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End All, Be All: A Roundtable About “Harriet” and the State of Black Film Criticism

We need to give critics space to ply their craft without pitting them against the films, the audiences, and/or each other. Read more »

The Most Impactful Pop Culture Phenomenons of the 2010s

As we speedily approach 2020, we reflect on some of the most memorable moments in pop culture of the last decade. Read more »

The Role of Disgust in Contemporary Queer Female Films

Lesbian films focusing on “grossness” is a misguided attempt to combat hypersexualization. Read more »

Under Armor: Sex Work, Style, and Survival

Cinema still frames sex workers as troublesome sirens whose sole purpose is to disarm men and leave them broken. Read more »

Unpoetic Injustice: “Queen & Slim” Treats Its Outlaws as Misguided Political Symbols

It treats its strangers–turned–outlaws as political symbols rather than fleshed-out characters with interests and flaws. Read more »

In 2019, “Charlie’s Angels” Isn’t Just about Girl Power—It’s a Critique of Male Leadership

In 2019, Charlie’s Angels is less about impossibly perfect women saving the world. Read more »

Fighting to Thrive: Reflecting on “Boys Don’t Cry” 20 Years Later

Representation matters, but so do the stories that the media—film and television—chooses to tell about trans lives. Read more »

The Final (Male) Frontier: “Lucy in the Sky” and “Proxima” Bring Women Astronauts down to Earth

The final frontier continues to be a male-dominated arena, fertile ground for storytelling that taps into masculine psychologies in symbolically grandiose fashion. Read more »

99 Percent Savior: In Contemporary Horror, It’s the Final Girl versus the Rich

The Final Girl is no longer a babysitter or camp counselor, but a working-class outsider to wealth and decadence who is treated as an exploitable object to be lured in with money. Read more »

Finite Love: What Lesbian Period Dramas Lose When We Project Our Fears on Them

Films and television series featuring queer characters are still relatively scarce. Read more »

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The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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 »

"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 »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »