TV

Mother Knows Best: The Family Secrets at the Heart of “Sharp Objects”

At the center of Sharp Objects is a culture that’s intimately familiar in many parts of the rural United States. Read more »

House Mother Rules: “Pose” is a Testament to the Selflessness of Trans Women

We must return the love and protection that trans women of color give us. Read more »

Signs, Saints, and Symbols: Transgender Kids in Media are Not Here to Forgive You

By not allowing trans kids to grow into adults, even if it’s just on TV shows, writers take away their futures. Read more »

No Foes, Real Friends: “Insecure” Has a Love-Hate Relationship with the Classic Marriage Plot

In a time when there are more single adults in America than ever before, it’s depressing to see Insecure suggest that Issa requires this much contrived romantic failure to justify her realization that a man won’t “fix” her life. Read more »

No Shame Monster: “Big Mouth” Sweetens the Bitter Pill of Puberty

In the past, stories of adolescent sexuality and desire on television were often only focused on boys—with girls as a mystery or a conquest. Big Mouth evens up the score. Read more »

Backtalk: Let’s Take Refuge in Horror

This week, Dahlia and Amy get creepy and ghouly about screen horror (as opposed to the horror of our everyday lives). In this Halloweeny episode, we dig into the role of horror film and TV and how it helps us cope with our lived realities. We’ve also got a Petty Political Pminute starring our... Read more »

Colonial Dreams: “Westworld” Fetishizes Violent Bygone Eras

Instead of being an authentic exploration and critique of white supremacy, Westworld only enforces it. Read more »

Not a Follower, Not Yet a Leader: Women Cult Leaders Hold an Insidious, Misunderstood Power

The role of powerful women in cults has generally gone unnoticed by the new wave of creep-seeking entertainment. Read more »

Home Sweet Haunt: Grief and Trauma Are the Lurking Horrors in “The Haunting of Hill House”

You can’t control trauma, and you can’t always protect yourself from scares. Read more »

Pages

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 »