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Against Nihilism

This summer I confronted an unsettling question: Why bother being kind to my body or saving for the future if there isn’t even going to be a future?

Shannon Keating • 5 days ago

Do Women’s Clothes Seem Weird Lately? Because I’m Into It

The modesty of a prairie dress, the horniness of a crop top — women’s style trends have gone haywire, and it’s great.

Shannon Keating • 26 days ago

This HBO Show Nails What It’s Like To Be Alive In 2019

The family at the heart of HBO’s Years and Years alternates between anger and despair in the midst of global turmoil — just like us.

Shannon Keating • One month ago

People Are Calling For This Queer Indie Film To Be Canceled Before It Hits Theaters

Rhys Ernst’s queer coming-of-age movie, Adam, was set to be an indie hit — then an online campaign started urging audiences to boycott it. What happened? (Spoilers.)

Shannon Keating • One month ago

Are Straight Women OK?

Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women is framed as a sweeping exploration of human desire, when it’s really just one more “relatable” narrative of straight women’s sexual despair.

Shannon Keating • One month ago

Lesbians Won The Women's World Cup

Opinion: I’m not proud of this country’s curtailment of human rights, but I am proud of Megan Rapinoe and her team for demanding better.

Shannon Keating • 2 months ago

The Time I Went On A Lesbian Cruise And It Blew Up My Entire Life

I didn’t expect that spending a week with a couple thousand lesbians on a cruise ship would push me to radically reconsider the future I’d planned for myself.

Shannon Keating • 3 months ago

I Am My Own Curvy Wife

By surrounding myself with friends who don’t diet-shame — and filling my Instagram feed with beautiful fat and queer bodies — I seek my own version of “wellness.”

Shannon Keating • 3 months ago

Let’s Talk About That Confessional Scene In “Fleabag”

Fleabag’s second season wrestles beautifully — and sexily — with gender, power, and desire. (Warning: hot priest spoilers.)

Shannon Keating • 3 months ago

Reckoning With Personal Responsibility In The Age Of Climate Change

As someone who loves traveling and going outdoors, I struggle with balancing my hopefulness and my despair — and my culpability — regarding an imperiled earth.

Shannon Keating • 4 months ago

Why So Many Of Us Believed Taylor Swift Was Coming Out

The Taylor Swift coming-out rumors mirror the way a lot of women try to suss out if their crushes are queer. Also, celesbian gossip is fun.

Shannon Keating • 4 months ago

Gender Dysphoria Isn’t A “Social Contagion,” According To A New Study

A Brown researcher slams the 2018 study — from a different researcher at Brown — which found teenagers were identifying as trans due to “rapid-onset gender dysphoria.”

Shannon Keating • 4 months ago

This 61-Year-Old Woman Just Gave Birth To Her Own Granddaughter

Matthew Eledge and Elliot Dougherty of Omaha, Nebraska, needed a surrogate to carry their baby. They never expected she would turn out to be Matthew’s mother.

Shannon Keating • 5 months ago

It’s Been 20 Years Since “Cruel Intentions,” And There’s Never Been Another Movie Quite Like It

Back in 1999, when nihilism was cooler than niceness, the shameless teen debauchery of Cruel Intentions sparked a generation’s sexual awakening.

Shannon Keating • 6 months ago

Why Is Pop Culture Full Of Lesbian Lookalikes?

Doppelgänger imagery sometimes reduces queerness to a symbol or fetish — but subverting that trope can be a way to consider the link between self-recognition and desire.

Shannon Keating • 7 months ago

"The Bisexual" Is The Queer Women Drama Of My Dreams

Desiree Akhavan’s Hulu series offers everything I needed — and didn’t get — from The L Word the first time around.

Shannon Keating • 7 months ago

Ellen DeGeneres And The Limits Of Relatability

After decades trying to convince an anti-gay mainstream that she’s a relatable person — gay, but “just like you” — Ellen ended up in a prison of her own making.

Shannon Keating • 8 months ago

Glennon Doyle Is Trying To Wake Up White Women. Is It Working?

The author, activist, and former mommy blogger has been encouraging her mostly white fans to speak up and empower themselves. What happens when her new advice is to shut up, listen, and let women of color lead the way?

Shannon Keating • 9 months ago

"7th Heaven" Duped Me Into Believing In A Christian Family Fantasy

Growing up, 7th Heaven offered me wholesome Christian comfort. But then I saw myself in queer shows like South of Nowhere, in which the Christian grown-ups weren’t saviors.

Shannon Keating • 9 months ago

Is A Successful Creative Life — Without Kids — Enough?

Private Life and Can You Ever Forgive Me? are two of the most recent movies to make me wonder: As a queer person facing an uncertain future, do I want to have children?

Shannon Keating • 10 months ago