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We are Alicia and Lauren, the hosts of Deviant Women. Every fortnight we will discuss a different ‘deviant’ woman from history, fiction, mythology and the contemporary world: those who aren’t afraid to break the rules, to subvert the system, to explore, to seek and to challenge the status quo. We’re psyched you want to join us as we indulge ourselves in our passion.

We are Alicia and Lauren, the hosts of Deviant Women. Every fortnight we will discuss a different ‘deviant’ woman from history, fiction, mythology and the contemporary world: those who aren’t afraid to break the rules, to subvert the system, to explore, to seek and to challenge the status quo. We’re psyched you want to join us as we indulge ourselves in our passion.
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We are Alicia and Lauren, the hosts of Deviant Women. Every fortnight we will discuss a different ‘deviant’ woman from history, fiction, mythology and the contemporary world: those who aren’t afraid to break the rules, to subvert the system, to explore, to seek and to challenge the status quo. We’re psyched you want to join us as we indulge ourselves in our passion.

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English


Episodes

S2 E8 Truganini

7/12/2018
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To celebrate NAIDOC week, we wanted to honour the extraordinary life of one of Australia’s foremost, but often misremembered Indigenous women, Truganini. Born on Bruny Island off the Tasmanian Coast in the early 19th century in the Palawa community, Truganini’s life was quickly transformed by the arrival of British invaders. After surviving a tragic early life, she realised she could help her people by becoming a guide and interpreter. But when she lost hope in even that, she turned to the...

Duration:00:50:45

S2 E7 Tarana Burke

6/28/2018
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In October 2017, women across the globe came together under the hashtag MeToo. However, social activist and advocate Tarana Burke had already been campaigning for women of colour under the same banner for eleven long years. In this episode, we talk about her incredibly important work, the pervasiveness of predatory behaviour, and the way women are constantly told that they should somehow take responsibility for a culture of misogyny and sexual entitlement beyond their control. A content...

Duration:01:03:29

S2 E6 Margot McGovern

6/14/2018
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In our first interview of season two, (and the launch of a new special series!) we sat down with author Margot McGovern to chat all things YA: from the emergence of 'unlikable' female protagonists (and why they're so irresistible) to the power of transforming myths of masculine adventure for girls, we delved deep into the gender dynamics of the world's fastest growing literary genre. In Neverland, Margot's own feisty and - let's be honest - bratty heroine Kit must navigate her return to...

Duration:00:50:22

S2 E5 Zitkala-Sa

5/17/2018
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After leaving her home at the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota for the brutal regiment of boarding school in the east, Zitkála-Šá began developing the creative talents and political consciousness that would make her one of the most influential Native American women of the 20th Century. Her acclaimed stories and essays chronicled her struggles with identity and culture, and her translations brought Native American legends to a whole new audience. All the while, she maintained a...

Duration:00:58:42

S2 E4 Sedna

5/3/2018
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Many different versions of Sedna's story abound, from a young woman forced to marry a dog, to a victim of abduction by a bird man. But in all her tellings, Sedna emerges as a powerful spiritual force, a mistress of the sea and its creatures, transformed by a brutal physical attack. Come with us to the chill of the frozen north as we dive into the dark waters and seek out this mythic woman's tale. If you want to support Deviant Women, follow us on: Patreon...

Duration:00:43:30

S2 E3 Manuela Sáenz

4/19/2018
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Known as the Liberator of the Liberator, Manuela Sáenz rose to prominence as the mistress of revolutionary hero, Simón Bolívar. A heroine in her own right, Manuela became a celebrated patriot, spy, recruiter and trusted informant of the revolution that saw the overthrow of Spanish rule in South America. But she was also infamous for her wild antics, from the strange battlefield trophy she'd wear to masquerades to the wild political stunts she'd pull at parties. Wherever Manuela went,...

Duration:01:03:05

S2 E2 Catherine Monvoisin

4/5/2018
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Towards the close of the 17th century, the opulent hallways of Versailles were swept up with the scandalous 'Affair of the Poisons'. The Sun King, Louis XIV, ordered an investigation into the dark underworld of the Paris occult, hunting down those who supplied potions and aphrodisiacs alongside more sinister wares. One of those was Catherine Monvoisin, a favoured fortune teller and sorceress among the wealthy elite. Join us as we press our ears to the grand doorways of the palace, abuzz...

Duration:01:02:06

Summer Special - Patricia Cornelius

2/14/2018
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One of Australia's most awarded playwrights, Patricia Cornelius isn't afraid to go where other writers won't. With titles like SHIT and SLUT, Patricia pushes her audience to pay attention to some of society's most visceral issues. In The Club was specially commissioned for the State Theatre Company of South Australia, and it shines a blinding light on accounts of sexual violence in one of our most beloved national sports. Patricia sat down with us to discuss her life in the theatre, and...

Duration:00:57:18

Christmas Special

12/21/2017
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Merry Christmas, Deviants! In our special Christmas episode, we close the year by revisiting a few of our favourite deviant women of season one, and introducing our first ever live show. We also take a quick trip to the snowy north to meet the Yule Lad's terrifying mother, and discover the mythological woman at the heart of kissing under the mistletoe! So grab a glass of gluhwein, sit beneath some fairy lights, and join us as we wrap up (ey?) 2017!

Duration:00:28:41

#22 Rosaleen Norton

11/1/2017
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Born in the early hours of a thunderstorm, with pointed ears and 'witches' marks' on her skin, little Rosaleen was destined for a life of the occult. From her earliest childhood, Roie was drawn to the dark, and her drawings and stories about ghouls, monsters and grotesque horrors set her apart from her peers. As a young woman, she immersed herself in Theosophy, Western Esoterism, dedicated herself to the pagan god, Pan, and pursued a life of art. Come with us to the dingy streets of...

Duration:01:15:22

#20 Juleidah

10/4/2017
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A disguised princess forced into domestic drudgery who meets a prince at an extravagant ball might sound familiar, but there’s more to Juleidah’s version of the tale. After escaping the illicit desires of her father, this Egyptian princess dons a suit of leather and travels to a nearby kingdom, hiding out as the scullery maid and Queen’s jester. Come with us to a mythical land as we explore Cinderella’s lesser known cousin, ‘The Princess in the Suit of Leather’.

Duration:01:03:04

#19 Charlotte Cushman

9/20/2017
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From the moment eighteen-year-old Charlotte Cushman stepped out on stage as Lady Macbeth she was destined for greatness. Treading the boards from New York to London, Charlotte cemented her reputation as the finest American actress of the 19th century. But her personal life was just as dramatic as the parts she played, with a slew of female lovers that placed her at the centre of Rome's artistic expatriate community. Follow us backstage as the houselights dim and we peer beyond the curtain...

Duration:01:06:35

#18 Agnes Goodsir

9/6/2017
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From a progressive upbringing in otherwise conservative late-Victorian Melbourne, Agnes Goodsir went on to become one of Australia’s foremost bohemians. After studying and exhibiting between London and Paris, Goodsir eventually settled with her muse and lover, Cherry. Come with us to the salons of the Left Bank on the cusp of a new century, where Agnes and Cherry can be found sipping wine with Paris’ famous artistic and lesbian elite.

Duration:00:59:18

#13.6 Aunt Lydia

7/10/2017
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Aunt Lydia, armed with a cattle-prod and carefully selected biblical verse, has the important task of indoctrinating young women into the new republic of Gilead. At times cruel schoolmistress, and at others caring mother, ultimately Aunt Lydia reminds us of the ways women can become entrenched in patriarchal structures, and contribute to their own oppression.

Duration:00:12:54

#13.5 Janine

7/9/2017
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Janine seems like Gilead's perfect Handmaid: the aunt's favourite and first to carry a child. But in order to adapt to her surroundings, Janine loses her sense of self, and her mind. As she deteriorates further into madness, she reminds us that unlike Offred and Moira, not all women can withstand this brutal regime.

Duration:00:09:33

#13.4 Ofglen

7/9/2017
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Ofglen is, at first, a mysterious woman. Is she loyal to Gilead or does she, like Offred, harbour hidden resentment? Once her true loyalties are revealed, Ofglen becomes a powerfully rebellious figure who suffers tremendous punishment, but never gives in. Join us for mini-sode four, as we delve into Mayday and the path of resistance.

Duration:00:10:03

#13.1 Offred

7/1/2017
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Join us for our first special mini-sode of Deviant Women, as we discuss Offred, the handmaid at the centre of Atwood's tale. From forced Handmaid to reluctant rebel, Offred is a woman who learns to work the restrained Gilead system not only for her own survival, but in hope of reconnecting with those she's lost.

Duration:00:16:08

#13 The Handmaid's Tale

6/28/2017
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In 1984 author Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid's Tale: the chilling dystopic story of Offred, a woman trying to survive in a world where women have been reduced to their procreative functions. Since its publication, the novel has been turned into a film, an opera, a ballet, and most recently into a Hulu television series. Join us as we pair up with Justin from Mayday: The Handmaid's Tale Podcast to unpack just what it is about Atwood's vision that seems so compelling, and so relevant,...

Duration:00:58:20

#12 Guðrún Gjúkadóttir

6/15/2017
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In the epic time of Norse mythology, the Völsunga Saga tells of love, betrayal, tragedy and blood feuds. At the heart of one family's legend sits Guðrún Gjúkadóttir, wife to three kings, and a woman to whom vengeance necessitates a devastating sacrifice. Join us as we venture into a land of Valkyries and dragons, where a sorceress's prophecy might foretell your doom, and you must always be wary of accepting ale!

Duration:01:01:08

#11 Hatshepsut

5/31/2017
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Born to only ever be the King's Great Wife, Hatshepsut defied history and, after the death of her Pharaoh husband, proclaimed herself King. A great builder, trader, and military leader, the history of Hatshepsut's achievements was systematically erased, lost for thousands of years until archeologists began to piece together the truth about the woman who ruled as Pharaoh. Come with us as we travel through the mists of time to a land steeped in myth and legends to discover one of the ancient...

Duration:00:57:09