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Is Instagram making us all into Betty Draper 2.0? Can you follow the Kardashians and still be a feminist? Are there women on death row? Is virality a science or a spiritual connection? Refinery 29's executive producer, Elisa Kreisinger talks to today’s culture makers and rule breakers to try to solve the mysteries of our modern popular culture.






Selling Squad Goals

Can you sell female friendship after you've put women down? Elisa tracks the evolution of Taylor Swift from putting women down to embracing them. And "Stuff Mom Never Told You" podcast host Bridget Todd and BuzzFeed's senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen dissect why Swift represents our general distrust in well-intentioned white woman.

Duration: 00:32:27

Teenage Girls Are Magic

Historically young women have set trends: the Beatles, Instagram and Snapchat just to name a few. But these are always discounted as silly, cute, or frivolous. Why do we discount young women but embrace "early adopters"? Elisa talks to Muhlenberg College professor Dr. Franchesca Coppa and New York Times journalist Amanda Hess to unpack how teenage girls have all the power in the world and at the same time, no power at all.

Duration: 00:22:17

Little White Lie

How do we come to terms with the lies our families tell us? Are we really an extension of our parents? How do we define our identities if we aren't? This week’s episode is dedicated to finding personal truth, inspired by the film "Little White Lie" by director Lacey Schwartz. The film is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth. Schwartz was accepted to college as a Black student, a decision based solely on a photo she submitted...

Duration: 00:22:57

Please Exit Through the Feminist Gift Shop

Hold onto your pussy hats. Tuck in your Future is Female T-shirts. We are doing a deep dive into the buying and selling of feminism! Beyonce, Emma Watson and Taylor Swift have all come out as feminists while feminist themes sell everything from wireless plans to cigarettes. Are these empty signifiers of "empowerment" or are they helpful reminders that women are actually human? What happens when shopping becomes a political act? Elisa talks to "We Were Feminists Once" author Andi Zeisler...

Duration: 00:28:29

Why the F*$% Are We Still Having Kids?

Having kids seems like the worst career move a woman could make: the US lacks paid parental leave, working moms are less likely to be hired and when they are, they make 4-6% less than women without kids. The motherhood penalty is real. But don't worry, what's lacking in social and political support is made up for in platitudes. After all, it's still the "most important job". Elisa talks to sociologist Dr. Kathleen Gerson, Senators Gellibrand and Heitkamp and "Why Have Kids" author Jessica...

Duration: 00:35:08

BONUS: Too good to cut with Ashley Ford

There was so much in Elisa's interview with Ashely Ford that we couldn’t let it go to waste. Here’s their full conversation on Ashely's love of Roxanne Gay, her best full time job and how her mentee mindset failed her.

Duration: 00:19:01

Famous on the Internet, Broke IRL

Welcome to Season 2! The creative entrepreneurs we see across social media may have a ton of followers but are they making any money? Should they? How do you maintain your creativity while still supporting yourself? Is selling out such a bad thing? Elisa talks to popular YouTuber and podcaster Gaby Dunn, "Art Thinking" author Amy Whitaker and senior features writer-with-a-huge-following, Ashely C Ford to get answers to these age-old questions.

Duration: 00:29:54

Celebrity (Activist) Industrial Complex: SOLH @ SxSW

Who's woke and who's just an opportunist trying to stay relevant? How can we tell and where's the line? And who did Taylor Swift vote for? It's our 1 year anniversary and to celebrate, we are airing Elisa's conversation with Medium's Bridget Todd, NPR's Glen Weldon and BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen about celebrity culture and activism at this year's SxSW. Season 2 returns on July 10.

Duration: 00:30:23

Surviving a Post-Election Thanksgiving: Easing out of the bubble

This election opened deep-seated wounds in ourselves and our country. Add family and the holidays to that open wound and it can be a recipe for disaster. Elisa Kreisinger talks to "Man Enough" author and pioneer of gender violence prevention education in sports culture and the military, Jackson Katz to unpack WTF happened two weeks ago and how we can proceed sharing a table with people whose strong opinions aren't so loosely held. Also, who are the women who voted for Trump? Glad you...

Duration: 00:28:19

Picking Up A Pick Up Artist

Angela Washko is a feminist artist who tried to find common ground with the internet's most infamous misogynist. To say they occupy different corners of the world would be an understatement. How do you find commonality with someone who is the antithesis to your beliefs? And if you needed another reason to love Denmark, we have one.

Duration: 00:21:08

Instagram Insecurities

Women are now more likely than men to have bachelor's degrees. And childless women in their 20s currently out-earn men. So why are our Instagram feeds filled with images of date nights, engagement rings, cat eyes, cupcakes, and waist-trainers? Are we becoming Betty Draper 2.0, or are we using the illusion of perfection to escape the reality that relationships are hard? New York Times Journalist Hannah Seligson and Stone Fox Bride founder Molly Guy weigh in.

Duration: 00:19:15