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Very Online: Instagram Has a Conversion Therapy Problem

With help from Instagram, they’re able to expand their reach to those vulnerable to their violent teachings.

“Girls and Their Cats” and The Future of Cat Ladies

“I definitely think that the qualities people don’t like in cats are the same qualities that men especially don’t particularly like in women: that we’re independent, that we don’t need them.” Read more »

Very Online: Why Does the Internet Keep Trying to Sell Us Bullshit Vaginal Healthcare?

At the very least, social media platforms can make it more difficult for harmful healthcare products to gain massive followings. Read more »

Very Online: The Chicken Sandwich Debacle Shows How Brands Co-Opt Black Twitter

Popeyes didn’t notice the opportunity to be found in responding to the Chick-fil-A tweet—until Black Twitter did. Read more »

Extremely Seen: “Awards for Good Boys” Author Shelby Lorman on Influencer Culture

“People think that I am ‘good’ or ‘better’ than because of the work I make, so I feel like I have to remind people that I’m an asshole. This is just my job.” Read more »

Technology Isn’t Neutral: Ari Fitz on How Instagram Fails Queer Black Creators

“Technology has this way of feeling so neutral, like a bug is just a bug, but it’s really racism and sexism and bias masquerading as a bug.” Read more »

The Vanilla Internet: How Instagram Is Failing Queer Sex Workers

Following FOSTA-SESTA, Instagram has increased its censorship of content that can be perceived as related to sex work—with at times devastating effects on digital queer sex worker communities. Read more »

Social Media as Image Management: How Cops Are Using TikTok to Distract from Police Brutality

While in full gear, an officer tells TikTok users that he’s their new dad, he’ll tuck them into bed, and he’ll and let them stay up late playing video games. Read more »

Bad Revenue: When Creators Harass Queer People, YouTube Profits

While YouTube proudly displayed a rainbow logo as a symbolic performance of allyship, they doubled down on their decision to let homophobic harassment remain on the platform. Read more »

From Memes to Equal Pay: How Lesbian Meme Culture Produced A New Dedicated Soccer Fandom

With their World Cup win, the United States women’s national soccer team has been extensively memed, leading to newly obsessed queer fans—and more supporters in their fight for pay equity. Read more »

Consumer Retorts: Are Anti-Hauls the Antidote to YouTube’s Cult of Consumerism?

Swapping “whatever you are will never be enough” for “whatever you have will never be enough” is a lateral move at best. Read more »

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Game Changer: Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

You're a Bolshevik feminist jewess that hates white people… and you expect to be taken seriously when you're “critique-ing” ...

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A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »