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Cop Out: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Finale Fails to Reckon with Its Pro-cop Legacy

Brooklyn Nine-Nine was, at heart, copaganda—a show that, in the midst of a growing real-life reckoning, made viewers feel good—or, if not good, better—about American policing. Read more »

The Ends Justify the Screens: Why Onscreen AAPI Representation Simply Isn’t Enough

Within a few weeks of each other, scandals regarding racist production practices on both Kim’s Convenience and Shadow and Bone made headlines. Read more »

All the Ladies in the House: “Impeachment: American Crime Story” Has a Woman Problem

A paper-thin portrait of political women leans into the prurient, and assumes the worst. Read more »

“The White Lotus” Shines Its Tiki Torch on Settler Colonialism

The White Lotus looks to critique masculinity and its many toxicities. Read more »

Summoning Yourself: The Role of Conjure in “Candyman”

Sometimes desire is layered with disbelief, but the summoner gets what they asked for regardless. Read more »

Demon Seed: “False Positive” Treats Wombs as Receptacles for Terror

In each of these films, it’s the male ego that guides the doctors and fathers. Read more »

False Hope: Can Anyone Stop Religious Conversion Camps?

Pray Away cracks open the duality of “belonging.” Read more »

Land Mine: Did “Rutherford Falls” Need to Center a White Guy?

The story draws on a narrative that has gained traction in the reckoning around race and history. Read more »

Queer Fear: The “Fear Street” Trilogy Refuses to Bury Its Gays

Fear Street refuses to prioritize straight, white leads like the slasher films of the past. Read more »

Better Than Sex Ed: Pop Culture Is Teaching Teens About Sex

When sex education isn’t what kids need, they look to pop culture for the answers. Read more »

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Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »

No Disrespect: Black Women and the Burden of Respectability

Hollywood still filters (and distorts) the lives and histories of minorities through the eyes of the majority. 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 »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »