Television

The One With the Offensive Joke About Intersex People

Like any sitcom created before the mid-aughts—around the time Hollywood started doing the bare minimum to give space to marginalized people—‘Friends’ has not aged well.

Sep 20, 2022
Legolas Bends the Space-Time Continuum

As the music crescendos, you fall, and then you fall some more. A portal, unused for twenty years, cracks open, and then—here you are again.

Sep 15, 2022
Journalism and Literature Need to Make Room for “Unfamiliar” Stories

To refresh our sense of empathy we have to expose ourselves to other perspectives. In the news, in literature, in life.

Aug 16, 2022
According to ‘Finding Magic Mike,’ Feeling Sexy Is a State of Mind

To perform is to literally be seen, to expose yourself willingly. It’s much less scary with people who have your back.

Aug 02, 2022
Pop Culture’s Problem with Middle-Aged Women

Women of a certain age are still largely invisible and left out of our narratives—or else, she’s a very particular type of middle-aged woman.

David Attenborough Helps Me Explain the Climate Crisis to My Son

I use his favorite David Attenborough shows to help me explain my climate activism

Jul 25, 2022
Lessons in Fashion and Fatness from ‘Absolutely Fabulous’

Absolutely Fabulous celebrated outlandish women behaving badly, usually in outlandish, high-end clothes.

Jul 20, 2022
Through Fanfiction, I Learned the Machinery of My Mind

On the page, I was intact. I was smart and forceful. I had a comeback for every spar.

Jun 21, 2022
‘Lost’ Fans Gave Me a Safe Place on the Internet. Is Such Fandom Possible Now?

Fan culture’s veer into the mainstream saw it lose its sense of protection and gain an abundance of entitlement, even cruelty.

Jun 02, 2022
Who Actually Wins (and Keeps) the HGTV Dream Home?

As of January 2021, only six of the first twenty-one sweepstakes winners were able to live in their Dream Home for longer than a year.

Ode to the Bimbos of HBO

When I was a kid, the hyperfeminine was considered a failing—but I wanted to both be and be with these beautiful women that I privately gawked at and desired.

Feb 17, 2022
I Refuse to Feel Guilt for My Guilty Pleasures

The invisible fence that divides highbrow and lowbrow is largely imposed by money, those we admire, and our own social conditioning.

‘Dorohedoro’ Helped Me Through—and Reconsider—Isolation in the Pandemic

In Q Hayashida’s wild, imaginative artwork, I found the freedom to see beyond my surroundings, all on my own.

Jul 27, 2021
Strange Lessons in Sex and Power from ‘Saved By the Bell’

As a preteen, I’d absorbed this dynamic—a teen girl dating adult men—as totally normal because it was embedded in the show’s wholesome package.

Jul 13, 2021
What Mr. Miyagi Taught Me About Anti-Asian Racism in America

We Asians were in this thing—racist America—together.

Mar 23, 2021
Nick Miller Is the Quarantine Role Model I Didn’t Know I Needed

Seeing Nick’s imperfections play out in a way that shows he is not a failure, just human, is exactly what I needed to get me through quarantine.

Feb 25, 2021
On Skinship

An ode to bathtubs, ‘PEN15,’ and the women in my life.

Jan 27, 2021
The French Cartoon that Led Me to Fandom and Friendship

Priyanka Bose on How Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir Helped Her Overcome Loneliness

Dec 08, 2020
How Legend of Korra Gave a Big Black Girl Permission to Be Broken

Though she lives, some part of Korra—the flame throwing hothead, insistent on taking up space—does not survive.

What Diane Nguyen Taught Me About Finding Healing Through Failure

When I moved to America, I thought I could fashion a new life out of the escape, but a BoJack Horseman character taught me to be patient with setbacks

May 28, 2020