By Sara Hashemi
by Meagen Tajalle
by Orlando Mendiola
by Aaron Sánchez Guerra
by Rebecca Rosén
by Katherine Clowater
On Haircuts and Himbos
By Bailey Herdé | "This is the thing about Cappie that draws you in, more so than the charm, more so than the hair: he cares. And, unlike so many men his age — unlike so many men, period — he isn’t afraid to show it."
“They’re All Gonna Laugh at You”: The Cynicism of Adolescence in ‘Carrie’
By Samantha Vargas | "We know Carrie wants to fit in, but other than gain social acceptance, she doesn’t exist outside of the confines of her high school torment. In the realm of this film, Carrie simply exists to suffer, react, and then eventually burn out."
Teens, Dystopia, and the Art of Rebellion
By Georiga Davis | "If teenagers rebel, it is often against an older authority, whether it be their parents, their teachers or society itself … So, transferring this generational battle of power to the realm of dystopia – where these establishments reign supreme – only seems natural."
Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Drivers License’ and High-School Era Nostalgia
By Isabella Rosete | "The careful intimacy evident in these varied approaches serves to render the suburban experience at once universal, and incredibly personal."
On Watching White Girls
By Sara Hashemi | "When you aren’t white and you’re looking to see yourself in these movies, watching them is like staring into a broken mirror. I’m searching for a reflection, but it can never be accurate."
“The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all”: Why Princess Mia belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
By Samantha Vargas | "Just like every other Marvel figurehead, Mia’s strength comes from her inherent desire to help people beyond herself."
“Because you saw me when I was invisible”: Clumsy Adolescent Love in ‘The Princess Diaries’
By Rebecca Rosén | "The film is a sweet depiction of the trembling first steps you take as you try to navigate your first feelings of love … [and to] find people who accept and love you as you are."
Finding Your Person: Platonic Soulmates in the Films of Greta Gerwig
By Claire White | "By bringing attention to these deep and meaningful relationships, Gerwig’s films show us that these close friendships [are] important and worthy of attention."
From Dream Houses to Razzles: An Ode to Matt Flamhaff from ’13 Going on 30′
By Katherine Clowater | "For her to share [Razzles] with him as an adult is not only self-acceptance for Jenna but an acceptance of Matt’s love, and a silent reciprocation of it too."
‘The Hunger Games’ and Compulsory Heterosexuality
By Jo Reid | "The first time she outwardly shows romantic affection to Peeta is when she needs medicine, and so she kisses him…Performing romantic love is established as a necessary tool for survival."