Talk Radio: Letting Boys Be Boys
Male dominated talk radio is central to the backlash against the feminist movement. The gains of women in the workplace threaten the traditional right wing. Limbaugh, Stern and their imitators fill the airwaves with their defense of male privilege. They yearn for the halcyon days of old where women were wombs and busy little bees in the kitchen. “Feminazis,” as Limbaugh calls them, are messing up the natural order of things.
Recorded at the Taos Talking Picture Festival.
Susan Douglas, Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan, one of America’s foremost media critics, is prominent in the effort to break down conventional representations of women. Her articles appear in The Progressive, The Nation, Ms., and other publications. She is the author of Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media and Listening In: Radio & the American Imagination.