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We publish a new feminist podcast episode every week. Our hour-long show Popaganda digs deep on movies, books, TV, and media while Backtalk is a snappy conversation between two Bitch editors about the week’s pop culture. Subscribe to the podcasts on iTunes!
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B-Sides: Tender Forever's "Congratulations" Tour

If I wasn’t already a big fan of French/Portlander musician Tender Forever (I was), I would be after seeing her “Congratulations” tour last week. Currently traveling down the West Coast, “Congratulations” is an all-ages tour that combines Tender Forever’s amazing stage presence and music with a bunch of weirder-than-life YouTube videos. It’s like going to an awkward house party with no booze and finding out that your friend’s sister’s friend is playing and she’s the best electro pop performer ever. It rules.

Bitch Popaganda: Childish Things Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as we discuss Joan Didion’s new memoir Blue Nights, the #mencallmethings Twitter hashtag, and the Childish Gambino album Camp. Plus, Bitch faves!

B-Sides: Teri Gender Bender, the Feminist-Not-Feminist

“I consider myself a self-proclaimed feminist but not in the same way that other people would think of a feminist. I’m not a man-hater.” Yes! Wait, what? Teri Gender Bender bites off a lot more than most people could chew with her roving gang of Butcherettes—including the drug wars in Mexico, being ostracized in both of her homes on either side of the Mexico-US border, and the stupidity of gender oppression. But she’s totally not like all those other feminists, right?

B-Sides: Mr. Gnome's Riveting Rock

The covers of Mr. Gnome’s discography convey something sinister and dark, with evil-looking rabbit figures in apocalyptic landscapes, and even their name conjures something mystical and unknown. But their music is neither dark, sinister, nor mystical. It is, however, complex and captivating, and Madness in Miniature (El Marko) their new album released last week, is worthy of deep and multiple listens, and one of the best releases I’ve heard this year.

Bitch Radio: Gender Violence and Pop Culture with Rachel Griffin and Josh Phillips

Dr. Rachel Griffin is a professor at Southern Illinois University and has been involved with gender violence advocacy for almost a decade. Her partner, Joshua Phillips, is currently a PhD student and also an advocate for gender violence with a focus on getting men involved with fighting against gender violence, and the author of 1,800 Miles. Rachel and Josh are keynoting (along with Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti!) at the upcoming Roots of Change conference, dealing with social justice, gendered violence, and the media. Rachel and Josh both use pop culture as a way of examining how messages of gender violence are reinforced or challenged (they do a session on Rihanna and Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie”), and how it can be used as a tool for deconstructing norms. Wrap up the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by taking a listen to these two advocates discuss how they use pop culture to talk about gender violence, their methods for reaching out to others and inspiring awareness, and their thouughts on Lil Wayne’s “How to Love.”

B-Sides: Shredding 101

Sometimes I wonder what I did to deserve the amount of ridiculously awesome music here in Portland, Oregon. Earlier this year we had the Females of Color Festival, a celebration of anyone that plays music and identifies as a female of color (the lineup included, um, pretty much every great band in this town), and this last weekend saw the passing of Shred Fest, a festival for face-melters who identify as women.

Bitch Popaganda: Miss Representin' Edition

Welcome back to another episode of Bitch Popaganda! Tune in as we review Miss Representation and discuss the sixth season of Dexter. Links and transcript after the jump!

B-Sides: Colleen Raney

Call me old-fashioned, but I think most of the best voices in the world come out of folk singers. Maybe that’s just because you can actually HEAR the singing, instead of the beats or the effects (which both have their places in my heart, don’t get me wrong). Over the last year I’ve immersed myself in the Pacific Northwest’s stellar Celtic folk music scene, and Colleen Raney has been the clear standout on my playlists and concert-going schedule. I’ma let you finish, but her voice is the best one I’ve heard in years.

Bitch Radio: Media Literacy, Criticism, and Production Panel from GeekGirlCon

Kelsey and I traveled up to Seattle last weekend for two days of geekery at the first-ever Geek Girl Con! We went to panels on women in video games, race and gender in geekdom, women in horror fans, and way more. We were also honored to be on the panel “Media Literacy, Criticism and Production” along with some other really rad women. For this episode of Bitch Radio, here’s a good chunk of our panel for you to listen to. Along with me and Kelsey, you’ll hear from Kristy Guevara-Flanagan, director of the forthcoming The History of the World as Told by Wonder Woman (we saw clips, it’s gonna be amazing!), Anita Sarkeesian, the woman behind Feminist Frequency (you may know her from Mad World and Tropes vs. Women), Leah Wilson, editor of Smart Pop Books, and moderated by Maile Martinez, programming director at Seattle’s venerable Reel Grrls! Thanks to everyone who came out to hear us, you were a wonderful audience! Oh, and here’s the link to that Strong Female Characters post by s.e. smith I mentioned!

B-Sides: Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus can be hard to pin down. One minute, she smothers listeners with cold blankets of synthesizers, hitting them with some of the most uncomfortable atmospheres since Second Edition by PIL. Then her opera-trained voice (that voice!) bursts through the sludge and you realize “oh my god, it’s a pop song!” Live and on her latest record, Conatus, she drops a few more clues to the Zola Jesus mystery.

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