Backtalk: “Stranger Things” & Women at the Olympics

After a month-long break, we’re back! Say hello to spoiler-free conversation about gender and race on Netflix show Stranger Things (Winona!). Amy and Sarah also discuss how female athletes are scrutinized during the Olympic games. Plus: Big news about Amy’s life and some love for Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff.


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

READ: Sarah is obsessed with Spanish-language podcast Radio Ambulante and is reading books by the host, Daniel Alarcón. He wrote the first literary graphic novel ever published in Peru: City of Clowns

SAW: Amy explains why The Great British Bake-Off is the best reality cooking show. 

HEARD: We’re bigging the body positive anthem by Ezra Furman, “Body Was Made.” Watch it below! 


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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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Stranger Things

I totally agree about the lack of racial and cultural representation in Stranger Things. It might be pervasive in media but if we need to critique it at every occurrence for that reason. If you don't give entertainment a pass on its sexism and homophobia you shouldn't be giving it a pass on its structural racism.

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