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Nov. 28 2013 9:02 AM

DoubleX Gabfest: The Chanksgiving Edition

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In this weeks’ Gabfest, DoubleX editor Hanna Rosin joins Outward editor June Thomas and DoubleX managing editor Allison Benedikt to discuss the feuding Cheneys, GoldieBlox feminism, and Thanksgivukkah.

Other items discussed in the show:

  • Hanna’s debate earlier this month with Caitlin Moran, Maureen Dowd, and Camille Paglia on whether it’s really “the end of men.”
  • Gabfest regular Noreen Malone on the Cheney feud in the New Republic.
  • Mary Cheney’s Facebook post that started the fight.
  • Politico has a great profile of the situation by Jason Zengerle.
  • Liz Cheney’s latest campaign ad highlighting her family values.
  • The GoldieBlox Rube Goldberg video that went viral.
  • The text of the GoldieBlox suit against the Beastie Boys.
  • The concept video for Coin that June mentioned.
  • Katy Waldman in DoubleX discusses whether GoldieBlox is really the feminist toy it claims to be.
  • Also in the “toys for girls” vein: Lego Friends.
  • Allison explains in DoubleX why Thanksgivukkah is “bad for Jews and bad for America.”
  • BuzzFeed has a rundown of “How to Celebrate Thanksgivukkah, the Best Holiday of All Time.” Don’t forget the menurkey!
  • The story of David Plotz’s mother’s Thanksgiving baking extravaganza.

DoubleX recommendations:

June recommends TNT’s Major Crimes for the post-turkey coma—and don’t miss her interview with Mary McDonnell.

Hanna loves R. Kelly—and his on-the-fly love songs for Rolling Stone. But when you’re done watching that, check out George Packer’s excellent National Book Award winner The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

Allison has a warning: If you’re catching up on Breaking Bad on iTunes, the final season comes after Season 5. Don’t make Allison’s mistake.

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Allison Benedikt is a Slate senior editor. Follow her on Twitter.

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section. 

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