pop

Taking the High Road: Kesha’s Music Creates a Path of Healing for Survivors

You do not have to be defined by something that was done to you.

Just a Fan: With “Cheap Queen,” King Princess Finds Her Power

A satisfying album that centers on the complexities and changeability of identity, let alone queer identity, is a tough task. Read more »

What the Conversation about Harry Styles Reveals about Queerbaiting

What do fans of potentially straight, queer icons like Harry Styles actually want?  Read more »

Miley Cyrus Might Be Pansexual, but That Doesn’t Mean She Cares about Queer People

It’s clear that Miley Cyrus’s intention of protecting the LGBTQ community only goes as far as it protects her personally.  Read more »

What Critiques of Normani Reveal about Racist Expectations of Black Women Artists

Music critics and listeners alike give Black pop stars hell—especially when they’re women. Read more »

Cruel Bummer: “Lover” Is an Odd Litmus Test for Taylor Swift’s Politics

Taylor Swift is turning 30 in December, so it’s no surprise that she’s released an album that feels more authentic and honest than her previous two. Read more »

A New Wave of High-Femme Pop Stars Are Queering the Girl Group

Sateen is moving the girl group away from hints and subtext toward an aesthetic and musical style that’s unmistakably queer, trans-positive, and staunchly pro-girl. Read more »

Knee-Jerk Biphobia: What Responses to Miley Cyrus’s Breakup Say about Queer Erasure

Miley Cyrus isn’t “back” just because she’s dating a woman. She’s always been queer. Read more »

Take It or Leave It: Sizzy Rocket on Creating Pop Music Just for Queer Women

“Younger queer artists definitely inspire me every day to just be truer to myself. Because I didn’t have that example.” Read more »

Gimme a Beat!: Janet Jackson’s Induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Is Finally Here

As Janet sings on “Rhythm Nation”: “No struggle, no progress.” Read more »

“...Baby One More Time” and the Pop Princesses Who Started a Moral Panic

The sexuality of Britney Spears and the other pop princesses of her era was consumed en masse and then deemed inauthentic and dangerous by media, critics, and “concerned parent” groups. Read more »

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