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Backtalk: May Day & Handmaid Horrors

Amy and Dahlia talk about May Day activism across the globe and the difficulties and opportunities in imagining work systems that work better. And they dig into The Handmaid’s Tale series, examining the novel’s grounding in anti-Blackness, as well as where the show diverges from the novel... Read more »

Say Yes to Distress: Trump Voters: FEMINISTS UNITED TO COMBAT KAKISTOCRACY IN TRUMP TIMES

It’s important to recognize the stratification among Trump Voters. It is not a monolith, but you really gotta hand it to the MAGAs: Once they buy, they don’t look back. Read more »

To Shell and Back: The Making of a Jewish Woman on "Transparent"

There is a reason why Jewish mothers are iconic figures in our cultural imaginations. Bold, bawdy, and badass, the Jewish mother archetype is rich with material for riffing on the human condition, examining the roots of our neurosis, and seeking joy in exaggerated depictions. Read more »

Poll Position: 9 Statewide Ballot Measures You Should Know About This November

A look at statewide measures across the country can be an illuminating glimpse into the future. Read more »

Radical Revisioning: A Q&A with Author and Pagan Priestess Lasara Firefox Allen

Jailbreaking the Goddess addresses the many women who don’t feel represented in the more well-known, threefold maiden/mother/crone model.  Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Oklahoma Rep. Steve Russell

The Russell Amendment is meant primarily to override President Obama’s 2014 executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating... Read more »

Life on Mars (Hill): Faith and Feminism in a Fast-growing Megachurch

Mars Hill's blend of pop culture and strict Calvinist doctrine allowed the church to occupy a unique niche between conservative Christians and their secular liberal contemporaries. Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Magic

We explore the current popularity of modern witchcraft and talk with real-life witches about how their self-made spirituality informs their identity. The resident witch columnist at Autostraddle, Mey Rude, gives us a rundown of her favorite witches in films (hint: one of them is... Read more »

As GOP Candidates Wave Christian Credentials, Bernie Sanders Doesn't Play Up His Judaism

We're supposed to have freedom of religion—but you wouldn't know that looking at the GOP candidates.  Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Cults

We're exploring the gender dynamics of real-life American cults and the representation of cults in pop culture, from Mad Max to Prophet's Prey. On this show, we talk with author Peggy Riley about the history of cults in America, hear the voices of... Read more »

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The Unbelievers: New Atheism and the Old Boys' Club

Women are God-fearing and don’t challenge institutions. Men, on the other hand, are skeptical and rational, and go out of their way to...

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »