Backtalk: Black Mirror & Standing Rock Arrests

Amy and Sarah talk about this week in feminist and pop culture. On the docket this week: The surreal brilliance of Black Mirror, a show that forces us to think about the way technology shapes our emotional lives. Then, we talk about the role race places in the treatment of the... Read more »

Backtalk: Trump's Terribleness and Feminist Horror Films

A true Halloween horror show! We discuss the horrors of Donald Trump and how traumatic it is for many women to read every day about news of his history of sexual assault and harassment. Then, we talk with resident horror film buff Dahlia Grossman-Heinze about recommendations from our... Read more »

Backtalk: White Fragility & South Africa's Queer Femme Web Series

Amy and Sarah get into the nitty gritty of calling out the centering of white voices in popular media, and chat with our special guest and Bitch Media Global Feminism fellow Maneo Mohale about the queer web series of South Africa. Read more »

Backtalk: Standing Rock & Murders by Police

Amy and Sarah talk about white supremacy, environmental racism, and state-sanctioned murders by law enforcement. They discuss the different media coverage of the protest at by the ... Read more »

Backtalk: Kaepernick’s Protest & Freelance Writer Problems

Amy and Sarah talk about big feelings on activist athletes. They dig into the media coverage of Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem and highlight what it means that soccer star Megan Rapinoe took a knee in solidarity with him. Then, they discuss the gender... Read more »

Backtalk: Ryan Lochte & Prison Reform

Amy and Sarah chat with each other from across the country in this episode! We talk about the recent fiasco with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lying about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio, casting a negative light on Brazil while reinforcing the “ugly American” abroad stereotype. And we dig into the U... Read more »

Backtalk: "Stranger Things" & Women at the Olympics

A 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... Read more »

Backtalk: Summer Music We Love!

This week’s episode of Backtalk is a special summer music edition! Sarah and Amy each highlight five new-ish songs they love that we’ll be listening to all summer long. Looking for new music? You’re in the right place. Chill out and turn up the volume as we share some good tunes,... Read more »

Backtalk: Letting Go of Likability

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... Read more »

Backtalk: Game of Thrones & xoJane

This week, we talk about burning down the patriarchy in Game of Thrones and how the show’s female characters have evolved this season. Then, we discuss the desctructive clickbait culture seen in many online outlets—most specifically, xoJane, which published an... Read more »

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