• I Don’t Need Adornments: On Phantom Thief Jeanne’s Maron Kusakabe

    I Don’t Need Adornments: On Phantom Thief Jeanne’s Maron Kusakabe0

    Content Warning: This piece contains discussion of rape. Recently, I changed the wallpaper on my phone to Phantom Thief Jeanne, the titular heroine of Arina Tanemura’s ’90s manga series Phantom Thief Jeanne. It was beautiful, but I soon wanted to change it to Maron Kusakabe, Phantom Thief Jeanne’s civilian identity. This was due to the fact

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  • Remembering Charlee Jacob: Vestal

    Remembering Charlee Jacob: Vestal0

    Charlee Jacob’s vampire novel Vestal was published in 2005, the same year that Stephenie Meyer gave vampires a newfound popularity with Twilight. Jacob had tackled vampires before, of course: her debut novel This Symbiotic Fascination was in part a vampire tale, and she also wrote enough vampire short stories to fill an entire anthology, The

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  • [Patreon Exclusive] The Marvel Girl Next Door by Kayleigh Hearn

    [Patreon Exclusive] The Marvel Girl Next Door by Kayleigh Hearn0

    Our monthly Patron-exclusive essay series continues. You can read all of these incredible analyses for as little as a dollar a month on our Patreon. There are remarkable green dresses that linger in our pop culture memory. Scarlett O’Hara draped in mountains of velvet. Jennifer Lopez wearing Versace, her neckline plunging perilously low. Kiera Knightly in

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