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May Hong on Bringing a Queer, Asian American Lens to "Tales of the City"

“I was thrilled to see that an Asian American character was specifically written into the show to be a complex and compassionate person [who is] part of a loving chosen family.”

From Lovable Brute to Aggressor: How “Stranger Things” Turned Jim Hopper Into an Abuser

The issue with Stranger Things is that its depiction of abuse seems unconscious and uncritical. A series that doesn’t recognize abuse only normalizes... Read more »

Scream On: “Big Little Lies” Shows That Abuse Doesn’t Always Die with the Abuser

Big Little Lies never lets us forget that it’s a show about the inextricable hold that domestic violence has on those who experience it, witness it, and survive it. Read more »

“Hot Comb” Uplifts Black Women by Their Roots

All Black women haven’t experienced the trauma captured in Hot Comb, but there are still broad strokes that all Black women have either shared in intimate dialogues with our friends and family. Read more »

5 Fat-Positive Podcasts Feminists Should to Listen To

I am particularly fond of personality-driven podcasts hosted by fat people that center around our myriad experiences. Read more »

Backtalk: Recasting a Disney Princess

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the live-action casting for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Halle Bailey was announced as Ariel in the upcoming film and many racists cried it would be inaccurate to have Black mermaid in this classic story. Why is it so important for viewers to see a... Read more »

Queerbait and Switch: “She’s Gotta Have It” Fails LGBTQ Viewers—Again

We were baited with a girl-on-girl softcore scene only for female-centric romance to be altogether abandoned just a couple of episodes later. Read more »

Beyond Expectations: Lil Nas X Forges a Freer, More Fluid Hip Hop

Lil Nas X is as interested in complicating genre as he is in complicating expectations of men in the music industry. Read more »

Bad Revenue: When Creators Harass Queer People, YouTube Profits

While YouTube proudly displayed a rainbow logo as a symbolic performance of allyship, they doubled down on their decision to let homophobic harassment remain on the platform. Read more »

Fear of a Feminist Lens: How Emily Nussbaum Pioneered TV Criticism

Nussbaum provides a roadmap for how to talk about television with an openness that sheds the hand-wringing that has plagued television criticism since its conception. Read more »

From Memes to Equal Pay: How Lesbian Meme Culture Produced A New Dedicated Soccer Fandom

With their World Cup win, the United States women’s national soccer team has been extensively memed, leading to newly obsessed queer fans—and more supporters in their fight for pay equity. Read more »

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Why You Should Pay for Porn

If you’re a progressive middle-class individual, chances are you think about where your food comes from. Maybe you try to buy shoes that are... Read more »

All Hail the Queen?: What Do Our Perceptions of Beyoncé's Feminism Say about us?

The policing of feminist cred is the real moral contradiction. Read more »

Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... Read more »

Critical Conditions: For Trans Individuals, Seeking Medical Care Can Be a Minefield

When trans individuals encounter the medical system, they're often met with discrimination and misunderstanding. Read more »