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Feminist-ish : The Straw Feminist Trope

Welcome to Feminist-ish: a video series deconstructing the feminist-adjacent tropes that we love to hate. Read more »

A Love Scorned: What “You” Season 3 Says about Fans’ Obsession with Male Killers

Despite viewers’ desire to “fix” the fictional male serial killer, Love Quinn’s murderous heel turn didn’t get the same reaction from fans after Season 2. Read more »

Wynonna Earp Reimagines the Old, Male West

Instead of celebrating hypermasculine cowboys who terrorize Indigenous peo-ple and abuse women, Emily Andras’s dramedy made a complicated woman the unlikely hero tasked with saving her town. Read more »

Messy Reality: “Maid” Puts an Unflinching Lens on Women in Poverty

A lack of support for single mothers in poverty keeps the main character trapped in a cycle. Read more »

Bad Sport: “Squid Game” Exposes the False Rhetoric of “Choice” and “Resilience”

Resilience is admirable; challenging the system is intolerable. Read more »

One-Inch Barrier: How Americans Watch Netflix’s “Squid Game” Matters

Americans really, really don’t like subtitles. Read more »

Cop Out: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s” Finale Fails to Reckon with Its Pro-cop Legacy

Brooklyn Nine-Nine was, at heart, copaganda—a show that, in the midst of a growing real-life reckoning, made viewers feel good—or, if not good, better—about American policing. Read more »

Better With Time: “Hacks” and “Girls5eva” Celebrate Women Aging in Public

What if women become more themselves as they age? Read more »

Remembering “Glee,” a Show That Fervently Celebrated LGBTQ Teens

Glee changed the representation game for queer kids on TV, which, in turn, changed the real-life game for queer kids off TV. Read more »

Whole Person: Lindy West Reflects on the Fat Positive Legacy of “Shrill”

“It was important to me to tell especially young fat women that romantic love will not save you.” 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 »