Let’s just get this clear at the outset: New film The DUFF is based on the premise that every group of female friends has a “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” whose sole purpose for being in the group is to act as a gateway to her prettier companions.
Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller are the hosts of hit new science podcast Invisibilia. Photo credit John W. Poole/NPR.
For years, if you tuned into a podcast, the voice streaming through your headphones would most likely belong to a man. In February 2013, women hosted only 13 percent of the world's 100 most popular podcasts. Two years later, by my count, the disparity in the top-100 remains woefully similar. But other signals suggest a shift is underway.
For the first time in four years, the acting categories of the Academy Awards are lily-white. It's a curious circumstance, since one of this year's Best Picture nominees, Selma, features a predominantly Black cast.
Look, I don’t think the Oscars are all bad. There are some good films nominated, for sure. I’m rooting for Selma as Best Picture and Citizenfour for Best Documentary. I bet Patricia Arquette will snag Best Actress for her excellent role inBoyhood and I like howThe Imitation Game centers its story around the destructiveness of homophobia and sexism. But... that’s pretty much it.
The site ThatsNotCool.com offers "callout cards" to send to people who cross your digital boundaries.
Last week, England became the third country to enact a national law criminalizing revenge porn. The law, which covers England and Wales, makes it illegal to share sexually explicit images or videos of someone without their consent.
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, Amy shrugs her shoulders at the Oscars, Sarah gets all excited about nonmonogamy on House of Cards, and comedian Jessica Williams gets props. Plus: one thing we read, one thing we heard, and one thing we saw this week. The song featured on this week's episode is "Recognition" by THEEsatisfaction.
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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