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DISCLOSURE: THE CASE FOR NUANCE IN TRANS REPRESENTATION

Examples of trans representation, most often negative ones, are more common in mainstream media than one might first guess. Think of how many times you’ve seen a man dress up as a woman onscreen for comedic effect. Cross-dressing is a ubiquitous trope in American comedies, from Some Like it Hot to The Jeffersons to How…

THE COMFORTABLE OBLIVION OF PHOEBE BRIDGERS’ PUNISHER

Phoebe Bridgers isn’t afraid of the dark. In fact she’s steadily barreling toward it, digging through bleakness to find moments of truth, playing a constant balancing act between literal and surreal. Her voice reflects the ideological touchstones of her generation (anxiety, distrust of authority, the blurred lines between friendship and romance), while cutting into the…

DIVERSITY IN THE ART WORLD: WHERE ARE WE AT NOW AND WHAT’S BEING DONE?

As long as the art world has been bastion for self-expression and radical system-challenging, the structures that make it up have often been exclusionary and narrow-minded. Part of the work of the current fight against injustice is to examine the country’s most enduring fixtures- like art museums- and force the systemic hang-ups that’s baked into them…

10 BLACK FEMALE MUSICIANS DEFINING THE MOMENT

A hallmark of a great musician is someone who can cut through the noise and emerge with a clear vision. Given the state of our world, this pursuit is more valuable than ever. Here are 10 artists who are using their platforms right now to express joy, outrage, and social consciousness. Noname The Chicago native…

6 EMPOWERING TED TALKS ABOUT SYSTEMIC RACISM TO WATCH RIGHT NOW

The recent protests across America’s fifty states have spoken: issues of racial inequality are a matter of life and death. Always, but especially now, everyone should be paying attention to discussions about race. The internet has exploded in the last couple weeks with resources for self-education, a vital step in revolutionizing our attitudes. Countless writers,…

A REVOLUTION IN HASHTAGS: THE HISTORY OF #BLACKLIVESMATTER, #SAYHERNAME, AND WHY #ALLLIVESMATTER IS OFFENSIVE

The important conversations about police violence and systemic racism happening right now are happening around hashtags. This isn’t a new phenomenon, #MeToo has become shorthand for the movement against workplace sexual harassment, but in the days since George Floyd’s murder, a critical mass of social media content has seemed to mobilize around a few slogans,…

8 SONGS OF BLACK LIBERATION FROM THEN TO NOW

Every revolution has its soundtrack, and as long as there has been a struggle for a better world, there has been music to support that struggle. In light of the recent protests sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery, the messages of these kinds of songs are painfully…

THE SHIMMERING CONTRADICTIONS OF MRS. AMERICA

As the closing credits of Mrs. America’s first episode roll, you might find yourself wondering, “Is Phyllis going to switch sides?” In the TV world, it’s a logical prediction: Phyllis leads the movement against the ERA, realizes that she actually has a lot in common with the feminists she’s fighting, abandons her movement, and joins…

A NEW GOLDEN AGE OF FASHION UPCYCLING

Since the idea of shelling out for a new summer wardrobe this season might feel like a sham, many trendsetters are turning inward, to their own closets. The events that summer style usually revolve around (music festivals, rooftop parties, beach vacations) are either in jeopardy or have been cancelled outright, but it’s still hard to…

LET’S TALK ABOUT TIKTOK’S RISE TO THE TOP

TikTok is no longer just for your thirteen-year-old cousin. It’s on the minds of pop culture’s heaviest hitters, even the Queen Bee, Beyoncé. When the video sharing app launched in 2018, its main appeal was a quick cycle of virality which rewarded original content from no-name creators. Everyone got their fifteen seconds of fame. But…

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