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.
In light of Chelsea Manning—formerly known as Bradley Manning—announcing her name change and preferred gender last week, news outlets were stumbling over themselves in stories reporting on the convicted Army private's transition. Only a handful, including NPR, have revised their policies to refer to Manning as a woman.
Watching Bristol Palin's teen pregnancy PSA the other day and reading reactions to it (including Bitch's own Kelsey Wallace), I was reminded of a question that I've been turning over in my mind lately, namely who has the authority/credibility/legitimacy to speak to issues of class and privilege?