Backtalk: Amy Schumer, Sex Ed, and the Duggars

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On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss the top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy analysis that often ends in mini-rants about capitalism. 

This week, Amy and Sarah try to make sense of comedian Amy Schumer’s sudden success and problematic history, discuss the terribleness of the revelations about the family that stars in TLC show 19 and Counting, and talk about how Congress sneakily approved $75 million in funding for abstinence-only education. Listen in!  


Also on Backtalk, we talk about one thing we read, saw, and heard this week.

• Read: Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber is a feminist revision of gory old fairy tales. Check out this interview with Kelly Link all about the book

• Saw: Let’s all go see Mad Max again. 

• Heard: Amy likes the creepy, catchy song “Dollhouse” by Melanie Martinez

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by Sarah Mirk
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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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While I understand your

While I understand your concern for the girls allegedly molested by Duggar fella, the guy was 15 when it happened. It went on for a coupla years after that too. My point is this - was he a victim of sexual abuse as a child too? Is that why he was abusing other kids? There are plenty of material to support the argument that chances of an older kid sexually abusing another kid(s) is due to a pattern of abuse suffered by the older kid. Am not saying that that's what happened here. But its worth looking into. There's also another argument I've read about - which isn't entirely baseless. Kids are naturally curious about a lot things, esp sexuality and their bodies. Was his 'abuse' a result of that? Maybe he realized it was wrong and then he stopped. Most molesters don't do that....they don't feel guilty of abusing fact many don't even believe they are hurting kid. Again, am not saying that he is entirely innocent but instead of standing on moral judgement, perhaps u should look at this case clinically and figure out why did he abuse those kids and what made him stop. That will give an excellent insight into what constitutes abuse and how we stop it.

aisha tyler + amy schumer

I'm right there with ya when I first heard Amy a long time ago doing stand up I was just all ehhh sure whatever. But this season has been great! The pageant parody I think has been my favorite. Also in general I just wanted to say Aisha Tyler should team up with Amy Schumer. I think it would a hilarious match up.

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