Is there anything better than podcasts? Entertainment and education plugged straight into your ears, best of all they’re free! Here is a list of my current favourite feminist podcast for your listening pleasure. If you have any recommendations of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments section!
The Guilty Feminist
Hosted by the very excellent Deborah Frances White, this UK based podcast tackles the ways we are all guilty of not doing feminism correctly. Featuring a diverse group of comedians rapping on topics such as; mental health, periods, being an outsider, activism and defiance. This podcast had me laughing out loud on the bus and people stared. It is sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart wrenching and always heartfelt. In case you can’t tell, I’m a fan.
Real Crime Profile
If you’re interested in true crime, this conversational podcast is careful to put victims at the center of the story and doesn’t sensationalise violence or perpetrators. The hosts are Jim Clemente (former FBI profiler), Laura Richards (criminal behavioral analyst, founder of Paladin National Stalking Advocacy Service) and Lisa Zambetti. The trio apply their extensive expertise to cases from the news and true crime documentaries to deliver fascinating analyses of criminal behaviour. Special shout out to Laura Richards who never fails to underline the power dynamics behind gendered violence.
I love this podcast. The description on iTunes says it perfectly: ‘Join some of Sydney’s best storytellers for an evening of our city’s queerstories; reflections on lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour. The LGBTQI community has been sharing stories for centuries, creating our own histories, disrupting and reinventing conventional ideas about narrative, family, love and community. There’s more to being queer than coming out and marriage’.
For those amongst us who love movies, gaming and tv series, this podcast unpacks representations of gender, class, sexuality and race through a critical feminist lens. The super smart trio of hosts Anita Sarkeesian, Ebony Aster and Caroline Petit encourage listeners to ‘be critical of the media you love’. With eloquent and passionate analysis, these three never disappoint with their inspiring and thoughtful takes on pop culture.
She’s All Fat
Finally, I recently discovered this fab podcast that celebrates all bodies as good bodies, radical self-love and body liberation. Hosts Sophie and April explore topics such fat narratives we absorbed in childhood, representations of fat bodies in media and backhanded compliments like ‘where do you get your confidence?’ Through endearing banter, thoughtful reflection and great bullshit detectors, the pair break down the intersections between fatness and feminism. A great antidote for the cultural assault that tells women every day that we are not enough. With chill vibes only.