In sci-fi classic The Handmaid's Tale, women's bodies are controlled and seriously policied by society.
We can all agree that fetal alcohol syndrome is a tragedy. But although American public awareness campaigns about the dangers of drinking while pregnant have good intentions at heart, recent media initiatives have deployed tactics that shame moms while ignoring bigger issues. Instead of helping improve the lives of women and kids, these public action campaigns veer into borderline Handmaid’s Tale territory.
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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Saved by the Bell premiered 25 years ago this summer. We're sure to be seeing a lot of loving retrospectives of the sitcom about six friends in an upper-middle class high school, so I'm here to say that nostalgia has not made the show any more digestible. Instead, watching the show today feels like consuming a television relic.