Month

Disney’s disinterest in truly embracing the same consumers its Pride messaging targets sends a clear-cut message. Read more »

Our Internet, Ourselves: 7 Extremely Online Books for the Twitter-Weary

These seven books explain our dysfunctional relationship with the internet. Read more »

Goop She Did It Again: The Dangerous Obsession with Intuitive Fasting

We should all be alarmed by Paltrow’s power to repackage deeply harmful ideas. Read more »

Celeb Buzz: Sex Toy Brands Are Increasingly Bringing on Famous Faces

Sexual shame can’t be stopped by the power of a pretty, popular, and palatable celebrity. Read more »

Spiritual Currency: The Manifestation Grift Comes to Instagram

Manifestation influencers like to say that the only thing standing between a person and their dreams is mindset, but this principle only works for the select few who already hold the right cards. Read more »

To Well and Back: The Bleak Future of Positive Thinking

America’s problems can’t just be manifested away. Read more »

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

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

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 »

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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 »