Life on Mars (Hill): In the nation’s fastest-growing megachurch, faith and feminism don’t mix.
When Jess came to the University of Washington as a freshman, she was a feminist economics major whose postcollege goal was to land a position at an organization dedicated to social entrepreneurship. Now in her early 20s and just a few years out of college, she is married, looking forward to a life... Read more »
Sugar Rush : Speaking with author and advice columnist Cheryl Strayed
Two years ago, my mother died. She was 48, I was 25. I turned to Sugar in a voracious, all-consuming way. Not sweets—I devoured “Dear Sugar,” an online advice column at the literary website the Rumpus. I had trouble describing “Dear Sugar” to others, explaining why it was more than an... Read more »
Comics Alliance: Inking Outside the Box: A profile on editor Laura Hudson
“Reports of my boobs and fists have been greatly exaggerated,” says Laura Hudson, staring at a webcomic that depicts her with enormous versions of both, under the headline, “What I'm Offended About This Week!” Hudson, the editor of AOL-owned comics blog Comics Alliance, deserves some serious... Read more »
Never Said Nothing: A brief history of "cunt" in pop music
Late in 2011, a song from a virtually unknown 20-year-old rapper from Harlem knocked the Internet on its ass. Azealia Banks's “212” was a wildly original debut single that found the rapper dribbling a steady stream of elastic wordplay and oh-no-she-didn't raunch over a skronky beat from... Read more »
May the Ads Be Ever in Your Favor: Mad Men Meets the Hunger Games!
What would happen if the Capitol sent 24 characters from Mad Men to the arena to kill or be killed? Would Betty's ennui be enough to take on Don's powers of manipulation? Does Sally have what it takes to compete against Joan? Can Roger convince his sponsors to keep the booze... Read more »
Protest, Desire, and Cheap Dildos: A Q&A with Laurie Penny
Image via @PennyRed Laurie Penny is an British journalist and blogger who came to prominence with her riveting frontline coverage of the student protests in London in 2010 in The New Statesman, The Guardian, and other outlets. After releasing her first book, Meat Market: Female Flesh... Read more »
Better Homes & Bloggers: Are lifestyle blogs a new way for women to compare themselves and come up short?
Today, Elsie Larson is wearing gold. “I'm kinda obsessed with gold lately,” she writes, “Gold details, jewelry, even metallic fabrics like this gold skirt that [my sister] Emma wore.” Kaylah Doolan has decorated her home for Christmas and shares photos of the end result— reindeer lights... Read more »
Trade Secrets: The tough talk of the new anti-trafficking movement
In the 2008 film Taken, Liam Neeson plays Bryan Mills, a retired CIA operative whose undercover past is called into action when his daughter is kidnapped while traveling abroad and sold into sexual slavery. Using his counterterrorism skills to torture and murder those who stand between him and his... Read more »
Raise Your Glass If U R A Firework Who Was Born This Way: Who's to say what makes a gay anthem?
Hey, guys…. Um, this is Ke$ha. I just wanted to say something. Um, to anyone who's being bothered, or abused, or harassed, or bullied, I just wanted to tell you that, um…it will get better. It will. No matter if you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, however you are... Read more »
Young, Awkward, and Black: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl's Issa Rae Gets Comfortable With Success
“Should I say hi again? She knows I’m here.” J slinks along the hallway of Gutbusters, the diet-pill company she works for, to avoid seeing the new hire she keeps running into. Growing impatient with the situation’s awkwardness, J wonders, “Does this girl live in the hallway?” Whether... Read more »