Culture

Guilty Parties: “Big Little Lies’” Glorious Reflections on Female Penitence

There’s something aspirational about the way Big Little Lies imbues even the most dysfunctional situations with a gloss of camp-adjacent catharsis. Read more »

Beyond Martyrdom: “Tales of the City” Introduces Two Generations of Complex Trans Characters

The flawed history of our queer ancestors serves as a portal to the past. Read more »

TV Has Shifted Our Cultural Perception of Who Has Abortions

While TV shows are still learning how to tell accurate and authentic stories about marginalized people who have abortions, there have been a few examples that have had lasting impact. Read more »

The Category Is “That Bitch”: Angelica Ross on Candy Ferocity’s Fierce Season 2 Turn

This season, Candy still has had a lot to prove to a lot of people—and she’s not shying away from the challenge. Read more »

Swipe Left: When Marginalized TV Characters Turn to Dating Apps

For marginalized characters, small-screen depictions of dating apps are more regressive than excitingly futuristic. Read more »

A Queerer World: 2019 Is the Year of the LGBTQ YA Novel

This year, LGBTQ young adult novels have finally diversified the queer experience. Read more »

Finding Power: In Netflix’s “Trinkets,” Young Women Steal Their Way to Autonomy

The young women of Netflix’s “Trinkets” break laws, but build each other. Read more »

Moving the Needle: Mason Deaver on Creating One of YA’s First Nonbinary Protagonists

In YA, nonbinary protagonists are rare. Mason Deaver seeks to change that with their debut, I Wish You All the Best. Read more »

Spasms of Truth: “Sex Education” Disrupts Pop Culture’s Silence around Painful Sex

The best rom-coms make their predictability feel not like a weakness, but like a giddily essential pleasure. Read more »

Love, Factually: “Always Be My Maybe” Updates the Rom-Com Formula with Cultural Specificity and Heart

The best rom-coms make their predictability feel not like a weakness, but like a giddily essential pleasure. Read more »

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Target Market: Black women with guns: frontier feminists or insurrectionists?

When I was 6 years old, my mother and I were robbed at gunpoint by two men looking for cash. One of them placed the gun at...

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Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... Read more »