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Anti-Muslim Bus Ads in San Francisco Get an Update With Ms. Marvel

With her Ms. Marvel super powers, teenager Kamala Khan usually fights drug kingpins and supernatural villains. This week, her image is being used to combat Islamaphobia.  Read more »

Real-Life Nuns Are No Joke

Nuns are often portrayed as either evil or a joke—or in the case of this Nunzilla toy, both. Photo by Choking Sun.  Nuns get a bad rap. Until this year, my understanding of what nuns are like didn’... Read more »

The Vampire Vigilante

It’s clear that the first Iranian romantic-new-wave-vampire-pulp-spaghetti-western ultimately resists categorization. Read more »

The Misogynist Leader of an Influential Megachurch Sparks Protest

The misogynist leader of a Seattle-based megachurch is in hot water with former staff and members of his congregation. Read more »

The First TV Drama About an Arab American Family Debuts—And it's Got Some Problems

Anyone who grew up with an Arab father knows how tyrannical Middle Eastern men can be: they talk louder than anyone else in the room, make inappropriate jokes at the dinner table, and their flatulence will clear a room with after eating too much lamb (but only after all the guests have left). That... Read more »

Disney's Missteps on “Alice in Arabia” Show the Need for Complex Muslim Characters on TV

You may have heard of the classic story Alice in Wonderland. In the 1951 Disney film version of the Lewis Caroll tale, Alice finds herself in a newfound world, where she meets a cast of rude characters with outlandish customs, including a hookah-smoking caterpillar. Now what if... Read more »

Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s the feminist news we’ve got on our radar right now: • In a recent interview with Katie Couric, Laverne Cox and Carmen... Read more »

New Film "Philomena" Digs into Class and Religion With the Help of Judi Dench

In new film Philomena, Dame Judi Dench stars as the titular Philomena Lee, an Irish woman searching for her long-lost son. The performances of Dench and co-star Steve Coogan carry the film, which is an enjoyable personal tale as well as a moving commentary on the destructive impacts... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Media Misconstruing Muslims

Anthony Weiner definitely has some problems. But his wife Huma  Abedin came under fire this week as commentators speculated on why she had stuck by her sext-addict husband. Read more »

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The Cooptation of Amish Culture in Mass-Market Fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »