TV

In the End, BoJack Heals—but at Whose Expense?

Season 6’s second half twists into the show’s usual darkness when we transition to the perspectives of the women BoJack has harmed. Read more »

On Soap Operas, Rape Is Still Treated as a Crime of Lust and Passion

Soap writers are far from blameless when it comes to perpetuating rape myths. Read more »

Overstating Ohio: How “Law & Order: SVU” Increased Stigma about Abortion Bans

Evangeline’s story is more common than SVU would have us believe. Read more »

The Case for a Black Princess Carolyn

For Princess Carolyn, the case for her identity as a Black woman offers a more nuanced lens through which to view her character. Read more »

The Teen Girls of “Big Mouth” Are Its Saving Grace

While Big Mouth is a show about teens of all genders, it shines best when it delves into the worlds and inner workings of its teen girl characters.  Read more »

“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 »

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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 »