Kelsea Stahler
Kelsea is a contributing editor at Bustle in Los Angeles and has written for Vulture, The Date Report, Nerve, The Frisky, CMJ, TV Without Pity, and Hollywood.com. She frequently worships at the altars of Star Wars, Daenerys Targaryen, and really delicious cheeseburgers.

We Need To Talk About That Brutal Disney Song Parody In ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’

Here’s the thing about Disney making fun of itself in its latest movie, Ralph Breaks The Internet: it’s so good, I’m almost mad about it. Almost. As a lifelong Disney kid, I’ve often prided myself on my ability to lovingly take jabs at the Disney…
By Kelsea Stahler

Why The ‘Suspiria’ Choreography Isn’t About The Male Gaze — Even With All That Nudity

There’s an alert system that we feminists have in our heads when we’re watching anything from a simple soap commercial to a Netflix series or a freaky, full-length feature film. Certain signals will raise our spidey senses, alerting us that some…
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‘Suspiria’ Has No Feminist Moral & That’s Exactly Why It Matters

Spoilers about the end of Suspiria will follow. You’d be forgiven for assuming that a 2018 film starring multiple women who can be described as acting powerhouses and centering on a coven of witches parading as a dance company in Berlin would likely…
By Kelsea Stahler

'Ralph Breaks The Internet' Might Make You Actually Love The Internet Again

The trouble with the new Wreck-It Ralph sequel taking beloved Disney characters into the internet is that, well, the internet is kind of an awful place these days. Twitter and Facebook are increasingly toxic platforms, conversations between members…
By Kelsea Stahler

The Reason 'Practical Magic' Is Still The Ultimate Halloween Movie Has Nothing To Do With Magic

There are plenty of reasons that Practical Magic endures as a Halloween classic. The '90s movie takes place in an idyllic New England mansion with a perfect farmhouse kitchen; numerous scenes are set in October with a black kitten climbing through…
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How Michelle Williams Snuck Progressive Sexual Politics Into A Big Budget Comic Book Movie

Mild spoilers for Venom will follow. If you’ve followed her career, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Venom star Michelle Williams doesn’t appear to be the type who’d take on the role of an (anti) superhero’s love interest in a splashy Marvel…
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Kathryn Hahn's New Movie Gets Real About What Women Face When They Wait To Have Kids

If there’s one thing you can be sure of when talking to actor Kathryn Hahn, it’s that she’s going to give it to you straight. When I arrive to speak to her at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, she’s ditched her junket attire (a very tight…
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The 'Felicity' Episode About Julie's Rape Shows Exactly Why Victims Don't Come Forward

Imagine a single episode of television that, in just 45 minutes, explains how it is that a woman can be unsure of the severity of a sexual assault, why she might hesitate to report it, and what roadblocks and consequences she might face if she…
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Jane Fonda On Being An Activist For The Past 60 Years: "I Go Full Throttle"

You could say Jane Fonda is fed up: with the current administration, with the fact that so few people vote in midterm elections, and with the way female farmworkers are treated in the U.S. But don’t, for a second, make the mistake of thinking the…
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How That Hilarious Disney Princess Scene In 'Wreck-It Ralph 2' Actually Made It Into The Movie

To say that Disney rules the world might not be entirely accurate, but there are certainly times when it at least feels accurate. The mega company owns some of the biggest fandom properties in the world, runs theme parks, and has pretty much…
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Here's Why Cinderella Suddenly Has Ears In 'Wreck-It Ralph 2', According To The Filmmakers

Like the rest of the internet, you may have looked at one of the Disney princesses in the Ralph Breaks The Internet trailer a little differently when the teaser came out in June. And it's understandable, because one of them sported a very different…
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'Bojack Horseman' Fails To Fix Its Toxic Masculinity In Season 5. That's Entirely The Point.

Spoilers ahead for BoJack Horseman Season 5. As St. Vincent's "Los Ageless" plays over the opening scene of BoJack Horseman Season 5 and sexy fish dancers entertain a party full of Hollywoo hobnobbers, one thing is entirely clear: Netflix's bonkers…
By Kelsea Stahler

Seeing Double: Jennifer Garner & Stuntwoman Shauna Duggins

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Jennifer Garner's Stunt Double (And Friend) Shauna Duggins Is A Total Boss In Her Own Right

While her last few years as an actor have been decidedly less action-heavy, Jennifer Garner is a known badass on the big and small screens. She became famous for playing the indomitable Sydney Bristowe on Alias, where she kicked and punched her way…
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Celina Kimelman Is Bringing Sex & Body Positivity Back To The Lingerie Industry

Combining the delicate, lace world of luxury lingerie with a BDSM aesthetic shouldn't be rule-breaking, and yet, it is. Using a diverse range of models and body types to sell that lingerie shouldn't be rule-breaking, and yet, it is. And bringing…
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The California Wine World Is Still Dominated By Men. That Didn't Stop Amy Atwood From Building An Empire

When she was a child, wine maven Amy Atwood associated wine with fancy occasions. Growing up in Dallas, Texas, she says, her parents would always break out the vino for dinner parties or other social occasions. Little did she know, as she watched…
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'Skate Kitchen' Director Crystal Moselle Is Killing It — Even If She Doesn't Believe It Yet

In the film world, "killing it" takes a lot of different forms. You could be killing it if you're being commissioned to write or direct a slew of big blockbuster films, raking in the cash by the fistful. Or maybe, you're one of five people likely to…
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How 'Blavity' Co-Founder Morgan DeBaun Became One Of The Most Important Women In Silicon Valley

Sure, everyone's got an idea for a startup or an app — the thing that would make them bank and give their name some luster — if only they followed through. Well, Morgan DeBaun and her Blavity co-founders actually followed through on their…
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Vanessa Hudgens Is Designing A Suit Line & You're Going To Love Her Reason Why

While fans mostly know her for being part of one of the most beloved Disney Channel Original Movies of all time (hello, High School Musical) and for her acting and singing chops (see: Fox’s Grease: Live! and GiGi on Broadway for starters), Vanessa…
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Gemma Chan Wants You To Know 'Crazy Rich Asians' Is Not A Princess Fantasy Rom-Com

If you only see the trailer, Crazy Rich Asians certainly appears to embody the princess fantasy that's caused so many women to roll their eyes for years. As the title suggests, Constance Wu's main character, Rachel, is dropped into a world of…
By Kelsea Stahler