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Love, Factually: “Always Be My Maybe” Updates the Rom-Com Formula with Cultural Specificity and Heart

The best rom-coms make their predictability feel not like a weakness, but like a giddily essential pleasure. Read more »

Red-Letter Day: A New Documentary Looks at How One Case Redefined Rape Culture

Jane Doe’s rape went viral at a moment when American society was on the cusp of a major reckoning with social media. Read more »

Teenage Kicks: “Booksmart” is an Earnest, Affirming Fantasy of Feelings

Booksmart devotes itself more to the strange, transcendent kind of intimacy that can develop between teens during a singular night. Read more »

BitchWatch: 11 Movies Feminists Should Watch this Summer

If you’re looking for a comedy about women taking over the Irish mob, a spooky follow up to “Hereditary,” or a documentary exploring the racist horrors of the criminal justice system, we’ve got you covered. Read more »

Mother Mayhem: “Ma” Honors Black Women’s Rage

The new horror film gives us a chance to see a Black woman wreak the revenge she deserves. Read more »

Thor’s “Endgame” Weight Gain Should Have Been More Than a Punch Line

There’s a longstanding assumption that fat people feel less pain or sadness than non-fat people, and that they both deserve and can handle less-than-human treatment. Read more »

(Un)smart Buddies: “Booksmart” Is an Adorably Gawky Entry into the High School Comedy Canon

If “Booksmart” endeavors to make an argument for what youthfulness can be, and for all the messy hope entangled in it, then it must unearth the muck, too. Read more »

False Alarm: The Tale of JT Leroy Is a Hoax with Layers

Like its subject, JT LeRoy is about so much more than it seems. Read more »

Baby Savior: Motherhood Is Not a Form of Redemption for Career Women

Pop culture’s preoccupation with fixing single, aging career women seems to have expanded over the last three decades. Read more »

What’s Our Damage?: Revisiting the Legacy of the Teenage Alpha Bitch

These characters understood that being a teenage girl was synonymous with hypervigilant performance. Read more »

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The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. 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 »

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 »

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 »