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Call Her Cynthia: The Flash Still has a G*psy Problem

While Cynthia's arrival has been a largely welcomed one, many fans have struggled with the show's decision to maintain her original comic book name, G*psy.

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Stranger Things Is Great at Subverting Toxic Masculinity

There's been some understandable criticism of the flawed portrayals of women and girls in both seasons of Stranger Things. But while the way Stranger Things portrays women could be more nuanced, the show’s powerful deconstruction of toxic notions of masculinity makes it a decidedly feminist—though still arguably imperfect—piece of television.

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It’s Dangerous How Far Right the “Moderate” Position on Abortion Has Been Pulled

As the right wing moves further and further towards the far right, the perceived center or "moderate" position keeps moving with it, and that's bad for everyone.

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Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird Is the Mother-Daughter Coming-of-Age Movie We Deserve

It’s difficult to admit that I personally identified with the erratic flux of mother-daughter emotions in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. One moment, mother and daughter are confidantes that dance around their emotions, but the next, their amiability swerves into a squabble. Then they’re squealing mutually over a thrift store dress.

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Let’s Not Ignore the Neurodivergent Community’s Role in the Slime Video Trend

None of the media coverage of the slime trend has addressed the real source: the online autistic community.

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Beetlejuice: 10 Little-Known Facts About the Tim Burton Classic

For those dying to learn more about how the film came to be, here are ten little known facts about how Burton created his one-of-a-kind afterlife.

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The Careless Dismissal of Black Lives in the Problematic Suburbicon

I suppose from director George Clooney and co-writers Ethan and Joel Coen’s privileged perch, Suburbicon is their way of saying, Yeah, we heard you. We need to make more diverse movies. But in this thinly veiled effort to merely appease audiences, the filmmaking trio, along with additional screenwriter Grant Heslov, only managed to further marginalize and whitewash characters of color in a story that was so obviously meant to be another Fargo.

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Blade Runner 2049: Bad Representation Is Not Representation

The big question on everyone’s mind is how could this long-awaited sequel do so poorly at the box office? The short answer: women. Women who are tired of poor representation, tired of being set dressing, just plain tired.

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What Advocates Can Learn From the Successes—and Shortcomings—of #MeToo

#MeToo is part of an important moment, but there's plenty of room for improvement in campaigns against sexual violence.

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The Trump Administration Chose a Pregnant, Undocumented Minor as the Latest Target of Its Bullying

So, let’s see—the past month has seen the president of the United States repeal a policy that ensured millions of women’s access to free or affordable birth control, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement actively deny an undocumented minor access to abortion, and of course, thousands of people take to the internet to share heartbreaking tales of sexual abuse.

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Illustrates How Women Survive Trauma

“You cannot overcome suffering if you refuse to look at it” is a line spoken to the titular character in Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. It also serves as something of a thesis statement for the game, in which a warrior traverses the Norse mythology-based Underworld to redeem the soul of her deceased love. Hellblade gives us something sorely needed in gaming: an achingly realistic portrayal of how women experience and cope with severe trauma.

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Between The Rock and a Hard Place: When Jokes Reinforce Bad Ideas

Humor is also a slippery thing, and sometimes, the intent of a piece can get lost in the joke.

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Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein Talks Body Diversity, Partnering with Disney, and How Ravioli Helped Her Write a Book

You might know Ashley Eckstein as the voice of Ahsoka on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, but these days, she lends her voice to the company she founded: Her Universe, designers of quality apparel for geeky women. Last year, then-TMS editors Carolyn Cox and Sam Riedel tested Her Universe's first line of activewear; this year, we sent Sam to New York Comic-Con to talk with Ashley about her forthcoming memoir, It's Your Universe, and what's next on her radar.

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How Bernie Sanders Helped Turn the Democratic Party Against Women

On Saturday, the organizers of the Women’s March issued a statement apologizing for the “hurt and confusion” caused by their announcement that Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would headline the upcoming Women’s Convention.

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Stop Attacking Hillary Clinton Over Harvey Weinstein—Republicans Are the Ones Who Don’t Trust Women

Clinton’s response follows days of aggressively snide comments from the right, who have rallied behind Donald Trump, Jr. — suddenly a proponent of the “liberal,” “fake news” Times now that it’s published a report that can be used against Democrats — to call out the “hypocrisy” of any and every left-leaning celebrity who’s ever made a comment on politics if they have yet to formally challenge Weinstein to a duel.

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The Real-Life Importance of Happy Endings for Queer Characters

Every time a character is identified as queer and then killed—even in a fantastical setting—that depiction serves to reinforce the idea of queer people as doomed and hopeless. Even if the people watching or reading know better, this negative representation produces a kind of unconscious conditioning. Just like old Pavlov’s dogs, all of us are constantly building mental associations and strengthening them with repeated exposure. Demonstrate something again and again and it becomes ingrained.

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Anti-Abortion GOP Rep., Exposed for Pressuring Mistress to Have Abortion, Retires

Wrapping up a tale dripping with all the irony of a literary masterpiece, GOP Rep. Tim Murphy of the House Pro-life caucus announced his retirement on Wednesday after a report that he pressured his mistress to have an abortion was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The report included a couple of text messages between Murphy and Shannon Edwards, the Pittsburgh-based forensic psychologist with whom Murphy admitted earlier this year to having an affair.

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Why We Need to Care That Asian Girl Heroes are Commanding 2017 Films

Beyond superhero and small screen advancements, there are two major performances that have been missing from the conversation—Ahn Seo-Hyun in Okja and Sareum Srey Moch in First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers. That’s right, while we were reveling in the delightful Hellboy switch, two young Asian girls have been quietly demanding our attention in major Hollywood films that see both of them as heroes in their own right.

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The Adventure Zone Proves Listening to Criticism Is the Way to Improve Representation, Not Avoiding It

One of a writer's biggest fears is that what they make will end up doing more harm than good in the world. This fear is strongest when it comes to writing about and for marginalized communities. It's easy to come at writing a character or storyline centered around the issues of marginalized groups with the best intentions and end up with a total mess. That potential outcome can leave creators wondering if it's worth writing about those topics if they could end up just hurting people.

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It (2017): The Surprising Subversiveness of Beverly Marsh

Going into It, my expectations weren’t high. After all, it’s an adaptation of a book whose sole female character is largely defined by sexual violence and exploitation through an adult male gaze. Yet, as well as being a surprisingly well-crafted horror movie, this new adaptation reclaims Beverly Marsh’s sexuality as something quietly subversive.

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