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Deviant Women

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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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Australia

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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

#23 Uschi Obermaier

11/16/2017
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For teenage Uschi Obermaier, rock’n’roll offered an escape from the drudgery of post-war Munich, and it didn’t take long before her beauty and brazenness caught the eye of some of the 20th century’s greatest male musicians. Both lauded and denigrated for her ‘groupie’ status, Uschi's modelling career and high-profile relationships saw her gain notoriety for her hedonistic attitude, but also allowed her the freedom to travel the world. Settle the needle into the groove of a good record, and...

Duration: 01:04:58


#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


#21 Edmonia Lewis

10/19/2017
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Amidst the surge and spray of Niagara Falls, Edmonia Lewis spent her childhood hunting, fishing, and making crafts for tourists. But when her half-brother helped her to pursue an education, Edmonia's talent as a sculptor flourished. After leaving America to join the milieu of Italy's artistic sisterhood, Edmonia threw herself into a dedication to art that would see her gain fame, both in Europe and at home. Join us in the bustling art scene of Rome, as we stroll through the arcades and...

Duration: 00:58:59


#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


#17 Irma Gonzalez

8/23/2017
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In the rowdy wrestling arenas of Mexico City, there is a woman whose iconic status rivals that of the most famous of the male fighters. Luchadora Irma González grew up in the circus, but it didn't take long before she found her way into the ring, and began travelling the world as a champion fighter, appearing on the silver screen and even pursuing a singing career. Come on and take your ring-side seats and prepare to get shouty as we delve into the amazing world of the women of lucha libre.

Duration: 01:05:12


#16 Lizzie O'Dea

8/9/2017
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In the humid tropics of 1920s Townsville, Lizzy O’Dea became infamous in the local tabloids for shooting her rival. As the press continued to sensationalise her adventures, notoriety for her petty theft and sexual exploits grew. Join us as we chat with author Ariella Van Luyn, whose novel Treading Air follows Lizzy from bookie’s daughter in Brisbane to working girl at the Causeway Hotel, about researching the life of one of history’s hidden women, and why such stories continue to be...

Duration: 00:49:00


#15 Takeko Nakano

7/26/2017
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Nakano Takeko of the prominent Aiku clan was a fierce Onna-bugeisha and master of the deadly naginata. When the Boshin War saw the Shogun’s army square off against the Imperialists, Takeko knew where her duty lay. At just 21, with the Imperial Army at the gates, she led a rag-tag squad of lady warriors onto the battlefield, determined to sacrifice everything for the honour of her clan. Join us as we delve into the fray, but don’t forget to pen your death-poem first, and bring your kaikan...

Duration: 00:58:50


#14 Anna Ioannovna

7/12/2017
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In the frosty splendour of 18th century Moscow, the death of Peter the Great paves the way for family rivalries and political intrigue. Drawn into the fray is Anna, the impoverished and largely forgotten Duchess of Courland. As the noble men of court clamour to pull the strings, Anna makes her move, becoming Empress of all Russia on her own terms. While Anna's ten-year reign bolstered advances in science and the arts she is mostly remembered for her excess, extravagance, and ruthless...

Duration: 01:02:04


#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


#10 Anne Bonny & Mary Read

5/17/2017
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Both born bastards, and disguised as boys in their youths, Anne Bonny and Mary Read shared more than just their love for the sea. Each left the British Isles for a life of piracy in the Caribbean where their fates intertwined. Infamy soon followed, as the pair gained a reputation as the most fearless and ferocious duo of the high seas. Come aboard as we follow the reckless adventures of these swashbuckling lady pirates!

Duration: 00:52:50


#8 Josephine Baker

4/12/2017
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Josephine Baker broke from a life of poverty in St Louis to take jazz age Paris by storm. Riotous and erotic, Baker was adored for her uninhibited sensuality, unpredictability and wild humour. But she was also one of the most glamorous espionage spies of the French Resistance, and a passionate advocate of the Civil Rights Movement. Join us as we travel from St Louis to Paris, Berlin and Casablanca, chasing one of the twentieth century’s most dynamic women.

Duration: 01:06:38


#7 The Travelling Sisters

3/29/2017
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Cult hit stars, The Travelling Sisters, are physical, musical, and character comedy at its finest. From Queensland to France, Edinburgh to Hong Kong and everywhere in-between, their sassy and absurdist wit proves that funny women are a force to be reckoned with. Join us in our very exciting and very first guest episode, as we chat to Lucy, Laura, and Ell about the continuing misconceptions around women in comedy, and how to smack down anyone who tells you that 'women aren't funny'.

Duration: 00:48:06

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