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A feminist lifestyle podcast on a mission to stay curious, build empathy and raise hell. Hosted by Cristen Conger.

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Magical Overthinking

Magical Overthinking

2024-04-0939:431

What do vision boards and Princess Diana conspiracy theories have in common? They both rely on a kind of magical thinking called proportionality bias. It's one of many cognitive biases that returning guest Amanda Montell connects to all the woo-woo and delulu going around these days. From the sunk cost fallacy of toxic relationships to the halo effect of female celebs to the declinism of everyday doomsday speak, Amanda makes even the most mindboggling and brainrotting realities of today's (mis)information overload more bearable. Highlights include: Beyonce's vegan surprise, Charli XCX stans, Earth Mamas, therapy influencers, TikTok astrologers and "learning to stomach a sense of irresolution." Amanda's new book is The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality. Follow Unladylike on Instagram and 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
**Unladies' Room Patreon preview** A labor-free life of feminine leisure, and/or the ultimate self-care con? The SAHGs (stay-at-home girlfriends) of TikTok have been described as a manifestation of Gen Z, anti-girlboss culture. Except, they’re still getting paid to work!! To hear the full, ad-free episode, join the Patreon <3<3 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mean Girl Feminism

Mean Girl Feminism

2024-04-0236:49

What's the difference between a white feminist and a mean girl? Not so much, as Kim Hong Nguyen explains this episode. From colonial era white women to TERFs on main today, mean girl feminism is a new term for an old problem that's all show, no go and oblivious to racialized white feminisms. We also meet its four familiar faces: Whitesplaining White Lady of Liberal Reason; Girlboss, a Self-Promotional Equity Lady; Karen with Illegible Rage; and Power Couple Wife with Resting Bitch Face. Kim is an associate professor of communication arts, and gender and social justice at the University of Waterloo. Her new book is Mean Girl Feminism: How White Feminists Gaslight, Gatekeep and Girlboss. Follow Unladylike on Instagram and TikTok Join the Unladies' Room Patreon Shop Unladylike merch Contact Multitude Productions for ad rates, etc. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Are butch-femme roles in queer relationships just recycling the same old hetero his 'n' hers gender boxes? What happens when toxic masculinity invades queer relationships and spaces? In an Unladylike FIRST, we're re-asking and re-answering a listener advice request–and with empathetic expertise from Autostraddle editor in-chief Carmen Phillips and membership editorial and ops wrangler and writer Nico Hall. Carmen and Nico break down butch misogyny, femme objectification and why lesbian relationships aren't immune to patriarchy. Highlights include: midcentury Buffalo lesbians, helpful dykes, queer signaling and Catholic school unladies. Carmen and Nico's recommended reading: Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold Kate Bornstein (author of Gender Outlaw) With Gratitude and Struggle: Loving Butch/Femme as a Trans Woman Butch Memoirs to Check Out On navigating femme invisibility The Allure of Chola Femininity To get in touch with Unladylike: Send voice memos and emails to hello@unladylike.co Follow Unladylike on Instagram and 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
**Unladies' Room Patreon teaser** With spring a few days away, tis the season to talk BODY HAIR! But my 2019 interview with spoken word artist and performer Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa isn't the same old to-shave-or-not-to-shave body hair binary. Sukhjit is a practicing Sikh, and letting it all grow (aka keeping kesh) is an article of faith. And as you might imagine, that was easier said than done for Sukhjit once puberty rolled around, and visible hairiness attracted ALL of the unwanted attention.  To hear the full, AD-FREE episode, join the Patreon and THANK YOU!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Have you ever wondered what the zodiac can reveal about your favorite artists? Then you have to listen to Stars and Stars with Isa, the podcast where we look to the stars above with the stars below. Every episode our charismatic, funny and insightful host and astrologer, Isa Nakazawa, sits down with the most talented creators and thinkers of our time to read them their birth chart. In the show, Isa delves into what the planets reveal about the star’s life’s purpose and why they love, create, and walk the world the way they do. You’ll laugh, you might cry and you’ll definitely connect with your favorites. You’ll even learn a little about yourself. Listen to Stars and Stars with Isa every Tuesday wherever you listen to podcasts.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Cool Aunt

The Cool Aunt

2024-03-1932:531

Of all the aunt tropes in pop culture–spinster aunts, sinister aunts, weird aunts, witchy aunts–why is The Cool Aunt so popular these days? More importantly, who is she really, beyond (alleged) disposible income and TikTok aesthetics? Los Angeles Times art and design columnist Carolina Miranda appraises the figure as a timely foil to tradwives, as well as an underappreciated part of the family. Highlights include: Cristen's formative fictional cool aunt, Fresh Prince's Aunt Viv, Empire's Cookie Lyon and the invention of PANK (professional aunt, no kids). *Read Carolina's LA Times piece that inspired this episode: How the cool aunties of pop culture flout, the growing restrictions imposed on women* Get in touch at hello@unladylike.co Follow Unladylike on Instagram and 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 Cool Mom

The Cool Mom

2024-03-1333:32

It's not like a regular podcast episode. It's a cool episode. Right, Regina? Andi Mitchell and Sabrina Kohlberg from Pop Culture Moms take us on a pop cultural tour of The Cool Mom, from Mean Girls to Euphoria, and her defining qualities on screen. But as we also learn from her disregard for boundaries, the Cool Mom isn't all trope and no substance. Highlights include: Munchausen by proxy, Peg Bundy, cool dads and whether The Cool Mom is just The Cool Girl with kids. Follow Unladylike: Instagram | 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
Wtf just happened with frozen embryos, fertility clinics and IVF in Alabama?? Get ready for the un-true crime, sci-fi Jesus saga of LePage v Center for Reproductive Medicine. As in, the case behind the Alabama state supreme court’s ruling that frozen embryos for IVF are “EXTRAUTERINE CHILDREN” in a “CRYOGENIC NURSERY” and therefore are full-ass people?? Cristen ragesplains how this anti-abortionist legal buffoonery happened, the fetal personhood of it all and why “save IVF” is a bait and switch. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In 1974, what had started as a sexist gimmick became the first and only (so far) professional women's football league in US history. It wasn't a feminist stunt, either. Sports writer Frankie de la Cretaz tells us the incredible - and incredibly queer - story of the National Women's Football League, the hundreds of women who played and how it changed their lives. Highlights include: breast padding, "Harlem Globetrotters with rip-away skirts," Dallas lesbian bars and your new favorite Linda. Frankie is the co-author of Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women's Football League. Get in touch: hello@unladylike.co Follow Unladylike: Instagram, 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 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

2024-02-1333:521

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
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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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