Arts & Culture

This Cartoon Will Help You Rethink Your Definition of Intimacy

The show went a step further than other cartoons of the time: It showed young women intentionally building a life together.

Journalism and Literature Need to Make Room for “Unfamiliar” Stories

To refresh our sense of empathy we have to expose ourselves to other perspectives. In the news, in literature, in life.

Aug 16, 2022
Conversations with Friends with Endometriosis

All my life, I had looked for answers in books, and I was no different when it came to endometriosis.

Aug 11, 2022
Horror Films Understand the Terror of Pregnancy

We are told we will forget the pain, as though all the trauma of childbirth evaporates from our minds. But it did not for me.

Aug 08, 2022
How Perfume Gives Me Peace in My Genderfluidity

There is no opposite to reconcile. I’ve been both bride and groom, loved and lived as both, since both lived in me.

Aug 04, 2022
The Enduring Myth of the It Girl

The mystique behind icons like Kim Kardashian and Marilyn Monroe comes from the parts of American culture we prefer not to look at too closely.

Aug 03, 2022
According to ‘Finding Magic Mike,’ Feeling Sexy Is a State of Mind

To perform is to literally be seen, to expose yourself willingly. It’s much less scary with people who have your back.

Aug 02, 2022
Pop Culture’s Problem with Middle-Aged Women

Women of a certain age are still largely invisible and left out of our narratives—or else, she’s a very particular type of middle-aged woman.

Shakira’s Crossover into American Music Taught Me to Reject My Latinx Roots—Then Reclaim Them

The arc of my journey with Shakira traces a path from veneration to rejection to reembrace.

Jul 26, 2022
David Attenborough Helps Me Explain the Climate Crisis to My Son

I use his favorite David Attenborough shows to help me explain my climate activism

Jul 25, 2022
The Tortilla Type of Hurt, How One Broke My Heart

What I didn’t say was how much of home each of those packs brought with them.

Jul 21, 2022
Lessons in Fashion and Fatness from ‘Absolutely Fabulous’

Absolutely Fabulous celebrated outlandish women behaving badly, usually in outlandish, high-end clothes.

Jul 20, 2022
My Mental Health Is Like Playing a Metroidvania Game—I Take It One Step at a Time

When the try-fail cycle gets to be too much, I know I can save my progress and walk away. I know I can always try again.

Jul 18, 2022
Buying a House As a Queer Single Mother

Despite my newfound independence, I struggle with the notion that I’m buying into a privileged system of inequity.

The Fantasy of the Nancy Meyers Kitchen

At the height of the pandemic, all I wanted was control and counter space and an empty freezer. I wanted a kitchen from a Nancy Meyers movie.

Jul 11, 2022
Video Games Are for Everyone—And That Should Include Disabled People

Accessibility features open up a world of possibility for fun to be had, which is exactly what video games should do. For all of us.

Jul 07, 2022
‘Final Fantasy XIV’ Taught Me About Care and Connection During the Pandemic

My online relationships remain heartfelt and cherished ones, even as I’ve reconnected myself with whatever it is we call “real life.”

Jun 22, 2022
Through Fanfiction, I Learned the Machinery of My Mind

On the page, I was intact. I was smart and forceful. I had a comeback for every spar.

Jun 21, 2022
Black Women in Fantasy Saved Me Where Academia Failed

What I needed was a lifeline—a project that would make this whole thing feel worthwhile. Monica Lynne led me to that answer.