Signs, Saints, and Symbols: Transgender Kids in Media are Not Here to Forgive You

By not allowing trans kids to grow into adults, even if it’s just on TV shows, writers take away their futures. Read more »

Nijla Mu’min Brings a Radical Portrait of Black Muslim Women to the Big Screen

Nijla Mu’min is very aware of her film’s unique place in the white patriarchal world of Hollywood. Read more »

No Foes, Real Friends: “Insecure” Has a Love-Hate Relationship with the Classic Marriage Plot

In a time when there are more single adults in America than ever before, it’s depressing to see Insecure suggest that Issa requires this much contrived romantic failure to justify her realization that a man won’t “fix” her life. Read more »

Through the Eyes of Others : “The Hate U Give” and the Burden of Racial Awareness

Starr’s concern about being stereotyped as the “angry Black girl” isn’t petty or trivial. Read more »

Not Your Final Girl: In “Halloween,” Laurie Strode Is a Survivor

In 2018, the former “scream queen” is armed with resolve and pain, and her only scream in the film comes from a place of anger and grief—not fear. Read more »

No Shame Monster: “Big Mouth” Sweetens the Bitter Pill of Puberty

In the past, stories of adolescent sexuality and desire on television were often only focused on boys—with girls as a mystery or a conquest. Big Mouth evens up the score. Read more »

Colonial Dreams: “Westworld” Fetishizes Violent Bygone Eras

Instead of being an authentic exploration and critique of white supremacy, Westworld only enforces it. Read more »

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. Read more »

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 »

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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 »

One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... 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 »

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 »