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Not Your Final Girl: In “Halloween,” Laurie Strode Is a Survivor

In 2018, the former “scream queen” is armed with resolve and pain, and her only scream in the film comes from a place of anger and grief—not fear. Read more »

Backtalk: Let’s Take Refuge in Horror

This week, Dahlia and Amy get creepy and ghouly about screen horror (as opposed to the horror of our everyday lives). In this Halloweeny episode, we dig into the role of horror film and TV and how it helps us cope with our lived realities. We’ve also got a Petty Political Pminute starring our... Read more »

Excavating Trauma and the Healing Power of Haunted-Home Films

Trauma-of-the-home films have the power to demonstrate human resilience in the face of terrible things. Read more »

“Practical Magic” Travels Through the Realm of Outsiders

“Practical Magic” withstands the test of time and reinvigorates interest in witchy feminist spirituality. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: Georgia Suppresses Black Voters

At least 53,000 voter registration applications, the large majority of them from Black voters, are being held for additional screening. Read more »

Eclipsing Fame: “A Star is Born” Treats Pop Music as a Telltale Sign of Selling Out

What Jackson comes to describe as Ally’s artistic insincerity is very nakedly the nascent bloom of his own jealousy. Read more »

Time Bombs: “Her Smell” and “Vox Lux” Let Viewers Fill in the Blanks

The use of time jumps might advance a narrative—but it’s also a way to bypass organic character development. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: The First Asian Woman to Host SNL in 20 Years

The Asian-American actress and rapper is only the second Asian woman to host SNL…like ever. Read more »

On Our Radar—Feminist News Roundup: The Retroactive Representation of Fantastic Beasts

Who knew that Nagini was actually a Korean woman this whole time? Read more »

Imperial Fantasies: On the Costs of Misrepresentation

To lack representation is to lack the autonomy of selection and to some extent self-definition. 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 »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »

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 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 »