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What We Lose When Music Divas Become Movie Stars

 When pop stars turn to film, they’re at the whims of mostly male directors who squander their visionary talent.

Her Prerogative: Britney Spears Can Do Whatever the Hell She Wants

Fans’ calls to #UnfreeBritney were a sharp contrast to the rallying cries that flooded social media and the streets outside Spears’ conservatorship hearings. Read more »

13 Shows and Movies We Loved in 2021

From the unexpected buzz around Squid Game’s horrifying meditation on the problem of debt in South Korea to the catharsis of Mayday’s feminist revenge. Read more »

9 Shows and Movies We Hated in 2021

These are some of the biggest disappointments we saw this year. Read more »

Web of Cries: “Spider-Man: No Way Home” Opens up the Multiverse to Explore Grief

Spider-Man: No Way Home shows that—no matter what magic or powers you have—grief impacts us all. Read more »

Femme Fatale: The Allure of the “House of Gucci” Antiheroine

This story is not about the downfall of magnificent men, it’s about the tragedy of a woman who flew too close to the sun. Read more »

Virgin Royal, Mother, Whore: The Enduring Appeal of Princess Diana Fever

The abiding interest is the result of a sustained mythmaking organized around the figure of Diana, the most visible face of the British royal family even in her death. Read more »

Man Down: "The Power Of the Dog" Is a Brutal Meditation on Masculinity

Jane Campion’s new film explores what makes a man, and what traps him. Read more »

Frigid Family: “Spencer” Amplifies the Horror of the Royal Family

 At last a Diana every bit as batshit as any of the inbred remnants of House Saxe-Coburg-Goth. Read more »

Female Trouble: In the Absence of Tropes, What Can a Woman Be?

We still aren’t fully comfortable with women who can’t be slotted into recognizable roles. Read more »

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Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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 »

"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 »