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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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Pop Culture Pumpkin Spice: 10 Spooky Movies and Shows to Get You in the Fall Mood

There’s a chill in the air. The wind is picking up. You’re ready to get your favorite sweater out at last. That’s right, it’s finally fall! After a long and very (VERY) hot summer, the days are getting shorter and it’s time to get in the mood for the season. And what better way than some movies and television that ate the pop culture equivalent of curling up something spicy and warm on a rainy day.

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SDCC 2017: On the Hunt With the Stars of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Here's our look at the Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 plus an interview with its stars.

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Accentuate the Negative: How Our Brains Are Hardwired to Expect the Worst in Fandom and More

Fandom feels are valid and powerful, but as another guy said, with great power comes great responsibility.

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Your Fall TV and Movie Seasons Are Safe: Hollywood Narrowly Avoids a Writers Strike

Even in the face of an actual 3.0 earthquake, the negotiations between Writers Guild of America and The Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers went on until the very last second.

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Hollywood Writers Step Even Closer to Striking, Threatening the Fall Television and Film Season

It’s happened. The writers behind your favorite shows and movies have voted to authorize a strike.

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Welcome to the Fan Parade: A Guide for Fandom Newcomers

When I was... a young fan...

Navigating fandom as a newbie can be fraught with peril. Luckily, we’re here to help. It’s dangerous to go alone.

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Buffy 20th Anniversary: Looking to the Future With a Slayer Fan Film

To every generation, a slayer is born…

group of fans created Lurk: A Fray Fan Film which gives a glimpse of what the adventures of a future slayer might be.

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First and Foremost: Examining the First Amendment in Our Current Political Context

Continuing with our ongoing legal series, the time has come to discuss specific parts of the US Constitution. We’ll start at the beginning with something that’s been on everyone’s minds lately: the first amendment.

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The State of LGBT Rights in Trump’s America

Today, we’re here to talk about another area of civil rights that has seen a great deal of advancement under the Obama administration and where people are particularly on alert in the new administration: the rights of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender people.

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Five Inspirational Musicals (Other Than Hamilton) to Help You Fight the Power

Here are five shows to listen to when the world is getting you down. We’ll go through these in chronological order and, obviously, there are going to be some spoilers.

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Family Remains: On the Enduring Appeal of Supernatural

On the day of its 250th episode!

Supernatural returns for its 250th episode, and we reflect upon its resiliency as a show that is ultimately about love and family.

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Revisiting Roe vs. Wade and How It’s In More Jeopardy Than Ever

44 years and counting. But are its days numbered?

As part of our ongoing series looking at the legal realities of Trump’s America, we look back at Roe v Wade to consider its future survival.

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Review: Emerald City Certainly Isn’t the Oz You Remember, and That’s Great

Emerald City is more steampunk Game of Thrones than The Wiz, in the very best way.

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Coming to America: Your Guide to Immigration Law in the Trump-Times

As with any situation, being informed and having the right information is the first step to action and might make the future seem less scary, so that’s what I’m here for.

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Dear Hollywood: Now’s the Time to Make All Our Favorite Characters Gay

A man who believes that electrocuting me will cure my queerness is a heartbeat from running our country, and if that’s not a good reason for Captain America to kiss a boy, I don’t know what is.

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“We Are the Weirdos, Mister”: How The Craft Changed My Life

The 90s were a really good time for witches. Like vampires in the 2000s or zombies this decade, witches were the supernatural creature of choice in the decade where “girl power” became a marketable commodity. From Hocus Pocus in 1992 to Practical Magic in 1998, it was the pinnacle of magical cinema. But for me, nothing had quite as big an impact as the 1996 teen horror classic The Craft. And I wasn’t alone.

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Power Play: Why Check, Please! Is Redefining Success in Comics

Meanwhile, the Big Two happily shoot own goals.

Sometimes finding success as a woman or person of color in the entertainment industry (comics, movies, television, you name it) can feel like being a gay figure skater trying to make it on a hockey team full of frat boys.

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Schrödinger’s Queer: Does Representation Without Confirmation Mean Anything?

Kate McKinnon is an out lesbian and infused her Ghostbusters performance with glorious queerness, but following the release of the movie there were many questions raised as to whether Holtzmann was really gay. All of this lead me to the question: if a queer character exists in media without explicit confirmation, does it make a sound?

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Politi-Con: Charting the Politics of San Diego Comic-Con

Politicians, cartoon characters...what's the difference, really?

In these waning weeks of July, devoted supplicants donned colorful regalia, braved massive crowds and endured media scrutiny to pay tribute to gods, monsters, heroes and villains, including a legendary warrior woman with a storied past and a billionaire some fear may bring the end of the world. I’m talking, of course, about the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. The rest of us went to Comic-Con.

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