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Gina Frangello Writes Complex Women. Is That Why She’s “Unlikeable?”

Gina Frangello is surprised to find herself suddenly being a poster girl for rage.

A Woman Hasn’t Won a Writing Oscar in 13 Years. That Could Change on Sunday.

A female screenwriter hasn’t won an Oscar since George W. Bush was in office. Read more »

“Diners, Dudes, and Diets” Reveals the Absurdity of Gendered Food

By naming and examining dude food, Emily J.H. Contois gives us the language and historical context for an omnipresent phenomenon we’ve all surely noticed. Read more »

The Act of Naming: “Girlhood” Embraces the Monster Within

We’ll still be called sluts, witches, and harpies, so we may as well rise to the occasion. Read more »

Soul Makeover: “The Princess Diaries” Is a Time Capsule of the Girl Power Era

The one positive outcome that sometimes arises from the genre is a makeover of the soul. Read more »

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

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

“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 »

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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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