House Mother Rules: “Pose” is a Testament to the Selflessness of Trans Women

We must return the love and protection that trans women of color give us. Read more »

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 »

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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 »

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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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 »