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A Quick History of TV’s Elusive Quest for Complex Black Lesbians

Characters are being given more complexity onscreen, as they are offered the chance to explore their queerness in ways typically reserved for white queer women. Read more »

“Four Weddings” Is Still a Pop Culture Starting Point for Sign Language

It helps not to think of a signed language, a written language, and a spoken one as being in any way connected to each other at all, but to recognize them as distinct, each one a living, breathing entity. Read more »

In Hot Water: “The Kitchen” Is a Comic-Book Adaptation Whose Diversity Feels Forced

The film pushes a shallow image of female unity, flattening the complex characters from the comic into easily readable types. Read more »

Hot Mic: Priyanka Chopra’s Selectively Woke Stardom Is a Strategic—and Risky—Decision

Diasporas and communities of color often feel that we must pedestalize even the least bit of representation that comes our way. Read more »

Not A Stereotype: 5 TV Shows That Depict Mental Health Surprisingly Well

TV is slowly making progress and learning how to tell the stories of characters with mental health conditions. Read more »

Drama, Not Trauma: Rape Culture, “Veronica Mars,” and the Spectacle of Sexual Violence

From the very beginning, sexual assault is simply fodder for drama in the world of Neptune, California. Read more »

In Favor of Straight White Viewers, “Queer Eye” Lives in the Middle Ground

Many straight women love and enjoy Queer Eye. Does it hold the same weight with queer women? Read more »

In “The Nightingale,” Rape is a Tool of Colonialism

The horror depicted in The Nightingale is that of colonial violence’s endlessness, a war for power designed to go on forever. Read more »

Work in Progress: The Indian Directors Highlighting Depictions of Household Labor

Invisibilizing domestic labor allows men to ascribe higher value to the more “masculine” work they have traditionally performed. Read more »

“Euphoria” Utilizes Black Trauma for Character Development

Christopher McKay is an example of Black trauma through a white lens. 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 »

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 »

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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Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »