“Squid Game” missed an opportunity to show capitalism & patriarchy are one

The obvious economic messages and capitalist critiques of "Squid Game" don't inherently mean the show has done enough, or that it doesn't have to "go above and beyond" to be inclusive and further explore the implications of identity in economic marginalization. Instead, if anything, in this story of inequality and economic predation, gender and identity should have received even greater focus, considering how inextricably capitalist oppression intersects with patriarchy.

We need to stop giving the Ted Bundy treatment to violent men like Billy Milligan

"Monsters Inside" is a sprawling project of bothsideisms about the supposed duality of a man who admitted to rape. Billy Milligan's story is undeniably the sort of material that Hollywood and the massive, multi-billion-dollar true crime industry subsist on. But in our consumption of these wildly popular tales, we become desensitized to horrific crimes. And it's through this desensitization, this obsession with stories of people we'll never know, that violent men become legends and household names, while their victims and the traumas of sexual violence are all but erased.

"I have no regrets": Uma Thurman shares her teenage abortion story in criticizing Texas ban

For years, anti-abortion stigma has pushed the narrative that abortion takes away possibilities when a child isn't born. Anti-abortion ad campaigns often depict photos of babies with captions suggesting that if born, they could have been the scientist to cure cancer or the diplomat who would establish world peace. But Thurman's story is one of many that should remind us of the infinite possibilities abortion gives to the already born, living people who have them — to become brilliant scientists, artists, thinkers, performers, leaders, parents, or anything they choose to be.

Withholding sex is not the answer to abortion bans: The spectacle of celebrity "pro-choice" activism

Believe it or not, Texas abortion funds, who have long worked against tremendous odds to help disproportionately poor, people of color get abortion care, have yet to ask anyone to help out by going celibate. Instead, funds and organizers have been asking the public to pay attention to their work and the barriers they face for years, long before this current crisis was finally deemed worthy of mainstream media attention. To survive the war on bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom that's ramping up all around us, we should take our cues from organizers, rather than, say, Milano, Jamil or Midler.
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