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Who Run The World? 8 Great Female Characters You May Have Missed in 2017

There was such an embarrassment of riches that, as in 2015, some of the best female characters of the year slipped comparatively under the radar. Here are a few of those you may have missed, and how to remedy that.

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Hero Judge Strikes Down Texas Ban on Safe Abortion Procedure

Welcome to The Week in Reproductive Justice, a weekly recap of all news related to the hot-button issue of what lawmakers are allowing women to do with their bodies!

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Once Upon a November: Anastasia Turns 20!

Let's talk about how the animated classic handles history, Rasputin, and of course, Dimitri's hair.

Have you heard, there's a rumor that today is the 20th anniversary of Anastasia coming out in movie theaters … We talked to a Russia expert to learn how accurate the history was, the truth behind Rasputin, and what really happened to Anastasia.

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Steven Universe Recap: Dewey Wins

Surprise! The show's back after six months of silence, with five brand new episodes.

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What Is a Problematic Fave?

We know a problematic fave when we see it, but actually nailing down a specific definition can be hard.

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Why is Hollywood Following the Same Disabled Narrative?

Why do films about disability tend to follow the same path, and what does this path say about the people who go to see them?

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How Darkwood Became a Horror Game That is PTSD-Inclusive

It's been a long time since I've played a horror game. Not because I don't love them in that Halloween masochistic way, I do – but because I can't handle them anymore. My post-traumatic stress disorder has made it almost impossible to last longer than five minutes in any given horror title.

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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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It’s Only a Matter of Time: Time Travel in Fiction and Real Life

Time travel is more than just a far-fetched possibility—it's already a reality, in real life and in fiction.

Science fiction books, movies, and television shows get a lot of mileage out of driving their characters through space and time. In some cases, the hero manages to travel through both with the benefit of a Time and Relative Dimensions in Space (TARDIS) machine. You probably know that space travel is already a reality. But did you also know time travel is possible?

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From a Certain Point of View: Star Wars and Emotional Labor

Star Wars (like so many big genre properties) is known for its dead mothers or mother figures, and we can’t undo the decades where they weren’t paid much thought. But we can highlight them now and elevate the contribution that they made in the first place.

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7 Badass Horror Heroines for Halloween

As a horror movie fan, it’s impossible to ignore all the issues in the genre. The treatment of women, the graphic use of sexual assault and torture porn, and the lack of complex female characters are just some of the problems in a lot of horror movies. However, there are also a bunch of badass horror heroines out there. These characters are far more than the usual one-note performances that women are often boxed into.

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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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The Fosters Finale Hit Home in a Huge Way on the Fight to Save DACA

From the privatization of foster care to the challenges facing trans youth, The Fosters has never shied away from tackling social issues, and with the repeal of DACA underway—as well as the fight to save it—its season finale hit home in a huge way.

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Women Who Rock Whom You Might Have Missed: Thao Nguyen

Vietnamese-American singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen balances her playful swagger with a gentle melancholy. Inspired by folk and country and infused with elements of punk and hip hop, she has developed a style that's disarmingly unique. Even at its softest, there's a sense of urgency in her voice, and her often autobiographical lyrics give her songs emotional resonance.

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So Say We All: A Look at the Awesome Science of Battlestar Galactica

It’s been over a decade since a reimagined version of a '70s cult favorite sci-fi series premiered on the Sci Fi Channel and took the world of science fiction by storm. One Peabody, two Emmys, a couple spinoffs, and 12 years later, Battlestar Galactica’s popularity still feels novel. How did what’s ostensibly a space opera about the war between humans and the Cylons—the hyper-realistic robots they created—gain so much acclaim? And why did so many non-sci-fi fans end up watching and loving it?

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Joss Doesn’t Get to Ruin Buffy. She Doesn’t Belong to Him Anyway.

In light of the open letter from Joss Whedon's ex-wife Kai Cole, many feminist nerds find themselves in a time for soul searching. A lot of people are wondering if they have to give up something they loved, something that was formative to their feminist or queer identity because of one man's terrible behavior. Joss fansite Whedonesque even shuttered in light of the allegations. While they were also clear that they had been considering the move for a while, it certainly made a strong statement.

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