‘The WOW Podcast celebrates everything that women and girls are doing, and takes a frank look at the obstacles in their way. Full of stories of inspiring women from across the globe; fun and mind expanding conversations, and insights into the lives of people you’ve heard of and many you have not intersectional feminism from around the globe
Mrs. America is based on and dramatises the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the second wave of feminism and the unexpected backlash led by conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, features all the key players.
Chidera Eggerue ‘The Slumflower’ is a young author, style blogger and creative director She has amassed a large following of women through opening up important dialogues that women often struggle to have, including topics like body image, dealing with emotions that scare us, the journey to success, and feeling out of place in society.
This film tells the story of the infamous 1970 Miss World contest, when protestors dramatically disrupted the event, kickstarting a feminist revolution in front of an audience of millions. It was one of the era’s defining acts of protest and an inspiration to generations of activists. But it was also a night of other surprises. At a time of growing anti-apartheid protest, the first ever black South African contestant took part, under the dubious title Miss Africa South, along with the official, white Miss South Africa. The event also made headlines when the winner was finally announced as Miss Grenada, the first black Miss World.
What’s in a title? Right Reverend Sara Wheeler looks back at the surprising history of the Mrs -Miss distinction and concludes it has no place in contemporary Britain. BBC sounds A point of view audio 9 mins
We are living in the era of the self in an era of malleable truth and widespread personal and political delusion From the rise of the internet to her own appearance on an early reality TV show; from her experiences of ecstasy – both religious and chemical – to her uneasy engagement with our culture’s endless drive towards ‘self-optimisation’; from the phenomenon of the successful American scammer to her generation’s obsession with extravagant weddings, Jia Tolentino reads from her book Trick Mirror nine interlinked essays
It’s time to talk about sexual assault. Every hour, the equivalent of one man and over ten women are raped in England and Wales. One in five girls and one in twelve boys will be sexually abused. With so many people affected by this issue. Clear Lines was born out of the need to create an open, honest, and inclusive conversation, using the arts and discussion to replace the shame and silence with insight, understanding and community.
After PodcastCatriona Morton talks to fellow survivors of sexual assault and abuse about what happened to them and how they cope now.
After experiencing sexual abuse and assault herself, Catriona felt like she was abandoned by society, “stranded in an ocean,” she says, “with only a life raft and no rescue in sight.” So she created her own life raft with a blog called Life Continues After, where anyone affected by sexual trauma can share their stories and advice in the hope that others will find something useful. Or even just some comfort in knowing they’re not alone.
This podcast continues Catriona’s mission. Each person’s story will be split into two parts – and two separate episodes in the podcast feed.In the first part – called ‘Then’ – survivors will tell Catriona as much or as a little as they want about what happened to them. If listeners feel this part of their story might be too triggering and distressing, they can skip to the second part – called ‘Now’ – where survivors will share the practical steps, resources and methods they follow.
Finn Mackay is one of the UK’s most influential feminist activists. She founded the London Feminist Network in 2004, the same year that she revived the Reclaim the Night marches, after seeing shocking statistics on violence against women. The marches are women-only, something Finn believes is important, but she says men are welcome to make the tea and take a back-room role.
Angie Ng is a Chinese-Canadian feminist activist who founded SlutWalk Hong Kong to protest against sexual violence and victim blaming. She recognises that many view the term ‘slut’ as degrading, but she wants to problematise the word, rather than reclaim it. Angie says that in Hong Kong there was a pervasive view that sexual violence and street harassment was largely a western, ‘foreign’ problem, but she wanted to show that it happened in their culture too.
‘We need to debunk all the various layers of power all the vectors of oppression that dominate society. It is not simply enough to address one layer of oppression, let’s say misogyny, to make a real difference. We need to address a whole range of things,
sexism, racism, colonialism, imperialism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, economic inequality, all of these things are tied up and linked to each other.’
Eve Ansler – playwright authour activist
Rethinking masculinty. Working with men and boys towards gender equality, inclusive communities, and healthier relationships. We disrupt expectations, stereotypes and pressures to fit in. We open up the possibility for connection, support and personal growth. We equip you with new perspectives, kick starting a process of community change and empowering us all to be better.
Men and boys are being taught how to tackle some of the uncomfortable truths about everyday sexism. Many don’t realise the extent of the problem – cat-calling, unwelcome comments and dominating behaviour are all things that women across the world put up with on a daily basis. This week’s solution looks at a project called the Good Lad Initiative in the UK, (now named beyond equality), which is trying to help men understand why it happens and how they can help change things. It also helps them to improve their relationships with other men and challenge traditional values. We meet a group as they train and find out how positive masculinity workshops are creating communities of men who want to help in the fight for equality.