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The Future is Feminine. Get Ready. This podcast provides a feminist perspective on important feminist issues and current events at a time when this perspective is not only under attack, but desperately in need of amplification.

The Future is Feminine. Get Ready. This podcast provides a feminist perspective on important feminist issues and current events at a time when this perspective is not only under attack, but desperately in need of amplification.
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Silver Spring, MD

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The Future is Feminine. Get Ready. This podcast provides a feminist perspective on important feminist issues and current events at a time when this perspective is not only under attack, but desperately in need of amplification.

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English


Episodes

The Guilt of Motherhood

1/8/2018
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In this honest discussion with Dr. LaKesha Anderson of the National Communication Association about societal expectations of mothers, and self-imposed expectations about what mothers would like to be for their children, we talk about how it is very difficult to live up to either of these expectations. As a result, a nearly inevitable part of motherhood is taking on a certain amount of guilt about the difference between what is ideal in your mind versus what is possible in our busy lives. We...

Duration:00:37:56

Should Girls Wake Up Pretty? Girls & Media Ideals

12/17/2017
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In this episode we have a critical and revealing discussion about media messaging to young girls, and how divergent the messaging to girls is both from reality and from what is healthy. We use the example of a magazine cover targeting young girls to critically discuss the current messaging as opposed to what would be ideal, healthy or inspirational for girls. I discuss the messages given to girls with the graphic artist Katherine Young. She is the artist who made a fascinating magazine cover...

Duration:00:32:56

Harassment and Women in Tech

12/11/2017
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At a time when we are becoming more acutely aware of the level of harassment endemic in American businesses, government, and the entertainment industry, we must pay particular attention to women working in technology fields. Some new research conducted by the non-profit organization Women Who Tech, revealed the full story of the level of harassment which is going on in tech industry. We need to encourage more women to enter technology fields, and play a part in the rapid growth and cutting...

Duration:00:31:04

Bravely: Trafficking & Trauma Survivors

12/3/2017
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If you are interested in or concerned about human trafficking, this episode is a must listen. We are hearing more and more about human trafficking in the United States, including warning signs and who to contact if you suspect trafficking. What we do NOT hear about is what happens to women who have been trafficked and are able to move on from this imposed life. They escape sometimes with little more than their lives. A large number of the women suffer from anxiety, depression, and...

Duration:00:36:27

Modern Trends in Childbirth

11/26/2017
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I have a fascinating conversation with Pat Keating, a registered nurse and childbirth educator, about the trends she has seen over the last 37 years around childbirth, breastfeeding, and preparing for a baby. We discuss how women and couples prepare for a baby, through childbirth education, birth planning, and internet resources. About half of pregnancies in the United States are not planned, and we discuss how the optimal situation would allow women to begin thinking about their...

Duration:00:38:15

Sexual Abuse and Insufficient Labels

11/19/2017
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Listen to our eye opening discussion on the rhetoric and language around women who have experienced sexual abuse. We specifically discuss the dichotomy of the labels "victim" versus "survivor" and how these terms are insufficient to describe the experience of many women who have experienced sexual abuse. We also acknowledge the implicit values attached to these labels and what that means to the women as they process the experience and try to move on. In researcher Rebecca Murphy-Keith's...

Duration:00:38:00

Fertility, Technology, & Acknowledging Grief Part 2

11/12/2017
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In the second part of this two part series, we continue our discussion with reproductive psychologist Dr. Julie Bindeman. We examine the issue of fertility and chasing parenthood. We review the current technology and options available to couples who desire to have a child, and very importantly, the psychological impact that is associated with difficulty in conceiving a child without intervention. We go in depth in our discussion of the role of technology and fertility, and the moral and...

Duration:00:30:44

Fertility, Technology, & Acknowledging Grief Part 1

11/5/2017
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In this important discussion with reproductive psychologist Dr. Julie Bindeman, we examine the issue of fertility and chasing parenthood. We review the current technology and options available to couples who desire to have a child, and very importantly, the psychological impact that is associated with difficulty in conceiving a child without intervention. Along with advanced reproductive technologies to assist couples come some very difficult choices, and the very real possibility that...

Duration:00:43:47

Women in Comics: Is Wonder Woman Wonderful?

10/29/2017
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In our discussion of women characters and the portrayal of women in graphic novels, we go back and unpack the history of women in comics and early characters. We take a look at how the portrayal and story lines of women in comics have changed over time, and the contemporary women characters, as well as interest by girls and women in graphic novels. We uncover an unappreciated but potentially important aspect of graphic novels in getting young girls interested in reading. We discuss the...

Duration:00:36:17

Harassment and a Smile: Conversation with Actor Rebecca Blaine Carton

10/23/2017
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I have a discussion with the incredibly talented Rebecca Blaine Carton about her independent short on harassment and catcalling, Smile. We talk about how this is an almost universal experience for women and girls, and how it is very difficult to avoid. We discuss the sense of shared experience we sometimes feel when we see another woman being harassed or another woman is our witness, but the same sense of powerlessness. These catcalls and harassment can often cross the boundary into feeling...

Duration:00:34:05

Trusted Sources: Sexuality Education & Our Children

10/16/2017
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In this episode, we discuss sexuality and "the talk," that uncomfortable imparting of information about sexuality to our children. But parents need to be aware of all the sources that children are using to get their information about sexuality, and a number of other sensitive topics that they might not come to parents about. We shouldn't think our children find us to be the only source for information, because we aren't. They are bombarded with potential sources of varying qualities, most...

Duration:00:34:03

Special Episode: Contraception, Rape & a Bad Week for Women

10/9/2017
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In this special episode, we discuss what was a bad week for the United States after facing several back-to-back tragedies including hurricanes and a mass shooting. We focus on four important policy changes that were very quietly implemented by the Trump administration over the last week while media attention was diverted to these tragedies. All of these policy changes are relevant and important to the health, safety, and rights of women, girls, and families. All of these policy changes will...

Duration:00:58:21

Foster Care: Invisible Children

10/1/2017
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I have a powerful and raw discussion with Rob Scheer from the non-profit Comfort Cases about the foster care system. There are about 500,000 children in the foster care system at any given time in the United States. The average age of a child in the foster care system is nine years old. The majority of these children spend years in the system, not knowing from week to week, month to month, where they will end up. We discuss how the lack of stability and lack of support provided to these...

Duration:00:49:06

Online Harassment: When Women Aren't Welcome

9/25/2017
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In my discussion with Justyn Hintze from the non-profit Women Who Tech, we unpack the various forms of cyber harassment and the various platforms in which women are most likely to become victims of cyber harassment. The anonymous nature of the cyber environment can contribute to a willingness to push boundaries of appropriate behavior, sometimes becoming abusive, hateful, or even dangerous. Justyn helps debunk some myths about cyber harassment, and what you can do if you are the recipient of...

Duration:00:43:46

Parenting Girls in a Patriarchy

9/19/2017
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In this episode, I have a fascinating discussion with psychologist Dr. Dahlia Topolosky about how to raise a healthy girl in a patriarchy. We discuss the influences of gender norms, stereotypes, and how to be an active and present parent. Dr. Topolosky talks about nature vs. nurture and what aspects of a healthy development parents can play a critical role in. Whether you have a daughter or a son, or no children at all, you will find this an enlightening listen.

Duration:00:38:06

Slacktivism: Are you really making a difference?

9/12/2017
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Welcome to Season 2! In my discussion with Mark Story, an accomplished digital communications strategist, educator, and dedicated activist for cancer research, we talk about slacktivism. Lots of people are "woke" since the election of Donald Trump. But are the activities of "the Resistance" making an impact? Are the marches, rallies, phone calls, and petitions having the impact we think or hope they are? We tackle this timely and important topic in a frank discussion about today's most...

Duration:00:39:34

RECUT: Reflections on Elections

9/5/2017
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I discuss the tumultuous and difficult reverberations resulting from the rise in toxic masculinity, and the impact it has had on women, policy and politics with my guest, Amee Vanderpool. Amee is an attorney licensed in Washington, DC and Washington State, a writer, and the Director of the Inanna Project. She is also well known for her significant presence on Twitter as @girlsreallyrule. For more information on The Inanna Project, which advocates for equal protection under the law. Visit...

Duration:00:41:55

Season 1 Recap - Season 2 Teasers!

8/31/2017
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We have a conversation about Season 1, our favorite episodes and guests, and our favorite moments from the 26 episodes of Season 1. We tease our upcoming Season 2 episodes, and some of the exciting topics we will be covering. Hope you stay tuned and subscribe if you haven't already!

Duration:00:24:25

RECUT: Living in Conflict Zones: Women, Children & Survival

8/27/2017
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Women and children living in conflict zones are among the most disenfranchised individuals in our world today. They subsist in the midst of violence, chaos, failed states, refugee camps, crumbling systems and destroyed infrastructure. Despite this, every day women try to hold their families together. Feed their children. Care for the young, the elderly, the sick. They give birth, and often they die during childbirth. And they are also victims. Gender-based violence in conflict zones has...

Duration:00:32:29

RECUT: Are Little Girls Getting Too Sexy?

8/20/2017
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In this episode I have a conversation with Professor Sarah Murnen about the sexualization of young girls, and unpack the potential impact of this phenomenon on the individual girl, girls in general, and on society and how we view girls and women. We discuss the dangers of self-objectification, and fashion and beauty ideals.

Duration:00:32:03