Sugary Slope: “The New Romantic” Recycles Tired Tropes about Transactional Relationships

Some sugar babies criticize prostitution in order to distance themselves from the labels and stigma associated with it.

Dark Times Ahead: “The Crimes of Grindelwald” is a Bleak Vision of Fascism

An allegory for the rise of the Nazis wherein only another version of Hitler can stop Hitler is tasteless. Read more »

No Greater Agony: “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is an Achingly Honest Portrait of a Writer’s Life

Though writing is the backbone of most industries, writers are often considered expendable and easily replaceable. Read more »

House Mother Rules: “Pose” is a Testament to the Selflessness of Trans Women

We must return the love and protection that trans women of color give us. Read more »

Signs, Saints, and Symbols: Transgender Kids in Media are Not Here to Forgive You

By not allowing trans kids to grow into adults, even if it’s just on TV shows, writers take away their futures. Read more »

Nijla Mu’min Brings a Radical Portrait of Black Muslim Women to the Big Screen

Nijla Mu’min is very aware of her film’s unique place in the white patriarchal world of Hollywood. Read more »

No Foes, Real Friends: “Insecure” Has a Love-Hate Relationship with the Classic Marriage Plot

In a time when there are more single adults in America than ever before, it’s depressing to see Insecure suggest that Issa requires this much contrived romantic failure to justify her realization that a man won’t “fix” her life. Read more »

Through the Eyes of Others : “The Hate U Give” and the Burden of Racial Awareness

Starr’s concern about being stereotyped as the “angry Black girl” isn’t petty or trivial. Read more »

Not Your Final Girl: In “Halloween,” Laurie Strode Is a Survivor

In 2018, the former “scream queen” is armed with resolve and pain, and her only scream in the film comes from a place of anger and grief—not fear. Read more »

No Shame Monster: “Big Mouth” Sweetens the Bitter Pill of Puberty

In the past, stories of adolescent sexuality and desire on television were often only focused on boys—with girls as a mystery or a conquest. Big Mouth evens up the score. Read more »

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Before You Watch "Orange is the New Black," Here Are 5 Facts To Know about Pregnancy in Prison

Season three of Orange is the New Black is (almost) here! While creator Jenji Kohan and the whole cast have been pretty tight-... 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 »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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 »