As states pass ever-expanding abortion restrictions and people search online for how to find abortion services, reproductive rights advocates are fighting false abortion information online and encountering headwinds with promoting their own accurate, science-based information on social media.
Wednesday’s verdict in the defamation trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard marks the end of the legal proceedings. But the impact of the case will reverberate. The court of public opinion handed a decisive victory to Depp early on, spotlighting huge cultural blindspots that extend far beyond Heard—whatever you may think of her. Until we reckon with these blindspots, ordinary credibility judgments will be distorted in ways that disadvantage everyday accusers.
When filmmaker Jennie Livingston stumbled upon drag ball culture in the late 1980s, they had no idea how much the resulting film would resonate. Released in 1990, Livingston’s first documentary Paris Is Burning showcases drag balls during the late 1980s in Harlem, New York City, and features interviews with numerous queer and trans Black and Latinx performers who comprised the various “houses” in competition at the balls. Decades later, the film continues to resonate.
I refuse to use the term “thirst trap” because it reinforces misogynistic ideas that are already too pervasive in our culture. It implies women’s bodies are inherently sexual; it goes hand in hand with rape culture and slut-shaming; the term assumes that sexual attractiveness is objective and implies women are at fault for men’s sexual frustration.
News coverage of women by the nation’s most prominent news outlets is consistently skin deep and fleeting. The establishment press should stop treating women merely as spectacle, novelty or eye-candy and begin taking women and gender issues seriously.
A new report from the the Human Rights Campaign gives new insight on how media coverage and broader “visibility” can both affect society’s perception of the transgender community as well as transgender individuals.
Black women have historically played a crucial role in the origins of hip hop, but are often unacknowledged. Learning the rich herstory of hip hop feminism shows what an important role women have played in the past and the future of the genre.
From calling out pay disparity to defiantly saying ‘gay,’ enjoy these feminist wins from the 94th Academy Awards. (After all, we can’t let two grown men steal *all* of the headlines.)
I was 25 when I was finally ready to admit I wasn’t straight. I was lucky politics didn’t factor into my journey. It’s a luxury today’s students don’t have, between policies like Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and the Texas directive that orders state agencies to investigate gender-confirming care. Avoiding these topics won’t stop kids from being queer—it will just leave them feeling isolated. It will leave them closeted and at risk.
Pop singer Lizzo is known for spreading body positivity, an important message for girls and women—but body positivity alone cannot solve the problem of racialized misogyny.