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The feminist blogosphere era officially ended last November when Jezebel, website and water cooler of millennial feminism, was shut down by its media overlords. But even though Jezebel was swiftly put on life support by Paste magazine, its long-term survival remains unclear partly due to the same, old "business problems" of feminist media. First, senior lecturer Melanie Waters shares what happened 50 years ago when Ms. magazine launched with a million-dollar investment but never turned a profit. Then, New York Times reporter Emma Goldberg explains how the feminist blogosphere's success help put it out of business and how Gen Z feminists are navigating today's fractured feminist internet. GET IN TOUCH: Send voice memos to hello@unladylike.co Follow Unladylike on Instagram and TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates Thank you to this episode's sponsor, Flure Dating App: Made for Pleasure - https://flure.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Small Dick Energy

Small Dick Energy

2024-02-2032:35

Why is penis size and performance the go-to butt of the joke, especially when we're talking about shitty men? Is it punching up at misogyny, or just recycling bad material? Writer Mikala Jameson (Body Type) introduces America's Small Dick Joke Problem, interrogates the instinct to hit misogyny where it hurts and recalls an infamous "hot dog down a hallway." Then, Robin Taylor, Your Trans Friend You Didn't Know You Needed, takes us deeper into the simultaneous objectification and erasure wrapped up in their punchlines. Highlights include Ben Shap***, gym bros, Sydney Sweeney's flop romcom, truck nuts, everyday transphobia and the "normal" trap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
**Unladies' Room Patreon preview** Grab your snorkel masks and oxygen tanks, unladies! We're revisiting my 2019 interview with cave diver and underwater explorer Jill Heinerth (ep. 64: How to Dive Into Fear). She takes us along her path into the incredibly dangerous world of cave diving, how she approaches fear as an asset and what sexism looks like in her niche field.  To hear the full, ad-free episode, join the Patreon - and THANK YOU!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
More Than Best Friends

More Than Best Friends

2024-02-1333:52

What if society exalted the love and commitment of friendship as highly as that of marriage and biological family? How would our lives change if close friends were more empowered to be our til-death-do-us-part significant others? Journalist Rhaina Cohen (NPR, Embedded) talks to Cristen about the friendship that shook up her own notions of BFFs; how platonic intimacy became sexually suspect and the legal barriers to nonmarital support systems. Highlights include: passionate but not sexual friend attraction, straight men besties, friend co-parenting, Byzantine brotherhoods, Thelma & Louise and the finale of HBO's Girls. Rhaina's new book is The Other Significant Others: Reimagining Life with Friendship at the Center. Send in your voice memos: hello@unladylike.co Follow Unladylike: IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop merch Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sharing an episode of another podcast we’re loving: Your Mama’s Kitchen, all about cuisine and culture, ingredients and identities, and the meals and memories that make us who we are. Every week, host Michele Norris talks to guests like Michelle Obama, Glennon Doyle, and José Andrés. They explore the complexities of family life and how their earliest culinary experiences helped shape their personal and professional lives—and of course, each guest shares a recipe from their youth so you can taste a bit of their story. In this episode, chef, writer and tv personality Samin Nosrat shares stories of her mother's Persian cooking in Samin's childhood kitchen, of her time training with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkley, California, and of a special trip Samin took with her mother when she was a teenager that made Samin realize how influential her own Iranian culture had been in her life, all along. The best part -- Samin shares the recipe for her Iranian-influenced, lemony chicken soup that you can savor in your own home. You can listen to more of Your Mama’s Kitchen HERE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Care + Capitalism

Care + Capitalism

2024-02-0638:52

If care workers make all work possible, then why aren't they better taken care of? And what if that predominantly low-income women of color workforce would rather care for their own children and families? Answer: racial capitalism. Barnard historian Premilla Nadasen contexualizes today's multibillion-dollar care industry in the domestic worker rights and welfare rights movements and builds the case for redefining work and reimagining care through radical Black feminism. Her newest book is Care: The Highest Stage of Capitalism. Follow Unladylike: IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Shop mErCh Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
**Unladies' Room Patreon preview** Did y'all know women initiate 70% of divorces in husband-wife marriages? Are no-fault divorce laws to blame?? Cristen digs through divorce rate stats, facts and an old LIFE magazine to help explain the paradoxical and persistent relationship between women and divorce. To hear the full, ad-free episode, join the Patreon - and THANK YOU!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
MRKH Syndrome

MRKH Syndrome

2024-01-3035:21

At 16 years old, Molly McGlynn discovered why she'd never had a period. Diagnosed with MRKH syndrome, Molly was born without a uterus, cervix and an underdeveloped vaginal canal. Blindsided, teenage Molly was then promptly tasked with "making" her own vagina - and advised to keep it all a secret. Now a grownup and filmmaker, Molly shares how MRKH upended her teenage life, her journey to reconnecting with her own body and turning that trauma into the coming of age comedy Fitting In, starring Maddie Ziegler and Emily Hampshire. Send voice memos: hello@unladylike.co Follow @unladylikemedia: IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop mErCh Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What happens when someone who built their career on being Indigenous turns out to be ... a white lady? Award-winning writer and reporter Michelle Cyca shares how she came face to face with Indigenous identity fraud, why academia and the arts have a 'Pretendian' problem and what these scams means for Indigenous rights and sovereignty. **This episode originally aired on January 31, 2023** Read Michelle's MacLean's cover story, The Curious Case of Gina Adams: A "Pretendian" Investigation Send voice memos and emails to: hello@unladylike.co Follow Unladylike: IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Shop bRaNd NeW mErCh Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
**Unladies' Room Patreon preview** With Real Housewives of Salt Lake City having a pop cultural moment, it's the perfect time for a reality check on women, gender and Mormonism.  Listen to Cristen's uncut 2018 interview with Kate Kelly, who sent shockwaves through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) when she dared to ask why women aren't allowed into the Mormon priesthood. Originally featured in Unladylike episode 8: How to Be a Mormon Feminist. To hear the full, ad-free episode, join the Patreon - and THANK YOU!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Boy Moms & Girl Dads

Boy Moms & Girl Dads

2024-01-1734:051

Since when did parenting opposite-gender kids get branded as #BoyMoms and #GirlDads (not to be confused with "fathers of daughters")? Cristen unravels their origins and compares what these viral identities tell us about motherhood, masculinity and societal pressures to have at least "one of each." Highlights include: toxic boy moms of TikTok, Etsy merch, Rhianna, the Kardashians, a brief history of mother blame, Kobe Bryant, virtue signaling and angry dads at gender reveal parties. Send voice memos: hello@unladylike.co Follow Unladylike: IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop merch Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Why NOT Kamala 2024?

Why NOT Kamala 2024?

2024-01-0937:31

Ready or not, the 2024 presidential election is fast approaching. So why hasn't the Democratic Party pushed for President Biden step aside and run the Veep instead? And how come the even bigger question swirling around Kamala Harris is whether SHE'S the one who should step down? Follow Unladylike: IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Shop Unladylike merch Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The invention of tabloids was both revolutionary and regressive for women, and it all goes back to The Daily Mail (yes, that Daily Mail with the book-length headlines and endless celeb photos). In this Unladies' Room bonus episode, Kristen Meinzer (How to Be Fine, The Daily Fail) regales us with the surprising women's history of The Daily Mail, feminized news and what tabloids actually get right. Follow Unladylike on IG, Twitter, TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop mErCh Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
American Girl Dollcore

American Girl Dollcore

2023-12-1243:313

How did a line of expensive, educational dolls overtake 90s girlhood? Historians and Dolls of Our Lives hosts Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney tell us the backstory of Pleasant Rowland inventing American Girl, the brand's uneasy relationship with feminism and Barbie, and why Molly et al remain iconic despite their obvious flaws. Their new book is Dolls of Our Lives: Why We Can't Quit American Girl. MORE, MORE, MORE: Follow Unladylike on IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop mErCh Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The pelvic floor is so much more than Samantha Jones' kegels and postpartum prolapse. In this Unladies' Room bonus episode, pelvic floor physical therapist Dr. Kara Strauss breaks down "the keystone of the body" (!!), its many functions and why we don't talk about it enough. Kara also guides Cristen through pelvic floor therapy and how it applies to painful intercourse, elusive orgasms, peeing your pants when you laugh and gender-affirming healthcare. The body's KEYSTONE, y'all! Absolutely had to share this Patreon bonus on the main feed for all to hear. Follow Unladylike on IG, Twitter, TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop merch Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Is it sexist when straight men call each other the b-word? Cristen tracks down how bitch has (and hasn't) evolved and advises an unlady whose boyfriend thinks the b-word is no longer gendered. Then, a neurodivergent unlady is unsure how to ask friends to stop casually dropping the r-slur. BUT FIRST! Some recommended listening on Palestine: Rethinking Palestine Unsettled On the Nose Ethnically Ambiguous 5-4 More, more, more: Follow Unladylike: IG, Twitter, TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop merch Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What does a good life mean, especially when bad things are happening? The Mash-Up Americans creators and hosts Amy Choi and Rebecca Lehrer are celebrating their 10th podcast anniversary by answering just that. Amy and Rebecca share their epic story of deep friendship, storytelling partnership and why living a good life is neither boring nor simple. (Nor does it cater to men.) Follow Unladylike: IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreion Shop merch Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
What do Miss Universe, Miss World and international beauty pageants tell us about globalization and national identity, and why are pageants becoming MORE popular across the Global South? Feminist sociologist Dr. Oluwakemi Balogun embedded in Nigeria’s beauty pageant industry to find out. Kemi takes us beyond Western feminism’s tête-à-tête with pageant culture and to see what big international beauty pageants can tell us about gender, globalization, and the precarious power of being a beauty queen. Her book is Beauty Diplomacy: Embodying a Nation.  more more more: Follow on IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop merch Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
SCOTUS just kicked off a new term, and Strict Scrutiny hosts and law professors Leah Litman and Kate Shaw are here to explain how the Justices pick which cases to hear / what fresh hell might be in store. Then, Leah and Kate break down the stakes of Acheson Hotels v. Laufer, civil rights testers and what it has to do with last year's SCOTUS win for the Colorado website designer who wished to refuse (nonexistent) gay clients. We also get into the MINDBOGGLING case of US v. Rahimi, what's next for the mifepristone appeal and keeping tabs on the Big Bad that is the Alliance Defending Freedom.  This is a bonus episode from the Unladies' Room Patreon. Support the pod and come on in! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Are magic mushrooms poised to become the next big mental health med, and if so, who stands to benefit? Psychologist and Chacruna Institute co-founder Dr. Clancy Cavnar reframes today's psychedelic renaissance through the lens of social justice, queer liberation and Indigenous reciprocity. Along the way, we confront the ugly history of LSD conversion therapy, the wildly high cost of legal psilocybin therapy in Oregon and why it all comes back to patriarchy. Follow: IG | Twitter | TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop ~merch~ Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. . . . Thank you to Hinge for sponsoring this episode! We all deserve to have more control over our dating experience and go on great dates. So download Hinge, and find someone worth deleting the app for: https://hin.ge/Unladylike. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (117)

S. E. Wigget

"White Gladys and the Orcas" sounds like a band name.

Sep 5th
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connie d

as far back as I can recall, I've been criticized by men (including my dad) for not laughing at sexist garbage called jokes. I've been called a feminist killjoy many times and im proud af about that.

Jun 13th
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S. E. Wigget

Donate to the Abortion Care Network & the National Network of Abortion Funds.

Mar 8th
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S. E. Wigget

These needledickbugfuckers aren't pro-life. It's a deceitful term they use to try covering up the fact that they're anti-women--and want women to die in childbirth. They're forced birthers.

Mar 8th
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S. E. Wigget

I pronounce his name Matthew Cocksmirk.

Mar 8th
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S. E. Wigget

How about: "Stop treating women like objects and treat us like human beings, needledickbugfucker."

Mar 2nd
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Lori C.

Cristen .... *sigh* i hoped the quality of the podcast wouldn't diminish when it just became "you" .... it did diminish. I just can't support this pod anymore. good luck

Feb 19th
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ID19619055

Thank you so much for centering ALL people with uteruses.

Dec 5th
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Nina Moretti

I was once asked by an elderly lady: "Haven't you lost anything?", having allowed my kids aged 3 and 5 to go around the market in our small town. And I answered: "NO!"

Dec 1st
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Maria Jouravleva

This episode had a lot of potential, but it felt very rushed and disorganized. Bummer.

Oct 19th
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Gerlach Kowalewski

I really appreciated this piece. I often think of how much of a time suck and a mental drain diving into comment conversations can be. But sometimes it is worth it. At the end of the day, it's important to assert oneself and to attempt to have discussions about what matters to you.https://www.mythdhr.net/

Apr 1st
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Maggie Baird

Didn't know how much I needed a podcast in my life. Keeps me confident & proud to be a woman. ❤️❤️❤️

Mar 17th
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Lori C.

legit topic ... wish it had been a thing 20ish years ago to talk about... the grating voice of the guest made it hard to listen.

Feb 7th
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Sanne Høybye

Absolutely love this podcast - the content as well as the hosts 😍

Dec 30th
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Sanne Høybye

Love this podcast!!

Nov 25th
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Sanne Høybye

One of my absolute favorite podcasts! Clever as well as entertaining :)

Nov 17th
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connie d

this is so important- thank you! as a survivor of abusive relationships and mlms, I wish I'd understood this earlier in life, although I was born into a cultish family, so it was all I knew. thank you for informing people.

Nov 6th
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Michelle Pegler

Holy cow this episode is POWERFUL. Mya and Deanna are so freaking brave and awesome. It's unbelievable what their school did to them.

Jul 20th
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Sookie's Mom

Love and appreciate this episode so much, I cried when the guest shared about her doctor empathizing with her and then again when she talked about the relief that a diagnosis brings. I wish there could be an additional episode or two because there is so much more story to tell. Many women, like myself, have had multiple surgeries and Endo just keeps coming back. It would be awesome to survey women to find what they would like others to know about the disease they have. I would share that Endo has effected every single area of my life and being that it is an "invisible disease" I often feel shame and guilt for the things I cannot do or participate in. Love you both! xo

Jul 18th
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Simone

fantastic episode, the listener's response was perfect

May 3rd
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