The Fragility of Silence: Unlearning Childhood Secrecy and Breaking the Chains in Adult Life

Sometimes silence is broken and exposed as the most fragile of things when someone steps forward with enough courage to end it. Read more »

Be a Man: The Disruption of Toxic Masculinity in “Master of None”

Master of None models what healthy platonic relationships should look like for men. Read more »

Examining Trump with a House of Cards: The Line Separating Reality and TV Political Drama is Fading

The line between reality and political television drama is wearing thin. Read more »

Resistance Narratives: Lidia Yuknavitch on Joan of Arc, Bodies, and Reimagining the Love Story

Intersectional feminism is rising, cracks and fissures are emerging, blind spots are being illuminated, failures examined, possibilities getting born. Good. Bring it. Read more »

Chris Brown, Johnny Depp, and the Politics of Ex Abuse

There are many ways ex abuse can occur. It can be happen through stalking, threats, or by using children from the relationship as leverage for continued violence.  The method can also be financial, such as withholding the financial compensation ordered by the court. At its worst, ex abuse... Read more »

No Girls Allowed: The Fragility of Gaming Culture

As the Internet began to grow and accelerate through the ’90s and early 2000s, gamers began congregating in online spaces and solidifying the rules of their subculture…Many of those rules—fueled by any number of extant factors, such as sexual intimidation and social ostracization—could be... Read more »

Cooking with Queen Sugar, A Dish to Be Savored: Season One Takes on Slavery, Colonialism, and Empire

Queen Sugar explores the ways that capitalism has depended and still depends on exploited labor, building connections between the enslavement of African Americans, to Latino guest workers, to sex workers, and sex tourism. Read more »

Shedding (Moon)Light on Toxic Masculinity: The Problem is Homophobia, not Gay Characters

Gay Black men are not a problem. Toxic masculinity, however, is. And the twisted view of manhood festering in some traditionalist corners is damaging to all Black men—as well as to women and girls. Read more »

20 Years of Buffy: Love Letters to the Vampire Slayer: A 3 part series exploring the impact of the iconic show on feminism

Buffy the Vampire Slayer showed me that aggressiveness is an important part of a woman’s personality, something she could not be whole without. Read more »

How to Raise a Boy in 1979: Navigating love, gender, and punk music in “20th Century Women”

Unlike Mills’s other boy-meets-girl, girl-somehow-saves-boy plots, the women are the backbone of this film.  Read more »

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"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 »

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 »