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Grown Into Language: My Trans Life in China Miéville’s Embassytown

"A little later I became something again: just then I was not." This has meant so much to me over the years, for telling me that some changes break you and they are not the end of you, just the old you, the old life. That you are not the only one carrying the weight of life, that you will stumble, fall, disappear, then perhaps appear again in a changed world.

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The Importance of Female Friendships in Video Games

Playable female characters are gaining traction in the video game community, even in AAA titles. Sure, these leading women get parsed and critiqued ad infinitum to a degree male characters never do, but at least they exist. Now think about how many video games have passed the Bechdel test. Where are the female friendships? Where are these relationships that I have plied my life with?

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Review: Freeform’s Mermaid Show, Siren, Is a Fresh Take on an Old Tail

The word "mermaid" probably doesn't make you think of an apex predator who would rather eat men alive than seduce them, or a monstrous cross between a werewolf and a shark—and that’s exactly how Freeform's new series, Siren, wants it. Siren, which premieres this week, is a very modern twist on an old story, and it’s also some very entertaining and intruging television.

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Latina™: Where Jane the Virgin Fails in Latinx Representation

Jane the Virgin is an adaptation of the 2002 Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen. Outside of the artificial insemination, the two shows aren't that similar, but as a nod to the original, in Jane the Virgin, the Villanuevas are Venezuelan-American. I should be glad, but despite the show centering around a Venezuelan-American family, it's not keen on exploring what it means to be one.

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A Wrinkle in Time Calls Out an Invisible Evil That Real Children Deal With, and It Hits Hard

There are so many tear-jerking moments in this Ava Duvernay-directed film, adapted from the first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet series. It is a powerfully acted, beautifully shot, emotionally rich movie made for kids, starring kids, dealing with problems that real kids face—even if tessering to alternate universes isn’t (yet) possible.

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5 Reasons You Should Be Watching Syfy’s Supernatural, Feminist Western, Wynonna Earp

Female-led. Supernatural. Western. Does that sound like a mashup of unexpectedly incredible things to you? Well hop aboard, because that’s exactly what you get with Wynonna Earp!

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How Star Wars Rebels’ Hera Broke the Mother Archetype—and Recreated It in Her Own Image

Star Wars is par for the course when it comes to how fiction tends to treat moms. They’re pretty much required to die so that the plucky young hero can go on his quest and realize himself. And even when they live, they do so as kindly supporting characters or wicked witches. There’s little out there to contradict the message that our own lives end when motherhood begins. That’s why the animated series Star Wars Rebels, which concluded its four-season run last week, is such a breath of fresh air.

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7 Queer Romance Movies That Don’t End in Heartbreak or Death

There are some great films that don't take advantage of shock value when telling an LGBTQIAP+ story, but they're often difficult to find. So we’ve found a handle of them for you right here.

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Trump Aims to Punish Sexually Active Teens in His Budget Proposal

And adults, tbh.

Often, it seems this administration goes out of its way just to hurt women and attack their ability and rights to safety, autonomy, and economic enfranchisement. And this week was no exception. The president released a budget proposal for 2019, and among the many groups it would negatively impact if enacted, such as low-income families, people with disabilities, children and others, the proposal is also shocking in its cruelty toward women.

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Let’s Play Bingo, Love: A Look at Tee Franklin’s Queer Romance Graphic Novella

Launched with a Kickstarter campaign, Tee Franklin's graphic novella was funded in only five days and closed at almost three times its original goal. While the campaign was still underway, Franklin became the recipient of the 2017 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. Five months later at NYCC, Image Comics announced that it had acquired Bingo Love and was going to publish it on Valentine's Day, which seemed only appropriate for this disarmingly beautiful love story.

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Review: Treat Yourself to Twisted Romance #2 This Valentine’s Day

Twisted Romance, an Image series headlined by writer Alex de Campi, is basically an anthology series. A main, self-contained story by de Campi, drawn by a different artist in every issue, sets a theme for additional creators to contribute a short prose story and a backup comic. The first issue contained romance stories that had a supernatural twist; the second (out for Valentine’s Day!) unravels the twists and turns love can take, exploring the epistemology of love itself.

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“March for Life” Set to Ignore How Their Ideology Costs Lives Again This Year

Last week, President Trump formally endorsed the 45th annual March for Life, pledging to give a live address from the Rose Garden on Friday, the day of the march. According to The Guardian, even though Trump is hardly the first anti-choice president we’ve ever had, such an emphatic endorsement is rare from the White House.

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The X-Files and The Handmaid’s Tale: How We Talk When We Talk About Rape

It’s rare for a television scene to stay with me beyond its brief flicker on the screen. Twice this past year, though, I’ve found myself haunted for days by scenes from two shows emblematic of their respective eras: The X Files, currently starting its eleventh season and attempting to return to its '90s relevance, and freshly minted Golden Globe winner for Best Drama Series, The Handmaid’s Tale, which seems as tailored to the cultural moment as a show can be.

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Unsurprisingly, Immigrant Women Are Suffering in Trump’s America

Put simply, Trump is a president unconcerned with the lives of the diverse Americans he serves.

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How The Post Fails Women and Why We Need to Do Better

In the same week of the Golden Globes, during which Hollywood elites congratulated themselves and rallied around feminist items like equal pay and intersectionality, comes a film that is similarly touted for depicting a feminist victory—even though it marginalizes its heroine and does the bare minimum to elevate her story.

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5 Meaningful Ways to Fight for Reproductive Rights in 2018

By the end of 2017, many had declared it the year of women. It was, after all, the year of Wonder Woman, record-breaking numbers of women running for office, and, of course, #MeToo exposing a nation plagued by sexual injustice across every industry. And now, 2018 must be a year of change, transformation and above all, civic participation from everyone to make the world a better place for women.

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A Farewell to Peter Capaldi’s Underrated Time in the TARDIS on Doctor Who

It's hard to overstate what a big deal the Thirteenth Doctor is, but in our eagerness to get to the Jodie Whittaker era, we’re perhaps forgetting something quite important, and that is to take a proper look at outgoing Doctor Peter Capaldi and everything his run on the show has meant. As Twelve faces down regeneration, it’s clearer than ever that, while this Doctor may not have claim to the series’ best stories, he does have what is perhaps the definitive handle on its heart.

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Am I a Traitor If I Didn’t Adore Coco?

And am I a traitor if I did?

Hector's denied entry to the land of the living, and having it played for laughs, is just one of the reasons I left the theater feeling deeply conflicted about Coco.

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The Doctor Who Christmas Specials, Ranked in Order of Greatness

If you're looking to get caught up on past specials before this Christmas, join me in taking a trip down memory lane with this list of the best Doctor Who Christmas specials, ranked from my least favorite special to the special I consider the greatest. Allons-y!

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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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