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30 Years Later, “Kiki’s Delivery Service” Is Still Inspiring Young Feminists

Kiki’s Delivery Service offers a safe space that makes you feel connected to others, but most importantly a community of powerful women.

Hell Is Older People: Aging as the Ultimate Cinematic Horror

Unlike horror-movie fates such as, say, decapitation by paper cutter, aging is the ultimate fright because viewers recognize that they cannot escape it. Read more »

Uneasy Spirits: Black Vengeance in Supernatural Pop Culture

There’s a specter in our midst, and it’s white people’s projection of their own guilt and fear onto the Black search for justice. Read more »

Girl Watchers: The Uneasy Female Gaze of “Black Conflux” and “The Other Lamb”

Two new films challenge sexist coming-of-age tales where teen girls are master manipulators. Read more »

Transmitting Culture: A New Slate of Films Serve as Love Letters to Korean American Mothers

Always Be My Maybe, Searching, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before depict Asian American mothers as worthy of the same care, sympathy, and compassion that they bestow on their children, family, and friends. Read more »

“Hustlers” Explodes the Damaging Stereotype of Sex Workers as Thieves

The prevalent trope feeds the idea that sex workers are criminals instead of professionals who deserve to be compensated for their labor. Read more »

Family Ties: “Hustlers” Promises Crime, but Delivers Matriarchy

Ramona frames all of her behaviors as acts of love, whether she’s teaching Destiny how to diversify her stripping moves or instructing the larger team of women on how to seduce, drug, and steal money from white, wealthy, and unsuspecting men. Read more »

BitchWatch: 7 Movies Feminists Should Watch This Fall

This fall, we’re anticipating movies about women astronauts, another Charlie’s Angels reboot, and a thriller all about socioeconomic class.  Read more »

Burning Issue: “Embrace of the Serpent“ Sees Capitalist Destruction through Indigenous Eyes

The film subverts a colonialist narrative by presenting the experience of a white man on Amazon land—not through his eyes, but through those of the people he’s exploiting. Read more »

Blood Sport: The Most Feminist Part of “IT Chapter Two” Is a Staple in Horror

There’s one genre that has never shied away from depicting menstruation: horror. Read more »

Ashes to Ashes, Outer space to Oceans: Who Gets to Have an Alternative Death in America?

Many of the faces of “alternative death” are white, and there’s much less engagement with the cultural, community, and social traditions of communities of diverse color and faith in America. Read more »

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"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 »

One-Sentence Reviews of the Lesbian Netflix Canon

Lez face it: when you’re a ladygay like myself, cruising the internet for something to watch, you realize very quickly that there are a whole... 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 »