Backtalk: May Day & Handmaid Horrors

This week, Amy and Dahlia talk about May Day activism across the globe and the difficulties and opportunities in imagining work systems that work better. And they dig into The Handmaid’s Tale series, examining the novel’s grounding in anti-Blackness, as well as where the show diverges from the novel and what that might mean for the future of Gilead (hopefully that Offred leads the resistance and shows us how to take down a fascist authoritarian regime). In Mr. Toad Trump’s Wild Ride, they reflect on 100 days of the world’s oldest toddler being in charge of an entire country.

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

SAW: Dear White People has arrived on Netflix. You might recall the 2014 film of the same name, but the series about Black students at an Ivy League university will expand way beyond the scope of the movie.

READ: Poet Patricia Lockwood’s memoir Priestdaddy about growing up with a father who is also a Catholic priest is the funniest thing Dahlia has read in ages. Think of any situation between a daughter and father that might be awkward, and then add the fact that this father is also a Father to get an idea of how awkward and hilarious things can get.

HEARD: We’re listening to Saudi-born singer Rotana’s new song “The Cure.”

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Dahlia Balcazar was a senior editor at Bitch Media, the co-host of the podcast Backtalk, and the host of the live show Feminist Snack Break. She’s passionate about horror films, ’90s music, girl gangs, and Shirley Jackson. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

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