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The rock star abused women for years—but we were so used to pop-culture misogyny that we didn’t notice

Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan, 1998. Photo: Catherine McGann/Getty Images


Leave it to months of social isolation to bring out peoples’ kinkier sides online

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Social isolation, pandemic threats, and the last year of Trump put a new emphasis on being authentically yourself

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HOW I GOT RADICALIZED

Stan culture exposed how my loyalty to bands was measured by how much merch I could — or couldn’t — afford

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From Lil Baby to Megan Thee Stallion, rap has defined the activism — and uncertainty — of the Trump era

Noname performing at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, 2017. Photo: PYMCA/Getty Images


For a refugee family in St. Paul, Billy Ray Cyrus and Tanya Tucker provided a window to a different, more Americanized world

Billy Ray Cyrus performing at Fan Fair in Nashville, TN in 1992. Photo: Laura Levine/Getty Images


Quarantine art is marked by dread and claustrophobia, characteristics that have always been predominantly female

‘She Dies Tomorrow.’ Photo: NEON


Column

Not too long ago, he would have been voted Most Likely to Go Full Wingnut. And yet…

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People want to understand K-pop stans after their contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement. The first rule: They are not a monolith.

Fans at the Changwon K-pop World Festival. Photo: Ed Jones/Getty Images


As people march against police brutality, music makes the movement more accessible

Illustration: Rose Wong

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