This week’s podcast episode is awfully thought-provoking

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We’ve got the great Andi Zeisler—author and cofounder of Bitch Media—on Everything is Fine this week, and it’s a smart, funny, and sometimes troublesome conversation about where we are with feminism at the moment. Do listen in, on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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    Mar
    31 Oct 2020
    1:41pm

    Hi Kim,

    This is the first episode I checked out. I know I’m not your target demo (I’m a millenial) but I enjoy the blog and I like Andi Zeisler so I thought I’d give it a try. TBH, I was pretty turned off by your immediate question of ‘why don’t the youth care about reproductive rights?’ Again, I know I’m not your demographic, but I listen/read a lot of work that doesn’t center me/my demo and I don’t often feel so dismissed out of hand. It made me think maybe you need some more millenial/gen Z friends? Maybe you could get involved with some youth organizations and see the world from their (activist, not instagram) point of view. For example, I’m super inspired by the Sunrise Movement, who are like 15-20 years younger than me.

    One other thought on the reproductive rights issue specifically, from this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/30/us/politics/abortion-supreme-court-gen-z.html

    “Some young women said that they considered reproductive rights an important factor in determining how they vote, but they struggled to see how their activism on the issue could have an effect.

    When Ms. Baker helped coordinate local walkouts against gun violence, she sensed that young people no longer needed to wait for “permission” to demand change. With abortion advocacy, she said, organizers seem focused on waiting for decisions from the highest courts.”

    Food for thought. Anyway, I still like the blog. Thanks!

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      Mar
      31 Oct 2020
      1:42pm

      whoops this deleted all my line breaks so it looks a little crazy 🙂

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        D.Morgendorffer
        1 Nov 2020
        5:18pm

        Mar, I don’t know if you’ll see this, but I will proceed with the confidence and optimism of a someone who has just cleaned her coffeemaker for the month. (I’m sipping my first cup after its cleaning, which I always think is what tabula rasa tastes like.) Might I suggest you, via future comments, be one of the millennial friends from whose perspective we might be enriched? The reason I’m being so bold as to suggest this is that the two real bad things about getting older are a) the obvious, being closer to death and b) the increasing difficulty to making new friends. The fact that losing your line breaks bothers you indicates a sharing of values with GOACA. So, if having opinions about jumpsuits, raw hems, and why a size 39 in one clog is a a size 40 in another clog sound like fun to you, hooray!

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          Mar
          9 Nov 2020
          11:34am

          Absolutely agree to all of the above! I am more of a reader than a commenter by nature, but, point taken. I will try. And the 39 v 40 question hits *very* close to home 🙂 Thanks for the kind response. Thinking I should be cleaning my coffee maker more…

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    JoannaWNYC
    27 Oct 2020
    12:49pm

    Love the title for this one (also appreciate the discussion)

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    Emma
    28 Oct 2020
    6:07pm

    Would you interview Caitlin Moran? Her new book is great, and I want to know what she wears.

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    nadine
    27 Oct 2020
    11:41am

    Loved this episode! I didn’t know Bitch Media and I’m delighted to have found them.
    I missed not listening to an episode last week, but you always have such great guests and thoughtful conversations that I can imagine it takes a lot of time of preparation. You and Tally always have the best questions. Thank you so much!

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    Liz
    27 Oct 2020
    10:50pm

    Great guest. I loved her book. I wondered the same thing about younger feminists not seeming to care as much as we did about abortion, Kim, but I have a way more cynical take on why that is. I think easy access to birth control has made abortion much more of a poor woman’s issue, frankly, and that, combined with the fact that they grew up taking abortion rights for granted, is why more young women aren’t marching in the streets over this. So basically the opposite of the “feminism is more intersectional” argument of Zeisler’s, but very much the argument that young people care about issues that affect them personally (which has always been the case).

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