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New Statesman: Hugh Hefner’s influence lives on in his particular brand of ‘feminism’

It’s Hefner’s puritanism – not his liberalism – that’s keeping so many of us in check today.

New Statesman: Despite his “strong female leads”, Joss Whedon’s feminism was never about real women

Many men in TV and film praised for their powerful women are still writing with the male gaze.

The Pool: The dangerous hollowness of Netflix’s eating-disorder drama, To The Bone

To The Bone dodges the real issues about eating disorders.

New Statesman: Why is the Handmaid’s Tale claimed as feminist, when it’s deeply ambivalent about the movement?

The scapegoating of the anti-porn movement, Offred’s longing for hand cream - these feel like digs at second-wave feminists.

New Statesman: How feminist was Disney’s original Beauty and the Beast?

A critique with hindsight.

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