The never-ending debate about rape scenes and trigger warnings is about why art matters and who gets to decide what it’s worth.

The only movie I ever walked out on was Kill Bill: Vol. 1, back in 2003. The problem began in the first act, during the monologue in which a nurse tells a man all the ways he is, and is not, allowed to rape the comatose Beatrix Kiddo. No punching…

Let’s have some compassion for the real victims — comedians who sometimes get criticized online.

Hello! It’s me, your favorite affable, unthreatening white male comedian. You may remember me from such bits as “Star Wars — Wow,” “White Male Nerds (are Victims),” and “The Comedy Special Where I Say ‘Tranny’ A Lot While Complaining About Wokeness.” …

When my suicidal ideation came back, I told myself it was just the pandemic. Then I actually got help.

The winter solstice is a turning point in the year; the longest night, when the year turns on its hinge and swings back toward summer. It means that the darkest part is already over, I told my daughter.

“Succession” and “The Great” both tell stories about men eclipsed by more powerful wives. Only one show thinks that’s a bad thing.

My brother, lover, and alternate self Tom Wambsgans takes a phone call.

At least once per week, I feel an overwhelming sense of personal and spiritual unity with Tom Wambsgans, a fictional character on the TV show Succession. I’m starting to wonder if this is good for me, or for men in general.

The viewer is not meant to identify with any…

THIS IS US

I’ve always assumed the right to change my body. With the fall of Roe v. Wade, my daughter won’t have that right.

I’ve been thinking, lately, about who I’ve allowed to change my body. I don’t wear a wedding ring, though my husband wears his; I don’t like jewelry. It’s uncomfortable, and I always lose it. I have a tattoo of a rose on my forearm, which I got the day after…

In which I am forced, once again, to set achievable goals

Two very adorable young boys (?), headed to a future full of mutually enabled sex crime.

Look: This is not the subject I want to be covering this morning. It is probably not the subject I ought to be covering this morning. Roe v. Wade is facing a direct challenge in the Supreme Court, it is likely to be formally overruled in the near future, people…

Rowling casts herself as a feminist heroine bedeviled by the trans — but the damage TERFs do to feminism is worse than anything her critics could manage.

A woman takes a photo of the Hogwarts set, a crime punishable by death.

I do not want to talk about J.K. Rowling. The once-beloved, castle-dwelling author, now the world’s most famous TERF, posted a Twitter thread on Monday in which she claimed, not for the first time, that trans people were a violent mob. …

Jude Ellison S. Doyle

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.

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