Ilana Masad

Eliza Hamilton

Giving Eliza Hamilton the Chill Legacy the Musical Denied Her

Where "Hamilton" tossed Eliza's story aside in favor of her sister, "I, Eliza Hamilton" offers a rare glimpse of Eliza's impact on her husband and in turn, American history.
Ilana Masad
11.8.17
Books

When Totally Normal Books About Girls Turned into 'Beach Reads'

Why did publishers decide that only women took books on vacation?
Ilana Masad
6.20.17
Culture

How Women Are Reinventing Fairy Tales and Deflowering Tradition

From Helen Oyeyemi to Angela Carter, female writers subvert classic stories like "Snow White" and "The Little Mermaid" to comment on sex, race, and gender.
Ilana Masad
3.31.17
Broadly

A Genetic Illness So Rare Only One Family Carries It

For five generations, members of writer Joselin Linder's family suffered from strange symptoms. Now, doctors have finally isolated the genetic variant that caused her father's and uncle's deaths, leaving Linder aware of her own mortality.
Ilana Masad
3.15.17
Comics!

Inside the Anti-Trump Comics Collection 'Resist!'

The tabloid newspaper, featuring the work of mostly women artists, will be handed out during the inauguration.
Ilana Masad
1.19.17
westworld

​What the Hell Is Going to Happen in Season Two of 'Westworld'?

The bloody conclusion to the first season leaves us with a wide-open world and a whole lot of questions.
Ilana Masad
12.6.16
westworld

There's a Good Reason for All the Nudity on 'Westworld'

Unlike 'Game of Thrones,' the popular show’s nudity serves not so much to desensitize nudity, but to desexualize it.
Ilana Masad
12.1.16
Stuff

Tig Notaro's TV Show Is Great Because She Nearly Died

The comedian's new semi-autobiographical show is a moving, darkly funny look at death, double mastectomies, and intestinal disease.
Ilana Masad
9.15.16
Film

Justice Porn: Why You're So Obsessed with 'Law & Order: SVU'

Shows like "Law & Order: SVU" offer viewers a brand of escapism that, instead of avoiding social issues, imagines a world where heinous crimes like rape are dealt with fairly.
Ilana Masad
9.7.16
Radio

The Forgotten Queer Woman Who Revolutionized Radio

Hilda Matheson basically created talk radio, the predecessor of podcasts, as we know it. But she doesn't even have her own Wikipedia page.
Ilana Masad
6.13.16
Interviews

'The Only Lesbian in America' on How This Generation Has Gone Soft

Rita Mae Brown's iconic lesbian coming-of-age novel, "Rubyfruit Jungle," sold millions of copies when it debuted in 1973. We caught up with the author—as renowned for her feminist activism as for her writing—to see how she thinks we've been doing since.
Ilana Masad
6.6.16
Culture

'Write What's Tearing at Your Heart': Feminist Ana Castillo on Writing Her Rape

In her new memoir "Black Dove," poet, novelist, and academic Ana Castillo delves into deeply personal topics, including her son's incarceration, the discrimination she faced within the feminist community, and her sexual assault.
Ilana Masad
5.10.16
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