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Double Down: "King Richard" Is an Ode to the Power of Believing in Black Girls

“King Richard” succeeds in drawing us to root for the Williams family to beat the odds against them—the specter of both genteel and bloody racism, the gang violence that threatens their neighborhood.

Rare Delight: : "Sort Of" Is a Refreshingly Complex Take on Nonbinary Life

What makes Sort Of work is its exploration of a nesting series of communities; one is diverse and queer, featuring people of a variety of genders and sexualities who move fluidly through each other’s lives in a way that highlights the rapid diversification of the LGBQT community... Read more »

Feminist-ish: The “Little Miss Badass” Trope

The trope itself is powerful because audiences also often perceive young women as vulnerable and nonthreatening, and the reveal that a character is secretly a Little Miss Badass subverts their own expectations of the narrative. Read more »

Feminist-ish: The Straw Feminist Trope

Welcome to Feminist-ish: a video series deconstructing the feminist-adjacent tropes that we love to hate. Read more »

Personal Parallels: Halsey’s Gothic Film Is a Gendered Journey Through Pregnancy

“I am not a woman, I’m a god / I am not a martyr, I’m a problem.” Read more »

Frigid Family: “Spencer” Amplifies the Horror of the Royal Family

 At last a Diana every bit as batshit as any of the inbred remnants of House Saxe-Coburg-Goth. Read more »

A Love Scorned: What “You” Season 3 Says about Fans’ Obsession with Male Killers

Despite viewers’ desire to “fix” the fictional male serial killer, Love Quinn’s murderous heel turn didn’t get the same reaction from fans after Season 2. Read more »

Female Trouble: In the Absence of Tropes, What Can a Woman Be?

We still aren’t fully comfortable with women who can’t be slotted into recognizable roles. Read more »

Bare Trap: How Girls Gone Wild Sold Sham Empowerment

Much like OnlyFans, Girls Gone Wild appealed to people (mostly men) because it showcased “amateurs.” Read more »

Wynonna Earp Reimagines the Old, Male West

Instead of celebrating hypermasculine cowboys who terrorize Indigenous peo-ple and abuse women, Emily Andras’s dramedy made a complicated woman the unlikely hero tasked with saving her town. Read more »

Bloodlust: “Mayday” Is a Brutal, Irresistible Feminist Revenge Fantasy

Karen Cinorre delivers a bloody, cathartic thrill with Mayday. Read more »

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"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 »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. 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 »