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The Radical Working-Class Roots of Improv Comedy

Most comedy fans don’t know that improv was created by a female social worker. Read more »

Every Rose Has Its Thorn: How "Schitt’s Creek" Mastered the Sharp Sitcom

It’s an honest depiction of a family employing productive optimism and pessimistic humor to survive. Read more »

The 2019 Super Bowl Commercials Were a Strange Pop-Culture Smörgåsbord

How would the Dude and Carrie ever, ever, ever find themselves in the same bar? Read more »

“You” and the Excuses We Make for Traumatized Men

Joe Goldberg, with all his deadbeat dad-inflicted burns and memories of living on the streets of New York, is a special kind of fiction, but he has real-life brethren the world over.  Read more »

#MeToonys: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and the Challenge of Making Harassment Hilarious

Kimmy Schmidt’s handling of Titus’ #MeToo storyline feels clumsy. Read more »

Bonged For Glory: “Broad City’s” Final Season is Ballsy and Bittersweet

It’s hard to maintain characters so strongly identified with their real-life creators when those creators have firmly and successfully individuated. Read more »

“She-Ra’s” Nuanced Take on Abuse and Trauma Is Its Real Power

The show understands that acknowledging how hard things have always been for Catra doesn’t invalidate Adora’s suffering. Read more »

How TV Finally Got Realistic About Abortions

Getting abortion right matters more than ever. Read more »

Popaganda: How Do We Talk About Abortion?

In recent years, though, there’s been a big shift in the way we talk about abortion. People who’ve had abortions have been able to share their stories widely on social media. Though, of course, they’ve faced a lot of pushback and hatred, real people sharing their stories about abortion is... Read more »

Bitch’s 10 Most-Read Stories in 2018

What a year. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It's easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »