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Monstrous Men: The Medusa #MeToo Monument Has an Oedipal Complex

The statue embodies is the long historical pattern in which male competition plays out in the exploitation of female suffering.

Eating the Poison: “Sin Eater” Turns Shame into a Superpower

The most important thing is what you think of yourself, even if you’re in a terrible situation; that kind of self-worth is where everything else begins. Read more »

Mixtape to My Heart: Music as a Function of Vietnamese Memory

Music needs minds and media to carry it, but it doesn’t need bags. Music can’t sink boats. Read more »

Lip Service: Lucy Parsons’s Revolution Was Beautified

Desirability politics, social capital, and lookism remain present in even the most conscious radical spaces. Read more »

Corseted Up: Victorian Ideals Are Still Binding up Women

A woman who meets the world with intensity is a woman who endures lashes of shame and disapproval. Read more »

Siren Songs: Nina MacLaughlin on Revisiting the Women of Ovid’s “Metamorphoses”

In Wake, Siren, Ovid’s women emerge as unique individuals, fully formed and very often full of anger. Read more »

Binding Harm: Generations of Witches Intertwine Rituals and Activism

To be a witch is to have and to exercise agency on behalf of all. Read more »

Dicks in a Box: The Enduring Fear of Penis-Snatching Witches

Castration anxiety is the unidentified main character in fantastical stories about penis-stealing witches. Read more »

Finite Love: What Lesbian Period Dramas Lose When We Project Our Fears on Them

Films and television series featuring queer characters are still relatively scarce. Read more »

Weapons of Mass Distraction: The Bikini Turned Sexuality into a Threat

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Many of us think of washing someone’s mouth out with soap as an outdated punishment for ill-tempered children, but for a long time it was also commonplace as a corrective for women.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

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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 »

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

The marginalization of transgender women in feminism is not new, but the decades-long debate has taken on new dimension thanks to social media and the ease of finding strangers’ personal information online. 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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