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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 »

“Four Weddings” Is Still a Pop Culture Starting Point for Sign Language

It helps not to think of a signed language, a written language, and a spoken one as being in any way connected to each other at all, but to recognize them as distinct, each one a living, breathing entity. Read more »

In Hot Water: “The Kitchen” Is a Comic-Book Adaptation Whose Diversity Feels Forced

The film pushes a shallow image of female unity, flattening the complex characters from the comic into easily readable types. Read more »

In “The Nightingale,” Rape is a Tool of Colonialism

The horror depicted in The Nightingale is that of colonial violence’s endlessness, a war for power designed to go on forever. Read more »

Work in Progress: The Indian Directors Highlighting Depictions of Household Labor

Invisibilizing domestic labor allows men to ascribe higher value to the more “masculine” work they have traditionally performed. Read more »

Pure Love and Trust: HBO’s “Share” Shows Groundbreaking Post-Assault Parental Behavior

Share sets a groundbreaking new model for a fresh paradigm of post-assault parental behavior. Read more »

Eat or Be Eaten: Pollyanna McIntosh Brings Barbarism to Her Directorial Debut

Percentage-wise there’s more women watching horror than men, so it’s about time that there are more female voices. Read more »

Gazed and Confused: How Do We Define the “Female Gaze” in Film?

A female gaze can’t simply be found in the deliberate desexualization of women, or in clever quips about smashing the patriarchy. Read more »

Backtalk: Recasting a Disney Princess

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the live-action casting for Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Halle Bailey was announced as Ariel in the upcoming film and many racists cried it would be inaccurate to have Black mermaid in this classic story. Why is it so important for viewers to see a... Read more »

In “Late Night,” Comedy’s Whiteness Is a Backdrop for a Love Story

Mindy Kaling holds onto her affinity for caustic, negging romance, focusing this energy on the creative partnership between two very different women. Read more »

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The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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 »

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 »

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 »