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Screaming Match: “Marriage Story” Doesn’t Reckon with the Misogyny of Its Male Protagonist

What’s most disheartening about Marriage Story is that Noah Baumbach clearly believes Charlie and Nicole deserve the same happy ending.

“The L Word: Generation Q” Stumbles Over a Alcoholism Storyline—Again

I’d like to see a queer character onscreen who has struggled with addiction but has done the work to be well. Read more »

Numa Perrier Brings Humanity to the Cam-Girl Experience

Numa Perrier’s story of sexual awakening and self-realization is gritty and realistic without ever turning its Black women characters into victims. Read more »

Flewed Out: After 20 Years, “Chicken Run” Remains a Lesson in Ethical Labor

Ginger and her chooks taught us that collective action, coalition building, consciousness-raising, and plucky persistence are necessary ingredients for a revolution. Read more »

“Grace and Frankie” Expands Its World, but Loses Insight into the Women at Its Center

Grace and Frankie is at its best when it follows its tried and true formula. Read more »

“Like a Boss” Takes Down a Girlboss, But Loses Its Sense of Humor

Like a Boss has a message that’s both confusing and unfunny. Read more »

The Witching Hour: What the CW Loses to Magical Surrealism

As the CW depicts women’s coming of age stories through magical surrealism, we lose nuance. Read more »

The 2020 Oscars Noms Aren’t Just White—They’re Boring: A Point/Counterpoint

Once again, the Oscars are snow white and it’s become so predictable that it’s boring. Read more »

Forever Your Girls: “Little Women” Is a Film in Conversation with Its Own History

Greta Gerwig offers a meditation on the novel’s biggest themes, rather than a familiar narrative trajectory. Read more »

Sinister Niceness: On “You,” Killers Don’t Change their Spots

If Season 2 is any indication, we have no choice but to overlook the obvious in favor of granting white men an inherent innocence; it’s a default. Read more »

Does Representation Still Matter at the Golden Globes?: A Point/Counterpoint

Though the Golden Globes made progress around inclusion in 2019, it still has major issues with diversity. Read more »

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Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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

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 »