The Good Stuff

Shrink And Disappear: The Victorian Origins Of Modern Body Image Ideals

Shrink And Disappear: The Victorian Origins Of Modern Body Image Ideals

The Western cultural emphasis on female thinness has some roots in the Victorian era. Whitney Thompson It's never been easy to be female in general, but especially when it comes to body image. Many of us millennials, I suspect, grew up amidst not just Barbies but Kate Moss pictures and heroin chic. Nowadays Kim Kardashian [...]

Fandom And The Problem Of The Media Franchise

Fandom And The Problem Of The Media Franchise

The outcry over HYDRA Captain America reveals a deeper clash between fan culture and media franchises. Whitney Thompson Before the Trump era, there wasn't much that could get me to actually participate in the explosions of outrage that periodically swept social media. I usually knew they were happening, and more often than not I'd retweet [...]

Revelations And Turning Pages

Revelations And Turning Pages

One queer atheist's experience with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. "A cynical bisexual atheist accidentally joins an evangelical Christian group full of liberal hippies and learns the true meaning of community." Sounds like a sitcom pitch, doesn’t it? Or maybe the jacket copy for a schmaltzy memoir you'd find at Barnes and Noble, somewhere between Bossypants and Heaven Is For [...]