Popaganda Episode: Liberal Problems

This week on Popaganda, we’re talking about liberal problems. That is, when progressive causes—the kinds of political issues feminists want to support—use problematic tactics. 

We start off by calling up PETA, the nation's largest animal rights organization whose ad campaigns have offended everyone from the NAACP to the Anti-Defamation League to feminists like us. Then, writer Susan Sered shares an essay about the problems with many breast cancer awareness campaigns. Journalist and playwright Leela Ginelle closes out the show with her take on how inclusive language isn't just about being polite—it's about survival. 






This show is generously sponsored by Oregon State University Ecampus, which is ranked #5 on the 2015 list of America’s best online bachelor’s program by U.S. News. OSU Ecampus delivers nearly 20 undergraduate degrees and programs online in liberal studies, natural resources, agricultural sciences and foreign languages. You can start any season, so apply today.


With the exception of the KFC bucket, the photos on each segment of this show are all Creative Commons. They come from Flickr users Lingjing Bao of Talk Radio News, Gerald Geronimo, and Zervas.

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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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PETA doesn't speak for everyone!

Horrified at what you've heard from PETA? So are we. In 2013 I founded the Vegan Feminist Network as a space for intersectional anti-speciesism work and critical feminist blogging. Check out our website or find us on Facebook. We have zero tolerance for PETA's "feminism"

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