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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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  • When Harry Met Sally...

    When Harry Met Sally...

    Harry is a misogynist.

    He's an everyman, and because of that, he's a misogynist. This is not to say all men are misogynists, but that the popular conception of men is subject to patriarchal assumptions. It would take a talented, insightful writer to make an everyman without some sexist trappings; here, it doesn't even come close. His famous argument about men and women and friendship is, in the film's narrative, proven "right." The sex gets in the way and turns…

  • Supergirl

    Supergirl

    As a feminist text, it falls apart. With the infinite worlds of comic book imagination before them, they chose to somehow reduce Supergirl, with all of her powers, to fighting with another woman over a man. They even had a plot about saving her people in there, but everything, including preventing the deaths of everyone she loves, is second to saving the man who fell in love with her via magic potion. (At least, in terms of the film's focus.)…

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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…