I am excited to announce that I’ve launched a new column on Channillo called Everything She’s Not. It’s a feminist pop culture column focused on representations of femme-identified characters and artists that defy expectations and shatter stereotypes. I’ve always been a little obsessed with zeitgeist (lowercase) and cultural consciousness, the ways our media and stories creep into “real life,” and reading criticism by bell hooks, Camille Paglia, and contemporary writers like Hanif Abdurraqib, Jessica Hopper, and Kameron Hurley has emboldened me to start taking my thoughts seriously enough to publish. More than just obsessing over what’s trending, I think the best critical writing on movies, TV, music, what have you, puts its subject’s messages into a cultural context that holds the creator and the audience accountable for the ways they interact with it and opens it up for discussion.
Not to mention all the badass characters, musicians, writers, and artist types busting open the idea of what it means to be a woman. My first post is on Meg Murry from the 2018 adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time (which I loved!) and I have a long list of potentials that I’m going to be checking out for future installments: Janelle Monáe’s Dirty Computer, Lorraine Broughton from Atomic Blonde, musicians Princess Nokia, Lana Del Rey, my girl Lady Gaga, and some surprise throwbacks. I would love suggestions on more femme badassery to check out, so please shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I’ll be posting new entries about every two weeks. You will need a Channillo membership to read past the first one, but it’s only $4.99/mo. and includes access to a bunch of other great creative and editorial series. You’ll get notifications through the site when I post new columns, or you can follow me on Twitter (@MidwestMadGirl). I hope you join me on this new venture into cultural criticism!