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In this week’s Gabfest, DoubleX managing editor Allison Benedikt joins New Republic staff writer Noreen Malone and Slate senior editor Dan Kois to discuss pop culture and (possible) feminist icon Beyoncé; a recent New Yorker story about mass shooter Amy Bishop; and weight-loss myths.
Other items discussed in the show:
- Noreen Malone’s New Republic piece on Beyoncé as the ideal feminist icon for our “can we have it all?” times.
- GQ’s recent Beyoncé interview.
- The conservative backlash to Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show look.
- A 1998 New Yorker piece, “Femmes Fatales,” on two books about violent women, When She Was Bad and Murder Most Rare.
- A recent New England Journal of Medicine article, “The Myths, Presumptions, and Facts About Obesity.”
- Gina Kolata’s report on the Journal article in The New York Times.
- Last month’s New York Times piece, “Study Suggests Lower Mortality Risk for People Deemed to Be Overweight.”
Noreen Malone recommends a collection of journalist Mark Jacobson’s work, American Gangster.
Dan Kois wants you to give a listen to soul singer Laura Lee’s 1971 classic, “Women’s Love Rights.”
Allison says to check out Dave Grohl’s new documentary, Sound City, about an iconic Los Angeles music studio, and how the transition from analog to digital recording put it out of business.
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