Writer covering pop culture, books, and bodies. Bylines include The Guardian, The Washington Post, Glamour, Vice, and Mental Health Today.
September 23 marks a television milestone: the 30th anniversary of a small-screen portrayal of chronic illness that was as moving as it was revolutionary.
It would have been easy to see the offer to present a daytime talkshow as a comedown, but DeGeneres turned it into one of the greatest second acts in showbusiness.
He’s one of the most emotionally aware protagonists ever committed to screen yet he isn’t the most compelling character in the movie — Diane is.
The prevailing cultural wisdom that presents motherhood as transcendent and not having children as repugnant is an insult to the complexity of both identities.
An episode centred on what to call the new addition saw Paul’s mother Sylvia (Cynthia Harris) blurt: “Mothers always bring extra love,” as a cringey pretext for the couple choosing the name Mabel.
While I loved high school English classes where we read everything from Macbeth to Maya Angelou, my dad finished just one book before leaving school at 15, The Day of the Triffids. (He liked it, but not enough to repeat the experience.)
If you could abandon all expectation of professional ethics, it was thrilling to watch... Then came series two, and the prognosis was bleak.
From "Fat Monica" in Friends to Patty in the new Netflix comedy Insatiable, it's time for TV shows and films to put away the fat suit.
When it seemed as if giving a platform to people with oppressive views might dissuade and humiliate them, there was a thrill to watching Banks ask a member of the Westboro Baptist Church: “Why do you hate homosexuals so much?”
Perhaps today she would be offered a wider variety of roles, have the ability to produce her own material or subvert her image using YouTube, to become the star instead of the sidekick.
As I grew up, I didn’t relate to the way marriage was usually presented, in real life and in pop culture: as aspirational, a source of validation and the only way to escape loneliness.
The Hills will once more be alive with the sound of histrionics, as MTV revives its iconic late-aughts show this June.
At that moment, the show establishes its worldview: Fat people deserve self-esteem, too. That might not sound subversive, but if you’ve lived and watched TV as a fat person, particularly a woman, you know that it is.