July 30, 2018

A shout-out to these 8 feminist podcasts

The internet is “a space where so many of our social norms are being created, debated, and reimagined,” and as such, an incredibly important platform for feminists, writes our Executive Director Zohra Moosa. While it may not be a democratic utopia, the internet has allowed a whole new array of voices to be heard.

We’ve been particularly inspired by all of the feminist podcasting happening lately – so much so that we decided to start our own, Tea with Mama Cash! But in addition to contributing our own voice, we  want to share some of our favourite fellow feminist podcasts. The list could certainly go on, but here are eight to get you started.

The Backlash
If feminism can be said to have gained ground in the last several years, so too has the backlash against it, as OpenDemocracy 50.50 has been tracking with in-depth reporting. Learn more about the growth of extreme right-wing and nationalist movements – and feminist resistance to these forces – in these interviews with women’s rights advocates and activists.

Backtalk and Popaganda
What’s the best way to Netflix and chill? With a side of feminist media analysis, of course! Every week you can find a new episode of one of these two podcasts by US-based feminist publication and platform Bitch Media. Popaganda is an in-depth analysis on a book, movie or television show, while Backtalk is a conversation between two Bitch editors who give their take on the latest pop culture developments.

Bad Behavior
As the saying goes, well-behaved women rarely make history. These two creatives, Rosalind Anketell (based in Melbourne) and Nikila Cranage (based in NYC) embrace just that. From opposite sides of the globe, they bringing their different positions together to talk women, activism and social change, using everything from tattoos and architecture as starting points.

Bitter Brown Femmes
This podcast exemplifies that, contrary to popular belief, humour and feminist critique are a perfect pairing. Hosted by Cassandra and Ruben, active individually as Xicanisma and Queer Xicano Chisme respectively, Bitter Brown Femmes take on social justice, pop culture and US politics from an intersectional, Latinx perspective.  

Call Your Girlfriend
Taking its name from the Robyn anthem, this "podcast for long-distance besties everywhere" is the perfect blend of work and friendship advice (see Shine Theory), pop culture analysis, and political coverage. Hosts Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman create space for both the woes and the joys of trying to live a feminist life in these trying times. While often US-centric, they recently did an episode on feminist activism around the world, with hopefully more to come!

Dipsaus
For and by women of colour (and anyone interested in an alternative sound), Dipsaus is hosted by three fabulous women, Anousha Nzume, Ebissé Rouw and Mariam El Maslouhi, brought together by their humour, love for the literary, and razor-sharp political and cultural analyses. Mostly in Dutch but occasionally in English – like this episode with sociologist Professor Oyèrónkẹ́ Oyěwùmí about gender and colonialism, or this conversation with Homegoing author Yaa Gyasi.

Mothers of Invention
The intersection of climate justice and feminism is an area we’ve been working on for a while, so we were thrilled to hear about a new podcast on exactly this topic! Every other Monday, first female President of Ireland and climate justice campaigner Mary Robinson and Irish comic and writer Maeve Higgins will interview the women – from lawyers and politicians to activists and artists – driving the climate justice movement worldwide.

The Wildness with Tiff and Manda
With guests from around the continent, Tiff and Manda explore sex, politics, and day-to-day life as two queer African women. Grab a glass of wine (if that’s your thing) and tune in to these often delightfully explicit chats relationship M&E, spanking, and polyamory.

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A huge shout-out to all these feminist media-makers (and all those we have yet to discover) who remind us that being a part of the conversation is in itself a form of creating change.

We hope you join us on the next episode of Tea with Mama Cash, and let us know what else you’re listening to!

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