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  • No Home Movie

    No Home Movie

    CW: concentration camps, suicide mention

    What tragedies have our mothers endured. It seems clear to me that the world's improvements are minimal, that what "progress" we make in how oppressed people are treated by our oppressors is a minor fraction of what we deserve, of actual equity, equality, community. Still, there has been some progress, some minor gains in certain parts of the world, tiny improvements. It's better now, and it was worse in our mothers' time. In our grandmothers'…

  • Daughter Rite

    Daughter Rite

    cw: rape

    "I imagine my mother seeing this... 'Why do you have to say all this?'"

    I have no intention of showing my family this review. There are a lot of thoughts and feelings I don't share with my family. I find it hard to let them in. I have made almost-confessional writing a part of how I engage with the world, how I explore myself, how I maneuver through trauma and stress and pain. I've been doing this for…

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  • Dumplin'

    Dumplin'

    The underlying idea is that we're not really women unless they say we are. Fat women, lesbians, trans women, childless women, women who have had abortions, sex workers, working women, unmarried women, old women, incarcerated women, women who demand more, women who stand up for themselves, women who refuse to be objects. None of us are women in the eyes of the ruling class, because we are not neatly fit into the rigid gender roles they demand of us: modest,…

  • A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

    A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

    Spoiler alert this film ends with a fucking conga line, and I am scarred for life. I don't know who thought that was a good idea. This film series has standards that must be upheld, and it's not met by including a conga line. Monarchist propaganda will never be the same. I suffered this as much as the last one, more or less, though. At least they also coupled off the token stereotypical gay guys.

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  • The Danish Girl

    The Danish Girl

    To my cisgender friends, I ask that, even if you would not normally do so, you please read this. This film was made for cisgender people, so I feel it important that I write this for cisgender people. I would not normally watch this movie, but it has been a subject of some discussion on this site in a way that has compelled me to watch it in order to discuss it credibly. I do not imagine what I have…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    "you cannot be proud of being white & not be a racist. it's a tautology. you can be proud of your irish heritage. you can be proud of your german heritage. you can be proud of your lutheran heritage or your appalachian roots or your large italian family's sunday gravy tradition. you cannot be proud of your *white* heritage b/c there is no such thing. whiteness only exists as a power relationship. a system of domination is not a culture to…