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.
This week, Dahlia and Amy reflect on the past years of pop culture, feminism, and rageful conversations. Backtalk couldn’t have happened without its listeners and all of the thoughtful feedback that have sparked convos in each episode. We’ve giggled, we’ve cried, and we’ve learned so much along the way. Thanks so much for all of the support. Always and forever, your rage cheerleaders!
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This week, Dahlia and Amy discuss comments made by Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer, Donna Rotunno, insisting that women could avoid sexual assault by not placing themselves in risky situations. Plus we read some great listener notes that start conversations.
“Ceremonials” by Katharine Coldiron is a twelve-part lyric novella inspired by Florence + the Machine's 2011 album of the same name. Between prose and poetry, it’s about two girls who fall in love at boarding school and the ghosts that follow.
Netflix’s “Next in Fashion” features amazing designers and garments, with a behind-the-scenes look at their creative process.
“Sullen Girl” by Fiona Apple
Cleaning Up After “American Dirt”
This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the controversy over the publishing industry and the book that’s too big to fail. “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins, and her publisher, Flatiron Books, have been at the center of discussions about how the industry decides who deserves huge advances and to have their books championed, and what writers get left behind. Will this literary drama change the publishing landscape?
“I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi” by Gina Siciliano is a gorgeous look at the life of the seventeenth-century painter.
“Gloria Bell” stars Julianne Moore as a middle-aged woman living her ordinary life in this tender film.
“religion (u can lay your hands on me)” by Shura
Weinstein in Court
This week Dahlia and Amy talk about the beginning of the trial against Harvey Weinstein in New York. Weinstein was first exposed in 2017 in part due to the investigative reporting by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey at the “New York Times.” The story of that investigation is documented in their book, “She Said,” and reveals all of the work that went into their story.
“Watchmen” is a multivalent exploration of justice and corruption. Plus superheroes and great acting.
“The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez explores grief, canine companionship, and writing life.
“Hit Reset” by The Julie Ruin
Happy New Year! The World Is On Fire!
Dahlia and Amy ring in the new year (yay!) talking about how the world is burning down (boo!). The beginning of this decade can feel hopeless, but all hope is not lost: stay informed, organize, and create change.
Not to be confused with “Celebrity Couples Therapy,” “Couples Therapy” on Showtime is a really interesting look at the work of being a therapist. There’s also a very strange and engaging new “Dracula” miniseries on Netflix.
“Severance” by Ling Ma is the apocalyptic dystopian consumerist novel of our times.
“Fresh Blood” by Eels
This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the latest in the impeachment inquiry and whether it means we’ll finally kick Trump out of office. A whole crew of former and current government officials have appeared to testify as to whether Trump engaged in a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian president. The testimonies have revealed a Trumpian shitshow that points directly at that quid pro quo—but will it be enough to dethrone him?
“Parasite” by director Bong Joon-ho is a film for our times. Bong shows us how capitalism has failed us all in this smart, funny, and anxiety-inducing film.
“The Beautiful Ones,” a memoir that Prince was working on before his death, was meant to "be a handbook for the brilliant community," "a radical call for collective ownership, for black creativity," and “a book about freedom.” Featuring Prince’s own handwritten memoir pages, the book is also filled with photos, letters, and other rad Prince ephemera.
“Rich Man’s World 1%” by Immortal Technique
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Don’t end :(
I’ve been meaning to write this review for years!! (Shout out to Sarah Mirk). I’m sorry it’s taken so long - I guess it’s because it’s hard to find words for how grateful I am for this podcast and all of the wisdom it’s given me since I started listening. It truly has changed me in so many ways and helped me understand how to see and process the scariness that is the world, but also feel empowered by the cool things womxn are doing to change our society. As a white female i feel that Back Talk has made me a better ally! Thank you for all that you do and all you have done ❤️
Love love love
Didn’t realize how important this podcast was to me until I started listening to it tonight, two weeks into a move to a new city where I know no one and felt an instant sense of community. This show is so validating and I learn so much cool stuff from it. Thank you Amy and Dahlia <3
A+ levity and giggles. Love you ladies.