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What, like It’s Hard?: The Enduring Legacy of “Legally Blonde”

Elle is not only harassed, but also has the harassment weaponized against her. 

“Framing Britney Spears” Is a Portrait of a Pop Star on Fire

Framing Britney Spears is a clear indictment of society’s stigmatization of mental illness. Read more »

In It Not to Win It: Indie Game Designers Queer Time, Space, and Play

Queering virtual worlds goes beyond including LGBTQ characters or storylines. Read more »

Slippery Soft: The Rise of the Manic Pixie Dream Boy

Manic Pixie Dream Boyism resists the clean-cut mold of macho masculinity. Read more »

Switching Fears: “Freaky” Is an Empowering Body-Swap Horror Comedy

Freaky explores gender and body horror in a captivating (and extremely funny) way. Read more »

In Season 2, “PEN15” Gets Real About Teenage Slut-Shaming

While the first season of PEN15 highlights teen girls’ sexuality, the second showcases the ways they’re punished for it. Read more »

The Internet has (Literally) Accelerated Gender Reveal Parties

Gender reveal parties are killing people. Also, they’re absurd. Read more »

Subject to Change: The Pronoun Discourse Has Always Been Versatile

The singular “they” is an important survival tool for those of us who struggle to fit into the world as it currently is. Read more »

Meat and Potatoes: In “Tomboyland,” Melissa Faliveno Asks Who Can Explore Queerness

Given Faliveno’s commitment to honesty, there isn’t a moment in Tomboyland that feels chastising or heavy-handed. Read more »

“Palm Springs” Taps into the Idea That Time Loops Fix Women

The pursuit of betterment means losing a part of themselves along the way. Read more »

Pushing for More Women in the Police Force Is a Cop Out

Women are subsumed into the culture of policing rather than standing against it. Read more »

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Ms. Opinionated: I'm a Man. How Can I Help the Feminist Movement?

Welcome to Ms. Opinionated, our weekly advice column dealing with questions of life, love, feminism, and pop culture. This week, a reader... Read more »

Mad Science: Deconstructing Bunk Reporting in 5 Easy Steps

British scientists have uncovered the truth behind one of modern culture's greatest mysteries: why little girls play with pink toys. Is it...

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