Like many things in our culture, the burgeoning world of podcasting has been dominated by men. But Alex Madison at Bitch Magazine has a great piece about why women’s voices are becoming more prominent in the medium. Women host two of the top three podcasts on iTunes, Serial and the new Invisibilia. I am a huge podcast nerd and spend just about any spare moment I can find with my earbuds in working through my constantly updating feed. In the spirit of highlighting kickass women in podcasting, here are my recommendations for podcasts hosted by women to add to the ones Madison highlights in her piece.
The one time I checked out the Brownies when I was a kid, we were stitching our names into plastic grids with yarn. These Radical Brownies are about a million times more awesome than that.
The telegram Martin Luther King, Jr. sent to Betty Shabazz after Malcolm X’s assassination.
Alan Cumming and GLAAD mock the absurdity of the FDA’s regulations on blood donations by gay and bisexual men.
Why you might still be paying for birth control even though it’s supposed to be free.
“If these young, hot little girls on campus have a firearm, I wonder how many men will want to assault them.” No, no, no, no, no.
Why is bearing children seen as more important that surviving pregnancy?
12 great responses to sexist questions.
Good Samaritans bought a homeless couple 3 nights out of the cold, but the hotel kicked them out.
Speculation about who will replace venerated fake newsman Jon Stewart is running wild. Understandably, after seeing many late night spots go to white men, there’s been a lot of discussion about women who could take over The Daily Show. Also understandably, many of those discussions have centered around Jessica Williams, a correspondent who has put out many brilliant and feminist comic pieces for the show. Williams graciously accepted the compliment and demurred, and that’s when things took a turn, as Katie McDonough wrote at Salon: (more…)
The first couple to get married when marriage equality reached Alabama.
Finally dealing with campus rape means that some men will have it tougher.
A New Jersey judge ruled that claiming to “cure” gay people is consumer fraud.
13 awesome podcasts bringing black voices to the mic.
Anti-Muslim hate crimes are still five times more common today than before 9/11.
A new textbook could revolutionize the way students learn about reproductive rights.
New York is illegally shackling inmates during labor.
Celebrate your right to vote with these vintage suffragette valentines.
On top of every other pressure that women feel in our society, we can be hampered by the challenge of try to live up perfectly to our feminist ideals. As Roxane Gay wrote in her excellent book Bad Feminist, “In truth, feminism is flawed because it is a movement powered by people and people are inherently flawed.” Gay was a guest for a discussion about the realities of practicing feminism with regular hosts Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond in what was a very auspicious beginning to the new Dear Sugar Radio podcast. They took a woman’s letter about recovering from an abusive relationship as a jumping off point for a broader discussion of the tension between being human and trying to be a perfect feminist. It’s well worth an hour of your time. (more…)
A gift for all the kids in your life: Rad American Women A-Z.
Republicans say Obama’s immigration actions make us unsafe, but cops are all for them.
Lily Tomlin in a movie about a grandmother helping her granddaughter find money to pay for an abortion? Yes, please.
Trademarking of “drone” phrases is already out of hand.
Lindy West confronts a troll who impersonated her dead father.
A leaked memo shows that Twitter realizes they “suck” at dealing with such trolls.
Kaitlyn Mitchell at Bitch crunches some numbers on how much stage time female comedians get.
Don’t worry, Fox News is looking out for men and the horrible ways they’re stereotyped and misrepresented in films.
Last week, after a stressful day, I thought to myself, “I’ll put on some Law & Order: SVU to cheer myself up.” I didn’t mean it in the perverse sense that I would watch the show and be reassured because minor stress doesn’t compare to the horrors that people experience in any given 44-minute episode. I meant it because I think of a show that’s solely focused on “especially heinous” crimes, mostly against women, as comfort television. Not for the first time, it occurred to me how odd that is. (more…)
If, like me, you watched a lot of Saved by the Bell as a kid and then grew up to love bell hooks, enjoy.
England just established “yes means yes” guidelines for police investigating rape.
One of many takedowns of Jonathan Chait’s piece bemoaning “political correctness.”
A record-breaking number of wrongfully convicted people were released from prison last year.
Karen Hartman on wanting to go beyond being “passively pro-choice.”
Lena Dunham, Kristen Wiig, Mindy Kaling and Jenji Kohan on misogyny in Hollywood and more.
Democrats have been playing defense on abortion rights for years. They embraced what felt to them like a reasonable compromise with “safe, legal and rare,” but that formulation ignores the reality of women’s need to access abortion care. Contributing to a framework that implies the only “correct” response to an abortion is regret and emotional turmoil reinforces abortion stigma and feeds the cycle that prevents us from having an open and honest discussion. As Katha Pollitt adeptly argues in Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, we should embrace abortion as a critical medical procedure that empowers women and contributes to our social and economic equality. (more…)
Comedian Liz Miele invents feminist sex positions.
Brittney Cooper on “Selma” and the clueless white gaze.
Bjork calls out sexism in the music industry.
A teacher in Mississippi found a creative solution to get around prohibitions on demonstrating proper condom use.
In another reminder about why focusing so much on women’s drinking is problematic, a football player’s lawyer is blaming “campus drinking culture” for rape.