Backtalk: Oscars, House of Cards, and Jessica Williams

backtalk feminist pop culture podcast

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 shrugs her shoulders at the Oscars, Sarah gets all excited about nonmonogamy on House of Cards, and comedian Jessica Williams gets props. Plus: one thing we read, one thing we heard, and one thing we saw this week. The song featured on this week’s episode is “Recognition” by THEEsatisfaction.

This episode of Backtalk is brought to you by the Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Scheduled for March 11-13, the symposium is a free series of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and performances exploring issues of gender and sexuality.  Learn more about this year’s free schedule of events at

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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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Hey Amy and Sarah, I just finally checked out the podcast (having recently become a podcast lover, perfect listening for stroller walks and putting babies to bed without falling asleep) and it's great! I'm really looking forward to downloading more episodes.

In the meanwhile, I just thought I would share that it jumped out at me that you used the terms "insane" and "crazy" as synonyms for "ridiculous" and "unbelievable," as I have been trying to purge my own vocabulary of terms that I feel stigmatize mental illness, in the same way that I have been purging terms like "lame" that are ableist. I have been totally amazed at how challenging this is (they still slip out sometimes) - they are so entrenched in vernacular that they're everywhere, and deeply embedded into my own psyche. But I am committed to doing it, and since I got the idea from a like-minded friend I thought I would pass along the idea to you in case it resonates. Food for thought anyways!

yours in feminism and House of Cards fandom,


Thanks for listening and for the feedback, Sam. We try to watch our language but, you're right, words that are hurtful slip out sometimes and we could definitely improve on that. I appreciate the reminder!

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