Culture Gabfest

“The Patriarchy Can F Itself” Edition

Slate Culture Gabfest on Black Widow, Kevin Can F**k Himself, and the viral essay responding to “Cat Person.”

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Episode Notes

This week, Steve is joined by Allegra Frank, Slate senior editor, and Heather Schwedel, Slate staff writer. First, the panel discusses the new Marvel blockbuster Black Widow. Next, they talk about the AMC show Kevin Can F**k Himself. Finally, the hosts are joined by Alexis Nowicki to discuss her essay in Slate “‘Cat Person’ and Me.”

In Slate Plus, the panel talks about the rabbit holes they fell down during the pandemic.

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Podcast production by Cameron Drews. Production assistance by Cleo Levin.

Outro music is “Stone Cookies” by Dusty Decks.


Allegra: The cookies at City Cakes.

Heather: The documentary Kid 90.

Steve: This Woman’s Work: Alice Neel’s Portraits of Feminized Labor” by Jessica Fletcher in The Baffler.

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About the Show

New York Times critic Dwight Garner says, “The Slate Culture Gabfest is one of the highlights of my week.” The award-winning Culturefest features Slate culture critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner debating the week in culture, from highbrow to pop.

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  • Allegra Frank is a senior editor at Slate, covering music, video games, and the internet. She worked previously at Polygon and Vox.

  • Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

  • Heather Schwedel is a Slate staff writer.