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In Season 2, “PEN15” Gets Real About Teenage Slut-Shaming

While the first season of PEN15 highlights teen girls’ sexuality, the second showcases the ways they’re punished for it. Read more »

Disney’s “Mulan” Remake Doesn’t Challenge the Patriarchy. It Reinforces It

In the apocalyptic hellscape that is today’s political climate, we deserved a Mulan with humanity. Read more »

Jumping Boundaries: “The Bachelor” Rewards Red Flags in Relationships

In The Bachelor universe, men are encouraged to fight for love and to never give up. Read more »

Conjuring Possibilities: Remembering Chadwick Boseman, a Champion of Black Stories

Popular media is a feedback loop that both tells us how to exist in the world and reinforces what we believe is possible. Read more »

“Legend of Korra” Shows How to Navigate PTSD While Fighting Injustice

Legend of Korra shows TV viewers that it’s possible to manage trauma—even while continuing the fight for justice. Read more »

Begone with the Wind: How Hollywood Rewrites Slavery

If these cinematic perceptions of slavery are committed to memory, then we might accept the plantation as a mere backdrop to terror rather than the very site of it. Read more »

Hustle & Glow: “P-Valley” Puts Black Southern Strippers in the Spotlight

The show is an expansive portrait of poverty, racism, misogyny and the Black Southern pride that pushes back against oppression. Read more »

Horny Cailíní: Irish Girls Get Their Onscreen Sexual Renaissance

The women at the center of these series proudly flaunt their brazen desire. Read more »

“An American Pickle” Finds Humor in Uniquely Jewish Hardship

Seth Rogen embodies both his own Jewish present and a collective and just-out-of-reach Jewish past.  Read more »

Third Party Clarity: Therapy Is a Luxury for Pop Culture’s Troubled Mother-Daughter Pairs

In film and television, few relationships are as fraught as the one between a mother and a daughter. 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 »

Game Changer: Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

You're a Bolshevik feminist jewess that hates white people… and you expect to be taken seriously when you're “critique-ing” ...

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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 »

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 »