Culture

The Post-Colonial Politics of “Game of Thrones”

The show’s brutal violence reflects on our current reality, not a fictional past. Read more »

Only White Kids Find Treasure: “On My Block’s” Fantastical Coming of Age Story

None of the kids have delusions of grandeur; all they want is to buy their way out of historical cycles of violence. Read more »

Baby Savior: Motherhood Is Not a Form of Redemption for Career Women

Pop culture’s preoccupation with fixing single, aging career women seems to have expanded over the last three decades. Read more »

The Nan Show: How Nannies Rewrote the Rules on TV Parenting

The experiences of nannies that are omitted from pop culture tell us as much about the current state of childcare in America as do the types of nannies and parents that are portrayed. Read more »

Monstrous Poetry: Kenji Liu Is Using Frankenstein as a Metaphor for Toxic Masculinity

It’s easy to write something that criticizes toxic masculinity, or our current president, or any number of things in the news about guys acting badly. Read more »

Object Lessons: “The Act” and the Ethics of Consuming True Crime

The interest in consuming true crime isn’t matched by an obligation to discuss the ethical implications of doing so. Read more »

Grand Theft Creative: The Gaming Industry’s Exploitative Crunch Culture

Despite booming profits, layoffs in the gaming industry are becoming more frequent, with less and less regard for their effects on employees. Read more »

5 Powerful Lessons Arya Stark Teaches about Surviving Trauma

Arya Stark’s darkness is not minimized or sugarcoated. Read more »

Ride or Fly: “Tuca & Bertie” Offers a New Tail about Women’s Friendship

Stories about female friendships are often bookended by one or both of the friends experiencing a big life change and moving on. Read more »

Lisa Hanawalt on Animating Your Own Escape

People are finally starting to pay attention to the terrible ways women are treated, but every animation studio and production company needs to be less oblivious. 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 »

Saying Goodbye to Maria and the End of a Sesame Street Era

Growing up, Sesame Street's Maria was one of the best Latina role models I had. 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 »