An Old Story in a Neo Hat: In Neo Yokio, futuristic capitalism looks very familiar

If a show doesn’t provide the framework to critically address what it purports to satirize, can it truly be satire?

The “Scandal” Effect: The Rise of Flawed Black Female Protagonists

As Scandal takes its final bow to make room for the peak TV content that has sprung up in its wake, it’s clear that the desire for more diverse stories has not abated. Read more »

Warrior To Wallflower: “Stranger Things” Shrinks Nancy Wheeler

Nancy doesn’t need Jonathan or Steve to get out of Hawkins. Read more »

This World Looks Familiar: Steven Universe's Anticolonial Critique

Breaking down Steven Universe’s power dynamics, like interrogating the worlds of the Hunger Games or Harry Potter, offers a pop-culture framework for all... Read more »

Four Solaces: Reflections on Hope, Change, and Reproductive Justice

Finding sources of safety and joy are crucial for our communities and ourselves as we continue to survive and endure. Read more »

Life After Transformation: “iZombie” Teaches Us How to Show Up for Trauma Survivors

The show begins with the trauma of the zombie transformation. Read more »

BitchWatch: 20 Bitch Approved TV Shows You Should Watch This Fall

Unfortunately, there’s not much to choose from. Read more »

Megyn Kelly’s New Show is 60 Minutes of Beckery

Old Megyn was a racial demagogue, but new, morning Megyn is “over” politics! Read more »

What Happened to the Women of Twin Peaks?: "Twin Peaks" Is Aging Against the Machine

Twin Peaks: The Return smashed an unofficial casting paradigm for women. Read more »

Backtalk Goes Back to School

This week, Dahlia and Amy go back to school! They talk about some of their fave school memories like Dahlia and chicken mummies (!!), and Amy and wearing her first-day-of-school clothes for all the days of the week. And they dig into some of their favorite pop culture that helped them get through... Read more »

The Harmful History of “Gypsy”

Outside of a Stevie Nicks song, the Romani people are an oppressed ethnic minority whose diasporic roots date back to 10th-century India and are currently in the midst of a centuries-long human rights crisis—one that is, in part, perpetuated by the stereotypes of the Gypsy. Read more »

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Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion, the... Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

Long before Peggy Olson fought to be a copywriter on Mad Men, women were pioneering advertisers in the new age of mass media.  It... Read more »

Before You Watch "Orange is the New Black," Here Are 5 Facts To Know about Pregnancy in Prison

Season three of Orange is the New Black is (almost) here! While creator Jenji Kohan and the whole cast have been pretty tight-lipped about... Read more »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »