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The Patriarchy Is in the Pudding

Making Christmas pudding is turning out to be like childbirth or menopause—one of those things women don’t talk about, and when you get there yourself, you realize that it would’ve been great for someone to have mentioned incontinence, vaginal dryness, or the need for inordinate upper body strength.

Nowhere Is Home: Two Well-Traveled Writers on Roots, Writing, and Exile

There’s some way that trips are actually about traveling inside, a journey you need to make in your own life that you can’t make if you stay in the place you live. Read more »

(Un)Spoken Truths: Cousins Grace and Roslyn Talusan on the Healing Power of Storytelling

Everything in our culture would like us to repress trauma, and shame is at the core of this. Read more »

“All This Could Be Yours” Complicates the Narrative of Shitty Men and Forgiveness

By focusing on the women who Victor has harmed, Jami Attenberg offers a fleeting world where even messy, sometimes-bad women deserve justice on their own terms. Read more »

What Happens to Queer People Who Don’t Have a Chosen Family?

“I guess it’s felt like queerness alone isn’t enough of a glue.” Read more »

Canfei to Canji: The Freedom of Being Loud

The erasure of disabled people is one of the most common international crimes against humanity. Read more »

Popaganda: Queering Family Values

“Family values” has been co-opted by right-wing folks. But what the hell! Feminists have strong values, and we have strong families, too. On today’s episode, we’re queering family values. For a lot of queer folks, the traditional concept of family is wrought with complicated feelings—a lot of blood... Read more »

The Nan Show: How Nannies Rewrote the Rules on TV Parenting

The experiences of nannies that are omitted from pop culture tell us as much about the current state of childcare in America as do the types of nannies and parents that are portrayed. Read more »

Parent Trap: Why Mother’s and Father’s Day Still Aren’t Playing Their Cards Right

Mother’s and Father’s Day continue to do the cultural work of reinforcing popular notions of gendered parenting. Read more »

If Mama’s Free: Abolitionist Blues for Liberation

Black mamas are sitting in prison awaiting trial for being too free. Read more »

#ItHappenedToUs: How Chosen Families support Queer Survivors of Sexual Assault

When I was sexually assaulted, it didn’t just happen to me, it happened to us.  Read more »

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What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »