The peppy mixed messaging of I Feel Pretty is only the latest reminder: American culture doesn’t fully know what it’s talking about when it talks about attractiveness.
Dog Days is a mediocre schlockfest that, despite and because of its saccharine predictability, is a very good boy.
Americans have been conditioned to draw dangerous lines: money on the one side, morality on the other.
The systems that have for so long helped to enforce the notion of collective truth in America are no longer sufficient: Deception is everywhere. And it is dangerous.
Again and again, #MeToo stories have involved men who are skilled at respecting the letter of the law—and much worse at respecting the spirit.
The CBS chief’s associates have been offering a common defense: that the man they know simply wouldn’t do the things he is alleged to have done.
Appearing on Fox News on Thursday, Barr offered a non-apology to Valerie Jarrett. And then she mocked Jarrett’s haircut.
Sean Spicer lied with impunity. The White House applies revisionism to even the most recent of histories. Americans are constantly being asked—and constantly being primed—to forget.
The White House press secretary has set a new precedent: Partisanship over patriotism. Victory over truth.
From tidy stories of reunited migrant families to #PlaneBae, Americans’ bias toward optimism is a wonderful thing—until it’s not.
It's a slippery slope when weighty matters get dissolved into claims of bias and fakery.
The elevation of ousted Fox News executive Bill Shine to the highest workplace in the land is another reminder: #MeToo backlash will happen compromise by compromise, shrug by shrug.
Nothing in American culture—not even delight, not even coincidence, not even love—is safe from the gravitational forces of commodification.
Tarana Burke, the movement’s founder, wants it to return to its original—and specific—purpose: to serve as a counter to sexual violence.
#MeToo is much more than women fighting among themselves.
Yes, voting; yes, speaking; yes, showing up; full participation in the American democracy of the moment, however, demands an even more basic activity.
A reminder that the quintessential piece of women’s footwear—a symbol of delicacy, of danger, of beauty—used to be worn by men
The 20th century witnessed the rise of the media event. The 21st, with its tan suits and swatted hands and flippant Zara outerwear, is bringing a new spin to the old idea.
A corollary to a politics of destabilized truth is a politics of destabilized empathy.
The documentary series The Fourth Estate tries to humanize the journalists who report the news. It can’t help but fall into a trap.
The competition is getting a #MeToo-era makeover. But even if the bikini tops are on their way out, the biases will remain.