Personal Essays

How I Learned to Stop Judging And Love Insta-Witches

When I was thirteen, I discovered witchcraft. More accurately, I started paying attention to it. It had always been around me, in the silk-wrapped tarot deck on my mother’s dresser, and the sage she burned every time we moved into a new apartment. But when I was thirteen, I dove in and studied with a hunger and dedication I had never applied to anything before, and one that I never quite matched again; not even when I went to graduate school ten years later.

Journalism and Criticism

Change Ourselves, Change the World: Talking with Lacy M. Johnson

In her memoir The Other Side, Lacy M. Johnson unspooled the hardest story of her life, of being kidnapped and raped by who she calls “a man [she] used to love.” She told her story in all of its complexity and ugliness and beauty, and created one of the most three-dimensional and true portraits of trauma I’ve ever read. She articulated with depth and nuance feelings and experiences that many couldn’t even address directly, and did away with any ideas that trauma and vulnerability are in contradic

If You Defend the Cop Who Killed Terence Crutcher Because She’s A Woman, You’re Doing Feminism Wrong

Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer who was captured on video shooting and killing an unarmed Terence Crutcher, was charged with manslaughter last week. Almost immediately after those charges were announced, there were rumblings on Twitter asking whether the officer’s gender has anything to do with charges being brought—a rarity in police shootings of civilians.

Q&A: A Queer Porn Director Takes on Mainstream ‘Lesbian’ Porn

During most of a recent trip to New York, Courtney Trouble — the director and performer SF Weekly called “the Queen of ‘Queer Porn’” — stayed with friends in Brooklyn. But on the last night in town, Trouble rented a swanky room at the Gramercy Park Hotel — not for the comfort, but for its potential as a porn set. When I met Trouble at the hotel, shooting had just finished. Porn stars lounged on the bed, with clothing and dildos strewn all over the room.

Apparently, Even Scientists Don't Know What the Hell Is Going on When You Orgasm

It’s not just a snappy sitcom plotline: The female orgasm is a giant mystery. And not just to the average man, either. Turns out, top researchers and even women themselves have a hard time making sense of what actually happens to the body and the brain during climax, according to research by neuroscientist Nicole Prause and her colleague Greg Siegel. In a recent study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh, Prause and Siegel—who hoped to glean insight into arousal and orgasms as a way to tre
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