About The Writer

 
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Pop culture does not exist in a vacuum. It is a feedback loop that is both sustained by and contributes to the way we see ourselves as a culture, and in relation to each other.
— Cate Young

Cate Young is a freelance writer based in Trinidad and Tobago and the creator of BattyMamzelle; a feminist pop culture blog focused on film, television, music and critical commentary on media representation. Her writing has dealt particularly with the intersection of race, gender and sexuality, and many of her most popular essays introduce an intersectional analysis to discussions of pop culture.

Her 2014 essay "This Is What I Mean When I Say White Feminism" continues to be cited around the web as an explainer on intersectionality and her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Bitch Magazine, Man Repeller, Vulture, Jezebel and NYLON. She has been quoted in Mic.com, The LA Times and The AFP, and her essays have been used in college syllabi around the world. 

In 2016, she served as the inaugural Pop-Culture Criticism Fellow for Bitch Media where she wrote about representations of black women in pop culture.

In 2017 she appeared as a panelist in the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival’s “The Power of Women In Film” panel hosted by UN Women, the Institute for Gender and Development Studies and the University of the West Indies.

In 2018, she was invited to attend and cover TIFF as an emerging voice in film criticism as part of the festival's effort to spotlight critics from underrepresented backgrounds through their Share Her Journey  venture.

Cate has a BA in Photojournalism from Boston University and a Masters in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester. Her focus is on media representation, its wider influence, and its power to changed social attitudes.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE

As a writer, I have extensive experience writing for digital audiences about feminism, pop culture, television and film. I am always available for assignments about race, representation, feminism and general cultural criticism. Examples of my past work can be found below. For editors interested in soliciting pitches, please use the form on this page.

Film Criticism

My film reviews are framed in a feminist media studies context. Examining film texts from the perspective of race and representation and the political economy of the film industry is also a key component of my work, as can be seen in my reviews of the films Get Out, Mad Max Fury Road and What Happened To Monday.

 

Television Criticism

As a feminist writer I'm very invested in the stories that are privileged as we approach #peakTV. My television reviews take a wider look at the context in which television is produced, the stories that are told, the tropes that are recycled and how they are subverted or reinforced, as can be seen in my reviews of The Handmaid's Tale, The Flash and Still Star-Crossed.

Music Criticism

Music is a critical part of how we all experience pop culture. I explore the way cultural context can change our relationship to the music we love and the mediated images and celebrity narratives that are created around our pop stars with regard to race, class and gender, as seen in my exploration of the media narrative around Kesha's album Rainbow, and my examination of the socio-political implications of Cardi B's public pregnancy.

 

Pop Culture Criticism

These essays take a broader look at current cultural stories and provide a political take on pop culture and celebrity news stories in the news cycle, as seen in this reflection on #MeToo and Aziz Ansari.

Profiles & Interviews

These long form pieces explore an artist's work and ethos from a variety of perspectives, examining their craft and creative philosophy, as seen in this interview with Insecure's Jay Ellis and this profile with Trinidadian designer Keegan Simon.

 

Feminist Theory & Politics

These essays examine specific aspects of the feminist political ideology from an intersectional perspective. Usually in response to current debates within in the ever-fragment movement, I am to bring clarity to how feminists should operationalize their praxis in a way that is equitable for all marginalized communities, as seen in this feature on performative misandry, and this attempt to create a lexical definition of the commonly used term "white feminism."


Pop culture is a massive, ever-increasing catalogue of symbols and meaning and its dissection is anthropology at its most relevant
— Alexis Nedd
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