‘The Bachelor’ and ‘The Bachelorette’ Could Break Down Ideas About Monogamy / MEL Magazine

Could reality TV open up a real conversation about relationships? During the last season of The Bachelorette, 25-year-old bachelorette JoJo Fletcher was overwhelmed. The physical intimacy she experienced in the Fantasy Suite — the only private moment offered to contestants who are dating, as a reward — came threefold. In an interview with People Magazine, Fletcher joked: “I’ve definitely […]

Nikita Gale: Place is the Space is the Place / Art21 Magazine

Born in Alaska, Nikita Gale spent her formative years in Atlanta before attending Yale University, where she studied anthropology and archaeology. But she always had a sense that she’d end up making art. A turning point occurred during her last undergraduate semester, after the passing of her maternal grandfather, Walter Norman, who was an avid […]

‘Feminist Fairytales’ hilariously reawakens your childhood inner rage / Daily Dot

Deeply hidden away in every American is a memory of some fairytale they first heard as a child—and those standards of Eurocentric beauty are haunting. Actor/comedian Sarah Ann Masse is the American half of British-American sketch comedy duo, We Are Thomasse. Her husband and fellow performer Nick Afka Thomas is the Brit. Masse was reminded […]

Bug Out / The New Inquiry

What’s crawling underneath the fantasy of an insect-free home? WE who live in homes still strive for them to be bug-free, or at least occupied by as few bugs as possible. The proliferation of exterminators and other “pest control” companies like Orkin position bugs as terrible things that could invade your home. Their advertising suggests […]

Issa Rae’s long road from YouTube to HBO / Daily Dot

Issa Rae is in post-production for her forthcoming HBO show Insecure, set to bereleased on Oct. 9. But the breakthrough star is also working on a million other projects. A girl’s gotta stay busy. She is best known for her popular webseriesAwkward Black Girl, which premiered onYouTube in 2011 and ran through 2013. The show […]

‘The Book of Ye’ podcast explores all-things Kanye / DailyDot Upstream

To many, Kanye West is a mystery. To others, he’s a genius. Is his infamous Twitter presence performance art, or nonsense more in line with his “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!” line? You’re along for a bumpy ride either way. West and his wife Kim Kardashian West are media personalities as good at drawing attention to […]

The New Inquiry Vol. 54: Bugs

AS we write this, an ant is crawling on our forearm. More than any other non-human lifeform, bugs of any size — the term can refer to a virus, bacterium, or arthropod — challenge the serenity of life under human command, which in the anthropocene means nearly all life. We have taken the ant between […]

Funny Feelings / Real Life Magazine

“The stage presents things that are make-believe; presumably life presents things that are real and sometimes not well rehearsed.” — Erving Goffman,The Performance of Self in Everyday Life In putting us behind screens, social media can seem as though they put us in control of our emotions. We seem to decide what we show to […]

New webseries ‘Swapped’ messes with Hollywood gender dynamics / DailyDot Entertainment

Women comprise only 7 percent of directors in the 250 top-grossing films of all time, according to a Variety study. While Hollywood catches up, artists with a clear vision of the future are taking it upon themselves to do what they do best: Make a lean, mean, parody machine out of modern film’s propensity for dude-centric, straight, […]

6 Male Artists Making Inspiring Feminist Work / Hyperallergic

We all know about the terrible gender disparity in the art world. As ladies, we live with systemic sexism on a daily basis. We are reminded of the art world’s sexism by investigations like Micol Hebron’s findings that women (here we speak only of gender not even getting into the even more bleak race statistics) […]