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Backtalk: Adichie's Transphobic Remarks & Trouble at Thinx

Dahlia and Amy discuss the latest in our problematic faves: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s transphobic remarks. Bitch Media’s Global Feminism Writing Fellow, Aqdas Aftab’s piece, “Reading Chimamanda Adichie... Read more »

Performance Anxiety: Trump and the Commodification of Dissent in the Tech Industry

Advertising “resistance” as a brand carries a number of advantages: Covering up PR problems, protecting access to talented immigrant workers, and yes, also genuinely wanting to do the right thing. Read more »

Pins and Needles: Tuesday Bassen Fights the Fast-Fashion Powers Ripping off Indie Designers

Early in 2016, Bassen’s art started showing up in an unwelcome place: On the website of fast-fashion mainstay Zara, uncredited.  Read more »

Pantsuit on Fire: The Founder of a Facebook Community Cashes In

 Chamberlain, who is neither an activist nor an author, is cashing in on what amounts to the labor of strangers. Read more »

A Vacation is Not Activism: Part III—On Tourism and Ecosocial Disasters

Not only do post-disaster tourism profits seldom reach those in need, the industry also contributes to climate change by weakening natural shore protection and depleting desperately needed resources in vulnerable communities. Read more »

Three Things I Learned While Satirizing A Lifestyle Brand

There’s something about celebrity lifestyle brands that pushes me away from logic, into the extremes of either unquestioning belief or mockery—and for a long time, I wasn’t quite sure why. Read more »

Off Brand: The Limits of Celebrity Feminism

The transformational feminism that’s required to really change the world is not going to happen in the marketplace. Read more »

Spend & Save: The Narrative of Fair Trade and White Saviorism

You know the saying: One woman’s day-to-day struggle is another woman’s passion project. Read more »

What Does it Mean to Decolonize Travel?

Writer Bani Amor is challenging the way tourism and travel writing usually center on white stories. Read more »

Debugging Bias: Busting the Myth of Neutral Technology

We must recognize that the engine of the tech revolution—the assumption of inherent neutrality—is faulty. 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 »