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Very Online: Gina Rodriguez, Black People Deserve More Than a Notes App Apology

When celebrities want to apologize, their fans deserve more than a half-hearted screenshot from their Notes app.

How @EmoBlackThot Infiltrated Black Women’s Safe Spaces

At times, she seemed too good to be true. And now we know she was: @EmoBlackThot was not our dark-skinned digital big sister; in fact, she wasn’t a sister at all. Read more »

Very Online: Social Media Censorship is Suffocating the Sex Tech Revolution

Despite censorship, sex tech isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Read more »

The Caroline Calloway Effect: Scammer Culture is Peak White Privilege

Without the armor of their grifts—their thinness, whiteness, and status as blond young women—scammers like Caroline Calloway would’ve been immediately labeled con artists. Read more »

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. Read more »

“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 »

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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 »