Backtalk: Starbucks, IUDs, and SXSW

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

This week, we discuss how Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign is misguided, revel in our mutual love of IUDs, and talk about actually interesting stuff happening at SXSW

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

• Read: Sarah’s interested in this article about women who don’t want kids.

• Saw: Amy is getting into RuPaul’s Drag Race.

• Heard: The music of Australian rapper Tkay Maidza is addictive. 


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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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4 Comments Have Been Posted

SXSW

What's going on at SXSW right now? A lot of sexism, racism...a lot of hipsters wearing trading beads and headdresses or clothing that looks like someone had tried to tear it off of them 5 minutes ago (not as in skimpy but as in actually torn to shreds). People disrespecting Austin and the people that have to live here. That's what's always going on at SXSW. Please check out Burning Man; there's not a city population to run over.

What was the name of the

What was the name of the musician you played at the end again? I want to check her out, but I couldn't catch her name!

Tkay Maizda

Hi Adrienne! Thanks for listening. Her name is <a href="http://www.tkaymaidza.com">Tkay Maizda</a>. She's great, right? Like all the artists we feature, she's linked in the above post under the section HEARD.

STARBUX

I'd love to think that people all over North America (and beyond!) will just have the idea to "look inward" and examine their own racism; that this urge would pop into their heads like magic. If everyone spontaneously thought about systemic racism and took action, the world would be a better place. However, I bet 99% of Americans couldn't even define "systemic racism." Yes, the starbucks campaign leaves a bitter taste in my mouth, but at the same time, couldn't it also be sewing some small seeds for people to share anecdotes about what it's like to exist as a minority (for example)? Sharing stories equals empathy. Sure this campaign tastes like nutrisweet, and there's lots of grossness about it, but I also think that maybe getting folks to think about racism is only a good thing.

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