Backtalk: Hollywood Sexism, Online Harassment, and Nail Salons


On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now. 

This week, Amy is busy eating dosas in California, but she and Sarah still find time to talk about the ACLU calling for an investigation of Hollywood's sexism, a new report about online harassment, and exploitation of workers in nail salons. 

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

• Read: Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You revolves around a Chinese-American family in the 1970s.

• Saw: Jada Pinkett-Smith and family talk about identity and motherhood in this web video Red Table Talk. 

• Heard: Sarah is a sucker for minimalist dream pop, so she's digging LA duo Bouquet

Resources for this week: 

• Read about the ACLU calling for an investigation of gender bias in Hollywood

• Here's the Women, Action, and the Media report on Twitter harassment

• Reporter Sarah Maslin Nir put together the excellent New York Times investigation of nail salons.

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The Sailor Moon nail art photo featured on this week's show is by Losthompsons.

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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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