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The Scariest Thing About ‘Alien’ Is How Real It’s Become

Ridley Scott’s space horror classic just turned 40. It’s never been more relevant to our debates over sex, gender, and reproductive rights.

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WWhen Alien debuted in 1979, the sexual revolution seemed like a done deal. It was released in a post-feminist, post-birth-control-pill…




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Jude Ellison S. Doyle

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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