Sophie Gilbert was nominated as a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for her witty and insightful writing on pop culture and literature. A staff writer at The Atlantic Since 2016, Gilbert has explored gender norms, feminism, beauty culture, motherhood and more with moral clarity and an inimitable voice. goodbye game of Thrones 10 years after its debut, she argued that the show’s depictions of sexual violence are still affecting the small screen. Rape on television, she wrote, is still “the klaxon for supposed narrative fearlessness, the device that humanizes ‘difficult’ women and lends supposed texture to vulnerable women.” And about Season 3 of successor, she memorably remarked: “The marriage between Shiv Roy and Tom Wambsgans is built on mutual ambition and cold white wine at this point, and the wine has gone poisonously sour, to say the least.” Read more of Gilbert’s work:
Marilyn Manson told us what he was
A new HBO documentary chronicles actor Evan Rachel Wood’s attempts to seek justice for alleged abuse.
Curse of the Bomb of the 90’s
In a new miniseries, the Pamela Anderson-Tommy Lee sex tape isn’t just a tabloid frenzy. It’s a moment that actually changed the world.
Evil Mother’s Redemption
Two recent works challenge the longstanding pact of American motherhood: we give mothers nothing and expect everything in return.
The problem with Emily Ratajkowski My body
The model and actor’s new collection of essays is a fascinatingly solipsistic portrait of the tension between empowerment and objectification.
The Tragedy of Tom and Shiv
The only real relationship on successor is a marriage completely corrupted by the family business.
The dark side of fitness culture
The Apple TV+ series Physically is a reminder that making people hate their bodies is a thriving pillar of American commerce.
What the sexual violence of game of Thrones fathered
Ten years after the hit series debuted, television’s reliance on rape culture still feels exploitative.
The literature abuser trope is everywhere
A body of recent work—some memoir, some fictional—points to the unique ways in which teachers and mentors can manipulate their power.
The endless attacks on girlhood
Rape culture permeates youth. The lessons it teaches girls cast long shadows.
Becoming a parent during the pandemic has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done
Practically nobody knows this completely different person that I have become since my birth.
How to tell the story of a cult
Two documentaries about NXIVM ask a question: are the people who escaped from a controlling organization the most reliable sources of what happened to them?
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