Comedy Central teaches how to cope with a team changing its Native mascot
It's time for wealthy sports teams to actively work to repair that long-lasting damage caused by such harmful imagery.
On “The Morning Show,” bisexuality is ground zero for the “identity politics” debate
Those who speak about their lived experiences or marginalized identities remain accused of using "identity politics" for personal advancement — the worst nightmare of a career-driven journalist like Bradley.
“Squid Game” missed an opportunity to show capitalism & patriarchy are one
The obvious economic messages and capitalist critiques of "Squid Game" don't inherently mean the show has done enough, or that it doesn't have to "go above and beyond" to be inclusive and further explore the implications of identity in economic marginalization. Instead, if anything, in this story of inequality and …
Dave Chappelle and the warped self-victimhood of transphobes
The coded whiteness of Chappelle's female, LGBTQ boogeymen co-opts legitimate, progressive concerns about white supremacy, and frames women and queer folks as the real persecutors from whom everyone else needs protection.
From Monica Lewinsky to Paula Jones, "Impeachment" shows how testimonies are used to humiliate
The invasiveness and cruelty of the legal proceedings against Jones, Lewinsky, and Broaddrick present a grim reality that speaks to why so few survivors come forward to law enforcement.
Netflix's "Maid" shows all the ways that our society – and the men in it – enable abusers
"Maid" demonstrates how multiple forms of domestic abuse exist, and the illogical barriers and gatekeeping in place that often keep victims like Alex from receiving the help and resources they need.
Netflix's "The Guilty" isn't as progressive and critical of cops as it pretends to be
"The Guilty" isn't quite as unwatchable as some of the older cop thrillers and "Law and Order" spinoffs, set on ennobling law enforcement and the criminal justice system. But intentionally or not, it still bolsters older, bygone tropes, of women as crazy, the mentally ill as violent, and policing as …
Making the "Only Murders in the Building" nearly silent episode
In centering Theo's perspective, the episode is almost entirely inaudible, relying on sign language with subtitles, keen visuals and clever, creative scene-setting. Salon spoke to the creative team about bringing the episode to life.
Cures for a patriarchal hangover on “Y: The Last Man”
Over the past millions of years, mankind has survived one apocalyptic disaster after another. And in its earliest, most formative years, it did so without government systems that bog us down with petty politics, corruption and inequality — inventions of patriarchy — when we should all be united in just …
How a queer, "Nuclear Family" was threatened by a sperm donor: "Biology trumped everything"
From acclaimed director Ry Russo-Young ("Before I Fall"), HBO's three-part documentary "Nuclear Family," explores this and other questions by excavating her own family's unique, transformative story, which remains a watershed moment for LGBTQ people and families to this day.
We need to stop giving the Ted Bundy treatment to violent men like Billy Milligan
"Monsters Inside" is a sprawling project of bothsideisms about the supposed duality of a man who admitted to rape. Billy Milligan's story is undeniably the sort of material that Hollywood and the massive, multi-billion-dollar true crime industry subsist on. But in our consumption of these wildly popular tales, we become …
"Aly Raisman: Darkness to Light" wields celebrity to empower all survivors
In "Darkness to Light," Raisman shows all the possibilities that open up when famous survivors and advocates like her share their power and platforms with others — and redefine our notions of what a survivor looks like, along the way.
"I have no regrets": Uma Thurman shares her teenage abortion story in criticizing Texas ban
For years, anti-abortion stigma has pushed the narrative that abortion takes away possibilities when a child isn't born. Anti-abortion ad campaigns often depict photos of babies with captions suggesting that if born, they could have been the scientist to cure cancer or the diplomat who would establish world peace. But …
Coffee and community improvement districts: Unpacking the mystery of the $7 Starbucks macchiato
It doesn't matter if you're buying a home, car, food or coffee — the price of everything has soared since the onset of the pandemic. Inflation hit a 13 year high of 5.4% in July, and supply chain disruptions led Vice President Kamala Harris to encourage parents to start buying …
How “Only Murders” foreshadowed the Gabby Petito media circus and citizen sleuthing
"Only Murders" satirizes the opportunism and presumptuousness latent in many true crime content creators and consumers, champing at the bit to make a dime or at least go viral off the worst thing that's ever happened to a young woman's family.
From AOC to Cara Delevingne, are the Met Gala’s feminist displays meaningful or just performative?
As long as someone is doing more than wearing clever outfits to high-society events, we shouldn't always be quick to mistake seizing an opportunity and a platform with empty performance.
Netflix's Tokyo-set action flick "Kate" tries to critique imperialism while ultimately relying on it
Both "Kate" and "The White Lotus" try their hand at subversive, anti-imperialist themes, while ultimately demonstrating the shortcomings of whiteness trying to critique itself. After all, both projects are directed by white men, with great focus placed on white characters.
“Impeachment” pokes at the enduring myth of conservative feminism
When feminism is reduced to hollow, capitalistic acts like buying an expensive pair of high heels or becoming a She-E-O, conservative anti-abortion women can easily co-opt this movement, assigning the "feminist" label to anything — and I mean anything — women do.
How 9/11 helped define this generation’s new brand of patriotism
The misguided patriotism the tragedy stoked among older generations yielded broad support for costly, endless wars, and has amounted to disastrous outcomes that young people more than any other generation must now reckon with.
The gendered burden to "Just Get on the Pill": "That is not reproductive freedom. It's the opposite"
In an interview on her new book, Littlejohn discussed the surprising and upsetting revelations of hundreds of interviews with women about sex and birth control, the invisible gendered labor of managing birth control side effects, what sex-positive parents are and aren't getting right, and more.
Withholding sex is not the answer to abortion bans: The spectacle of celebrity "pro-choice" activism
Believe it or not, Texas abortion funds, who have long worked against tremendous odds to help disproportionately poor, people of color get abortion care, have yet to ask anyone to help out by going celibate. Instead, funds and organizers have been asking the public to pay attention to their work …
Inside Texas' devastating, near-total abortion ban & how to support Texans
It's past time for anyone who agrees abortion is a human right to actually do something tangible about this belief, and support the Texans currently standing in the eye of the storm. They can start by understanding first what's been going on in the state for years.
Why “Shrek” memes shutting down anti-abortion snitch hotline are just the beginning
In an ideal world, zoomers would have the peace to be able to use TikTok solely to learn dumb dances, or use Twitter just to subtweet irritating classmates. But instead, they're stuck living in a world where they have to orchestrate mass, online efforts to foil the anti-abortion movement's frequent …
Kanye West and the smug cruelty of the anti-”cancel culture” movement
The right is constantly impressing upon us the supposed cruelty and nastiness of cancel culture, their current boogeyman of choice. Yet this is the alternative it presents: smug, petty stunts demeaning women and queer people.
Biden vows to hold those responsible for terrorist attack responsible as evacuations continue
After two decades of war, the last U.S. military plane left Afghanistan just ahead of an August 31 deadline. President Joe Biden announced that the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously agreed with the withdrawal, which saw an unprecedented evacuation of more than 122,000 people airlifted from Hamid Karzai International Airport …
Why Hyde and barriers to reproductive care lead to more domestic violence
There are many factors that have created this devastating reality that's still unfolding around us, from the brutality of the for-profit health system, to the crisis of unaffordable housing, to the recklessly mismanaged pandemic, and the broad inaccessibility of abortion. But the Hyde Amendment is what binds the seemingly disconnected …
BREAKING: 13 U.S marines among the 60+ killed by ISIS attacks in Kabul this morning
Two suicide bombings — one at the "Abbey" gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport, and the other at the Baron Hotel — were carried out by an ISIS-affiliated terrorist organization, reportedly killing 13 U.S marines and 50 Afghan's, this morning in Kabul, Afghanistan. The "complex" attack — which reportedly injured …
Blackwater founder and alleged war criminal selling $6500 tickets for flights out of Kabul
For only $6500, those trapped in Afghanistan — desperate to flee and hoping to catch a flight from Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport following the Taliban's swift take over of the country earlier this month — can now reserve a seat on a charter flight operated by military contractor Blackwater. …
What the R. Kelly trial allegations about teen abortions can tell us about reproductive coercion
Sexual abuse and reproductive control have always been linked. When the government exerts control over the bodies and reproductive health options of pregnant people, and especially minors who often must acquire parental consent to get care, this normalizes acts of reproductive coercion that are often mirrored in abusive relationships and …