What Makes the Trophy Wife Such a Prize
The trophy wife: She’s married to a rich, powerful man—possibly decades her senior. And at a glance, this gorgeous woman appears entirely out of her husband’s league. Her beauty adds to his status and social capital – hence the “trophy” part of the label. While the Trophy Wife is technically defined as being a positive status symbol for her partner, the identity often comes with a negative implication that she’s not his intellectual or professional equal or isn’t deserving of the success she gets to enjoy. Here’s our take on who the trophy wife really is – onscreen and off – how the qualities that make her a prize shift over time, and what her evolution says about “ideal” womanhood.
Nepo Babies Are The Symbol Of Our Broken Meritocracy
Nepo babies are everywhere in entertainment these days – from Maude Apatow to Dakota Johnson to Nicolas Cage, one of your favorite actors is probably related to the Hollywood elite. A nepotism baby is the child of wealthy, well-connected parents who are famous or highly successful in the entertainment industry, and the nepo baby experiences an expeditious ascent to fame, wealth, and success – at least in part thanks to their family’s connections and status. For some, the nepo baby is an opulent fantasy; for others, discovering another nepo baby feels like more proof that America’s meritocracy is broken. So what do these stars really say about inequality in entertainment, and in America more broadly?
From Gen-Z and Millennials to Boomers and even… Gen Alpha! Take a trip through time to revisit some of our generation’s greatest challenges in this look at youth, culture, and crisis. Plus, what are the greatest obstacles facing young people today?
Feminism & Pop Culture: The Future Wave
What makes a true modern feminist? We’re unpacking feminism’s many faces, past and present, and how it’s represented in pop culture in order to understand what the reality of supporting all women and gender equality actually looks like.
Iconic Screen Couples
The most fascinating screen couples endear us with their one-of-a-kind relationships. Relive the ups and downs of some of film and TV’s iconic pairings as we investigate the many brands of romance.
The Tropes, Explained Series
Who is the Cool Girl, the Woman-Child, the Nice Guy? Why do we love Bad Boys, Mean Girls, and Femme Fatales? All The Tropes examines some of pop culture’s most common archetypes and narratives, from the Geek to the Strong Black Woman to the Girl Next Door, to better understand the kinds of stories we tell.