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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.

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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.

    Weinstein in Court

    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. 
     
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    “Watchmen” is a multivalent exploration of justice and corruption. Plus superheroes and great acting. 
     
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    “The Friend” by Sigrid Nunez explores grief, canine companionship, and writing life. 

     
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    “Hit Reset” by The Julie Ruin

    • 41 min
    Happy New Year! The World Is On Fire!

    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. 

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    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. 

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    “Severance” by Ling Ma is the apocalyptic dystopian consumerist novel of our times. 

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    “Fresh Blood” by Eels

    • 44 min
    Trumpeachment Update

    Trumpeachment Update

    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?
     
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    “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.
     
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    “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.
     
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    “Rich Man’s World 1%” by Immortal Technique

    • 45 min
    OK Meme-er

    OK Meme-er

    This week, Dahlia and Amy talk about the meme that’s the perfect digital eye roll. “OK Boomer” is the millennial and Gen Z clapback that has some people clutching their pearls. But what does this meme say about calling out people in power and starting a conversation about what young people stand to inherit? 
     
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    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s “Eat S**t, Bob Murray” episode is a perfect middle finger to a wretched coal baron who silences critics with frivolous, expensive lawsuits. 
     
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    "In the Dream House" by Carmen Maria Machado


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    The Muffs “Sad Tomorrow”

    • 35 min
    FaceBOO!

    FaceBOO!

    This week, Dahlia and Amy talk Facebook’s bid for world domination and what Mark Zuckerberg’s latest appearance before Congress revealed. Ahead of the 2020 elections and in the wake of influence campaigns that have led to violence around the world, it’s been asked if the social-media giant is capable of growing responsibly. (Hint: nope). 
     
    Extra reading: I’m the Comedian Who Just Confronted Harvey Weinstein. Here’s Why I Spoke Up. [New York Times]
     
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    “Fake Like Me” by Barbara Bourland is part art-world exposé, part murder-mystery, and all-engrossing. 
     
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    Jenny Slate’s Netflix Special “Stage Fright” is a quirky mix of her stand-up and documentary footage with her family. 
     
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    “Which Witch” by Florence + The Machine

    • 46 min
    Backtalk: So Burning Books is Back?

    Backtalk: So Burning Books is Back?

    This week, Dahlia and Amy get into the recent campus conflict when white students with hurt feelings thought it’d be a good idea to burn books written by a visiting author. Jennine Capó Crucet was invited to Georgia Southern University to speak about her novel, which was required reading for some freshmen students at the school. Students confronted her during the Q&A and burned her novel after Capó Crucet’s lecture! Plus, we celebrate Indigenous People's Day and what it means to decolonize a federal holiday. 
     
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    In “Molly Fox’s Birthday” by Deirdre Madden, an unnamed narrator spends the day in her friend’s home. Molly is an actress visiting London, and the narrator, a playwright inhabiting Molly’s Irish cottage on her birthday, reflects on their friendship and the crafts of writing and acting. 
     
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    “Doubt,” starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, and the incomparable Viola Davis was released in 2008 and worth a re-watch in this #MeToo moment. 
     
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    “Aute Couture” by Rosalia

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

sarah barils ,

Relevant issues + great taste

Amy and dahlia discuss current and relevant topics with a lighthearted and fun spin. They also provide movie/book/listen recommendations in each episode and I’ve never been disappointed by something they mentioned. Great commentary on current events and great taste in media

fruitsalad yummy yummy ,

Disappointed with the latest episode about how the world is on fire

Hi girls, I've listened to your podcast for a while and enjoyed most of it, and so I've obviously heard many times your request for reviews on itunes, and only recently with the new episode have I felt compelled to leave a review.
I was disappointed that y'all left out the part of Joaquin Phoenix's speech that to me was the most vital BECAUSE it talked about what we can do personally- going vegan or consuming less meat so to not support animal agriculture. Even just reducing meat intake and being plant-based is a way we as people, and especially with millions of people partaking in veganuary really impacting the meat industry, shows that we have collective power. I was also frustrated that you felt frustrated because you felt like you had no personal influence over the situation and it's the corporations' faults, which i totally get the feeling and i agree that they make up the bulk of the damage, but without mentioning that those corporations are fueled by consumer demand, and that they destroy the Amazon and factory farms contribute massively to climate change, and they wouldn't do this if it didn't make money. we are those consumers who contribute to that. Look at all the meat-based chainstores coming out with vegan or plant-based alternatives. It's bc there is consumer demand and while I completely get your stance and I AGREE, it felt to me like you were sticking your head in the sand to say that and disregard a very concrete and effective way to enact change- consuming less meat. (and yes ik amy mentioned going vegan last year so it doesn't seem to be a taboo topic)
It doesn't have to be perfect.

I checked quite a few times while you guys were gone to see if there were any new episodes, and i was glad to see a new one out. i really do hope and trust y'all will take this not as an attack but as a concerned listener who was frustrated and disappointed with not mentioning animal agriculture's link to climate change, which was explicitly stated in Phoenix's speech, where you chose to focus instead on the fact those celebrities are all rich and they have more power and aren't lobbying politically so shame on them, which again, i get and agree, but it felt like deflecting personal responsibility and power to those rich folks, those rich corporations, when YOU HAVE POWER TOO. and as much as i get the need to share the helplessness feeling nowadays, we don't have time for just wallowing and i wish you guys had advocated for the fact that literally by just changing our diet we can reduce the impact of climate change. please don't misunderstand me to think im blaming you or individuals for the damage, corporations are massive contributors, of course. but seriously, individuals do have massive power and influence and even more as a collective. if the demand for meat goes down, companies are gonna have to change too, as we've seen.

I guess I just felt like yall were ignoring such a vital part of the solution, one that literally addresses the feeling of helplessness yall mentioned, and this is the first review i've left on itunes on anything, and im sorry it has to be criticism.

Stormysetting ,

THANK YOU

Amy and Dahlia- angels of making difficult and complicated information digestible while presenting it from a ethos of intersectional feminist realness. Keep. It. Up. Cheers to on mic giggles and on mic rage.

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