Caroline Rose's "Bikini" (screenshot)

All Bodies Are Beach Bodies: A Summer Playlist for a Feminist Future

We’re gearing up for summer with a playlist that celebrates our bodies and challenges patriarchal systems that make us doubt ourselves and our beauty. We hope this serves as a bold reminder that your body is beautiful and all bodies are already beach ready. Also, please hold onto the following thoughts and sounds as we … [Read more…]

Segregationists and Southern Storytelling

Installation depicting segregationists attempting to intimidate sit-in protesters (National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis)

Two members of the Hamilton County School Board said today they reject the idea that county schools need to “racially and economically integrate” There are so many tired tropes about southerners: the Foghorn Leghorn accent, the Boss Hogg mannerisms, Scarlett O’Hara, the bigger the hair the closer to God. Okay, that last one might be … [Read more…]

Music for a Feminist Future: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Part 2

Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers, 2011 (photo by Tristan Loper)

This week, we continue to pay tribute to the Asian and Pacific Islanders who enrich the feminist music scene. These badass musicians show us the ways music empowers, challenges social norms, and liberates. Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage month!   You can also listen to these songs on Unsweetened: A Playlist for a Feminist Future … [Read more…]

Defunding Planned Parenthood Hurts the South: How the Gag Rule Is Reproductive Coercion

gag rule

  Sexually transmitted diseases and teen birth rates are highest in the American South. This is compounded by the fact that one and a half million U.S. households live in extreme poverty today, nearly double the number from twenty years ago. Planned Parenthood and other health care providers provide critical and preventative health care to … [Read more…]

Music for a Feminist Future: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Part I

Thao Nguyen of Thao & the Get Down in 2015 (photo by Steven Pisano)

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month. This week we pay tribute to the Asian and Pacific Islanders who enrich the feminist music scene. From pop to punk and hip hop to rockabilly, these artists defy stereotypes and shows the ways the personal is political. You can also listen to these songs on Unsweetened: A … [Read more…]

Unsweetened’s Guide to New Sounds from the South, Vol. 1

Carsie Blanton (screenshot from Fuck Yourself)

It should now be a tired stereotype that all southern music fits into the country genre helmed by white men who’ve crooned and gaslighted their way to fame and fortune. I grew up with that music, so I know that it’s not just a stereotype; but it’s worth noting that the South is today and … [Read more…]