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About the Show
The Waves is a biweekly conversation about news and culture examined through the lens of gender and feminism. Every other Thursday, join the hosts—including Slate’s June Thomas, Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci, Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University, and Thirst Aid Kit’s Nichole Perkins—for frank discussions about the ways gender shapes everything. Our new name reflects generations of women from the various waves of feminism, the sound waves that carry us to your ears, and the waves we intend to make.
On this week’s episode of the Waves, Christina, June, Marcia, and Nichole discuss Lisa Taddeo’s book Three Women, which investigates the love lives of three real-life American women. They consider the demographics and attitudes of the women portrayed and what the book says about female desire. Then they unpack the Modern Love column, “Seduced, Then Scorned, by My Work Wife,” the account of a woman disenchanted with her marriage who describes an office flirtation with a lesbian co-worker. How much of this romance is imagined versus real? And what are the ethics of the author publishing this piece and exposing the identities of her co-workers? Finally, the panel reflects on their relationships to the work of Toni Morrison and the author’s legacy. They speak about the importance of representation and her position as a Great American Novelist.