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Betraying Big Brother

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Can a groundswell of feminist activism threaten an authoritarian patriarchal regime?

Author, Leta Hong Fincher looks at this question through the study of women in China. In Betraying Big Brother, Fincher examines the current feminist movement in China. Following the “feminist five,” the reader is exposed to the history of the changing roles of women in the country, as well as the current activist movement fueled first through connections built online through the movement to the streets of cities in China.

Our discussion covers the book, thoughts on racism during the COVID-19 pandemic (at the beginning stages here in the U.S.) as well as the role of government in women’s lives.

Host Lisa Schweitzer is joined by Olivia Olson, David Sloane, and Aubrey Hicks for this episode!

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Read along with us! Next month we’re reading Environmental Justice in a Moment of Danger by Julie Sze. 

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Thank you to our co-producers Aubrey Hicks
and Jonathan Schwartz as well as our beloved sound supervisors, The
Brothers Hedden. Recorded via Zoom, because in late March 2020, we are “Safer at Home,” per instructions from Los Angeles City.

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