Backtalk: Letting Go of Likability

On Backtalk, Bitch Media editors Amy and Sarah talk about current feminism and pop culture. This week, we’re joined by the hosts of podcast Good Muslim/Bad Muslim, Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorkbakhsh, to talk about how gender and race impact who’s seen as “likable”—and what that means both for Hillary Clinton and for the rest of us. At last summer’s Girls Write Now awards ceremondy, Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said, “If you start thinking about being likable you are not going to tell your story honestly, because you are going to be so concerned with not offending, and that’s going to ruin your story, so forget about likability.” Adichie called bullshit on likability—and we agree. 

On Backtalk, we always share one thing we read, heard, and saw this week. 

HEARD: Groove with Adia Victoria’s country and blues-inspired, “gauzy” track, “Dead Eyes.

READ: Swipe right on Moira Weigel’s book Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating.

SAW: Comedian Maria Bamford’s new Netflix show, Lady Dynamite, is about a performer who is living with bipolar disorder—in a funny way! Check out the trailer below:

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Amy Lam was a contributing editor and co-host of Backtalk at Bitch Media. Find her at & Twitter / Instagram.

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