To Shell and Back: The Making of a Jewish Woman on "Transparent"

There is a reason why Jewish mothers are iconic figures in our cultural imaginations. Bold, bawdy, and badass, the Jewish mother archetype is rich with material for riffing on the human condition, examining the roots of our neurosis, and seeking joy in exaggerated depictions.

Poll Position: 9 Statewide Ballot Measures You Should Know About This November

A look at statewide measures across the country can be an illuminating glimpse into the future. Read more »

Radical Revisioning: A Q&A with Author and Pagan Priestess Lasara Firefox Allen

Jailbreaking the Goddess addresses the many women who don't feel represented in the more well-known, threefold maiden/mother/crone model.  Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell

The Russell Amendment is meant primarily to override President Obama’s 2014 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against people... Read more »

Life on Mars (Hill): Faith and Feminism in a Fast-growing Megachurch

Mars Hill's blend of pop culture and strict Calvinist doctrine allowed the church to occupy a unique niche between conservative Christians and their secular liberal contemporaries. Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Magic

We explore the current popularity of modern witchcraft and talk with real-life witches about how their self-made spirituality informs their identity. The resident witch columnist at Autostraddle, Mey Rude, gives us a rundown of her favorite witches in films (hint: one of them is happy to help "poor... Read more »

As GOP Candidates Wave Christian Credentials, Bernie Sanders Doesn't Play Up His Judaism

We're supposed to have freedom of religion—but you wouldn't know that looking at the GOP candidates.  Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Cults

We're exploring the gender dynamics of real-life American cults and the representation of cults in pop culture, from Mad Max to Prophet's Prey. On this show, we talk with author Peggy Riley about the history of cults in America, hear the voices of survivors of Jim Jones’ cult,... Read more »

Beyond the Headscarf: Let's Discuss Social Justice Issues Muslim Women Actually Care About

We're worried about discrimination, hate crimes, and racism.  Read more »

Meet the Feminist "Godless Congregation" Challenging Atheism's Bro-Culture

A Carl Sagan quote featured by Harvard's Humanist Hub, a feminist-minded secular community center.  Across the United States, the number of people who don’t consider themselves religious is rapidly rising—... Read more »

"Amira & Sam" is a Rom-Com That Deals With Immigration, Identity, and Love

Early in the new romantic comedy Amira & Sam, we are introduced to Amira, a Muslim Iraqi immigrant, as she tries to sell pirated DVDs on a corner in New York City. Read more »

Pages

Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

The Unbelievers: New Atheism and the Old Boys' Club

Women are God-fearing and don't challenge institutions. Men, on the other hand, are skeptical and rational, and go out of their way to publicly...

Read more »