The Guilty Feminist
I’ve decided to review something a little different this week - a podcast! I was always under the impression that podcasts were a little dull or perhaps not aimed at younger audiences. Of course, this was a completely bias opinion formed from the BBC Radio 4 shows that my dad would listen to in the car!
When I discovered The Guilty Feminist podcast through Spotify, I was amazed! A witty, energetic show that discusses the patriarchy and women’s rights in a comedic and entertaining way – it felt almost too good to be true!
What I love about The Guilty Feminist is the fact that it talks about important and relevant issues surrounding feminism, yet it does so in a relaxed and fun way. Each week Deborah Frances-White hosts the podcast in front of a live audience, at various different venues, with a co-host and special guests.
The episode that I most recently listened to was titled “Women in Charge on Film”. As an aspiring actor, the title instantly drew my attention. I’ve been listening weekly to this podcast for over a year now (which I strongly recommend) and each week Deborah creates a unique show with a range of special guests.
You’re probably curious about the title “The Guilty Feminist”. Can you be a guilty feminist? And if so, what does that entail? Personally, I believe being a guilty feminist means you’re passionate about equality, defeating the patriarchy and ensuring that minority groups are properly represented. However, you are also admittedly not a model of “The Perfect Feminist”. For example, you may have days were feminism isn’t at the forefront of your mind – and that’s okay! I love this podcast because it is so inclusive. It doesn’t matter what type of feminist you are (you may not even identify as a feminist), what matters is that you care.
Susan Wokoma and Jennifer Sheridan were the guests for “Women in Charge on Film”. Both Susan and Deborah did a stand-up set, and then the podcast continued with Jennifer as they discussed the importance of having women in charge on film. Susan’s entertaining stand up set compared the phrase “women in charge” to other feminist phrases – a personal favourite was “Cleopatra comin’ atcha”.
This week’s podcast is called “Domesticity” and was released yesterday! The wonderful thing is that it's so accessible. Whether you’re on the train, in a café, or just at home, you can listen anywhere. Even if you think it may not be your cup of tea, I’d definitely give it a listen because you might just surprise yourself.
It’s always amazing to experience any artform that supports feminism. I would now feel lost if I didn’t get my weekly dose of The Guilty Feminist. Also, Deborah Frances-White has recently released a book called “The Guilty Feminist” – it’s honestly life-changing!