Noah Berlatsky

Noah Berlatsky

Bio

Noah Berlatsky is a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He edits the online comics-and-culture website The Hooded Utilitarian and is the author of the forthcoming book Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter Comics, 1941-1948.

Noah Berlatsky Articles

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The Virtues Of A Lazy Marriage

Lower your standards, live in moderate amounts of filth, and go to bed early. The cat will thank you.

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On Sexual Power, Mike Huckabee, Beyoncé—And Wonder Woman

Rather than seeing Beyoncé's sexual performance as linked to destruction, we can consider whether eroticism might be an alternative to violence.

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Outlander, Romance Fiction—And Why We Fantasize About Infidelity

Illicit passions aren't less enjoyable because they're illicit. Quite the contrary.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Disappoints: Lupita Nyong’o's Character Is Computer-Generated

Last year there was much excitement at the announcement that Lupita Nyong'o was going to play a major role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — the first Black woman to star in the franchise.

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What A Bad Jason Isbell Concert Taught Me About Marriage

Irritation is the way of all flesh. The question is, if you're going to be annoyed for all of eternity, who do you want to be doing the annoying?

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Michelle Rodriguez Is Right (And Wrong) About Race And Superheroes

Rodriguez is confused when she says that people want her to steal white people's superheroes. But she also has a point.

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The Problem With Happily Ever After In Romance Fiction 

Some love stories don't end happily. So why do so many romance novels insist they do?

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The Strange Intersection Of Anti-Semitism And Anti-Blackness Racism

If you want America to relearn how to hate white Jews, the quickest way to do that is to associate them with black people.

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On Daredevil, Heroism, And Our Need For Injustice

Daredevil focuses on the dynamics of heroism—the display of strength and violence as a way to distance oneself from weakness.

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The Castrating Power Of The Femme Fatale: Ex Machina

Their sexuality traps and destroys male innocence, as they grad hold, by the penis- the better to lead him to castration. Make no mistake that castration is greeted with fear, terror, and disgust—but also with glee. Women as super villains allow their characters to be super powerful; a force for evil is at least a force. In a media landscape where women are often rendered secondary, invisible, and passive, the femme fatale, in her icy violence, seizes female agency along with the phallus that she so efficiently cuts off.

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