Sound the air horn and let the confetti fly, Dahlia and Amy talk about Beyoncé’s beautiful pregnancy announcement and what’s behind the imagery with Cate Young, Bitch Media’s 2016 Pop Culture Criticism Fellow. Check out Cate’s piece, “Black Venus: The Symbolism of Beyoncé’s Pregnancy Photos.” They also look at the “heated debate” between Jessica Williams and Salma Hayek at a Sundance luncheon, and how you don’t have to be a white woman to practice White Feminism. Check out this great response from Jenn M. Jackson, “A Square Peg at the Roundtable: On Jessica Williams and Why Black Women Are Not Here to Save You.” Plus: a new segment to look at some awful Trump-related news, in Mr. Toad Trump’s Wild Ride. If you’d like help with compartmentalizing all of the terrible Trump news, check out What The Fuck Just Happened Today?
This episode of Backtalk is sponsored by the book Dead Feminists. Although some have claimed that feminism lost in 2016, the historic heroines of Dead Feminists are proof that sometimes the long arc of history is marked by brief losses before there can be meteoric progress. With a foreword by Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman, this illuminating look at 27 women who’ve changed the world is based on the beloved Dead Feminists letterpress poster series and features broadside art alongside feminist history to help illustrate a better future by tying together past challenges with today’s issues.
Published by Sasquatch Books in Seattle, Dead Feminists is available wherever books are sold.
On each episode, we share one thing we saw, read, and heard this week.
SAW: The BBC documentary, “Hypernormalisation,” is a must watch in these tough times.
READ: Bookmark this to return to over and over again: “Why Punching Nazis is Not Only Ethical, But Imperative,” by Katherine Cross.
HEARD: Oxford, Mississipi’s own Fat Possum Record artist Kadhja Bonet’s soothing, vintage sounds of “Fairweather Friend.”
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