The Heat Issue

The Lie That Feeds Our Ugly Fascination with Makeover Shows

How do you produce a show that purports to make women more beautiful—presenting them as undesirable as is—and still manage to preach self-love?

Bound Together: One Year Later, FOSTA-SESTA Throws Sex Workers Back into the Fire

The practical impact of the law is incredibly detrimental. Read more »

Catching Heat: Veronica Alvarez Goes to Bat for Girls in Baseball

As it now stands, once girls age out of youth baseball at 12, there’s nowhere else for them to play.  Read more »

Raising Hell: Satanic Feminism’s Eternal Legacy

Activist groups such as W.I.T.C.H. and others show how satanism can be used as a powerful unifying force for political engagement. Read more »

A Pleasure to Burn: One Family’s Hot-Sauce Heirloom

In my family, harming yourself is unholy, unless that harm is eyes watering from tasting hot sauce. Read more »

Twist of Faith: Q&A With “God Land” Author Lyz Lenz

“Cultural Christianity’s power as moral currency is something society still uses to define who’s good and who’s bad. For women, for people of color especially, how you look, how you dress, how you act shapes how we interpret who’s in and who’s out.” Read more »

Cabin Fever: The New Luxury of Adult Summer Camp

Scroll through the websites of most of the adult summer camps and look at the founders, counselors, and instructors. You’ll rarely see a Black person or person of color. 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Many of us think of washing someone’s mouth out with soap as an outdated punishment for ill-tempered children, but for a long time it was also commonplace as a corrective for women.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 »