You’ve Heard This One Before: The Zero-Sum Legacy of “A Star Is Born”

You can think of this story as a life-force transference, or, if you’re cynical, a law of nature.

To All the Double Standards We’ve Seen Before

It’s acceptable for Asian men’s stories to exclude Asian women, but the opposite is intolerable. Read more »

Drawing the Line: TV Animation Beyond the Boys’ Club

In 17 years, Adult Swim has never featured a female-created cartoon series. Read more »

BitchWatch: 11 Bitch-Approved Films You Should Watch This Fall

Fall’s film slate features thrilling tales of mystery, murder, rivalry, and revenge. Read more »

What it Feels Like for a Girl: “Eighth Grade” Rewrites Tired Social-Media Stereotyping

The film is notable because it consciously avoids serving up a familiar media brew of technophobia and misogyny. Read more »

A Woman Scorned: The Cold Vengeance of Hindi Cinema

Female revenge in Hindi cinema is typically viewed as an illogical, estrogen-driven act executed through treachery and lies. Read more »

Searching for Detroit: “Sorry To Bother You’s” female lead is more symbol than person

Behind all the symbolism, we could have seen the person. Read more »

Sinful and Indulgent: “Dietland” and the Language of Fatphobia

Indelicate language is seen as tough love. Read more »

Inconvenient Women: "Disobedience" tests religion, passion, and choice

Disobedience is the kind of woman-at-a-crossroads film I love. Read more »

Turning 20: How An Iconic ’90s Film Normalized Stalking

Humor that takes stalking seriously requires nimbleness and nuance. Read more »

Beyond the Closet Door: Rhea Butcher on Sobriety and Queer Roadmaps for Happiness

Sober LGBTQ individuals can sometimes feel excluded. Read more »

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The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

Long before Peggy Olson fought to be a copywriter on Mad Men, women were pioneering advertisers in the new age of mass media.... 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 »

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 »