"Sanctuary of the Psychic Life": Why poetry matters in the Trump Era

Given the D-list lineup Trump’s team managed to pull together, it’s easy to see why many people believed our 45th president would choose to mark his entry into the highest office in the land with the help of some random dude on the internet.

Popaganda: Laughing at Tyrants

Donald Trump hates it when you laugh at him.  Read more »

Remarkable Acts: Han Kang's latest novel pays tribute to those killed in the Gwangju Uprising

Throughout the book, Han raises the question of what it is that allows groups of people to commit such remarkable acts—both of violence and of bravery.  Read more »

Pink Flag: What Message Do "Pussy Hats" Really Send?

Gender essentialism, a belief used to oppress throughout most of human civilization, can’t suddenly be used to support intersectionality. Read more »

Stars Within Our Reach: Dava Sobel's Latest Book Honors the women of the Harvard College Observatory

The Glass Universe reads like a series of biographies linked by science and women’s rights, and its stories span more than a century. Read more »

"Homeland's" Sixth Season Could Help the Espionage Thriller Ditch Its Islamophobic Rep—But Will It Work?

Season 6 offers an opportunity for Homeland to show how Muslim communities have been wronged by American policies. Read more »

Backtalk: Golden Globes & White Nationalist Book Deal

This week on Backtalk, Dahlia and Amy dig into the recent Golden Globes with some highlights, lowlights, and Meryl Streep's anti-Trump acceptance speech for her lifetime achievement award. Read more »

Serena Williams Got Engaged to Reddit's Cofounder: Why Bigots, Black Men, and Feminists Care

At some point during the past decade, Hollywood decided that mixed couples just aren’t controversial anymore. The reality tells a different story. Read more »

Some of Us are Brave : Lovely Speeches are Not Radical

In this political environment, we cannot afford to mistake nice liberal speeches for the radicalism needed to fight the dismantling of democracy and human decency. Read more »

Popaganda: Fembots

From Metropolis to Westworld, female robots have always played out complicated power dynamics onscreen.  Read more »

Translating the Universe: Remembering Trailblazing Astronomer Vera Rubin

In a field known for arrogance, Rubin was hungry for answers, not adulation. Read more »

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What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it because...

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In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which Spider-Man... Read more »

It's Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

To imply that trans women pose a threat to cisgender women in restrooms is misinformation that preys on unfounded fears. Read more »