Backtalk: Actual Bad Feminists

This week, Dahlia and Amy (a.k.a your friendly neighborhood rage cheerleaders) talk about Rose McGowan’s confrontation with trans activist Andi Dier and Katie Roiphe’s “feminist” screed against #MeToo. At a recent stop on her book tour, Dier asked McGowan to explain remarks she made on Rupaul’s podcast about how transwomen didn’t grow up as women. Then they talk about the Roiphe essay you don’t need to read and how exhausting contrarian feminists need to step away from writing unproductive fodder criticizing young women.


WATCH: When you’re in the mood for some sci-fi horror, The Cloverfield Paradox has got dystopic guts and stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw!

READ: For our skin care–loving listeners, some great reads about our self-care ritual: “The Year that Skin Care Became a Coping Mechanism” (The New Yorker), “I Grew Up Aroud Korean Beauty Products. Americans, You’ve Been Had” (New York Times), “Skincare is Good and Also Works” (Racked), and, of course, “The Skincare Con” (Outline).

LISTEN: Dahlia discovered a new-old fave while rewatching an episode of The Real L-Word: moody, broody, and sparkle-y “Emerald Eyes” by Von Iva.


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Amy Lam is Bitch Media’s contributing editor. Find her at @amyadoyzie.

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