Know Your Enemy

Suburban Woman (w/ Dorothy Fortenberry)

Episode Summary

Matt and Sam talk to The Handmaid's Tale writer and playwright Dorothy Fortenberry about gender and politics, the work women do, the importance of institutions, #TheResistance, and more!

Episode Notes

Matt and Sam are joined by Dorothy Fortenberry for a wide-ranging conversation about women and politics. Topics include growing up in Washington, D.C; her experiences writing women characters in Hollywood;  why the left should take over existing institutions; the complicated Catholic motherhood of Amy Coney Barrett; and much, much more. For those not familiar with her work, Fortenberry is a writer and producer on Hulu’s award-winning adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, and her plays include Species Native, Partners, Mommune, and Good Egg. She's a regular contributor to Commonweal, among other publications, though for her latest political takes you should follow her on Twitter (@Dorothy410berry).


Dorothy Fortenberry, "One of Those Serious Women: Andrea Dworkin's Radical Feminism," Commonweal , April 29, 2019

Dorothy Fortenberry, "A Plea to My Fellow Warren Moms," Commonweal, March 6, 2020

Dorothy Fortenberry, "Why I Stay," Commonweal, November 18, 2018


Highwomen, "Highwomen"

Highwomen, "Redesigning Women"

Dar Williams, "The Pointless, Yet Poignant, Crisis of a Co-Ed"


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