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A Queer Icon, a Terrible Boss: Why It Matters That Ellen Can Be Both

Queer people can and do hurt other people.

A Goodbye to the Black Bisexual Messiness of “High Fidelity”

In honor of Rob, I spoke to a few bisexual people of color about Kravitz’s portrayal of Rob, and the state of Black bisexual characters on TV. Read more »

Queerness Shines in “She-Ra” and Other Animated Shows

The message out there for young people was that straights get to have fulfilling personal growth and relationships—and queers and queer romance don’t exist. Read more »

Trauma-Centered Art Should Be the Future of #MeToo

The film is an offering to those who have been affected by gendered violence. Read more »

“Palm Springs” Taps into the Idea That Time Loops Fix Women

The pursuit of betterment means losing a part of themselves along the way. Read more »

Eugenics as Entertainment: “Indian Matchmaking’s” Lighthearted View of Caste Oppression

Indian Matchmaking reveals all the isms associated with arranged marriages—colorism, casteism, sizeism, ableism, and classism—without criticizing any of it. Read more »

Fanfiction to Film: “The Kissing Booth” Brings Misogyny from Wattpad to Netflix

Why are the fanfics that become films so misogynist? Read more »

Like Kat Edison, Many Black Women in Media Can’t Catch a Break

The Bold Type isn’t so bold when it comes to Kat, its Black, queer protagonist.  Read more »

Steven Canals Wants TV to Go Beyond Striking a Pose

The ballroom is truly about being a safety net and being a family for young LGBTQ kids who were being discarded by their families, government, and churches. Read more »

Bro-ey Ribaldry: Zac Efron’s “Down to Earth” is Merely Colonialist Fantasy

Though fun, “Down to Earth” largely whitewashes sustainability, and misses the mark. Read more »

Julie Plec Continues “The Vampire Diaries” Tradition of Black Women Saving White Women

It’s not the first time Julie Plec has put vile demands on the shoulders of Black women. Read more »

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The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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 »

Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »