Popaganda Episode: Toys — Featuring Samantha Knowles and Erika Moen

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Legos, ponies, American Girl—how do toys shape who we are? On this show, we talk with filmmaker Samantha Knowles about why black dolls matter, grill a seven-year-old about hot-wired dollhouse Roominate, and have a very graphic conversation about the best-ever sex toys with comics artist Erika Moen (whose self-portrait graces the podcast player below).

This episode is sponsored by She Bop, a feminist sex toy boutique. 

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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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2 Comments Have Been Posted

thank you!

I absolutely loved this, I learned so much and began to think about toys in different ways. I've read Peggy Orenstein, Rachel Simmons, Jessica Valenti, etc. so I'm familiar with the white feminist perspective on mainstream toys. This podcast is less theory-oriented, which would make it more approachable to people who aren't familiar with feminism. This is the first time I've heard/read a black professional woman speak about black dolls in something other than a research study, and what Samantha Knowles said just blew me away. This is extremely important and more people need to know about it.

This is the first time I've heard Erika Moen speak. In her comics she seems so outgoing and pleasantly abrasive and peppy. Turns out she sounds exactly like my mild-mannered, private and super-Buddhist half-sister....WEIRD!!!

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