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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: How 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Skewers Empowerment Culture

    One of the most subversive things about The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the way the show satirizes the way that survivors are often victimized by a culture that cares more about juicy details than actual healing.

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: 'Transparent' and the Drive for More Progressive Media

    Real change won’t come from socially ostracizing allies who make mistakes. It comes from cultivating empathy, from showing people just why certain terms are dehumanizing.

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    WATCHABLES Podcast #1, Feat. Arielle Bernstein and Mike Spry!

    We're proud to present the first installment of Press Play's new podcast, Watchables! This segment features our columnists Mike Spry and Arielle Benstein; future installments will bring Seth Abramson into the mix!

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Out of the WILD

    "Wild" reimagines the female journey as an existential quest.

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    Watch: The Inherent Vice in Paul Thomas Anderson's Films: A Video Essay

    Throughout his career, Paul Thomas Anderson has focused on human vulnerability. Films from "Punch Drunk Love" to "Magnolia" to "The Master" to "Inherent Vice" portray love as equal parts tender and strange. Anderson’s protagonists struggle with vices ranging from drug and sexual addiction, to megalo...

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Feminist Camp: Reclaiming the Booty in a Digital Age

    There is something truly exciting about the way some female performers are reclaiming and celebrating the female body, about the way Nicki Minaj takes parts and pieces of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s ode to women’s backsides in “Baby Got Back” and transforms the booty from an object to be admired to a symbol of ...

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Girl Found: GONE GIRL's Boring Masochism

    Feminist champions of "Gone Girl" claim that Amy’s ability to play with the cookie-cutter roles that women are cast in is somehow triumphant, but Amy’s self-inflicted wounds, coupled with her meticulously constructed calendar, struck me as boring, rather than subversive.

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: PARKS AND RECREATION, A Feminist Utopia

    One of the reasons "Parks and Recreation" has succeeded as a feminist T.V. show is not simply because the female characters have remained funny, ambitious, and interesting, but also because the show's male characters are strong, vulnerable, silly, and staunch advocates for the rights and successes o...

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    ARIELLE BERNSTEIN: Images and Illusions: On Aging, Beauty and Renée Zellweger’s “New” Face

    When Renée Zellweger attended Elle’s 21st Century Women in Hollywood event recently, tabloids immediately started reporting on Zellweger’s “new” face, which does look significantly different and probably is the result of natural aging—as well as a heck of a lot of plastic surgery.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Electric Sheep: How Female Power Is Limited By Consumer Culture

    We don’t want women to be objects, but we sure as hell want them to be symbols.

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