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.

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 »

Shedding (Moon)Light on Toxic Masculinity: The Problem is Homophobia, not Gay Characters

Gay Black men are not a problem. Toxic masculinity, however, is. And the twisted view of manhood festering in some traditionalist corners is damaging to all Black men—as well as to women and girls. 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 »

"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 »

BitchTapes: And the Oscar Goes To...

This week's mix highlights Oscar-nominated music composed and/or written by women. Yes, two women wrote the lyrics to the "Rocky" theme song.  Read more »

Backtalk: Bey's Announcement & Sundance Showdown

Dahlia and Amy talk about Beyoncé's beautiful pregnancy announcement and what's behind the imagery with Cate Young, Bitch Media's 2016 Pop Culture Criticism Fellow. Check out Cate's piece, "Black... Read more »

Pop Culture Prepared Me: The Trumpocalypse

So glad yet horrified that pop culture prepared me for these terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad, troubled dystopian horror times! Read more »

The Oscars will be Good and Distract From These Terrible Times: A Point/Counterpoint

Many of us turn to awards shows for the spectacle and fluffy entertainment, but this year’s Academy Awards have the potential to be historic and make a profound statement about the value of films created by people of color. Read more »

Glass Houses: Political Thriller "Miss Sloane" Promises to Throw Stones at D.C. politics but fails to deliver

The filmmakers haven’t done the reading, in policy or psychology, to make their premise pay off. Read more »

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Kelly Link Discusses the Feminist Fairy Tales of Angela Carter

The new cover for The Bloody Chamber and Kelly Link, who wrote the introduction for the latest edition. A reluctant vampire queen... Read more »

The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure, and her presence in both history and contemporary pop culture holds a wealth of perception and stereotype in its clammy hands. 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 »

"Moonlight" is an Essential Work of Art for the Current Political Moment

Moonlight displays the kind of empathy and humanity that we desperately need right now. Read more »