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Not Quite “Grown-Ish”: Power Dynamics Complicate Onscreen Lesbian Student-Teacher Relationships

Despite our excitement and enthusiasm about seeing brilliant lesbian professors represented onscreen, they aren’t immune to critique. Read more »

“Hustlers” Explodes the Damaging Stereotype of Sex Workers as Thieves

The prevalent trope feeds the idea that sex workers are criminals instead of professionals who deserve to be compensated for their labor. Read more »

Beyond Tabloid Crime: The Slow, Methodical Evolution of Sexual Assault on “Law & Order: SVU”

Though SVU has largely steered clear of the gore and intense luridness of other prime-time procedurals, it has still played into the idea that violence against women isn’t about the woman’s experience but rather about the remains of her body. Read more »

30 Years Ago, “The Golden Girls” Treated Sick Women like We Matter

Three decades later, “Sick and Tired” remains a cultural touchstone for people with chronic illnesses. Read more »

The Necessary Escapism of “Law & Order: SVU”

In Dick Wolf’s formulaic world, victims are always believed, cops are dedicated to catching bad guys, and justice is always served, no matter how long it takes. Read more »

Family Ties: “Hustlers” Promises Crime, but Delivers Matriarchy

Ramona frames all of her behaviors as acts of love, whether she’s teaching Destiny how to diversify her stripping moves or instructing the larger team of women on how to seduce, drug, and steal money from white, wealthy, and unsuspecting men. Read more »

BitchWatch: 7 Movies Feminists Should Watch This Fall

This fall, we’re anticipating movies about women astronauts, another Charlie’s Angels reboot, and a thriller all about socioeconomic class.  Read more »

BitchWatch: 9 TV Shows Feminists Should Watch this Fall

From Netflix to cable, fall television is filled with feminist TV shows. Read more »

Burning Issue: “Embrace of the Serpent“ Sees Capitalist Destruction through Indigenous Eyes

The film subverts a colonialist narrative by presenting the experience of a white man on Amazon land—not through his eyes, but through those of the people he’s exploiting. Read more »

Blood Sport: The Most Feminist Part of “IT Chapter Two” Is a Staple in Horror

There’s one genre that has never shied away from depicting menstruation: horror. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

"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 »

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 »