How Black Panther Sees the World

April 08, 2018

The film contrasts aloof isolationism with Gates Foundation-style paternalism. It unfairly paints more revolutionary alternatives as narrowly violent. Donald Trump has now assembled a cabinet of men that have elevated violence to a supreme virtue at home and abroad. Men like Mike Pompeo, John...

Selling Sex: Wonder Woman and the Ancient Fantasy of Hot Lady Warriors

June 07, 2017

The film Wonder Woman will surely join the blockbuster ranks of other recent comic book-inspired film franchises, including Batman, Superman, Spiderman and X-Men. But that’s not just because it features a sword-wielding Gal Gadot in knee-high boots and a metal bodice. Wonder Woman has long...

Hollywood Does it Again

February 25, 2017

Hollywood does not fairly represent minorities in cinema. The Oscar nominations are proof of that. In 2016, Hollywood actress Jada Pinkett Smith, indignant at the Academy Award nominations, joined the #OscarsSoWhite Twitter storm. Back then, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Yes,...

Bollywood Still Hasn’t Changed

January 28, 2017

In India, the status quo of gender is promoted in popular culture. Reading through a Times of India article from 2013, “International Women’s Day: Bollywood and its bold women characters,” I was excited to see the names of movies I had watched, like Mother India (1957), Aandhi (Storm...