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Royal Representation: On the Strange Racial Politics of “Bridgerton”

In essence, all these shows do is show people of color being terrible white people.

Lost and Found: Season 4 of “Search Party” Is the Perfect Pandemic Watch

The dark comedy series is back for a new season, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about it. Read more »

In Favor of the Queer Mediocrity of “Ammonite”

The film’s mapped-on queerness feels like a form of branding rather than a genuine endeavor. Read more »

Switching Fears: “Freaky” Is an Empowering Body-Swap Horror Comedy

Freaky explores gender and body horror in a captivating (and extremely funny) way. Read more »

“Wonder Woman 1984” Replaces Girl Power with Empty Platitudes

Although it tries, Wonder Woman 1984 struggles to speak to this moment and deliver a coherent message. Read more »

Royal Amnesia: “The Crown” Dresses Up Brutal Colonialism

When stories of the colonies are not sandwiched between royal affairs and domestic politics, they appear as royal vacation spots.  Read more »

In Heaven’s Name: A New Documentary Revisits a Notorious, Misunderstood Cult

Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults challenges viewers to rethink their assumptions. Read more »

Joke to Trope: On the Pop Culture Villainization of Aunties

Is it possible that we’re being just a little too harsh on our aunties? Read more »

Lizzie McGuire is 30. Apparently That’s a Problem for Disney+.

How Disney+ killed our Lizzie McGuire dreams. Read more »

Rescue Rom-Com: Sex Workers Reflect on the Fantasy of “Pretty Woman”

Pretty Woman is to real-life sex work what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are to actual ninjas. Read more »

Bad (White) Moms Dominate Christmas Movies

Perhaps we’re not far enough removed from the bigoted assumptions that moms who don’t fit the mold aren’t parenting correctly. 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 »

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 »

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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"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 »