While marking the passing of Judith Krantz, Maya’s favorite trashy novelist of female sexual empowerment, we get into E. Jean Carroll’s explosive yet strangely ignored essay on Donald Trump and sexual assault, Mary Gaitskill’s recent New Yorker novella, and the emergent literature of #MeToo.
Rebecca and Maya talk about the recent mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso, and Gilroy, in the context of the extremist right-wing online subcultures cultures that inspired them, using clips from previous deep dive episodes. We excerpt, in part, from the following episodes, in case our listeners want go back and listen to the full … Continue reading "Episode 84: Dayton: El Paso: Gilroy :: Misogyny: White Supremacy: Conspiracy"
Two nights. Twenty candidates. So much alcohol. Maya and Rebecca drink our way through the Democratic Debates, analyzing the star turns, the breakout moments, the also-rans, the douchebags, as we try to tell the white guys apart.
Migrant concentration camps are in the news, along with public debate about whether to call those camps what they actually are. So Maya and Rebecca tackle the question, not only of what to call concentration camps, but also how Americans perform Holocaust remembrance and what it really means to “never forget.”
Sex is great! Porn is great! But also, sometimes not. Maya and Rebecca dig deep into the longstanding feminist debates around sex work, porn, and sex positive feminism, uncovering how both sides are mostly right… and also frequently wrong.
Incels getting plastic surgery, Mueller speaking publicly, Trump tweeting… There’s a lot to catch up with this week. Plus, a new music video and recent film inspire Maya and Rebecca to delve into the question: Can men tell the story of a woman’s life?
It’s been a rough few weeks for reproductive Justice. Maya and Rebecca have some things to say about it, including how done they are with not only anti-abortion rhetoric but also some abortion rights language that needs to go away.
There’s a recent trend of documentaries about abuse, in which survivors recount their stories in lurid detail. Maya and Rebecca unpack what’s going on with these films, what makes them so satisfying to watch, and what we need to see next.
The Mueller Report is in, Joe Biden is a creep and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to be fricking awesome. Maya and Rebecca have a lot of news & culture catching up to do, so they get extra drunk and dive right in.
Maya and Rebecca delve into the strange appeal of and, in a rare turn, disagree about “The Great British Baking Show”(a.k.a. “Great British Bake Off”). Can special guest Alex Preston, a real live British person, help resolve the controversy?
The saucy ladies are joined by activist and writer Charlotte Clymer to uncover how two recent events – the college admissions cheating scandal and theTucker Carlson tapes -are far more related than you might think.
This one’s a doozy. Maya and Rebecca dive into jaw-dropping revelations about Paul Manafort contained in his daughter’s hacked text messages. Maya’s analysis, titled “Kompromat: Or, Revelations from the Unpublished Portions of Andrea Manafort’s Hacked Texts” appeared in the LA Review of Books (read it!), and there’s a whole lot to discuss, ranging from interracial … Continue reading "Episode 69: Paul Manafort & Hacked Texts"
From Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer to William Randolph Hearst and the advent of yellow journalism, tabloids and ultra-wealthy men have a long history of interdependence. Maya and Rebecca examine that relationship in the context of changing cultural narratives and tropes about the super rich. Also, dick pics.
Maya and Rebecca break down the two competing Fyre Fest documentaries, delving into what’s so fascinating about the infamous fiasco and what it tells us about social media, con men and American culture.