femininity

10.31.18

Crossdressing on Halloween Was the Queer Liberation I Didn’t Know I Needed

I'm a confidently queer cis black woman, but the beauty of a masculine "costume" taught me the power of playing with identity on Halloween.

12.5.17

Five Queer People on What 'Femme' Means to Them

"Femme" practices can be as empowering for one queer person as they are alienating for another. Five queer femmes told us the unique ways they approach their femme identities.

5.24.17

The Episode of Oprah I Wasn’t Gay Enough to Appreciate Until Now

Kevyn Aucoin, the celebrity makeup artist, serves as a Rorscharch test for my life: He terrified me while I was in the closet. Not anymore.

2.26.17

Why Gay Men Need to Get Past Masculinity

Drag queens can be leather men. Bears can be feminine. And the more we reinforce the opposite, the less ground we'll gain under Trump.

7.28.16

The Kimye and Taylor Swift Feud Has Always Been About White Femininity and Blackness

The Taylor Swift and Kimye beef isn't only about who said what, but about larger issues of race and privilege in America.

6.24.16

How Masculine Perfection Is Destroying the Gay Community

In the battle between "masc" and "fem," many gay men are making enemies of themselves.

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2.13.16

Meet Denim: London's Hottest New Girl Band

The troupe of drag queens have performed on stage with Florence and the Machine and graced Mario Testino's 60th birthday party. Now they're releasing their debut single.

8.28.15

'Hot Day,' a New Comic by Ines Estrada

In the first episode of a new comic series by artist Ines Estrada, a woman goes to some wild measures to beat the heat.

2.18.15

A Feminine Man Is a Powerful Thing to Be

For British-Somali author Diriye Osman, embracing the feminine side of his personality was an act of empowerment.

11.3.14

This Young Artist Is Obsessed with the Naked Bodies of Older Women

"Women are not supposed to show that they've lived. They're meant to be flawless and smooth. It's bullshit," says Aleah Chapin.