Why is the movie of “Fifty Shades of Grey” such a big deal? What are we to make of the eruption of anti-Semitic violence in Europe from over here in America? Should Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to Congress in March, despite Pres. Obama’s objections? And just how scary is it to share your deepest darkest secrets with the entire world? That last one is a question this month’s panelists can answer from personal experience.
Episode 36 of The Salon features Naama Bloom, the founder & CEO of the shame-free women’s health company Hello Flo (of “Camp Gyno” fame); renowned essayist and cultural critic Daphne Merkin, author of “the Fame Lunches”; and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Lacey Schwartz, director of “Little White Lie.”
Watch the clips below for a taste of the episode!
Why All the Fuss About “Fifty Shades of Grey?”
There have been innumerable “think pieces” about the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the book on which it’s based. Why are serious people so absorbed by what might otherwise be considered a trashy piece of writing and film? Perhaps it’s because the “Fifty Shades” phenomenon takes women’s sexual lives and fantasies serious in a way that little else has before it. Or is there something inherently “wrong” with the melding of violence and sex? Our panelists debate.
Making Sense of Anti-Semitic Violence in Europe
Amid the recent deadly anti-Semitic attacks in Paris and Copenhagen — and reports of escalating anti-Semitism all over Europe — it’s easy to draw comparisons to Europe in 1939, but should we? What are the forces contributing to increased anti-Semitic acts across the Atlantic? Our guests have a deeply insightful discussion about this worrying issue.
Should Netanyahu Address Congress in March?
The Jewish world has been wringing its collective hands over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned address to U.S. Congress in March, just before Purim. Speaker of the House John Boehner issued the invitation without consulting Pres. Obama, and Netanyahu accepted against Obama’s wishes. Is he right to give the speech? Hear what our panelists think.
On Sharing Secrets
This month’s are no strangers to breaking taboos and sharing their secrets with the world — from Lacey making a film about how her mixed race identity was hidden from her growing up, to Daphne writing about her battle with Depression and other intimate issues, to Naama pushing women’s health concerns out into the open. They share their experiences with telling secrets and why it’s so important to do so.