The more marginalized identities you hold, the less Insta-worthy it tends to be

Photo by Nomadic Julien on Unsplash

One pandemic silver lining has definitely been the transition to more flexible working arrangements, something women have basically been asking for since they entered the workforce. Bosses are trusting their team members to get shit done outside the office and normal working hours.

With many countries opening borders and offering…

The Rag | Tech

Ponies, Shibus, and CryptoKitties—oh my!

Cartoon CryptoKitty with daemonwings.
Daemonwings are a unique CryptoKitty trait. Image by CryptoKitties

I’ll admit to being a bit turned off by NFTs when I first started reading about them earlier this year. First, the word “fungible” is gross. So is someone paying bazillions so they can say they owned a stupid tweet, IMHO.

After the initial vicarious sticker shock wore off, I…

The Rag | Style

Generational trends often marginalize people of color

Person with laptop taking selfie.
Different generation, same influencer culture? Photo by Mateus Campos Felipe on Unsplash

For some reason, I can’t stop thinking about the Gen Z and millennial wars that kicked off in February when Gen Z canceled our skinny jeans and side parts. Initially, I thought my persistent annoyance came from being an Old who just can’t let things go, a distinct possibility given…

The Rag | Pop Culture

Accountability is important but so is decentering whiteness

Black person with green locs seated outside on chair, possibly wondering why white people are still trying to do this hair this way and get away with it.
“Laaaaaaawd, why won’t white folks just stop with this nonsense?” asked Black people this week about Justin Biber’s hair. Photo by Kory Williams on Unsplash.

Justin Bieber’s new dreadlock hairstyle went viral amid allegations of cultural appropriation this week. This isn’t the first time he fell into some peak whiteness and, Lord knows, it probably will not be the last.

Let me spell it out ICYMI (and clearly many people have): a lot of Black…

The Rag | Living

Feline inspired self-care for sheltering in place

Two cats on a red chair
That’s Lily (left) and Minik (right) last year when they were tween-age.

As vaccine-privileged folks are blowing up Instagram with maskless party pics and vacation photos, people in many parts of the world, including Turkey, where I live, are retreating back into lockdown.

Despite my natural extroversion and frequent pre-pandemic travel, I’ve been OK in lockdown. Living and working overseas, I was…

The Rag | Living

So much gluten, so much sci-fi

Person in cape with back to viewer, facing snowy yard and wooden house with windmills behind it.
Photo by Syfy.

Last week, I returned to Istanbul from a trip to the Republic of Georgia, a border run of sorts that turned out to be one of the least relaxing trips ever. I self-soothed with grains and a heavy dose of sci-fi.

I succumbed to the demon of gluten

Oh boy, did I fall off the no-grains wagon…

The Rag | Living

Lenten tacos, Black TikTok, and a side of conspiracy

Close up of fishing nets
Fishing gear accounts for almost half of the plastic in the ocean, according to the Netflix documentary ‘Seaspiracy.’ Photo by Kristin Snippe on Unsplash

When I was planning The Rag, I decided I wanted to have a weekly roundup of interesting recommendations, sort of à la “At Home” by The New York Times. Ideally, this would happen on a weekend but, well, it’s Wednesday and I’m doin’ it, soooo… I’ve been reading the The…

The Rag | Pop Culture

And a couple of things I liked

Photograph by Natalie Seery/HBO

Content warning: This article discusses “I May Destroy You,” a BBC x HBO series that explicitly deals with rape, sexual assault, drug use, and trauma. There are also spoilers!

This week I watched “I May Destroy You,” the critically acclaimed tour de force by Black British auteur, Michaela Coel. The…

Ruth Terry

American freelancer in Istanbul writing about culture, mental health, race & travel. Bylines everywhere from Al Jazeera to Zora. Tw: @Ruth_Terry | IG:

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