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May Hong on Bringing a Queer, Asian American Lens to "Tales of the City"

“I was thrilled to see that an Asian American character was specifically written into the show to be a complex and compassionate person [who is] part of a loving chosen family.”

From Lovable Brute to Aggressor: How “Stranger Things” Turned Jim Hopper Into an Abuser

The issue with Stranger Things is that its depiction of abuse seems unconscious and uncritical. A series that doesn’t recognize abuse only normalizes... Read more »

Scream On: “Big Little Lies” Shows That Abuse Doesn’t Always Die with the Abuser

Big Little Lies never lets us forget that it’s a show about the inextricable hold that domestic violence has on those who experience it, witness it, and survive it. Read more »

Backtalk: Recasting a Disney Princess

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the live-action casting for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Halle Bailey was announced as Ariel in the upcoming film and many racists cried it would be inaccurate to have Black mermaid in this classic story. Why is it so important for viewers to see a... Read more »

Queerbait and Switch: “She’s Gotta Have It” Fails LGBTQ Viewers—Again

We were baited with a girl-on-girl softcore scene only for female-centric romance to be altogether abandoned just a couple of episodes later. Read more »

In “Late Night,” Comedy’s Whiteness Is a Backdrop for a Love Story

Mindy Kaling holds onto her affinity for caustic, negging romance, focusing this energy on the creative partnership between two very different women. Read more »

Guilty Parties: “Big Little Lies’” Glorious Reflections on Female Penitence

There’s something aspirational about the way Big Little Lies imbues even the most dysfunctional situations with a gloss of camp-adjacent catharsis. Read more »

Beyond Martyrdom: “Tales of the City” Introduces Two Generations of Complex Trans Characters

The flawed history of our queer ancestors serves as a portal to the past. Read more »

TV Has Shifted Our Cultural Perception of Who Has Abortions

While TV shows are still learning how to tell accurate and authentic stories about marginalized people who have abortions, there have been a few examples that have had lasting impact. Read more »

The Category Is “That Bitch”: Angelica Ross on Candy Ferocity’s Fierce Season 2 Turn

This season, Candy still has had a lot to prove to a lot of people—and she’s not shying away from the challenge. Read more »

Swipe Left: When Marginalized TV Characters Turn to Dating Apps

For marginalized characters, small-screen depictions of dating apps are more regressive than excitingly futuristic. Read more »

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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 »

One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... Read more »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream. Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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