The hosts of Slate’s the Waves podcast on sexism, privilege, and mansplaining.

Mike Pesca and the Sexism Critique

Mike Pesca and the Sexism Critique

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 27 2018 9:00 PM

The Pushback Artist

How can we recognize our own blind spots about sexism and privilege?

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Women’s rights demonstrators during the Time’s Up rally in London on Jan. 21.

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Then, and more seriously: a look back on a recent episode.

On Wednesday, The Gist ran an interview with Allison Yarrow about 90s Bitch, her book about sexism in the age of 24-7 news coverage. And in the Spiel, Mike offered a rebuttal of sorts with statistics on the plight of women in the ’80s versus the ’90s. It improved, didn’t it? A shrinking gender wage gap! Less domestic violence! Greater representation in the Senate! But some listeners said that wasn’t the point, and took issue with the episode. Christina Cauterucci, June Thomas, and Veralyn Williams of the Waves (Slate’s podcast on gender and feminism) join Mike to discuss the episode, the reactions, and the lessons learned.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.