TV

“A Little Late with Lilly Singh” Has a Code-switching Problem

Lilly Singh is trailblazing as a South Asian woman on late night TV while also dismantling that good work by continuing to perform a Blackness that isn’t hers. Read more »

“Big Mouth” Endlessly Explores Sexuality, but Still Stumbles on Queerness

It’s not that I’m surprised a television show failed to accurately represent bisexuality and pansexuality. It’s that I’m surprised Big Mouth was one of those shows. Read more »

Cord Jefferson Finds a (Good) Place for Pop Culture Optimism

In 2016, Michael Schur’s The Good Place started as another quirky NBC comedy that then blossomed into a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Read more »

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 »

BitchWatch: 9 TV Shows Feminists Should Watch this Fall

From Netflix to cable, fall television is filled with feminist TV shows. Read more »

Not A Stereotype: 5 TV Shows That Depict Mental Health Surprisingly Well

TV is slowly making progress and learning how to tell the stories of characters with mental health conditions. Read more »

Drama, Not Trauma: Rape Culture, “Veronica Mars,” and the Spectacle of Sexual Violence

From the very beginning, sexual assault is simply fodder for drama in the world of Neptune, California. Read more »

“Euphoria” Utilizes Black Trauma for Character Development

Christopher McKay is an example of Black trauma through a white lens. Read more »

Yes, We Sketch Too: What “A Black Lady Sketch Show” Means for Comedy

 Black women know how to create space for each other in a very special way. This show is a testament to that. 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 »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream. Read more »

Tina Belcher's Sexual Revolution

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