Young adult literature shapes our imaginations and our identities. We explore the world of young adult literature with help from some great authors.
We talk with Marni Bates, who wrote a memoir when she was just 19 that spelled out the reality of her teen life and her obsessive compulsive disorder. Then, the mother-daughter writing duo behind the best-selling supernatural YA series House of Nightexplain how their characters deal realistically with sexuality. Author Malinda Lo rounds out the show with discussion of her writing process while working on her debut novel Ash and her work researching diversity in YA. Finally, the Bitch staff has a roundtable conversation about the books that had a big personal impact on us as teens and read off some YA recommendations from Bitch readers;
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Pornography is the largest part of our pop culture that no one wants to talk about. On this show, we bring discussions of porn out into the shining sunlight.
This show features artist Jess Fink on drawing erotic comics, porn producer and performer Jiz Lee on how to talk about porn with your family, journalist Lynsey G on financing feminist porn, and an exploration of online erotic roleplaying with writer and gamer Katherine Cross. For more on feminism and erotica, read Bitch's Love/Lust issue.
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Wonder Woman first hit the comics page over 70 years ago—but her story and personal history has changed dramatically with each new generation of artists, writers, and fans.
This show explores Wonder Woman's origins and impact over seven decades. The LA-based Homemade News crew talks about the strange story of her creator William Marston, then we analyze her Amazonian origin story with an excerpt of an article by Stevie St. John. Then, author and scholar Jennifer K. Stuller heads to San Diego ComiCon to talk with comics fans and publishers about what Wonder Woman means to them. Finally, we look to the future of Wonder Woman, as DC comics team Cat Staggs and Amanda Deibert talk about the new Wonder Woman comic book they're creating right now.
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In this episode, we look at the way movies and music discuss reproductive rights, including an analysis of Nicki Minaj lyrics, a history of American sex-ed films, and an exploration of the how movies make abortion seem more dangerous than it really is.
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The country is debating rules that could give big companies like Verizon and Comcast much more control over the internet. We look at how why feminists—and anyone who cares about independent media—should care about the future of the internet.
Three stories from women writers about life on the road, including Allyson McCabe's interview with Led Zeppelin cover band Lez Zeppelin, Erin Gilbert's profile of a mysterious desert traveler in the early 1900s, and storyteller Kimberly Dark's tale of big people in small airplane seats.
Why is it that white men in America are paid more—on average—than women and people of color in every single state? We dig into the realities behind the wage gap with help from three all-stars. First Lilly Ledbetter explains how it feels to fight your employer for equal pay all the way to the Supreme Couty. Then, journalist Sarah L. Jaffe breaks down the myths of minimum wage. Finally, author Sheila Bapat explains the racist and sexist history behind our country's failure to pay domestic workers fairly. Tune in.
This show features the song "Workin' Woman Blues" by the fantastic Valerie June.
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We always complain about about bad sex scenes and unrealistic sex in pop culture, but what makes really good sex writing? Best Sex Writing 2013 editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and Smut Peddlercomics publisher Spike talk with us about what they've learned makes great writing about sex.
Also featuring thoughtful cameos from cartoonists Erika Moen and Colleen Coover, plus AJ from feminist sex-toy boutique She Bop, who recall their favorite cinematic sex scenes. It's all way too much fun.
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Feminist spoken word roadshow Sister Spit has been sporadically criss-crossing the nation for 20 years now, building community around radical writing, poetry, and films. The group started in 1994 as a Bay Area open mic night meant to highlight the work of women artists who weren't getting enough attention. Since then, Sister Spit has become a traveling show and literary press. On this episode, we talk with three talented members of recent Sister Spit tours: essayist Beth Lisick, poet Dia Felix, and artist and musician Cristy Road.
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