Popaganda

Popaganda

Bitch Media is a feminist response to pop culture, home to whip-smart writers, artists, and activists who analyze popular media with an eye on gender, race, class, and sexuality. A new Bitch podcast comes out every Thursday: Popaganda is a 45-minute in-depth exploration of themes ranging from stand-up comedy to sex work and Backtalk is our quick, fun conversation about the week in pop culture.

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Bitch Media is a feminist response to pop culture, home to whip-smart writers, artists, and activists who analyze popular media with an eye on gender, race, class, and sexuality. A new Bitch podcast comes out every Thursday: Popaganda is a 45-minute in-depth exploration of themes ranging from stand-up comedy to sex work and Backtalk is our quick, fun conversation about the week in pop culture.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-08-23 03:50
last episode published
2019-08-22 03:17
publication frequency
8.37 days
Contributors
Bitch Media owner   author  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
215
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Society & Culture

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
22.08.2019 Popaganda

Backtalk: The Power of the People

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the mass protest movements across the globe. From Puerto Rico to Portland, Oregon, people are showing up to have their voices heard en masse, demonstrating that the power of people to bring down oppressive systems is ...
8.08.2019 Popaganda

BackTalk: This is What White-Supremacist Terrorism Looks Like

This week, Dahlia and Amy are heartbroken over the spate of mass murders at the hands of white men with assault weapons. They talk about the importance of naming the acts of violence as white supremacist terrorism and how marginalized people across all...
25.07.2019 Popaganda

BackTalk: A Racist by Any Other Name

This week, Dahlia and Amy agree it’s about time for mainstream media organizations to label racists as racists. Recently, Trump tweeted to four congresswomen of color that they should go back to where they came from and accused them of being un-America...
12.07.2019 Popaganda

Recasting a Disney Princess

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the live-action casting for Disney's "The Little Mermaid." Halle Bailey was announced as Ariel in the upcoming film and many racists cried it would be inaccurate to have Black mermaid in this classic story. Why is i...
28.06.2019 Popaganda

The Hideous Man Who Became President

This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss E. Jean Carroll's cover story for New York Magazine about all of the hideous men from her life. Through her piercing and frank prose, Carroll shares an account of sexual assault at the small hands of Trump. How will th...
13.06.2019 Popaganda

Backtalk: It's the End of the World & We Know It

This week, Dahlia and Amy are talking about climate change. Climate science consistently shows we must curb our greenhouse gas emissions ASAP in order to stop the exponential damage to the environment, which will most likely create global climate devas...
30.05.2019 Popaganda

The Devil Works Hard But Anti-Abortion Politicians Work Harder

This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss the recent passage of the most severe abortion ban in Alabama and what this could mean for Roe v. Wade and abortion access across the country. Anti-abortion politicians continue to argue for the sanctity of life and th...
16.05.2019 Popaganda

Meh of Thrones

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into their disappointment over the last and final season of "Game of Thrones." The epic series has given audiences a big cultural moment in the world of dragons, the fight for power, and a slew of women characters to ...
2.05.2019 Popaganda

Student Moans

This week, Dahlia and Amy get upset about student loans. Elizabeth Warren's campaign recently unveiled a student loan forgiveness plan as part of her platform, finally seriously centering the student debt crisis as something the government should help ...
18.04.2019 Popaganda

Backtalk: That's not consent. That's capitalism.

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the newest marketing ploy around consent: condoms that require four hands to open. These kinds of throwaway, viral products commodify ideas around sexual violence without actually working to solve a problem (while hoi...
11.04.2019 Popaganda

Popaganda Revisited: Who Writes Our History?

Rebroadcasted from February 2017: History isn’t static—it’s the stories we tell ourselves about the past. And that story changes depending on who’s doing the telling. On this episode, we explore what it means to tell your own history in three different...
4.04.2019 Popaganda

Backtalk: What about “Us

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into Jordan Peele's latest horror film, "Us." Lots of spoilers while they talk about how the film fits into genre canons, symbolism, and what can it all mean? And in Amy vs. Dahlia, an argument about the worst of adulting....
28.03.2019 Popaganda

Popaganda: Revisited - You Feel Me?

In this episode, we’re going to be talking about an emotion you’ve probably heard a lot about lately: empathy. The way we talk about it, it’s almost like a superpower: it’s like we want to believe that the cure to political divisiveness, racism, and ev...
21.03.2019 Popaganda

Backtalk: Scammer SZN

This week, Dahlia and Amy get into all things scammy. The recent news of what the FBI called “Operation Varsity Blues” has revealed a multi-million dollar college admissions scheme run by an organization to aid wealthy parents in bribing university adm...
15.03.2019 Popaganda

Popaganda: Revisited - Sex Work is Work

From the archive: Discussions of sex work often get mired in a couple basic questions: is it “good” or “bad”? Are sex workers empowered or not? But sex workers are a diverse group—their experiences aren’t all good or bad. On this show, we try to refram...
7.03.2019 Popaganda

Backtalk: YA's Cancel Culture

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the world of YA drama. Recently, two YA authors have chosen to cancel their own debut novels after being called out by some readers for "problematic" issues in the text. Dahlia and Amy talk about the effects of cancel...
21.02.2019 Popaganda

Backtalk: Haute Couture Blackface

This week, Dahlia and Amy are back! They’ve got pop culture picks! They’ve got read, watch, and listen recommendations! They’ve got so many rage-induced opinions! In recent months, controversies have popped up in the news with the discovery of prominen...
28.12.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Our Favorites of 2018

In this episode, Dahlia, Amy, and special guest Soleil share their pop culture faves that got them through this year, from Shirkers and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, to online hoaxes, sandwich outfits, and Queer Eye. We've celebrated the best of this year...
14.12.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Who Gets to Make Mistakes?

This week, Dahlia and Amy round up some of the big hits of bad takes. From Lena Dunham's letter from the editor where she admits to lying to protect a rapist to a weird piece dissecting Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" music video, who gets to make mis...
29.11.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Mind the Wage Gap

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about what real allyship can look like in Hollywood and beyond. Recently, Porter magazine hosted a roundtable with Gabrielle Union, Gina Rodriguez, Ellen Pompeo, and Emma Roberts where Pompeo called on white folks to do b...
22.11.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

At the end of summer, when the super hot days get rarer, the signs of fall appear: reddish leaves, leather jackets, people talking about football, and pumpkin spice lattes. Like death and taxes, the pumpkin spice latte seems inevitable, and it takes up...
16.11.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: The Fight for the Middle Ages

On this episode of the show, we’ll be talking about the Middle Ages: that period in European history that most of us learned about through Game of Thrones and Robin Hood. We think of it as racially homogenous, rigidly gendered, and brutish, but scholar...
8.11.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Thank You for Voting—Next!

This week, Dahlia and Amy update on the latest horrifying policies the Trump administration are hoping to force into law. Beyond the midterm elections, the monsters in the White House are working overtime to push through harmful legislation, including ...
1.11.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: The Devil You Know

This episode is all about how cool the Devil is, especially for people of marginalized genders and sexualities. The devil is all over popular media, not as a straight symbol of absolute evil, but as something a little more nuanced and approachable—and ...
25.10.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Let’s Take Refuge in Horror

This week, Dahlia and Amy get creepy and ghouly about screen horror (as opposed to the horror of our everyday lives). In this Halloweeny episode, we dig into the role of horror film and TV and how it helps us cope with our lived realities. We've also g...
23.10.2018 Popaganda

Rebecca Solnit Talks Women, Activism, and Anger with Andi Zeisler

Even if you’ve never heard of Rebecca Solnit, you know who she is. It was Solnit’s 2008 essay at the blog TomDigest that identified the concept we know today as mansplaining. (“Most women fight wars on two fronts, one for whatever the putative topic is...
19.10.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: Will Veganism Save the World?

On this episode of the show, we’ll be talking all about veganism and the politics of eating plants and meat. Is it possible to reduce it to a diet or wellness thing, or is it inherently political? What is the connection between industrialized meat prod...
11.10.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: What Are We Supposed to Do Now?

This week, Dahlia and Amy are tired, depressed, and angry—what are we supposed to do with all these awful feelings? In the wake of the Supreme Court confirmation for Brett Kavanaugh, we’re thinking about who gets to display feelings and what it tells u...
4.10.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: The Pumpkin Spice Must Flow

At the end of summer, when the super hot days get rarer, the signs of fall appear: reddish leaves, leather jackets, people talking about football, and pumpkin spice lattes. Like death and taxes, the pumpkin spice latte seems inevitable, and it takes up...
27.09.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: We Said #MeToo, Now What?

This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss how the #MeToo movement can evolve beyond survivors exposing their own traumas and the role of abusers in creating real change. From public radio to the Supreme Court, what can a true reckoning with misogyny and abuse ...
21.09.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: When People Become Internet Memes

The Internet, which connects us to each other in ways that were pretty unimaginable to most people a century ago, has become a totally casual part of daily life. It’s changed so much: from the way we do business to the way we unlock our front doors. Bu...
13.09.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Naomi Osaka & Serena Williams Deserved Better

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about what went down at the U.S. Open and how it hurt both Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams. In a sport with a history of sexism and racism, specifically anti-Blackness, it's tough to ignore the unfairness lobbed at Willia...
6.09.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: Speaking to Specters

Whether they expose past tragedies or family tragedies, ghosts reveal what is hidden away, under the layers of social etiquette, historical revisionism, and taboo. A poltergeist may expose unethical building practices as a ghost on videotape may reveal...
30.08.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: Queering Virginity

On her Netflix one-woman show, Nanette, Hannah Gadsby opines, “There’s only ever been two options for a little girl to grow up into: virgin or whore…. And I don’t fit neatly into either of those categories. Virgin or whore? I mean, on a technicality, I...
23.08.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: #MeToo Is Here To Stay

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about a report that Asia Argento paid a settlement to a former castmate who accused her of sexual assault amidst questions about whether Argento’s behavior undermines the #MeToo movement. Another case has come to light ab...
16.08.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: Pro Wrestling with the Sublime

Pro wrestling hasn’t been the kindest entertainment industry for women. Relegated to Playboy-sponsored pillow fight matches or mud wrestling, women wrestlers didn’t get to shine for their athleticism or fighting prowess very often until Chyna came arou...
9.08.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: The Myth of Racism Against White People

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into the trolling of writer and lawyer Sarah Jeong with accusations of racism against white people. Jeong was recently hired to the New York Times editorial board when conservative trolls dug up tweets where she mocked whi...
2.08.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: The Blue Wave

As we go into the 2018 midterm election season, we’ve got a lot of unknowns to think about. What can we expect to change this time around? Will there be more political upsets, like we’ve seen during the Democratic primaries in New York with the ascenda...
26.07.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Don’t Waste Hannah Gadsby’s Time

This week, Dahlia and Amy dig into Hannah Gadsby’s tremendous, heartbreaking, and honest Nanette. Gadsby’s Netflix special gives us insight into what it means to to tell one’s story to wide acceptance—at one’s own expense. Using comedy as an example, G...
19.07.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: When People Become Internet Memes

The Internet, which connects us to each other in ways that were pretty unimaginable to most people a century ago, has become a totally casual part of daily life. It’s changed so much: from the way we do business to the way we unlock our front doors. Bu...
12.07.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Turn off the Gaslight

This week, Dahlia and Amy got to thinking more about the ubiquity of gaslighting after seeing a Twitter thread by writer Carmen Maria Machado and the case against Junot Diaz. The term originates from an eponymous play and film about a husband who gasli...
5.07.2018 Popaganda

Popaganda: Queering Virginity

On her Netflix one-woman show, Nanette, Hannah Gadsby opines, “There’s only ever been two options for a little girl to grow up into: virgin or whore…. And I don’t fit neatly into either of those categories. Virgin or whore? I mean, on a technicality, I...
28.06.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: We Don’t Need to Be Civil to Inhumane People

This week, Dahlia and Amy survived another week where hell is empty and all the devils are here on earth. It’s been a couple weeks of horrifying news and the last thing we need to hear is how progressive folks need to be civil to the inhumane Right. It...
21.06.2018 Popaganda

Labors of Love

Why do romance novels get such a bad rap? The genre is often maligned as being inferior to more “literary” writing, but there’s so much more to it than shirtless cowboys and inaccurate portrayals of BDSM etiquette. Romance writers like today’s two gues...
14.06.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Summer Screen Faves

This week, Dahlia and Amy are ringing in the summer raving about some of the best anticipated film and television shows coming out. Dahlia has rounded up Bitch-approved TV shows and movies premiering soon, and is obviously really loving all the great h...
8.06.2018 Popaganda

The Best Things in Life Are Freelance

Almost half of millennials do freelance work—that is, they work as contract laborers, often in fields like writing, design, and computer programming—and the majority of those workers are women. The idea of ditching the office, the 9 to 5, and the butth...
25.05.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Racists, Stop Calling The Cops

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the spate of incidents of racists calling the police on Black people and POC doing everyday things. When Black and Indigenous people took up space at a Starbucks, enjoyed themselves at a park BBQ, and went on a camp...
17.05.2018 Popaganda

What Does Gender Sound Like?

Music interacts with gender in surprising and strange ways: sometimes upholding the binary, sometimes undermining it. In this episode, we’ll talk to three people who’ve thought deeply about that dynamic and come up with their own interpretations of wha...
10.05.2018 Popaganda

Backtalk: Junot Diaz & MeToo

This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the latest in this #MeToo movement and what accountability can look like. More and more stories are coming out across industries of those who are abusing their power and we’re beginning to see more claims within the...
3.05.2018 Popaganda

Birth of the New

End of the world getting you down? We may never truly know what the future holds, and to some of us, the looming threat of an apocalypse is the most effective birth control. In this episode of Popaganda, Soleil digs into parenting and the end of the wo...