Culture

“Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power” Is a Fresh Critique of the Male Gaze

Nina Menkes’s new documentary, “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power,” provides a critical but shallow introduction to feminist film theory. Read more »

Ira Madison III Keeps It Relevant, Funny, and Real

Ira Madison speaks on his pop-culture political podcast, Keep It, and his future projects. Read more »

Magical Medicine : 6 Fictional Healers Who Eased Our Pain

Whether their abilities are innate, learned, or thrust upon them, fictional healers have long been a staple of fantasy. These six healers use physical touch, chaos magic, and even their own saliva to mend wounds and restore health.   Read more »

Featured Podcast: “La Brega” Dissects the Colonial Diaspora

A Puerto Rican history podcast speaks to the unique experiences of an irrepressible and resilient community. Read more »

Bloody Lies: The Never-Ending Cycle of Menstrual Mythmaking

Gabrielle Merite traces an illustrated history of stigmatizing myths about menstruation.  Read more »

5 Feminist Albums That Got Us Through March

This month, we’re looking at releases by Kilo Kish, Fana Hues, Charli XCX, and more. Read more »

“Orlando” Is 30 Years Old, but It’s Still Groundbreaking in Its Transfemininity

While many films depicting the lives of trans folks do not stand the test of time, Sally Potter’s 1992 film does. Read more »

From Mrs. Maisel to Rory, Amy Sherman-Palladino Relies on Flimsy Anti-Heroines

With “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amy Sherman-Palladino finally had the opportunity to lean into the anti-heroine—but she didn’t take it. Read more »

Abortion Is Under Attack. These 3 Films Illustrate the Resilience of the Reproductive Rights Movement.

Film has long been used as an intellectual battle ground over the legal state of abortion. These stories from the ’60s and ’70s are alive and sadly relevant today. Read more »

Who Does “West Side Story” Really Serve?

Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” resists a progressive update because its entire premise presents Puerto Ricans as innately, irreconcilably other. Read more »

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It’s Time to End the Long History of Feminism Failing Transgender Women

To imply that trans women pose a threat to cisgender women in restrooms is misinformation that preys on unfounded fears. 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 »

Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... Read more »