Excavating Trauma and the Healing Power of Haunted-Home Films

Trauma-of-the-home films have the power to demonstrate human resilience in the face of terrible things.

Home Sweet Haunt: Grief and Trauma Are the Lurking Horrors in "The Haunting of Hill House"

You can’t control trauma, and you can’t always protect yourself from scares. Read more »

Turning 20: “Practical Magic” Travels Through the Realm of Outsiders

“Practical Magic” withstands the test of time and reinvigorates interest in witchy feminist spirituality. Read more »

Eclipsing Fame: “A Star is Born” Treats Pop Music as a Telltale Sign of Selling Out

What Jackson comes to describe as Ally’s artistic insincerity is very nakedly the nascent bloom of his own jealousy. Read more »

A Woman’s Weapon: Pop Culture Takes On the Poison Trope

Poison is the symptom of a decidedly feminine evil. Read more »

Time Bombs: “Her Smell” and “Vox Lux” Let Viewers Fill in the Blanks

The use of time jumps might advance a narrative—but it’s also a way to bypass organic character development. Read more »

Imperial Fantasies: On the Costs of Misrepresentation

To lack representation is to lack the autonomy of selection and to some extent self-definition. Read more »

BitchWatch: 14 Bitch-Approved TV Shows You Should Watch This Fall

This fall’s TV shows truly have something for everyone. Read more »

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. Read more »

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 »

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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 »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream. 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 »

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 »