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Words Fail: “Dear Evan Hansen” Is an Obvious Disservice to Mental-Health Representation

Corny and contrived, Dear Evan Hansen is an obvious disservice to mental-health representation.

Bad Sport: “Squid Game” Exposes the False Rhetoric of “Choice” and “Resilience”

Resilience is admirable; challenging the system is intolerable. Read more »

One-Inch Barrier: How Americans Watch Netflix’s “Squid Game” Matters

Americans really, really don’t like subtitles. Read more »

Cop Out: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Finale Fails to Reckon with Its Pro-cop Legacy

Brooklyn Nine-Nine was, at heart, copaganda—a show that, in the midst of a growing real-life reckoning, made viewers feel good—or, if not good, better—about American policing. Read more »

The Ends Justify the Screens: Why Onscreen AAPI Representation Simply Isn’t Enough

Within a few weeks of each other, scandals regarding racist production practices on both Kim’s Convenience and Shadow and Bone made headlines. Read more »

All the Ladies in the House: “Impeachment: American Crime Story” Has a Woman Problem

A paper-thin portrait of political women leans into the prurient, and assumes the worst. Read more »

“The White Lotus” Shines Its Tiki Torch on Settler Colonialism

The White Lotus looks to critique masculinity and its many toxicities. Read more »

Summoning Yourself: The Role of Conjure in “Candyman”

Sometimes desire is layered with disbelief, but the summoner gets what they asked for regardless. Read more »

Demon Seed: “False Positive” Treats Wombs as Receptacles for Terror

In each of these films, it’s the male ego that guides the doctors and fathers. Read more »

False Hope: Can Anyone Stop Religious Conversion Camps?

Pray Away cracks open the duality of “belonging.” Read more »

Land Mine: Did “Rutherford Falls” Need to Center a White Guy?

The story draws on a narrative that has gained traction in the reckoning around race and history. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. Read more »