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No Moderates in Gilead: Season 3 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Is a Warning

The new season is a cautionary tale about seeking allyship with our oppressors. Read more »

Teenage Kicks: “Booksmart” is an Earnest, Affirming Fantasy of Feelings

Booksmart devotes itself more to the strange, transcendent kind of intimacy that can develop between teens during a singular night. Read more »

Diva Behavior: Can We Call Beyoncé a Genius Now?

Beyoncé as an artist is also questioning a lot of things about the way we do things. Read more »

Back by Popular Demand: Beyoncé Harnesses the Power of Conjuring in “Formation”

In “Formation,” Beyoncé gathers ghosts to attend to history and the present, standing in for a myriad possible conjure women from various Black spiritual traditions. Read more »

BitchWatch: 11 Movies Feminists Should Watch this Summer

If you’re looking for a comedy about women taking over the Irish mob, a spooky follow up to “Hereditary,” or a documentary exploring the racist horrors of the criminal justice system, we’ve got you covered. Read more »

Mother Mayhem: “Ma” Honors Black Women’s Rage

The new horror film gives us a chance to see a Black woman wreak the revenge she deserves. Read more »

When the Chips Are Down: Anaïs Mitchell Goes Straight to Hades

In the original myth Eurydice dies without agency, but in Hadestown she chooses the underworld and deals with the repercussions. Read more »

You Can Laugh If You Want To: “Veep,” “Shrill,” and TV’s Abortion Plotlines

Abortion no longer requires a Very Special Episode. Read more »

The Heart of Whiteness: On Spiritual Tourism and the Colonization of Ayahuasca

Only in our current capitalist system is wellness considered a luxury. Read more »

Thor’s “Endgame” Weight Gain Should Have Been More Than a Punch Line

There’s a longstanding assumption that fat people feel less pain or sadness than non-fat people, and that they both deserve and can handle less-than-human treatment. Read more »

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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 »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »