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Missing the Mark: Where Are the Trans Women on “The L Word” Reboot?

We need the most mainstream lesbian show in the world to actively normalize trans lesbians. Read more »

Pure Heart: How “Jane the Virgin” Turned Empathy into Power

Resistance onscreen can be as simple as giving space to characters who aren’t normally visible. Read more »

Eat or Be Eaten: Pollyanna McIntosh Brings Barbarism to Her Directorial Debut

Percentage-wise there’s more women watching horror than men, so it’s about time that there are more female voices. Read more »

From Representation to Tragedy Porn: Did “OITNB” Fail Its Marginalized Viewers?

Did Orange is the New Black accurately represent marginalized people, or simply expose them to pain via tragedy porn? Read more »

Backtalk: A Racist by Any Other Name

This week, Dahlia and Amy agree it’s about time for mainstream media organizations to label racists as racists. Recently, Trump tweeted to four congresswomen of color that they should go back to where they came from and accused them of being un-American. While his vile tweets were unsurprising, it... Read more »

Airing Authenticity: Does “Ramy” Need to Be Real to Be Fun?

Ramy Youssef chooses not to adhere to a collective narrative, instead homing in on his personal experience.  Read more »

Viewers Over Decency: How “The Bachelor” Franchise Keeps Failing Its Leading Ladies

The Bachelor franchise is willing to toss women into the flames of abuse for bigger ratings. Has it even earned the right to tell the stories of these women if it won’t protect them? Read more »

Gazed and Confused: How Do We Define the “Female Gaze” in Film?

A female gaze can’t simply be found in the deliberate desexualization of women, or in clever quips about smashing the patriarchy. Read more »

May Hong on Bringing a Queer, Asian American Lens to “Tales of the City”

“I was thrilled to see that an Asian American character was specifically written into the show to be a complex and compassionate person [who is] part of a loving chosen family.” Read more »

From Lovable Brute to Aggressor: How “Stranger Things” Turned Jim Hopper Into an Abuser

The issue with Stranger Things is that its depiction of abuse seems unconscious and uncritical. A series that doesn’t recognize abuse only normalizes... Read more »

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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 »

"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 »

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 »