Illustrations by Angelica Alzona, Jim Cooke, Elena Scotti; Images via GMG

This year, Jezebel staffers—often overworked, underslept, and exposed to 4,000 stories about Trump, or powerful sexual harassers, or both, in a single day—produced work that was thoughtful, nuanced, often brilliant, sometimes absolutely stupid in the smartest way. Here’s what we liked best.

Illustration by Elena Scotti/GMG, photo via Getty.

The Making and Unmaking of Iggy Azalea

Clover nominated the blog “I’m Inspired By These Two Lynxes Having a Cat Fight,” (“The video was removed but remains in my heart,” she writes). But we’d be remiss not to honor this—a definitive telling of the unmaking of a controversial pop figure.

Illustration by Jim Cooke/GMG, photos via Getty.

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The Slutty Resurgence of New York’s Underground Sex Parties

I spent tons of time attempting to capture a moment. A life spent writing, in a nutshell. —Rich Juzwiak

Illustration by Angelica Alzona/GMG.

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The Rising Gore Girls of Instagram

I loved interviewing these young women about making disgusting special effects makeup and the Instagram community surrounding them. They continually fill my Insta feed with gross-out horror to this day. —Hazel Cills

Illustration by Jim Cooke/GMG

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In Trump’s Fascist Aesthetic, Dissenters Are Losers and the Photograph Rules

I stand by every word of this. —Stassa Edwards

Image via Amazon.

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Joanna Rothkopf Is the Feminist We Need

This felt true to my own experience, and true to feminism’s. —Joanna Rothkopf

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Nothing Means Anything

I thought we’d hit peak empowerment marketing sometime in 2015, but somehow the consumerist escapism of the early Trump era sought to siphon even more meaning from the word “feminism.” One day in September, it nearly broke me. —Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Illustration by Angelica Alzona/GMG.

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Summer in the Heartsick Mountains

I don’t usually find writing very cathartic, but this felt good to publish. Also, I got to watch a bunch of synchronous fireflies flashing in unison in the misty woods!!! —Ellie Shechet

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Just Look At These Lil’ Pumpkin Freaks for a Second

This post ate butt, traffic-wise, because apparently Jezebel readers are the only people on Earth who don’t enjoy pictures of cute animals? But I write about horrible stuff everyday, and you can get plenty of hard hitting (feels like being punched in the gut) news on this site. Please, for the love of god, take a break and look at these lil pumpkin freaks!! —Aimée Lutkin

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Some Earnest Questions About the Butthole, Answered

I wrote this searing and vitally important investigation into whether or not you can see the asshole while having sex from behind during my first week on staff at Jezebel as a full-time writer. At the time it felt like some sort of panicked hazing ritual that I had to endure, but now I know that it’s just another day at this crazy website that I love :). —Megan Reynolds

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Telling the Story of the Radium Girls, Who Died to Make Luminous Watch Dials

Every time I see a news story about a Trump hire taking over a government department to which they are fundamentally antagonistic, I think of this interview I did about the “radium girls,” young working-class women from the early 20th century who suffered horrific effects from their work finishing watch dials with luminous radium paint. “Government regulation” makes a good political boogeyman, but if you look to history, it’s absolutely critical to protecting all of us, especially the most vulnerable. —Kelly Faircloth

Image via Shutterstock.

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My Vaginal Beauty Self-Care Routine

My vagina was so empowered this year. —Kelly Stout

Illustration by Angelica Alzona/GMG.

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How Dadaji Became a Feminist

My grandfather’s life story that has inspired me since I was a child. We have always been very close, and I wanted to find a way to share that relationship, and his experience, with others. I don’t normally write about my personal life, and I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to do justice to such a complex and interesting person—and I’m not sure that I fully succeeded in this piece—but this piece brought him a lot of happiness and pride. —Prachi Gupta

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On Rumors

I’m very proud of this piece I wrote with Anna Merlan on the challenges of reporting on sexual assault. —Madeleine Davies