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The Twisted Knots of Power and Control in Phantom Thread
NOTE: This piece contains spoilers for Phantom Thread.   Phantom Thread is a film of such remarkable craft and exquisite execution that I find myself in the extremely rare position of admiring it, even liking it, despite finding its message somewhat deplorable. Like the gowns that are the obsessive life’s work of Daniel Day-Lewis’ Reynolds Woodcock, […]
Check out Feminist Frequency’s Annual Report for 2017
We’re so excited to share Feminist Frequency’s Annual Report for 2017!  Year after year, Feminist Frequency continues to grow as an outlet for sharing feminist criticism, vital media literacy resources, and pop culture analysis. Last year marked the end of our popular and critically-acclaimed signature series, Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games, but we’re doing so much more!  […]
FREQ Interview: Ijeoma Oluo Knows Who She’s Writing For
Each quarter, our newsletter brings you an interview with a fascinating, inspiring, talented woman we think you should know more about. In our latest issue, we talk to the brilliant writer Ijeoma Oluo, whose new book So You Want to Talk About Race explores many of the biggest questions being raised in the contemporary conversation about […]
A Splash of Color: The Quietly Feminist Love Story of Florence
The tender new iOS game Florence is, yes, the sort of game I tend to champion, the sort of art that feels particularly crucial and nourishing in this period of intensified violence, cruelty, and dehumanization. A narrative game that tells the story of how a young woman’s life is changed when she and a musician meet […]
Thunder and Lightning
Back at the tail end of 2016, dazed from the uppercut of the whitest election result since Andrew Jackson polled his family about whether to have mayonnaise sandwiches or unseasoned chicken for dinner,  I included Marvel’s Luke Cage in my “Fave Five” year-end roundup. What some white critics bemoaned (either obliquely or explicitly) as the show’s […]
The Power of a Positive Tweet
I recently had the pleasure of visiting BioWare’s Edmonton office, where I met and had tea with a group of fantastic women who work there, and with a few male allies, too. However, when I shared about this pleasant experience on Twitter, a number of people took the opportunity to voice their disapproval of my presence […]
In Remembrance of Allan G. Johnson, 1946-2017
Several years ago I was on an NYC subway and my friend told me to listen to this speech he had on his primitive, first-generation iPhone. We listened together, one earbud in each of our ears, as an older white dude spoke about systems of privilege and oppression. At the time, I didn’t fully understand what […]
Anita’s Most Memorable Media of 2017
Every new year I say to myself, “Self, keep track of the media you love this year so when December rolls around you know exactly what to write about,” and every year, I don’t do it. This year is no different. Trying to come up with some of my favourites of the year often results in […]
Carolyn’s Fave Five: Games in 2017
It’s no secret that I put a premium on compassion and humanity in games and really, in all art, but if ever I felt a particular need for art that said something about hope, friendship, partnership, love, and our connections with each other, it was this past year. Thankfully, it was a banner year for games […]
Ashley’s Happy Distractions from 2017
For me, this was the year of the podcast. Whether waiting in an airport terminal or securely seated on a train, I was happy to temporarily retreat from the world and listen to folks speak for hour-long stints on a whole host of fascinating topics. Talk about an excellent way to pass the time – especially […]
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