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“Too Hot to Handle” Is a Conservative Nightmare of a Reality Dating Show

The premise is simple: for the duration of the season, no one can have sex.

We’ve Entered Peak Dystopian Television, and Chris Harrison is Our King

Dystopian television is here, and it’s coming for our love lives—whether through song, or otherwise. Read more »

American Hustle: Phyllis Schlafly, “Mrs. America,” and the Selling of Antifeminism

The show reckons with the impossible bargains demanded of women on either side of the ERA. Read more »

“The Half of It” Isn’t Joking When It Says It Isn’t a Love Story

“The Half of It” seems to be more about the halfway happiness Ellie’s given. Read more »

Ms. Jackson If You’re Scary: “Shirley” Is a Biopic in the Form of a Domestic Ghost Story

The film explores what happens when Shirley Jackson meets a younger reflection of herself. Read more »

“Little Fires Everywhere" Illuminates Racial Tension in Female Friendships

The series attempts to illuminate often unseen societal inequities. Read more »

“Promising Young Woman” Aims to Redeem the Rape-Revenge Tale. Does It?

In recent decades, audiences have become desensitized to rape stories. Read more »

“Crip Camp” Brings Visibility to the History of Disabled Activists

There are no human rights without disability rights, and Camp Jened produced many of the feisty activists that took on this fight. Read more »

Sex Re-Education: Netflix Offers a New Spin on Teen Virginity

Though teen dramas claim to empower girls, toxic patterns prevent their characters from fulfilling their potential. Read more »

Stories Unmasked: The Two-Pronged Genius of “Portrait of a Lady on Fire’s” Abortion Scene

Céline Sciamma’s work applies warmth and connection to an act made to seem harsh and cold. Read more »

“Steven Universe Future” Hasn’t Backed down from Mental Health

Steven Universe Future has brought Steven’s mental health to the forefront. Read more »

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