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Fanfiction to Film: “The Kissing Booth” Brings Misogyny from Wattpad to Netflix

Why are the fanfics that become films so misogynist? Read more »

Like Kat Edison, Many Black Women in Media Can’t Catch a Break

The Bold Type isn’t so bold when it comes to Kat, its Black, queer protagonist.  Read more »

Haunted Housewife: The Horror—and the Humor—of Shirley Jackson

As both writer and housewife, she embodied identities that were incompatible according to the norms of her time. Read more »

Very Online: Twitter is a Salve for Black People. It’s Also Anti-Black.

What does Twitter’s commitment to Black people actually look like, and what is the impact when Twitter fails Black users? Read more »

Steven Canals Wants TV to Go Beyond Striking a Pose

The ballroom is truly about being a safety net and being a family for young LGBTQ kids who were being discarded by their families, government, and churches. Read more »

Bro-ey Ribaldry: Zac Efron’s “Down to Earth” is Merely Colonialist Fantasy

Though fun, “Down to Earth” largely whitewashes sustainability, and misses the mark. Read more »

On “Bad Vacation,” Liza Anne Finds Community in Vulnerability

“I feel like everything is just paused and repeated in this expansive yet really calming state of learning to love and to be loved.” Read more »

Julie Plec Continues “The Vampire Diaries” Tradition of Black Women Saving White Women

It’s not the first time Julie Plec has put vile demands on the shoulders of Black women. Read more »

Naya Rivera Built a TV Legacy for Queer, Latinx People

“Santana validated me, and was the beginning of what led me out of the closet.” Read more »

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Will Filming the Police Keep Us Safe?

There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf... Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban,...

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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 »

Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... Read more »