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Popaganda: Raising Feminist Kids

This episode features guidance on talking to kids about all kinds of complicated issues. Writer and photographer Margaret Jacobsen explains how they speak frankly with their kids about pretty much everything, including their open relationship. Everyone is Gay co-founder Kristin Russo shares ideas for discussing queer identities with kids of all ages. A dozen Popaganda listeners call in with stories of one thing they each do to help raise a future generation of feminists. Oh, and host Sarah Mirk phones her parents.

Baby Savior: Motherhood Is Not a Form of Redemption for Career Women

Pop culture’s preoccupation with fixing single, aging career women seems to have expanded over the last three decades. Read more »

Popaganda: Queering Family Values

“Family values” has been co-opted by right-wing folks. But what the hell! Feminists have strong values, and we have strong families, too. On today’s episode, we’re queering family values. For a lot of queer folks, the traditional concept of family is wrought with complicated feelings—a lot of blood... Read more »

The Nan Show: How Nannies Rewrote the Rules on TV Parenting

The experiences of nannies that are omitted from pop culture tell us as much about the current state of childcare in America as do the types of nannies and parents that are portrayed. Read more »

Object Lessons: “The Act” and the Ethics of Consuming True Crime

The interest in consuming true crime isn’t matched by an obligation to discuss the ethical implications of doing so. Read more »

Parent Trap: Why Mother’s and Father’s Day Still Aren’t Playing Their Cards Right

Mother’s and Father’s Day continue to do the cultural work of reinforcing popular notions of gendered parenting. Read more »

Bumped Off: What Will It Take to Destigmatize Teen Motherhood?

Young moms from less privileged backgrounds, as well as teen moms of color like me, are still waiting for positive reflections of ourselves on TV. Read more »

If Mama’s Free: Abolitionist Blues for Liberation

Black mamas are sitting in prison awaiting trial for being too free. Read more »

Mothers of Contention: For Female Authors, Parenthood and Legitimacy Are Still Linked

There’s a distinction between asking someone to understand that your experience is different from hers and asking her to accept that your experience is better. Read more »

Women Do the Majority of the Family Care. Can We Get Some Paid Leave?

More than two-thirds of the American public agrees that paid family leave should be available to all workers, even if they disagree about how it should be paid for. Read more »

Family Matters: "Good Talk" Offers a Panacea for the Worst of Times

For a country obsessed with the national “conversation about race,” Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations, offers an illustration of all the ways it can go right—and wrong. Read more »

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What I Learned About Gender and Power from Sailor Moon

My life began in 1995 — the year I turned eight and became a divorced kid.    Read more »