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Dream Sequence: “To All the Boys” Ends Less Sugary Sweet Than It Began

The film ultimately lacks the essential nutrients of a satisfying conclusion. Read more »

Under Your Spell: Revisiting “Buffy’s” First Lesbian Kiss 20 Years Later

The fact that these queer women weren’t allowed sustained happiness sent the message that stability exists only in relationships between men and women. Read more »

Hidden in Subtext: “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” Masks Bisexuality

The main character’s queerness is downplayed.  Read more »

Is the Abortion Rights Movement Becoming a White Woman’s Story?

White girl protagonists become stand-ins for a “universal” experience. Read more »

“Honey Girl” Is about a Woman Coming Home to Herself

Honey Girl is not a romance novel. Read more »

Bravado and Branding: Instagrammable Startups Can’t Save Trans Healthcare

We can’t rely on the economy of influencers to solve a healthcare disparity. Read more »

Preying on Predators: “Violation” Is a Measured Study of Rape-Revenge Hurt

Our protagonist is a martyr at her breaking point, someone who’s pushing through her limits to balance the scales of justice because she knows no one else will. Read more »

“Framing Britney Spears” Is a Portrait of a Pop Star on Fire

Framing Britney Spears is a clear indictment of society’s stigmatization of mental illness. Read more »

Bad Blood: The Quiet Misogyny of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

To understand Joss Whedon’s nerdy repackaging of entitlement toward women and their bodies, one must look no further than the subtext of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Read more »

“I Care a Lot” is Visceral Catharsis for Women’s Rage

There’s therapy to be found in these films. Read more »

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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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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 »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It's easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »