TV

Only White Kids Find Treasure: “On My Block’s” Fantastical Coming of Age Story

None of the kids have delusions of grandeur; all they want is to buy their way out of historical cycles of violence. Read more »

Object Lessons: “The Act” and the Ethics of Consuming True Crime

The interest in consuming true crime isn’t matched by an obligation to discuss the ethical implications of doing so. Read more »

5 Powerful Lessons Arya Stark Teaches about Surviving Trauma

Arya Stark’s darkness is not minimized or sugarcoated. Read more »

Ride or Fly: “Tuca & Bertie” Offers a New Tail about Women’s Friendship

Stories about female friendships are often bookended by one or both of the friends experiencing a big life change and moving on. Read more »

Lisa Hanawalt on Animating Your Own Escape

People are finally starting to pay attention to the terrible ways women are treated, but every animation studio and production company needs to be less oblivious. Read more »

“Made in Heaven” Injects Feminism into India’s Big Wedding Industry

Though the show is purportedly about the lives of the wedding planners, its goal is in fact to not just challenge the patriarchy but to crush it under a designer heel. Read more »

The “Claws” Effect: “Good Girls” Is More Than a Guilty Pleasure

These women are more concerned about paying their mortgages, caring for their children, and fighting complicated custody battles than facing consequences. Read more »

A Girl Has Sex: Three Cheers for Arya Stark’s Sex Scene

Given Arya’s recent past, this might be the most wholesome thing she’s done in a while. Read more »

Finally, There’s a Comedy Where Disability Isn’t the Punch Line

The show offers a protagonist who experiences insecurities that most people, disabled or not, can relate to. Read more »

Every Breath You Take: Season 2 of “Killing Eve” Is Fuel for Our Obsession

Is Eve’s obsession with Villanelle or with the prospect of unpacking the psyche of female killers? 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 »