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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TV shows House of Cards and Parks and Recreation both point important real-world dynamics. While young men have a wealth of male mentors to choose from—as well as so-called old boy networks—young women have few gender-specific examples of what success looks like.
On these shows, we see two examples of young women looking up to a singular older, female role model: House of Card's cub reporter Zoe (Kate Mara) admires rich nonprofit chief Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) and Parks and Rec's city hall staffer April (Aubrey Plaza) has Councilwoman Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) to thank for much advice and career help.
On television, there's no shortage of portrayals of young, aspiring writers. From ruthless journalists to confessional novelists to sensationalist writers, current TV shows offer us a wealth of female publishing hopefuls. And while this inspires a new generation of women to make themselves heard in a largely male-dominated landscape, the growing number of TV portrayals of female writers reflects how the world represses young voices in general—and young, female voices in particular.