Corporate Egg-Freezing - And Whether Taylor Swift Is A Billboard for Trumpian Values

Thank you to everyone who enjoyed our special episode with Tina Brown last week - we had a huge response. We miss her already <3

This week in the Tina-free studio, we discuss whether corporations offering to pay for women to freeze their eggs - as happening in America and soon, Australia - is a generous health benefit, or a patriarchal attempt to stave off motherhood. Shouldn’t we improve conditions and parity for working mothers (subsidised nurseries, better paternity leave, flexi-hours) first?

Also in this week’s episode: Taylor Swift has been accused of espousing Trumpian values, with her white feminism and political silence. We draw on several brilliant pop-culture writers, to discuss whether this theory has any value. We cannot help but wonder, in that Carrie Bradshaw way: when did it become possible for a popstar to just be, well, a popstar? Now, they must be a symbol, an icon, a vessel and a plate. As Greta Gerwig says on Fresh Air, when quizzed why she worked with Woody Allen - women are just terrified of saying the wrong thing and getting it wrong. Tiring, huh.

Nuggets from The Top Line include the revelation that salted caramel is comparable to heroin; Christmas dinners are more expensive than ever before; and, devastatingly, that a third of women’s refuges are under threat of closure in the UK.

There’s a slew of podcast episode, series, articles and exhibition recommendations this week - links all below - and in the run up to Christmas, a few requests:

Who will help Pandora find a Father Christmas jumper, complete with patent belt, to spread across her pudding-like paunch?

And, Adam Buxton, when will you come on our podcast?

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Reading/ watching/ viewing & listening this week:

Laura Freeman on Modigliani for The Sunday Times Culture mag

Book tickets to Modigliani at The Tate Modern

Watch The Sinner, on Netflix

Hadley Freeman on why feminist theory didn’t cure her anorexia, for The Guardian

Eva Wiseman interviews Little Mix for The Observer mag

Dorian Lynskey on Taylor Swift for GQ mag (December issue, on sale now)

Taylor Swift: An Envoy for Trump’s Values? By anon for The Guardian

Greta Gerwig on Fresh Air: