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ROSEMARY’S BABY and the War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Roman Polanski — perhaps the most unlikely commentator on women’s rights — made ROSEMARY’s BABY at an idealistic time. In 1960, the first birth control pill Enovid was placed on the pharmaceutical market thanks in part to Margaret Sanger. While “the pill” was originally prescribed for menstrual disorders and irregularities most women were secretly using […]

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Why the Politics of AMERICAN PSYCHO Are Shockingly Relevant Today

Since I choose to actively eschew the word “controversial,” I elect to describe famed 52-year-old novelist Bret Easton Ellis as “confrontational.” Ellis is a direct author who aims to shake readers from their societal complacency by peeling back all the wet, fleshy layers of good decorum to reveal the blackened, hedonistic, selfish heart of a […]

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Midian is Burning: Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED and Hatred in the 21st Century

I have long been a fan of Clive Barker’s work. It started in high school with THE DAMNATION GAME and continued all the way though his movies, books, comics, and video games. One of the main reasons his work has stayed with me, and I with it, is his celebration of “The Other”: a sympathetic […]