Turning 20

“...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 »

Reeling in Romance: How “You’ve Got Mail” Tried to Make Catfishing Romantic

Before we knew about catfishing, swiping left or right on Tinder, and having friendships that exist entirely within the digital confines of Facebook, there was “You’ve Got Mail.”  Read more »

“Practical Magic” Travels Through the Realm of Outsiders

“Practical Magic” withstands the test of time and reinvigorates interest in witchy feminist spirituality. Read more »

The Music Industry Transformed Lauryn Hill from Superstar to Specter

Looking back on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20 years after its acclaimed release is an exercise in witnessing promise unfulfilled.  Read more »

BitchTapes: The Year Black Women Ruled R&B

Remembering 1998 as the last apex for Black women’s R&B. Read more »

How An Iconic ’90s Film Normalized Stalking

Humor that takes stalking seriously requires nimbleness and nuance. Read more »

Doing It Like Men: Did “Sex and the City” Really Revolutionize Sex On TV?

Having sex and liking it was the one thing that Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha, and Miranda had in common. Read more »

When Women Are Always the Heel: WWE’s Attitude Era Mistreated Women In Service of Ratings

The Attitude Era’s tidal wave of toxic masculinity still poisons the WWE. Read more »

BitchTapes: Celebrating 20 Years of Destiny’s Child

20 years later, Destiny’s Child is definitively the best girl group of all time. Read more »

BitchTapes: The Best Songs of 1998

The future of the music industry was partially decided 20 years ago. Read more »

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