The Dark Reality of Being a Brand Influencer

Aspirational content, akin to thousand-dollar "Vogue" spreads or "Travel & Leisure" editorials, bank on creating a sense of fantasy—however the actual return is low for most users.
Shamira Ibrahim
Browsing Black History

What The Natural Hair Movement Looked Like Before Influencers

In the 2000s, early message boards served as platforms for Black women to create a community around their natural hair—and life experiences.
Starrene Rhett Rocque
The Privacy and Perception Issue

The Affirming—But Bittersweet—Experience of Watching YouTube Coming Out Videos

I expected the clips from LGBTQ vloggers to be too earnest and saccharine, but I fell down the wormhole anyway.
Amelia Abraham
sex education

Sex Ed Vloggers Say YouTube Is Censoring Their Videos

For many young people, YouTube is a valuable source of sex education—but some content creators are accusing the company of "shadow-banning" them and limiting the visibility of their content.
Sirin Kale

9 Documentaries About Women You Can Watch for Free on YouTube

Are you a documentary film buff who's too broke to pay for a Netflix subscription? We got you.
Sirin Kale

Speculation About the YouTube Shooter Reveals All Sorts of Bigotry

There is no evidence that Nasim Aghdam's religion, immigrant status, or gender identity are relevant to the YouTube shooting, but that hasn't stopped bigots from using the tragedy to espouse Islamophobic and transphobic ideas.
Sara David
Leila Ettachfini

The Queer Moms Chronicling Their Journeys to Parenthood on YouTube

The lesbian TTC ("trying to conceive") vlogging community offers a much-needed perspective on how queer people can start their own families.
Sophie Jackson

The Lesbian Vloggers Teaching Queer Teens How to Have Better, Safer Sex

"I do not think young queer women understand how to have safe sex... It's not in the media, not even in lesbian programming."
Sophie Jackson
This Week in 2007

'Leave Britney Alone': Chris Crocker Reflects on His Weird Cultural Legacy

Ten years after "Leave Britney Alone" became one of the Internet's first viral videos, Chris Crocker opens up about his rollercoaster experience of being the original YouTuber.
Mitchell Sunderland

Meet the Woman Who Owns Huge Hissing Cockroaches as Pets

Exotic animal vlogger Emzotic owns a lot of weird insects, including two giant snails and a pair of roaches called Rice and Beans.
Zing Tsjeng

How YouTube Videos Changed the Way Young People Come Out

Coming out to your parents is never easy, but more and more LGBTQ young people are sharing their experiences on YouTube to "show our identities are valid."
Jessica Bateman

Gigi Gorgeous Conquered the Internet. Can She Become a Movie Star?

With her new documentary about her transition, the trans YouTube sensation hopes to break into the mainstream.
Mitchell Sunderland