On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues, people, and media that are making headlines right now. This week, we dig into new ABC sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, Serena Williams' 14-year boycott, and the best part about the Super Bowl (Missy Eliiott, obviously).
This episode of Backtalk is brought to you by the Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Scheduled for March 11-13, the symposium is a free series of lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and performances exploring issues of gender and sexuality. Learn more about this year's free schedule of events at go.lclark.edu/gendersymp.
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There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf on the Shelf, the common belief goes that if we’re being watched, we’ll be slightly more decent people.
A 1985 Portland protest seen in new film Arresting Power has the same message as protests today.
While millions of Americans have recently turned out in the streets to protest racial bias in policing, some activists have been busily documenting those protests. Over the past four years, the three women team of co-directors behind new documentaryArresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland put together an 84-minute film that feels like an oral history of police brutality in one city.
Ever wanted a women-centric history book to hand to a kid? This March, publisher City Lights/Sister Spit is releasing an exciting new book that tells the stories of 26 important American women, one for each letter of the alphabet.