Earlier this year, Netflix’s dramedy series Ginny & Georgia garnered a significant amount of attention since its release but not for the right reasons; despite being a television show that presented sex-positivity, diversity, inclusivity as well as mental health awareness, a particular piece of dialogue has managed to overshadow all the favourable aspects of the series. In the series finale, Ginny (Antonia Gentry) sneers the now-infamous line after her mother Georgia (Brianne Howey) inquires a bit too much into Ginny’s personal life and relationships- “What do you care? You go through men faster than Taylor Swift.”

Taylor Swift’s dating life…

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A Family (otherwise known as Yakuza and The Family) follows the story of Kenji Yammamoto (Gō Ayano), who is adopted by the Japanese organized crime syndicate or yakuza, and his pledge to adhere to the family code, despite the ever-changing times. The film, released on Netflix in 2021, carries out over three decades of Kenji’s life in three separate acts, from the moment of his initiation into the crime syndicate, to his eventual expulsion. …

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In 2018, Netflix began airing Derry Girls, a coming-of-age comedy sitcom set in Derry, Northern Ireland, during The Troubles in the 1990s. The series follows the personal exploits of 16-year old Erin Quinn and her friends. Though each episode of Derry Girls is approximately 20 minutes long, it presents a clear picture of who each character was; Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson) is perceived as self-absorbed and overly ambitious, Clare (Nicola Coughlan) was the voice of reason, Orla (Louisa Harland) the eccentric, Michelle (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell) the troublemaker and James (Dylan Llewellyn), who many perceive as an effete. …

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This Father’s Day, Netflix delivered on their promise of new movies every week, with the premiere of Fatherhood, the story of a single father who has to raise his daughter after the unexpected death of his wife following childbirth. It is based on the 2011 memoir Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss and Love by Matthew Logelin, who is now a renowned author public speaker. The movie stars Kevin Hart and Melody Hurd along with a cast that consists of several celebrated actors including Alfre Woodard, Lil Rel Howery and Frankie R. Faison. …

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In late May 2021, Netflix began airing Racket Boys, a Korean drama following the growth and challenges of a group of student athletes in the badminton club at their school. The premise observes the journey of Yoon Haekang (Tang Joonsung), a former badminton prodigy who resumes playing the sport after his father uproots their life at Seoul to move to the countryside and coach the local middle school badminton club. …

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Boobs. Fun-bags. Knockers. Mosquito bites. Titties.

Thanks to crude ideals regarding sex and general female objectification, women have been subjected to almost every variant of the word ‘ breasts.’ Female appearances and breast sizes have always been a consistent topic of discussion, and throughout history, women’s bodies are identified means for men’s pleasure. While women view their breasts as functional organs for child-rearing, male ideologies classify them as intended for sex. Though breasts are multidimensional organs meant for both reproduction and sexual pleasure, dominant value in our culture is men’s breast preferences. …

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The concept of intimacy has many connotations — the intentional brush of a hand against another, an arm of comfort across a pair of shoulders, a kiss that could lead to something more. Mainstream media’s definition of intimacy has always been sexual and it has continued to reinforce the idea that intimacy stems from romantic feelings. However, what many fail to understand is that intimacy exists beyond the plane of romance, particularly on a platonic basis.

Is it the same as friendship?

Similar to the casual friendships we experience everyday, platonic intimacy also involves developing a close relationship without the attachment of romantic strings. Nevertheless, it…

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On March 3rd 2021, Amy Poehler’s comedy-drama Moxie was released on Netflix. The movie follows Vivian, a shy teenager who is fed up of the sexist and toxic status quo followed by her school, and gets inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past to anonymously publish a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution. A tale that integrates coming-of-age with social commentary, Moxie manages to start the conversation on society’s perception of women, particularly teenage girls. It also forces us to take a second glance at the gender bias and patriarchal norms embedded within…

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In an op-ed published by Wall Street Journal in December 2020, Joseph Epstein discredits the current First Lady of the United States. He claims that her doctorate title feels “fraudulent, not to say a touch comic.” He goes on to further condescend her efforts in achieving the title, remarking the subject of her dissertation as ‘unpromising’. He even went as far as to refer to her as ‘kiddo’.

Epstein, who has not received an advanced degree but does possess an honorary doctorate, comments that unless they have delivered a child, no one should call themselves ‘Dr’. Jill Biden, who earned…

Though many criticised the ‘Equal Fights’ episode for how it presented feminism and girl power, it was instrumental in igniting the conversation on several topics

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Originally released in the 90’s, The Powerpuff Girls is still one of the most prominent pieces of pop-culture entertainment today. The animated television show centres around three kindergarten-aged girls- Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup- who possess superpowers. The girls reside in the fictional city of Townsville with their father and creator, Professor Utonium, and use their powers to defend the city from villains and monsters. The show also manages to integrate their heroism with aspects of growing up such as sibling rivalries, personal hygiene, eating vegetables and going to school.

In 2001, The Powerpuff Girls aired an episode depicting a villainess…

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