Selected Readings From

I subscribed to about a year ago, and recently upgraded to the membership plan, where you pay five dollars a month, to read special content for members only. So some of these sit behind a paywall, but some do not. At any rate, I can’t link to them, but I can provide an excerpt and author for the most interesting stories I’ve read this year. Normally, I’d make some comment before each article, but I’m just going to let them speak for themselves.



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The Last Jedi, toxic masculinity, and showing your place in all this

Sam Wood


‘Get Out’ And The Revolutionary Act Of Subverting The White Gaze Dianca London


How Hollywood Sells a Culture of Dominance

The industry has never been silent about keeping white men in power


Is ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ A Subversive Takedown Of White Supremacy?


Toxic Ideologies and Naval Tactics Rule the Wastes in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

This post-apocalyptic thriller is a masterpiece


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Octavia Butler’s science fiction made black girls heroes

She was the first sci-fi writer to win a Genius Grant, and opened the door for works such as DuVernay’s adaptation of ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Bené Viera


When a loudmouthed DJ tried to kill disco, the homophobic and racist implications were impossible to ignore

It was black music. It was gay music. And the “disco sucks” movement said, “burn, baby, burn” Josh O’Connor


Racism Is Driving Modern American Gun Culture

It’s not about self-defense and “liberty”



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The Age of the Imbecile

The World is Turning Catastrophically Stupid. Here’s How Not to Join It.  umair haque


Male Supremacy Groups Are Hate Groups, And They’re Changing American Politics

These groups see female empowerment as a threat to their privilege — and they are infecting the mainstream  Kylie Cheung


The Tragic Stigma of Help

How we perpetuate a myth that keeps so many of us poor, overwhelmed, depressed, and alone. Mike Sturm