Turning 20

Fighting to Thrive: Reflecting on “Boys Don’t Cry” 20 Years Later

Representation matters, but so do the stories that the media—film and television—chooses to tell about trans lives.

Beyond Tabloid Crime: The Slow, Methodical Evolution of Sexual Assault on “Law & Order: SVU”

Though SVU has largely steered clear of the gore and intense luridness of other prime-time procedurals, it has still played into the idea that violence against women isn’t about the woman’s experience but rather about the remains of her body. Read more »

The Necessary Escapism of “Law & Order: SVU”

In Dick Wolf’s formulaic world, victims are always believed, cops are dedicated to catching bad guys, and justice is always served, no matter how long it takes. Read more »

There Are No Lone Wolves

The murders of millions of Indigenous and Black people over the last 500 years has certainly shaped American culture too, but it’s not often discussed in conjunction with mass shootings. Read more »

Red Letter Day: The Enduring Legacy of “Scarleteen,” the Internet’s Best Sex-Ed Site

What does it mean for our sexual wellness when we keep losing spaces to think about sex online? Read more »

How “The Sopranos” Changed Therapy On TV

The Sopranos’ willingness to suggest the necessity of therapy in men’s lives reverberated in popular culture. Read more »

“...Baby One More Time” and the Pop Princesses Who Started a Moral Panic

The sexuality of Britney Spears and the other pop princesses of her era was consumed en masse and then deemed inauthentic and dangerous by media, critics, and “concerned parent” groups. Read more »

Reeling in Romance: How “You’ve Got Mail” Tried to Make Catfishing Romantic

Before we knew about catfishing, swiping left or right on Tinder, and having friendships that exist entirely within the digital confines of Facebook, there was “You’ve Got Mail.”  Read more »

“Practical Magic” Travels Through the Realm of Outsiders

“Practical Magic” withstands the test of time and reinvigorates interest in witchy feminist spirituality. Read more »

The Music Industry Transformed Lauryn Hill from Superstar to Specter

Looking back on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20 years after its acclaimed release is an exercise in witnessing promise unfulfilled.  Read more »

BitchTapes: The Year Black Women Ruled R&B

Remembering 1998 as the last apex for Black women’s R&B. Read more »

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