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Join us on a journey through the stories we hear and tell everyday, and how they have secret messages. That’s right, gender constructs are all around us [insert Twilight Zone music here]. It’s OK, don’t panic, Carlea & Rachael are here to guide you. And remember, there is no spoon.

Join us on a journey through the stories we hear and tell everyday, and how they have secret messages. That’s right, gender constructs are all around us [insert Twilight Zone music here]. It’s OK, don’t panic, Carlea & Rachael are here to guide you. And remember, there is no spoon.
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Join us on a journey through the stories we hear and tell everyday, and how they have secret messages. That’s right, gender constructs are all around us [insert Twilight Zone music here]. It’s OK, don’t panic, Carlea & Rachael are here to guide you. And remember, there is no spoon.

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Episodes

Two Sisters and their Neighbor

8/14/2018
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This week, Carlea and Rachael discuss a Mexican folktale called “Two Sisters and their Neighbor”. Get ready for for a suuuuuper sex negative tale of judgy neighbors and dying of shame. This story’s really got it all: slut-shaming, jars of beans, and disappearing floral arrangements! What more could you ask for? Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F. LaRocque, at https://flarocque.bandcamp.com. Story music: “Pachelbel” by Dee Yan-Key,...

Duration:00:39:53

Woman and the Veil

8/7/2018
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It’s a story everyone knows: boy falls in love with girl, boy’s best friend is skeptical, boy and girl meet up, girl is a man eating ghoul. See? you knew that! Basically, thats the whole plot. But like, tip one: don’t approach any at night around a cemetary. Does NO ONE watch scary movies anymore?? Geez… Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F. LaRocque, at https://flarocque.bandcamp.com. Story music: “Catching Glitter” by Split Phase,...

Duration:00:42:25

La Siguanaba

7/31/2018
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This week, a posion, that instead of killing just makes you into a monster… Can I have a drop of that? Also, a woman who puts her desires first and pays dearly for it. For men, its just another Saturday night (amirite?) This story follow in our southern neighbors stories, take a listen wherever you get your podcast on. Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F. LaRocque, at https://flarocque.bandcamp.com. Story music: “You Wasted My Time When I Was...

Duration:00:43:04

La Tunda

7/24/2018
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Two words: shrimp. farts. But like, the shrimp doesn’t fart… A monster farts on shrimp and then feeds it to people, making them catatonic. “Ewww, what kind of a monster is she??!” you may ask, but maybe she just had too much pizza and beer (judge much?). There is nothing more feminist then letting it all out. Bonus: Rachael doesn’t need the shrimp part to make her husband catatonic. (You smell that, male gaze?) Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F....

Duration:00:41:29

Love Like Salt

7/17/2018
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What do you love the most important person in your life as much as? Rachael is set on indoor plumbing/ toilet seat. In this week’s tale the protagonist proclaims that she loves her father as much as (you guessed it!): salt. Which, as we found out is not the cause of scurvy (just fyi). But such a declaration gets our dear protagonist nearly killed. Luckily though, she gets revenge by not passing the salt. Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F. LaRocque,...

Duration:00:42:12

Tanabata

7/10/2018
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Ever heard of the story of Tanabata? If you lived in Japan then you probably have. It’s a summer festival in Japan that centers around a love story. This one is as tragic as they come, but I mean that’s what make an oscar winner, amirite? The best part about this story? “River of Heaven” is the name for milky way in Japanese, I mean, the poetry… Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F. LaRocque, at https://flarocque.bandcamp.com. Story music: “Beat A” by...

Duration:00:40:53

The Princess Who Never Smiled

7/4/2018
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This week, Carlea tells a story about a princess who really doesn’t feel like smiling, thank you very much. Everyone goes to great lengths to get a little smile out of her, but maybe she just isn’t in the mood, OK? Maybe that’s just how her face looks. Women don’t always have to be happy, you know. Even princesses can’t be expected to be smiling all the time. Jeez. Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F. LaRocque, at https://flarocque.bandcamp.com....

Duration:00:39:59

The Fox Sister

6/27/2018
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This week, Rachael tells a pretty creepy story from Korea. The Fox Sister is about when you were a kid and you told your sister she was adopted, but like, instead of her being adopted, your sister was a fox demon who ate livers. Can’t really blame her though… she just wants to be human. This one is pretty creepy, so get ready. Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F. LaRocque, at https://flarocque.bandcamp.com. Story music: “A Dinner and a Rabbit” by...

Duration:00:40:43

How the Giantess Guimara Became Small

6/19/2018
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How exactly does a giantess become small? I mean, there has to be a class where she gets called on and does not know the answer, right? Nope, that was just Rachael’s experience. Well, this Giantess is a badass who is a socereress and a princess (and would probably know all the answers at school). She has a can-do attitude and rescues her beau many-a-time. Better make her small—wouldn’t want her to take up space. Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F....

Duration:00:54:12

Femlore Anniversa-minisode

6/15/2018
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It’s officially our first birthday and that means it’s time for the fem-lore-anniversa-mini-sode! For the anniversary episiode we talk our favorite femlore stories. Thank you all for all your support, and here is to another great year! Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F. LaRocque, at https://flarocque.bandcamp.com.

Duration:00:22:52

Zerendac

6/12/2018
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This week, Carlea and Rachael talk Zerendac. A tale that has everything you could possibly want: magical ghouls who feed people their ears, Women who get thrown into the sea while unconcious in a chest, a kitten that saves the day, and of course a dungeon with a magical staircase. Though this tale is classified under the “Bluebeard Tales,” its actually all of your favorite fairytales in one: Bluebeard, Sleeping Beauty, and Crystal the Wise. This is basically The Justice League of...

Duration:00:54:21

The Good Wife and the Bad Husband

6/6/2018
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This week, Carlea and Rachael discuss a tale from India. This story kinda feels like the quintassential glass houses/stones situation, except with a woman who is shamelessly tricked—and a husband who isn’t, but is so upset that he can’t stop it, he goes along with it. Kinda like when you didn’t love that song in highschool, but EVERYONE was listening to it (Hit Me Baby, anyone?)… That exact thing, except, you know, a marriage hangs in the balance and NOT Britney Spears, ’cause that would be...

Duration:00:49:47

Bride Bridekins

5/30/2018
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We’re baaaaaack! This week, Rachael and Carlea discuss a fairy tale from a well-known Croatian children’s collection published in the early 20th century. Bride Bridekins (a little on the nose, huh?), is about a lady who is really pretty and of course will be married one day. I mean, with a name like Bride Bridekins, wouldn’t it be just awful if she ended up an unmarried power-suit-wearing-attorney? (Oh, the humanity!). Instead of fighting in court, Bride Bridekins fights a princess (well,...

Duration:01:03:19

Barbara Allen REMIX

5/16/2018
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This week, Rachael and Carlea are still on a break… So we have decided to republish our episode on the beloved folk song Barbara Allen. Nothing really to see here, I mean, guy who barely knows lady is so saddened when she rejects him that he falls ill. She kicks him while he is down and then later feels bad. Instead of going to church or something she also dies and is buried next to the cause of her guilt. Seems totally fine right? right? right? Whew, buckle in, this one is a doozy. Audio...

Duration:00:24:25

La Llorona REMIX

5/9/2018
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This week, we are re-releasing an old episode: La Llorona. If you don’t know the story, its a doozy. Let us sum up, woman marries man against her better judgement and has two kids. Man drinks and cheats and finally leaves her for another woman. Instead of getting her groove back, woman does the unthinkable. This story is pretty telling of how women are viewed as “hysterical” and how they cannot possibly live without a man. We suggest an alternate ending: La Llorona goes to the beach and...

Duration:00:35:29

The Lady With The Ring

5/2/2018
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This week Carlea tells us a spooo-oooky story from Europe. Here is the gist: A lady “dies” (notice the quotation marks) and is buried, but when the grave robbers make their move, she wakes up. Too bad, that’s only the beginning of her problems. I mean, you’re in a burial shroud and now you have to convince everyone you are alive? Yeah, we wouldn’t believe her, either. Side note: imagine that 80s sitcom intro. Audio engineering and other music provided by Aaron Crossland. Story music: “The...

Duration:00:55:20

The Flea

4/25/2018
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This week, Rachael and Carlea discuss a strange classic, “The Flea.” Nope, it’s not a follow-up to “The Fly” (side note—we love you, Jeff Goldblum). Instead it’s a tale by Giambattista Basile from the 1600s. Here’s a quick rundown: a flea grows to the size of a sheep. It’s killed, cause, like, who wants to feed that thing? The hide is placed in the throne room. And people come from all over to guess what kind of hide it is. Guess what they win? A princess! Because patriarchy. Lots of twists...

Duration:00:43:21

Little Red Cap

4/17/2018
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You may have heard this story. Here’s the quick synopsis: girl strays off path to smell some flowers on way to Grandmothers house, meanwhile wolf eats Grandma and wolf tries to impersonate Grandma… Nope, we won’t spoil the ending. But there is a lot to unpack here, good thing we have 49 minutes to talk about how problematic this is. Oh, and it’s a cap, not a hood. Editing and mixing by Aaron Crossland. Music by Mica B. Jones, https://micabjonesmusic.bandcamp.com. Don’t forget to rate,...

Duration:00:49:35

Blodeuwedd

4/10/2018
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This week, we meet Blodeuwedd. A Welsh lady that was originally a bunch of flowers only to be put together in the shape of a woman so that she can be the wife of some guy (Galatea anyone?). Blodeuwedd, though, has alternative plans for her marriage and they reek of Ye Olde Snapped episode. Except instead of poison, there is a caldron and buck. Yea, it’s confusing, but that’s folklore for ya. Top thing to remember: Blodeuwedd is a badass. Also, for the record, we are not advocating that you...

Duration:00:37:11

The Girl and the Dead Man

4/3/2018
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In this week’s episode, three young girls separately go out to find their fortune (‘cause that’s what you do with your family… separate). Anywho, all three girls are offered Bannock (google it, it looks yummy), but there is a catch… If they take the larger piece then they will be cursed, the smaller one and they shall remain uncursed. Fast forward (bunch of stuff happens, like one of the sisters is murdered by a lady) and the youngest has to watch a dead guy. Hilarity ensues, ok, not really,...

Duration:00:40:48