Backtalk: Adichie's Transphobic Remarks & Trouble at Thinx

This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss the latest in our problematic faves: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s transphobic remarks. Bitch Media’s Global Feminism Writing Fellow, Aqdas Aftab’s piece, “Reading Chimamanda Adichie Today: On Racism & Transphobia in Feminism,” examines how Adichie’s transphobic remarks is within the legacy of feminism itself and what that means for an intersectional, inclusive feminist movement. Thembani Mdluli’s “When Callouts Become Anti-Black: On Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Transphobia, Disposability Culture & British Colonialism” is a thoughtful piece on what it means to “call-in” our own. Dahlia and Amy also talk about the latest news around former Thinx CEO Miki Agrawal who has been accused of sexual harassment and the disconnect of a company that profits off of a so-called feminist ethos but does not treat their employees with the same values they espouse. Plus: this episode’s Mr. Toad Trump’s Wild Ride looks at the House hearings about possible collusion between the Trump camp and Russia with head of FBI James Comey testifying and  the administration’s proposed budget cuts. 


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On each episode, we share one thing we saw, read, and heard this week. 

SAW: Amy is enjoying Netflix’s One Day At a Time, a sitcom about a Cuban-American family with a divorced mom, a spunky abuela, and a teenage feminist daughter! 

READ: Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers by Barbara Ehrenreich (of Nickle and Dimed fame) and Deirdre English is Dahlia’s fave read at the moment because she’ll read anything about witches! 

HEARD: Lizzo stole the show at this year’s SXSW with a sexy and soulful performance of her track, “Worship.” 

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