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Watch the Crown: What's Next for the Natural Hair Movement

St. Clair Detrick-Jules writes about the importance of celebrating and representing Black hair in media. 

Maya Cade Reframes the Legacy of Black Cinema

Rosa Cartagena interviews Maya Cade about her work on the Black Film Archive, as well as movie recommendations from the collection. Read more »

Bloody Lies: The Never-Ending Cycle of Menstrual Mythmaking

Gabrielle Merite traces an illustrated history of stigmatizing myths about menstruation.  Read more »

Abortion Is Under Attack. These 3 Films Illustrate the Resilience of the Reproductive Rights Movement.

Film has long been used as an intellectual battle ground over the legal state of abortion. These stories from the ’60s and ’70s are alive and sadly relevant today. Read more »

No Men Allowed: Can the Dream of a Women’s Utopia Return?

For the women joining lesbian intentional communities, autonomy could only come to fruition through the creation of a unique and separate female existence and culture.” In this, they were initially successful. However, as time passed and the feminist movement progressed, interest in separatist... 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 »

Juhea Kim Talks Korean History and Why Books Should Break Us Open

A new book explores the power of artistic imagery from Venus to Beyoncé. Read more »

How Media Moved the Goalposts on Women's Football: An Excerpt from “Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women's Football League”

Women’s football had to take what media coverage it could get. What it got wasn’t good. Read more »

Tell It Like It Is: Fannie Lou Hamer Sounded the Alarm on Forced Sterilization

Hamer was the first civil rights activist during the 1960s to openly address forced sterilization. Read more »

“This Is Not That Bad”: An Excerpt from Anita Hill's “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence”

How do three simple words—“not that bad”—become so powerful? Read more »

Criminal Accessories: The Ruthless Style of London’s Forty Elephants Gang

The Forty Elephants remain one of the most successful and longest-lasting criminal organizations in English history. Read more »

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In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

To imply that trans women pose a threat to cisgender women in restrooms is misinformation that preys on unfounded fears. Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It's easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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