Noah Berlatsky

Noah Berlatsky

Bio

Noah Berlatsky is a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He edits the online comics-and-culture website The Hooded Utilitarian and is the author of the forthcoming book Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948.

Noah Berlatsky Articles

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Michelle Rodriguez Is Right (And Wrong) About Race And Superheroes

Rodriguez is confused when she says that people want her to steal white people's superheroes. But she also has a point.

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The Virtues Of A Lazy Marriage

Lower your standards, live in moderate amounts of filth, and go to bed early. The cat will thank you.

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Kathleen Gilles Seidel: Romance Novelist

english lit academic. wish fulfiller. thwarted world-changer.

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Is Childbearing Actually Oppressive?

"Childbearing [is] barbaric and pregnancy should be abolished," wrote radical feminist theorist Shulamith Firestone in The Dialectic of Sex.

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Comic Heroine Ms. Marvel Fights Islamophobia On Streets Of San Francisco

Bus ads comparing Muslims to Hitler have been replaced with images of a superhero. And not just any superhero.

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Batman, Superguys, And The Man In Bam!

Did the classic Adam West Batman show strike a blow (Kerwhap!) for feminism?

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The Subversive Gender Message In Mariah Carey's Latest Music Video

Sex and bodies don't clarify gender; they confuse the issue.

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Big Bad Choice Words: Salon Calls Nicki Minaj's Rant "Savage" 

"The look on Miley's face during Nicki Minaj's savage, expletive-laden rant says it all," Salon tweeted the day after the VMAs. Less than 140 characters, but still enough to link a black woman to a longstanding racial slur.

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The Castrating Power Of The Femme Fatale: Ex Machina

Their sexuality traps and destroys male innocence, as they grad hold, by the penis- the better to lead him to castration. Make no mistake that castration is greeted with fear, terror, and disgust—but also with glee. Women as super villains allow their characters to be super powerful; a force for evil is at least a force. In a media landscape where women are often rendered secondary, invisible, and passive, the femme fatale, in her icy violence, seizes female agency along with the phallus that she so efficiently cuts off.

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The Real Problem With Starbucks' Race Together Program? Classism 

Talking about race can get you into a lot of trouble . . . especially if you don't have a lot of class power or status.

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