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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.

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Many of us think of washing someone’s mouth out with soap as an outdated punishment for ill-tempered children, but for a long time it was also commonplace as a corrective for women.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

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: The Real Sex Lives of Historical Queens

How accurate are the sex scenes in The Favourite? Read more »

Ray of Light: Amy Ray’s New Album Gives Voice to a Rural Resistance

Holler’s bravado doesn’t simplify or glorify country life. Read more »

How to Support Trans, Intersex, and Nonbinary Folks in This Nightmarish Hellscape

Any action taken is better than standing idly by. 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 »