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The Missed “Magical Negro” Trope in “The Queen’s Gambit”

We have to do better.

“Happiest Season” Shows Queers Joy Is Sometimes Elusive

Happiest Season has big shoes to fill though there is really no other movie like it. Read more »

BitchWatch: 15 Holiday Movies Feminists Should Watch this Winter

Happy watching and happy holidays. Read more »

Sadly, Sia is Far From The First Person to Tokenize Autistic People

Sia’s response has made one thing clear: this film isn’t it. Read more »

Seeking Humanity: “Ratched” Is a Queer Show That Explores Power and Violence

Ratched isn’t just a lesbian love story. Read more »

Meaningless Mashup: “Holidate” Proves Netflix Hasn’t Nailed the Holiday Rom-Com

“Holidate” is a Hallmark-inspired movie for straight people who think saying words like “tits” makes them edgy.  Read more »

Shot to Pieces: “Pieces of a Woman” Is a New Take on a Well-Worn Trope

What does it mean to make an “authentic” film about tragedy? Read more »

BitchWatch: 11 Scary (and Not-So Scary) Films to Watch This Halloween

Feminist horror is often overlooked, but we’re here to highlight some of our favorites. Read more »

“Bad Hair” Makes a Tangled Mess of Black Women’s Woes

In his quest to create a fable about Black women’s hair, Justin Simien overlooks the actual function it plays in Black women’s lives. Read more »

Pausing the Panic Button: Can Religious Scholarship Teach Media Literacy?

Moral panics about sexually disturbing or explicit media are hardly new or uncommon. Read more »

Mind Interrupted: The Horrifying Manipulation of Black Women’s Psyches

The traumatic spectacles of these transformations often reveal so little about the interiority of the fictional Black women who experience them. Read more »

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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 »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human... Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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 »