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Hidden in Subtext: “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” Masks Bisexuality

The main character’s queerness is downplayed.  Read more »

Is the Abortion Rights Movement Becoming a White Woman’s Story?

White girl protagonists become stand-ins for a “universal” experience. Read more »

Preying on Predators: “Violation” Is a Measured Study of Rape-Revenge Hurt

Our protagonist is a martyr at her breaking point, someone who’s pushing through her limits to balance the scales of justice because she knows no one else will. Read more »

“Framing Britney Spears” Is a Portrait of a Pop Star on Fire

Framing Britney Spears is a clear indictment of society’s stigmatization of mental illness. Read more »

Bad Blood: The Quiet Misogyny of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

To understand Joss Whedon’s nerdy repackaging of entitlement toward women and their bodies, one must look no further than the subtext of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Read more »

“I Care a Lot” is Visceral Catharsis for Women’s Rage

There’s therapy to be found in these films. Read more »

Great American Nowhere: “Nomadland” Is the Movie “Hillbilly Elegy” Wants to Be

Nomadland actively rejects poverty porn tropes. Read more »

Joss Whedon and the Persistence of Prioritizing Male “Creative Genius”

What if we cared more about justice than “male genius?”  Read more »

Fucking Tired: Fixing “The Bachelor’s” Racism Isn’t Rachel Lindsay’s Job

Rachel Lindsay has become the built-in key to solving the empire’s ongoing problems with racism. Read more »

BitchWatch: 5 Frightening Feminist Films from Sundance

These movies are meaningful entries into a genre that has its sights toward social commentary. 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 »

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 »

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 »