Backtalk: Get Out & Uber Sexism


This week, Dahlia and Amy are very excited to be spoiling Jordan Peele’s debut film, Get Out, and to do a deep dive into all of the layers of celluloid. Get Out is full of memorable performances, a scary movie that reveals the horrors of racism, the compounding effects of microaggressions, and the brutal legacy of the enslavement of Africans in American history. And they discuss recent blog posts exposing systemic issues of sexism at Uber by woman engineer by Susan J. Fowler and how it’s even perpetuated by women managers who create hostile work environments for female engineers. Plus: the latest on Mr. Toad Trump’s Wild Ride, they discuss the latest stories of ICE raids across the country and an update on the next steps of protecting the water protectors who were recently removed from Standing Rock. 

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

SAW: Dahlia is really into the HBO series Big Little Lies, a drama about the drama of domestic life by the sea. This show reminded her of famed director Mike Nichols (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Graduate) who said, “There are only three kinds of scenes: a fight, a seduction or a negotiation,” and Big Little Lies is brimming with them. 

READ: Britney Cooper’s sharp look on “Why It’s Important to Recognize That ‘Moonlight’ Was Robbed Of Its Moment” after the snafu at the Oscars when the film was awarded Best Picture. More great reading: “Moonlight, Trayvon, the Oscars, and America’s Fear of Black Boys” by Steven Thrasher, and Hilton Als’s “The Black/White Oscars Moment That Really Hit Me Last Night” in the New Yorker

HEARD: Anohni’s track “Paradise” is described as “dystopian life filled with horror, awe, comfort and threat,” to be released on the eponymous EP to be released on March 17th.  

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