The best stories are the juicy ones. This episode of our feminist pop culture podcast is all about pulp (timely, right?). We talk with best-selling thriller writer Chelsea Cain about how her pregnancy inspired her to get started writing gory stories and she reads us a horrific short story about a hungry zombie baby. Then, we feature a sneak-peek excerpt from Monica Nolan's new lesbian erotica pulp, Maxine Mainwearing: Lesbian Dilettante. Finally, we talk with everyone's favorite mystery writer Laura Lippman about love, money, and reality television.
Our Popaganda relaunch kicks off with a bang: This episode digs into issues of monogamy. We tend to take monogamy for granted as a goal of relationships, but that's in part because it's an idea that been carefully constructed and policed throughout history. On this 20-minute episode, author of Sex and Punishment Eric Berkowitz explains the strange legal history of monogamy, writer Alex Borinsky discusses the role of monogamy as a political tool in the same-sex marriage debate, and sex educator Tristan Taormino dishes on the logistics of open relationships. Tune in!
This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by She Bop!
Here's the latest Shortstacks podcast from Audio Smut! Taking a ride share back to New York City from a media conference in Detroit, Mitra from Audio Smut met Famous. Famous moved to New York City's Lower East Side in the early '90s and built a home, literally. She was one of a few hundred people who reclaimed and revived the urban landscape of the Lower East Side. She was a squatter. In this Shortstack we hope to dispell myths about squatting and portray how radically the Lower East Side has changed.
A special thanks to our friend Famous for telling her story. For more information about NYC's anti-gentrification movements check out the website for the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space.
Here's the latest Shortstacks podcast from our friends at Audio Smut!
In this shortstack, we look at the bio-chemistry of gender. Pop science consistently refers to estrogen and testosterone as the sources of masculine and feminine traits. Do high testosterone levels cause more stereotypically male behavior? Does estrogen generate a surplus of emotion? We speak with Dr Cary Costello and a friend of ours doing hormone treatment to unpack the stereotypes and get at the heart of the issue.
Transcript and more after the jump.
As you may have noticed, Bitch Radio has been on a brief hiatus. Have no fear though, feast your ears on another episode of Shortstacks, a collaboration with our friends from Audio Smut!
This episode takes a closer look at the internet backlash against the "reply girls" of YouTube. Here's what Audio Smut has to say:
Bitch magazine's latest issue explores our society's changing notions of fame and fortune. In this short, we deconstruct the hype around "reply girls." Reply girls are women on Youtube who reply to trending videos with a thumbnail image of their breasts as a way to capitalize on the high view counts. The internet backlash is appalling, and the rhetoric in the media skirts what the issue is: run-of-the-mill spam. We look into how and why this is happening.
A special thanks to our guest experts Tony and Eric (@eric_neuman) along with all the amazing YouTubers out there on the internet!
Did any of you stay up past your bedtimes to see The Hunger Games last night? We did!
To hear thoughts on the film from teens dressed up in homemade "Peeta bread" t-shirts, parents accompanying minors, disgruntled fans, and more—and to hear me profess my undying love for Stanley Tucci (the shining star of the film, in my opinion)—tune in to our Bitch Radio review (embedded after the jump). Spoilers ahead, naturally.
I'm happy to introduce a new audio series...Shortstacks!
Shortstacks will be a quarterly, short-form audio piece produced by the fabulous folks at Audio Smut, a radio show commandeered by a collective of sex positive activists "committed to finding creative ways of challenging notions of decency." Major thanks to Kaitlin Prest for wanting to make sweet (and sexy!) feminist podcast music together.
Here's what Kaitlin from Audio Smut has to say about this episode:
This winter, Bitch looks at Frontiers. In this audio short we discuss the frontier of sexual technology (sex robots!). The cultural imagination has long been fascinated with machines that have sex, and with advances in technology these fantasies are getting closer to becoming reality. So here we take a critical look at pop cultural representations of sex robots and get a glimpse of what might be in store.
In the latest issue of Bitch, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore asks, "What if the real problem isn't flamboyance or cocksucking or limp wrists, but a straight world that rejects gay people and a gay world that seeks legitimacy only for those willing to conform to a straight society?" ("Homo Work," interview by Jessica Hoffmann). Writer, editor, activist, artist, filmmaker, critic, and troublemaker, Mattilda stopped by the Bitch Media offices this weekend to do a Popaganda session with me, Kelsey, and Andi. In this podcast episode, we'll talk about her new anthology Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, language and reclamation, the recent movie Weekend, and more!