Backtalk: This is What White-Supremacist Terrorism Looks Like

This week, Dahlia and Amy are heartbroken over the spate of mass murders at the hands of white men with assault weapons. They talk about the importance of naming the acts of violence as white supremacist terrorism and how marginalized people across all communities are left vulnerable. Plus, we take a moment to celebrate the life and work of Toni Morrison, whose words and stories have forever shifted how we understand our world—for the better.

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ESPN’s short documentary, A Long Embrace, is a look at how Shelly Pennefather’s life transformed from being a women’s college basketball star to pledging to a life of asceticism in a monastery.


In They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez, an unexpected friendship between two teen girls magnificently illuminates the delicate dance between class privilege and familial expectations.


“Teenage Heartbreak” by Yuna will take you right back to the thick of crushes and romantic longing.


This week’s episode of Backtalk is sponsored by Superfit Hero, which is female-founded, women-run, and on a mission to make fitness more inclusive with premium performance wear size zero to 30. Save 15 percent with code BACKTALK at


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Amy Lam is Bitch Media’s contributing editor. Find her at @amyadoyzie.

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Dahlia Balcazar is a contributing editor at Bitch Media. She’s passionate about horror films, ’90s music, girl gangs, and Shirley Jackson. She is the artist formerly known as Dahlia Grossman-Heinze. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.