Ep. #5 – Objectification (Ft. Melinda Tankard Reist)

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As I’ve written a couple of times before, I’m concerned about the issue of objectifying women.

As a genre that has been, far and large, catered to men (not that there’s anything wrong with that) the way in which women are sometimes portrayed is not the most appropriate one. True, metal is much better than hip hop, rap and pop music in its respect towards women, since at least the music isn’t deliberately made to belittle them, but there’s definitely room for improvement.

To discuss the objectification of women, as well as many other relevant topics, in this episode I’m joined by Melinda Tankard Reist, an Australian journalist and writer, specialized in the subject of the objectification of women in media, sexual abuse and exploitation.

She is the author of several books, as well as the editor or “Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualization of Girls, and “Big Porn Inc: Exposing the Harms of the Global Pornography Industry. 1)Note: In the Podcast I mistakenly credit Melinda as the author of Getting Real; she was, actually, the editor.

She currently works with Collective Shout, a movement aimed at stopping sexual exploitation, and also serves as a member of the Coalition against Trafficking in Women Australia.

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Further Info:

Malarek, Victor, “The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade”

Solzhenitsyn, Alexandr, “Prussian Nights

Abbey, Antonia, “Acquaintance Rape and Alcohol Consumption on College Campuses”, J Am Coll Health. 1991 Jan;39(4):165-9.

Foubert, John D., et. al.,  Behavior Differences Seven Months Later: Effects of a Rape Prevention Program”, Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Volume 44, Issue 4, Pages 1125–1146,

Armstrong, Elizabeth A., et. al., “Sexual Assault on Campus: A Multilevel, Integrative Approach to Party Rape“, Social Problems, Vol 53(4), Nov 2006, 483-499

MacDonogh, Giles, “After the Reich: The Brutal History of the Allied Occupation

Hip Hop, Beyond Beats and Rhymes (available for free on Youtube!)

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1. Note: In the Podcast I mistakenly credit Melinda as the author of Getting Real; she was, actually, the editor
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Considered by his mother as the brightest and prettiest boy, J's interest in metal started in his early teens, listening to bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica (coupled with an embarrassing period in which Marilyn Manson "totally represents me, man") eventually moving into the realm of power, black, and death metal. He holds a PhD in law, trains martial arts, practices law, and enjoys coming up with excuses as to why he has to miss work after going to a concert. He also dabbles as a concert photographer, you can see his sub-par work on his instagram.