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“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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In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which... Read more »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It's easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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

Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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