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Don’t Get Comfortable: Culture-Jamming Cardi B and “Bodak Yellow”

A liberatory reading of “Bodak Yellow” as an anthem of anticapitalist femme revolution Read more »

President Ebenezer Scrooge: “A Christmas Carol” Offers a Valuable Lesson This Holiday Season

Donald Trump hasn’t grappled with the messages of any ghosts. Read more »

The Price of Activism, According to Teen Vogue

If activism continues being commodified, it will drown out the voices of those who are actually fighting for marginalized people. Read more »

The Fragility of Body Positivity: How a Radical Movement Lost Its Way

Focusing on feelings, clothing, and empowerment doesn’t combat discrimination. Read more »

An Old Story in a Neo Hat: In “Neo Yokio,” Futuristic Capitalism Looks Very Familiar

If a show doesn’t provide the framework to critically address what it purports to satirize, can it truly be satire? Read more »

The Fragility of Solidarity: Family History and Political Identity

Easier to blame POC “identity politics” than anti-Blackness or wages of whiteness. Easier to fall in line with the new president than to resist. Read more »

DRAWN OUT: On the Overconsumption of Avocados

We all know avocados are delicious, but there are many complexities involved in their overconsumption. Read more »

Raw Materials: Will teched-up clothing change fashion's gendered image?

We’re seeing exciting new technologies already designed with men and male agency in mind, codifying norms before they even hit the shelves. Read more »

Human Subjects: Should We Rely on Technology for Transcendence?

For the diehard technophiliac, the true calling of implants and cybernetics is to create a human no longer wracked by the vicissitudes of their own flesh. Read more »

Visibility or Complicity?: Western capitalism gets its hands on the hijab

Like most people of color, Muslims—especially women and trans folks—have been denied visibility by popular culture and media. 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 »