Secondhand Violence and PTSD: An Interview with Mac McClelland 

In June 2011, Mac McClelland published an essay called "I'm Going to Need You to Fight Me On This" in GOOD Magazine. It was a first-person piece about her use of violent sex as a means of dealing with PTSD, which she said had gripped her after a series of traumatizing events on a reporting trip to Haiti. Her account… » 3/04/15 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

Naked by Choice: A Chat About Feminism with Actress Caitlin Stasey

In the middle of January, actress Caitlin Stasey (who you may know from Reign or Please Like Me) made ripples across both the feminist and entertainment blogospheres when she launched Herself, a website profiling women who are willing to strip down both emotionally and physically to tell their stories and talk about… » 2/27/15 3:50pm Friday 3:50pm

An Interview With Céline Sciamma, Director of Girlhood

With Girlhood, filmmaker Céline Sciamma has brought to the screen the delicate, joyful, beautiful coming of age story of Marieme (Karidja Toure), a black French teen girl, who is fed up with her abusive home life. She turns to a group of new friends for comfort, strength and finding her voice. It's a film that … » 2/03/15 12:30pm 2/03/15 12:30pm

Gabrielle Union Says Smart Things About Ferguson, the NFL, Hollywood

Gabrielle Union has aways seemed pretty damn sharp. (She also has not aged since 2003.) In an interview with Yahoo Style, the actress discusses issues like Ferguson and being a black woman in Hollywood with more insight and sensibility, not just than most celebrities, but than most people, period. » 1/27/15 11:45pm 1/27/15 11:45pm

An Interview with Desiree Akhavan, Who Is Not the Next Lena Dunham

Desiree Akhavan is easy to spot in an anonymous chain cafe near Penn Station: she's tall, gorgeous, and has the kind of exceptional eyebrows that seem out of place over burnt coffee and plastic-wrapped sandwiches. She's tidily fit two back-to-back interviews in before an evening "thing"—she's pretty busy,… » 1/15/15 3:10pm 1/15/15 3:10pm

A Chat with Alexandra Billings, Trans Activist & Transparent Actress

I feel bad, calling to reschedule my interview with Alexandra Billings, the trans activist and actress who plays Davina, wise and warm friend/mentor/Trans Got Talent duet partner to Jeffrey Tambor's Maura in Transparent. The show, whose first season saw Maura coming out as a woman to her three grown children and… » 1/06/15 2:40pm 1/06/15 2:40pm

Bitter Honey Tackles Polygamy in Indonesia From Women's Perspective


American pop culture has recently framed polygamy as the domain of Mormons (think Kody Brown of TLC's creepy Sister Wives) and Chloe Sevigny going plain-Jane prairie-style in HBO's Big Love. But a new documentary, Bitter Honey, set in Bali, examines the Indonesian tradition of men having multiple spouses—a practice… » 11/07/14 4:30pm 11/07/14 4:30pm

Can the NFL Change Domestic Abusers? A Conversation with Beth Richie

Beth Richie is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago with an extensive body of work in criminology, feminism, violence against women, the carceral state and the sociology of race and ethnicity. She's the current director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy, and was recently named as… » 10/21/14 3:10pm 10/21/14 3:10pm

"I Still Unload": This Man Is a "Nullo" Who Removed His Penis and Balls

In 1994, a South Florida man who goes by the name Gelding was surgically castrated. In 2011, he had his penis removed as well. He's a "nullo": A cisgender man who removes his external genitalia completely as a form of body modification, and he recently agreed to answer our questions—from "why?" to "what do balls… » 10/16/14 12:22pm 10/16/14 12:22pm

Bette Davis Talking About Gender Roles in 1963: Awesome

The latest installment of PBS's wonderful series Blank on Blank, in which they pair old interviews with famous people with wonderful animations, is here! And it features the illustrious Bette Davis, speaking about being outspoken and intelligent in her line of business and how the experience of being a woman has… » 9/30/14 5:45pm 9/30/14 5:45pm

Lupita Nyong'o Just Admitted To Playing Too Much Final Fantasy 8

You know Lupita Nyong'o as your new glamour and fashion icon. But did you also know she also played Final Fantasy 8 relentlessly for hours as a teenager? And that she loved Full House and Hangin' With Mr. Cooper almost as much as I did (NO ONE WILL EVER LOVE MARK CURRY AS MUCH AS ME. NO ONE,MARK.) » 1/21/14 9:30pm 1/21/14 9:30pm

Chris Brown Brags About Losing His Virginity When He Was Eight

Of all the pop stars milling about the culture landscape these days, Chris Brown has a singular talent for making it impossible to sympathize with him even if he’s recounting a vaguely traumatic incident from his childhood. You know, like that time he lost his virginity to teenage girl. When he was eight. » 10/05/13 3:30pm 10/05/13 3:30pm