Posts by Kelly Dougher

Westworld season 2

'Westworld' Season 2: The Women Are Running the Show

How ‘Westworld’ season 2 turned female robots with zero agency into powerful and painfully human characters. When the first season of Westworld debuted, the show was rife with casual violence and sexual assault perpetrated against female characters. The fact that these characters were AI didn’t help very much when it came to watching them suffer on-screen. Perhaps worst of all, although there were a few strong female characters in the form of humans, such as        …read more

royal weddings

7 Royal Weddings & How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Will Compare

Royal weddings rarely diverge from tradition, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan on shaking things up. As the world eagerly anticipates the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, a recurring theme in the news coverage thus far has been a focus on how their ceremony will diverge from royal wedding tradition. Perhaps this is partly because Prince Harry is quite far down the line of succession to the throne (he        …read more

Ferrante novels

HBO Is Adapting the Ferrante Novels, and We're Cautiously Optimistic

The possibilities and pitfalls of translating the powerful Ferrante novels to the small screen. Chances are you’ve read or heard of Elena Ferrante’s popular Neapolitan Novels, or at least caught glimpses of the books’ notably generic “chick lit”–style covers on the subway and on friends’ coffee tables. It’s true that the covers are not very enticing, but you know what they say about books and covers. The Ferrante novels have taken the literary world by        …read more

pop culture

Pop Culture to the Rescue: 40 Reasons to Get Excited for 2018

2018 is going to be a great year of pop culture thanks to these movies, albums, TV shows and books! It’s time to turn our gaze to a new year and everything that comes with it. No, I’m not talking about weight-loss resolutions or new gym memberships. I’m thinking of something much more fun: new pop culture releases. Whatever else 2018 has in store, we can at least rest assured that we have plenty of        …read more


Haven’t Tried ‘Shameless’ Yet? Get Your Shit Together and Binge It Now

Here’s why you should binge all the seasons of ‘Shameless’ available now. The Gallaghers are back! The eighth and latest season premiered on Showtime in November, and those without a Showtime subscription (or those who just crave a rewatch) can binge Shameless seasons one through seven on Netflix. Out of consideration for those who are new to the show, we won’t discuss any major spoilers here. Instead, let’s talk about what Shameless is all about        …read more


9 Common Myths about Deafness

Let’s clear up some misconceptions about deafness. More than 35 million people in the U.S. experience some degree of deafness, yet misconceptions abound — possibly because we only occasionally get to see one stereotype of deafness in movies and TV, despite there being so many people with different variations of deafness. (Read more about the differences between Deaf, deaf and hard of hearing here.) I myself am hard of hearing, so allow me to be your        …read more

Grace and Frankie season

8 Reasons to Schedule a Binge ahead of ‘Grace and Frankie’ Season 4

‘Grace and Frankie’ season 4 is sure to wrap up several exciting cliffhangers. If you haven’t been watching the Netflix hit sitcom Grace and Frankie, you’ve been missing out. Luckily right now is the perfect time to get caught up. The show recently just got renewed for a fourth season, which will be on Netflix in 2018 — giving you plenty of time to binge-watch the first three seasons currently available on the streaming service.        …read more


From Princesses to Warriors: Women Making Aging Fierce

Getting older used to seem like a faux pas for women in the spotlight. But these are some of the women using their platform to make aging aspirational. If there’s one word that can be used to describe the way women are portrayed in the media, whether it’s on magazine covers, ad campaigns, movies or TV, that word would probably be “aspirational.” This aspirational image is usually that of a young woman with smooth skin, shiny        …read more

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14 Instagram Comic Artists Who Just Get It

We can’t guarantee you’ll make it through your week if you don’t follow these 14 comic artists on Instagram. Many adults have fond memories of asking their parents for the comics section of the newspaper on sleepy Sunday mornings. Now, however, most people get their news online, and comics are being consumed digitally as well. With more than 200k Instagram posts tagged with the hashtag #comicstrip, it’s never been easier to get your daily dose of art        …read more

famous refugees

15 Famous Refugees Who’ve Made the World a Better Place

Imagine what the worlds of art, film, music, science and politics would look like without these famous refugees. Refugees have enriched the U.S. as well as countless other countries through their contributions to the arts, sciences and humanities. Here is a comprehensive (but by no means complete) list of famous refugees, in no particular order, who have made the world a better place. 1. Anne Frank Getty Images Perhaps the best-known example of a famous refugee, Anne        …read more

buzz cut

The Female Buzz Cut: A Lazy but Effective Storytelling Device

A comprehensive look at the female buzz cut in pop culture. There is arguably no hairstyle in pop culture that has quite as much meaning as the female buzz cut. A buzz cut on a female character always broadcasts subtext about the heroine and her story, and furthermore it’s almost always the same subtext. That’s not something you can say about any other style or beauty choice in pop culture, whether it’s bangs or a        …read more


Can ‘Westworld’ Flip the Script for Its Female Characters?

HBO’s new series ‘Westworld’ treats its female characters harshly. Will those characters successfully take charge of their own destinies? After the many scenes of gratuitous rape and violence perpetrated against female characters in HBO’s Game of Thrones, it’s not surprising that critics and viewers braced themselves for more of the same from Westworld. From creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, HBO debuted its latest original series October 2, 2016. It is inspired by the 1973 Michael Crichton        …read more

Iris Apfel

95-year-old Iris Apfel Redefines What It Means to Have Style

All hail Iris Apfel, unofficial fashion icon. Every year the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) gives the Fashion Icon Award to someone who stands out for their style and individuality. Past winners include Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Moss, Rihanna and Johnny Depp. This past year, Fashionista editors playfully nominated Iris Apfel for the Fashion Icon Award but it was Beyoncé who took home the statue (which, to be fair, is completely appropriate). It’s        …read more

women's fashion

Women’s Fashion on TV Demonstrates Increasing Diversity of Roles

Women’s fashion on TV is as varied as the female characters portrayed. It used to be that if you were a woman in a TV show, you were probably either a casually dressed homemaker or a businessperson in a work-appropriate power suit — sometimes both. There wasn’t much variation in women’s fashion, from mom jeans to pantsuits, because they represented the miniature boxes that female characters were put in. Now, however, if you flick through        …read more

daily fashion

In Defense of the Daily Fashion Chameleon

Do you crave daily fashion transformations? There is a very large part of me that admires people who find a distinct sense of style for themselves and stick with it. Steve Jobs famously had an entire wardrobe of identical black turtlenecks and blue jeans because it eliminated the need for one extra decision every morning and freed up his mind for more important things. When you think of classic style icons like Jackie O., Audrey        …read more

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The Fashion Industry Is on the Cusp of a Major Evolution

Get ready for a more diverse, ethical, eco-friendly fashion industry. If you could change one thing about the fashion industry, what would it be? Reasonable answers to that question range from making fashion more environmentally friendly to allowing for more inclusion of diversity in terms of sizing or ethnicity. One answer that doesn’t make sense, however, is “nothing.” Whether you work in the fashion industry, simply enjoy shopping and reading fashion blogs, or barely even shop        …read more