The Fairy Tale that Won't Die: Beauty and the Beast : Disney Revives the Fantasy of Captivity and Monsters for Young Girls

Disney is poised to cash in on a new generation of girls who’ll want to be just like Belle.

Up in Flames: "Woman on Fire" Tells a Trans Woman's Story, But It's Not For Trans People

Woman on Fire is a feel-good story that isn’t concerned so much with its titular character’s arc as with the journeys of the people who surround her. Read more »

Listening to Janelle Monae: Lean Close to Observe the Myriad of Lives, Desires, and Complexities of Black Women

In each of Monae’s performances, Monae demonstrates her understanding—no, overstanding—of the complexity of Black women’s lives, desires, and perspectives. Read more »

Backtalk: Get Out & Uber Sexism

Spoiler alert: Get Out is a must-see. No, but really, we will spoil the film.  Read more »

White Supremacy and Dread: "Get Out" Roundtable for Five

A movie in which white people are the scary thing. Read more »

20 Years of Buffy: Love Letters to the Vampire Slayer: The Joy of Female Power

Despite her petite frame, Buffy can turn around and kick the bad guy’s ass. Her diminutive size is a fake-out. Such assumptions about girls and girl power work as sneak-attack feminism throughout the series, teaching politics about bodily autonomy through superheroism. Read more »

"Get Out" And The Ineffectiveness of Post-Racial White Feminism

Online and in real life, white feminists might claim that everything is okay and that people of color are exaggerating or perhaps imagining their own terror. Get Out insists they’re not. Read more »

Up the Academy : The Bests, Worsts, and More from Last Night's Oscars Ceremony

We laughed. We cried. We celebrated. We lost our shit a little at the end there. Read more »

Nightclubs, Siren Songs, and Man-Eating Mermaids: "The Lure" Roundtable for Two

Two man-eating mermaid sisters rise singing from the depths of the Baltic Sea to perform in a surreal nightclub and devour men. The idea that anyone could resist that plot summary boggles the mind. Read more »

"We write for our community and the people that we love": A Q&A With Brown Girls Creator Fatimah Ashgar

Brown Girls is a show we didn’t know we deserved, and it is so necessary to see ourselves reflected back at us, in our messiness, in our richness, in our small funny moments—in our own stories. Read more »

NBC and the Manufacturing of Donald Trump

The Apprentice groomed millions of future voters to believe that women and people of color are less competent than white men, who are natural leaders; business ethics are a joke; gratuitous offensiveness is admirable honesty; and Trump’s judgment matters more than anyone else’s.   Read more »

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Game Changer: Why Gaming Culture Allows Abuse... and How We Can Stop It

You're a Bolshevik feminist jewess that hates white people... and you expect to be taken seriously when you're "critique-ing" video games? Fucking...

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Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream

Priv-lit and the new, enlightened American dream. Read more »

The Dramatic History of American Sex-Ed Films

In 1948, in a seventh grade classroom in Eugene, Oregon, a teacher dimmed the lights and flipped on 16mm projector. A film called Human Growth... 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, the... Read more »