On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: The Watering Down of Body Positivity

Jameela Jamil built a brand around body positivity. Now she’s facing backlash for it.

Creating An Empire: Merging Disney and Fox Perpetuates White Supremacy

A media empire the size and scale of Walt Disney is a privately-owned propaganda machine. Read more »

The Problem with “Aladdin”

Aladdin is a white fantasy. Read more »

Disney Unveils Their First Latina Princess—Sort Of

Disney is skittish to say that their newest princess is Latina. What gives?  Read more »

The Jungle Book's Complicated Relationship With Imperialism

Over its many iterations, Rudyard Kipling’s story has positioned Mowgli as a God or a conflicted child. The new Disney version seeks a harmonious message.  Read more »

The Racial Politics of Disney Animals

Scholar and activist Walidah Imarisha talks about the messages of films like The Jungle Book. Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Animal Friends

Bad ducks, cat ladies, and queer zebras—oh my! On today’s show, we discuss animals in pop culture. Read more »

The Best Thing About "Tomorrowland" Is the Spunky Teen Girl Genius

Disney’s Tomorrowland is a feel-good film built around a simple, optimistic idea: If all the dreamers, artists, and geniuses truly pitched in, we humans could work our way out of this current mess of climate change, constant war, and global inequality. Read more »

New Film "Into the Woods" is a Little Afraid of the Dark

Meryl Streep (and some fingernail extensions) play The Witch in new film Into the Woods It’s hard not to envy Meryl Streep. Her illustrious career aside, her staggering talent aside, and her ability to pull off both the ... Read more »

"Maleficent" Succeeds in (Finally!) Creating a Complex Witch

Whether they’re keeping busy as mistresses of all that is evil or simply threatening to get you and your little dog, too, bad witches in film have it rough. Hollywood’s villainous witches are often driven to cruelty by the sheer power they wield. More than that, they’re often portrayed as figures... Read more »

Disney's Missteps on “Alice in Arabia” Show the Need for Complex Muslim Characters on TV

You may have heard of the classic story Alice in Wonderland. In the 1951 Disney film version of the Lewis Caroll tale, Alice finds herself in a newfound world, where she meets a cast of rude characters with outlandish customs, including a hookah-smoking caterpillar. Now what if... Read more »

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