“Coco” Proves Cultural Appreciation is Possible

I set out to the theater on Thanksgiving Day expecting to hate Disney-Pixar’s Coco. I was delightfully surprised. Read more »

Same Old West: “Godless” Failed to Deliver a Western About Women

We were lured into a pit of tired and unquestioned Western clichés. Read more »

Superficial Boundaries: “She’s Gotta Have It” Butchers Polyamory and Queerness

Nola Darling erects superficial barriers that don’t protect her or the people she’s engaging with. Read more »

No Grace For Women: “Queen Sugar” Traffics In Toxic Masculinity

Ralph-Angel’s relationships with women reveal his selfishness and fragile ego. Read more »

Ask the Sexpert: Can a Gynecologist’s Advice Column Change Indian Culture?

Obscenity, like beauty, lies in the eye of the beholder Read more »

An Old Story in a Neo Hat: In Neo Yokio, futuristic capitalism looks very familiar

If a show doesn’t provide the framework to critically address what it purports to satirize, can it truly be satire? Read more »

In “Their Finest,” Women Break Down Barriers with Propaganda

Their Finest is ultimately a film about whether we listen to propagandists feeding us “alternative facts” or to storytellers asking us to consider marginalized truths. Read more »

Backtalk: Louis C.K. & Election 2017

This week, Dahlia and Amy declare that Louis C.K. is cancelled after he’s finally admitted that the alleged rumors about him are true, albeit through a shitty non-apology. And they talk about the assault claims against Alabama candidate for Senate Roy Moore that will piss... Read more »

The “Scandal” Effect: The Rise of Flawed Black Female Protagonists

As Scandal takes its final bow to make room for the peak TV content that has sprung up in its wake, it’s clear that the desire for more diverse stories has not abated. Read more »

Turning 20: The Final Girl Is Still As White As Ever

A Final Girl’s whiteness is unchangeable. 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 »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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 »

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 »