TV

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.

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

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

“I Am Not Okay with This” Turns Queer Angst into Physical Power

Syd’s burgeoning queerness, in particular, becomes verbalized via her superpowers. Read more »

Time Warp: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Isn’t Quite so Marvelous Anymore

The show grazed over issues of identity and violence like a skipping stone. Read more »

The Music and the Misery: Hulu’s New “High Fidelity” Upends a Male Classic

The new reboot proves that music-snobbery is an equal-opportunity annoyance. Read more »

The Final Frontier: With “Sex Education,” Netflix Expands the Pleasure Discourse

The centralizing of pleasure is what makes Sex Education shine. Read more »

An Ode to Diane Nguyen, Depressed Feminist Writer

“You’re responsible for your own happiness.” Read more »

Take It Sleazy: A “Good Place” Goodbye Roundtable

Fire up the old heart flattener. Read more »

In Season 2, “Shrill” Challenges Viewers—and Itself—on Fat Politics

Shrill’s sophomore season widens the show’s narrative to explore other areas of Annie’s life and identity. Read more »

Cold Comfort: “The Goop Lab” Proves Capitalist Takes on Self-Care Aren’t Going Anywhere

“We’re here one time, one life, like, how can we really like milk the shit out of this?” Read more »

“The L Word: Generation Q” Stumbles Over a Alcoholism Storyline—Again

I’d like to see a queer character onscreen who has struggled with addiction but has done the work to be well. Read more »

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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 »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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