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90s Bitch

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Journalist Allison Yarrow says in the 90s a woman reaching for power or just in the public eye was often labeled a "bitch." And that word became a weapon used to hold women back.

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Journalist Allison Yarrow says that while lots of women made headlines in 1990s - think Anita Hill, Hillary Clinton, and Monica Lewinsky - the story was basically that they were bitches. Yarrow says reaching for power or just being in the public eye meant being objectified and maligned in the new 24-hour news cycle. And the word bitch came to be a weapon used to hold women back. Monday, Yarrow joins us to talk about how this “bitchification” happened and what it means for women today.

Allison Yarrow is a journalist and the author of 90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality [Indie bookstore|Amazon|Audible]

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