Whether this week’s guest Lindy West is taking a stance on victim-targeting rape jokes, misogyny in the comedy world or defending her place in the world as a fat woman, her words are always sharp, brilliant and ever so witty. Furthermore, she is willing to speak out about issues that affect all women, even when it comes at great personal cost–think Internet trolls who’ve made it their mission to disrupt her life. In her memoir Shrill – Notes From a Loud Woman she reveals all and her glorious self shines through as it does in this interview.
Lindy West is a columnist at The Guardian, and a contributor to This American Life. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vulture, Jezebel, The Stranger, and others. Her writing focuses on feminist polemics, social justice, body image, and more. She is the founder of I Believe You, It’s Not Your Fault, an advice blog for teens, as well as the reproductive rights destigmatization campaign #ShoutYourAbortion.