“Coco” Proves Cultural Appreciation is Possible

I set out to the theater on Thanksgiving Day expecting to hate Disney-Pixar’s Coco. I was delightfully surprised.

Feminist Snack Break: El Día de los Muertos is not Halloween

Day of the Dead products at Target are what happens when capitalism takes cultural traditions that go back centuries and repackages them for profit. Read more »

What Not to Wear On Halloween

Your annual reminder that racist and transphobic costumes are no good.  Read more »

Feminist Snack Break: This Is What Cultural Appropriation Looks Like

Newsflash: Día de los Muertos and Halloween aren’t the same thing. 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 »

Too Many Kooks in the Kitchen: #Burritogate and Co-opting Mexican Culture

This “adventure narrative” is hugely successful in food culture: The chef has a cultural experience, and patrons get to taste a new version of the inspiration. It’s a story that sells. Read more »

Popaganda: Food Writing

Even though it’s one of our basic human needs, food isn’t simple or straightforward. What we eat ties into our upbringing, our culture, and our values. Food is a deep reflection of our identity. That’s what we’re talking about on today’s show: the personal politics of food. The food we... Read more »

White Women Need to Do Better: The Death of “My Favorite Murder”

It’s so important that we not only make sure to represent victims of color well, but also cease to promote or accept tone policing, respectability politics, and straight, white people serving up opinions that go unchecked. Read more »

The Fragility of the Western Traveler: Time to (Un)pack the Colonial Baggage

Before you pack your bags, unpack your colonial privilege. Read more »

And the Cultural Appropriation Prize Goes to...White Writers

When a white editor proposed an “appropriation prize,” other white editors launched a real and very public campaign to fund it. Read more »

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