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The Teen Girls of “Big Mouth” Are Its Saving Grace

While Big Mouth is a show about teens of all genders, it shines best when it delves into the worlds and inner workings of its teen girl characters. 

How @EmoBlackThot Infiltrated Black Women’s Safe Spaces

At times, she seemed too good to be true. And now we know she was: @EmoBlackThot was not our dark-skinned digital big sister; in fact, she wasn’t a sister at all. Read more »

Drop the Fry: Judging Elizabeth Holmes’s Voice Comes down to Bias

Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Assistant have one thing in common: They all have female-identified voices and names. Read more »

Gazed and Confused: How Do We Define the “Female Gaze” in Film?

A female gaze can’t simply be found in the deliberate desexualization of women, or in clever quips about smashing the patriarchy. Read more »

Bye Sharam: Indian Women Are Tapping into the Enduring Power of Memoir

Sharam, or shame, is one of patriarchy’s most powerful weapons, and it begins early. Read more »

Bad Mouths: The Long History of Sanitizing Women’s Language

Many of us think of washing someone’s mouth out with soap as an outdated punishment for ill-tempered children, but for a long time it was also commonplace as a corrective for women. Read more »

False Alarm: The Tale of JT Leroy Is a Hoax with Layers

Like its subject, JT LeRoy is about so much more than it seems. Read more »

Believe Me: Genderqueer and Nonbinary Survivors on Visibility and Identity

Those living at the intersection of nonbinary and survivor are forced to reconcile with others reshaping their bodies and needs. Read more »

And the Oscar Goes To...: Cisgender Nominees Who Identify As Male or Female

This is not an issue unique to the Oscars. Read more »

The Misguided Pursuit of “Better” Manhood at American Fraternities

The dominant narrative around fraternities has long been one of peer pressure, blackout drinking, and cruel hazing rituals. So why are so many male students, especially white ones, as excited as ever to join them? Read more »

Online Challenges Hit a Sour Note for Queer and Trans Communities

I was overwhelmed with the memory of my old image. Read more »

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Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... Read more »