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

A picture of Rachel Griffins and Josh Phillips. They are both young and smiling.

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 thoughts on Lil Wayne’s “How to Love.”

Find out more from Rachel and Josh at WolfmanProductions or at Josh’s personal site, Watch the videos mentioned in this podcast for yourself: “Love the Way You Lie” (Eminem featuring Rihanna), “Stuck Like Glue” (Sugarland), “How to Love” (Lil Wayne).

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The Roots of Change conference is happening next weekend in Portland, Oregon. Learn more about or register for the conference here.

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Kjerstin Johnson is a writer and editor in Portland, Oregon. She is the former editor in chief of Bitch. She tweets at @kajerstin

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1 Comment Has Been Posted

Good discussion

While false reporting of gender violence is inexcusable; overall this is is a really good discussion.....

Alas, the creeps who really need to understand this info will never bather to listen this podcast...............t

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