Noah Berlatsky

Noah Berlatsky


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

Yowie, "Yaoi"! Male Fetishization In American Comics And Manga

To read Massive isn't to discover a hidden truth, but to see a massive, obvious fact, bulging out for all the world to see.

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Blues Music's Hidden Queer History

The history of pop music, and of black pop music in particular, has always been gay history.

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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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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.


Pretty Woman At 25: Still A Crass, Degrading Power Fantasy

The rom-com's worshipping of power and wealth comes with a gender twist.

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It's Time To Change How We Look At The Teen Brain

It's worth questioning some of our assumptions about adolescent inferiority.


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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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.

Enslaved or empowered?

Arrests Made At Should Male Prostitution Be Illegal?

Why should prostitution be illegal? And, more specifically why should male prostitution be illegal?


What Happens When Men Cover Female-Penned Songs?

These covers remind us of the lengthy, rich—but often obscured—history of female songwriters.