TV

Is “Twenties” Really a Win for Black Queer Representation?

The show ultimately eschews multidimensional queer dynamics and rests solely on its queer optics. Read more »

(Un)happily Ever After?: TV Treats Arranged Marriage as an Archaic Indian Custom. It’s Not.

These stereotypical depictions ignore, to their detriment, the fact that many arranged marriages are consensual. Read more »

Jeannie’s American Dream: The Assimilation of a TV Icon

I Dream of Jeannie is the only U.S. television show that has revolved around a female Arab character, which is quite sad given that she’s a make-believe caricature. Read more »

Never Have I Ever Watched a Better Comedy about Grief

Saying goodbye to those we love when they pass on is the hardest thing we’ll ever do; it is also the most necessary. Read more »

American Hustle: Phyllis Schlafly, “Mrs. America,” and the Selling of Antifeminism

The show reckons with the impossible bargains demanded of women on either side of the ERA. Read more »

“Tiger King” Is about Murder, Mayhem, and Misogyny

“Tiger King” lends a hand to Joe Exotic’s agenda to sour Caroline Baskin’s reputation and make her, in the eyes of the public, a maniacal man-killer.  Read more »

“Little Fires Everywhere" Illuminates Racial Tension in Female Friendships

The series attempts to illuminate often unseen societal inequities. Read more »

Sex Re-Education: Netflix Offers a New Spin on Teen Virginity

Though teen dramas claim to empower girls, toxic patterns prevent their characters from fulfilling their potential. Read more »

“Steven Universe Future” Hasn’t Backed down from Mental Health

Steven Universe Future has brought Steven’s mental health to the forefront. Read more »

“I Am Not Okay with This” Turns Queer Angst into Physical Power

Syd’s burgeoning queerness, in particular, becomes verbalized via her superpowers. 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 »

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 »