Bitch Media’s twice monthly feminist pop culture podcast Popaganda, as well as fresh stories from our friends at Audio Smut. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

Popaganda: You Feel Me?

Popaganda is back! In this episode, we’re going to be talking about an emotion you’ve probably heard a lot about lately: empathy. The way we talk about it, it’s almost like a superpower: it’s like we want to believe that the cure to political divisiveness, racism, and even war lies in the act of imagining exactly how someone else feels. But is empathy really going to save the world?  

Popaganda: Labor of Love

Why do romance novels get such a bad rap? The genre is often maligned as being inferior to more “literary” writing, but there’s so much more to it than shirtless cowboys and inaccurate portrayals of BDSM etiquette. Romance writers like today’s two guests live in a complicated world. They navigate... Read more »

Popaganda: How Do We Talk About Abortion?

In recent years, though, there’s been a big shift in the way we talk about abortion. People who’ve had abortions have been able to share their stories widely on social media. Though, of course, they’ve faced a lot of pushback and hatred, real people sharing their stories about abortion is... Read more »

Popaganda: Watching What You Eat

What does it take to get “well”? When we think about wellness, especially right now, we tend to think of it as everything we do to make our lives and bodies healthy. Rather than defining health through the negation of sickness, wellness advocates press that being “well” is an ongoing process of... Read more »

Popaganda: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

Like death and taxes, the pumpkin spice latte seems inevitable. Read more »

Popaganda: The Fight for the Middle Ages

We think of the Middle Ages as racially homogenous, rigidly gendered, and brutish, but scholars like the ones I talk to in today’s show have more nuanced interpretations. Read more »

Popaganda: The Devil You Know

This episode is all about how cool the Devil is, especially for people of marginalized genders and sexualities. Read more »

Popaganda: Will Veganism Save the World?

Is it possible to reduce veganism to a diet or wellness thing, or is it inherently political?  Read more »

Popaganda: When People Become Internet Memes

The Internet, which connects us to each other in ways that were pretty unimaginable to most people a century ago, has become a totally casual part of daily life. It’s changed so much: from the way we do business to the way we unlock our front doors. But it’s also changed the way we see ourselves... Read more »

Popaganda: Speaking to Specters

Ghosts reveal what is hidden away, under the layers of social etiquette, historical revisionism, and taboo. Read more »

Popaganda: Queering Virginity

On her Netflix one-woman show, Nanette, Hannah Gadsby opines, “There’s only ever been two options for a little girl to grow up into: virgin or whore…. And I don’t fit neatly into either of those categories. Virgin or whore? I mean, on a technicality, I’d get virgin.” Virginity is a weird, nebulous... Read more »

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