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“Orlando” Is 30 Years Old, but It’s Still Groundbreaking in Its Transfemininity

While many films depicting the lives of trans folks do not stand the test of time, Sally Potter’s 1992 film does.

Fighting TERFs, Vomiting, and Writing Bathos: Grace Lavery on Her Eccentric, Exciting Memoir

“Someone I used to live with described my writing process as watching someone vomit compulsively for hours at a time,” says Grace Lavery, author of “Please Miss: A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Penis.” Read more »

“Jackass” Made Me the Trans Woman I Am

What Jackass has—what makes it “forever”—is genuine heart. Read more »

The Audacity of Confidence: Is It Imposter Syndrome or Is It Patriarchy?

At least 70 percent of people are estimated to experience this profound sense of phrenic inadequacy at some point in their lives, resulting in anxiety, lack of self-confidence, depression, frustration, and more. Read more »

Whitewashed History: The “Loud” Podcast Amplifies Reggaeton’s Overlooked Black Roots

Ivy Queen’s insightful podcast “Loud” examines reggaeton’s past, present, and future. Read more »

Remembering bell hooks in Her Own Words

Bitch interviewed the legendary feminist scholar bell hooks in our Winter 2000 issue. Read more »

King Isis Bends Both Gender and Genre

“Music has been there for me even when I couldn’t be there for myself,” says the singer. Read more »

Feminist-ish: The “Little Miss Badass” Trope

The trope itself is powerful because audiences also often perceive young women as vulnerable and nonthreatening, and the reveal that a character is secretly a Little Miss Badass subverts their own expectations of the narrative. Read more »

Essentialist Thinking: "Femlandia" Provokes, but Doesn't Push Past the Gender Binary

The insistent classification of Rooney’s work as Marxist has long felt like a stretch. Read more »

A Love Scorned: What “You” Season 3 Says about Fans’ Obsession with Male Killers

Despite viewers’ desire to “fix” the fictional male serial killer, Love Quinn’s murderous heel turn didn’t get the same reaction from fans after Season 2. Read more »

Female Trouble: In the Absence of Tropes, What Can a Woman Be?

We still aren’t fully comfortable with women who can’t be slotted into recognizable roles. 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 »