TV

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.

Jumping Boundaries: “The Bachelor” Rewards Red Flags in Relationships

In The Bachelor universe, men are encouraged to fight for love and to never give up. Read more »

“Legend of Korra” Shows How to Navigate PTSD While Fighting Injustice

Legend of Korra shows TV viewers that it’s possible to manage trauma—even while continuing the fight for justice. Read more »

Hustle & Glow: “P-Valley” Puts Black Southern Strippers in the Spotlight

The show is an expansive portrait of poverty, racism, misogyny and the Black Southern pride that pushes back against oppression. Read more »

Third Party Clarity: Therapy Is a Luxury for Pop Culture’s Troubled Mother-Daughter Pairs

In film and television, few relationships are as fraught as the one between a mother and a daughter. Read more »

A Season in Hell: Amazon’s New Series “Paatal Lok” Is a Cop Drama for Our Times

The show is singularly unsparing in its depiction of modern Indian life. Read more »

Consent Creator: “I May Destroy You” Takes on the Messy Realities of Rape

The 12-episode series is an exploration of rape culture that leans into its gray areas. Read more »

Queerness Shines in “She-Ra” and Other Animated Shows

The message out there for young people was that straights get to have fulfilling personal growth and relationships—and queers and queer romance don’t exist. Read more »

Like Kat Edison, Many Black Women in Media Can’t Catch a Break

The Bold Type isn’t so bold when it comes to Kat, its Black, queer protagonist.  Read more »

Bro-ey Ribaldry: Zac Efron’s “Down to Earth” is Merely Colonialist Fantasy

Though fun, “Down to Earth” largely whitewashes sustainability, and misses the mark. Read more »

Julie Plec Continues “The Vampire Diaries” Tradition of Black Women Saving White Women

It’s not the first time Julie Plec has put vile demands on the shoulders of Black women. Read more »

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Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

Tina Belcher breaks all the rules of network sitcoms. That's why she's wonderful.  Read more »

What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »

Films and TV Portray Abortion as More Dangerous Than It Is

Films and television shows tend to present a skewed portrayal of abortion—when fictional movies and TV shows include a plotline about abortion... Read more »