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 »

No Warning Sign or Symbol: “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” Exposes the Double Standards of Mental Illness

For the first time, a mentally ill woman serves as neither warning nor sex symbol. Read more »

Warrior To Wallflower: “Stranger Things” Shrinks Nancy Wheeler

Nancy doesn’t need Jonathan or Steve to get out of Hawkins. Read more »

“Underground” Highlights the Complexities of Life Under Slavery

In “Underground,” we found the love, hope, and determination of enslaved people that most of us weren’t exposed to in history class. Read more »

Digging into Horror's "Final Girl" Trope

A teen girl waits inside a creepy, empty house with a knife. She knows the killer is outside and she knows he’s coming to kill her next. Read more »

This World Looks Familiar: Steven Universe's Anticolonial Critique

Breaking down Steven Universe’s power dynamics, like interrogating the worlds of the Hunger Games or Harry Potter, offers a pop-culture framework for all... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: The Witch Hunt is Coming For You, Woody Allen

Allen’s films have paraded his perversities in front of an international audience for decades. Read more »

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The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

Long before Peggy Olson fought to be a copywriter on Mad Men, women were pioneering advertisers in the new age of mass media.... Read more »

Before You Watch "Orange is the New Black," Here Are 5 Facts To Know about Pregnancy in Prison

Season three of Orange is the New Black is (almost) here! While creator Jenji Kohan and the whole cast have been pretty tight-... Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

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

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 »