As much as the genre imagines the future, it also remixes the past—often by envisioning Western-style imperialism visited on the Western world.
The conservative author believes that women have contributed little to major philosophical traditions because men are better abstract thinkers.
A quarter century ago, a young writer broke free of comic-book cliches by using sheer, brave goofiness. If only he, and the rest of the industry, had kept that spirit alive.
Some critics and fans argue that the once-maligned 1995 film is actually a masterwork of self-aware parody. But they've missed the ugly message at the movie's heart.
Writers overwhelmingly use Orwell's novel to describe the surveillance state—which makes it easy to forget who's really oppressed today.
James Baldwin's The Devil Finds Work, a book-length essay on race and America and cinema, movingly demonstrates that analysis of art can be art itself.
David Ayer's film about corrupt law-enforcement agents subverts the idea that heroes can get away with playing dirty if it means stopping villains.
He was a musical genius and icon of authenticity, yes. But, as his new posthumous album shows, he was also a slick, shameless pop star.
The genre has no problem imagining a future full of spaceships and aliens. A racially integrated society, though?
The disjointed world of the popular sci-fi series doesn't make for a great movie, but it embraces the idea that, in young-adult fiction, it's up to the audience to fill in the blanks.
Like Superman or Spider-Man, the story of a young Pakistani American named Kamala Khan is both an empowerment fantasy and an assimilation story.
Everyone's story is different.
Maybe the problem isn't just that we call women "bossy" too much; maybe the problem is that we let men get away with behavior which we should call "bossy," or something worse.
If you don't want to make art that's prejudiced, then you need to take conscious, concrete steps to do so—as the game developers behind Desktop Dungeon found out.
New studies question the importance of two behaviors mothers are often shamed for: drinking during pregnancy and not breastfeeding
The media may be fetishizing the Oscar winner's look to an uncomfortable extent, but that's a byproduct of the way she deliberately challenges beauty standards.
Kevin Costner's new shoot-'em-up obsesses over the idea that caring for one's kid and being a manly man are at odds.
Comics have a history of altering characters' races and ethnicities, but outcry over Michael B. Jordan's next role illustrates that, in American racism, only certain differences matter.
Acknowledging the diversity of experiences among sex workers is crucial to safety and respect.
Rom-coms have always been a healthy outlet for fantasies about other people, and Kiss Me, Stupid, which turns 50 this year, shows why.