We Need To Stop Writing Suicide Stories

Last month, a University of Michigan psychology study found a link between Netflix’s suicide teen drama, 13 Reasons Why, and suicidal intention in vulnerable teen viewers.  It’s a small study, with only 87 participants, but it echoes what experts on teen mental health have claimed from the show’s debut — the show’s treatment of its suicidal protagonist […]

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the Feminism of Nightmares

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a “feminist” dystopia. On the surface, it invokes a delicious power fantasy — the sort of vengeful female world that misogynists fear — but in reality its power is another trap, luring rebellious girls into even greater restriction and oppression. Back to the 1950s Greendale is a highly traditional and […]

Struggling with Sexism in East Asian Dramas

When it comes to “problematic things I enjoy anyway,” my biggest guilty pleasure is East Asian dramas. Typically Japanese ones, as that’s the language that I (sort of) speak, but now I’ve started to study Chinese, I’ve added those to my viewing line-up too. Most recently, I’ve been watching a very silly Taiwanese drama called Miss In Kiss, which is a […]