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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 »

Platonic Ideal: In “My Brilliant Friend,” Companionship and Survival are Forever Linked

Safety in any manifestation is a luxury for Elena and Lila, as is liberty. 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 »

Backtalk: Our Favorites of 2018

In this episode, Dahlia, Amy, and special guest Soleil share their pop culture faves that got them through this year, from Shirkers and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, to online hoaxes, sandwich outfits, and Queer Eye. We’ve celebrated the best of this year’s pop... 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 »

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 »