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Secret Feminist Agenda

Welcome to Secret Feminist Agenda, a new podcast project by one half of the team behind Witch, Please. Every week I’m going to talk to a feminist about their nefarious and insurgent plans for overthrowing the patriarchy. So tell me: what’s your secret feminist agenda?

Episode 1.0: Let’s Start Something
Episode 1.1: Eyeliner & Astrology With Xine Yao 
Episode 1.2: Social Media & Moana With Lucia Lorenzi 
Episode 1.3: Little Tiny Things and Big Huge Questions With Rebecca Caines and Michelle Stewart 
Episode 1.4: Hufflepuff Self Care With Kaarina Mikalson 
Episode 1.5: Can(n)ons & Revolutions With Andrea Hasenbank 
Episode 1.6: Taking Up Space & Feeling Safe With Leslie Allin 
Episode 1.7: Basic Witches With Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman 
Episode 1.8: Rising Signs & Anticapitalist Poetry With Adèle Barclay 
Episode 1.9: Emoji Faces & Feminist Friendship With Erin Wunker 
Episode 1.10: Baby Noises & Decoding Toxic Masculinity With Brenna Clarke Gray 
Episode 1.11: Lazy Women & Eating the Rich With Cynara Geissler 
Episode 1.12: Embracing “Good Enough” With Cynara Geissler Part Two! 
Episode 1.13: Laughing Disparagingly at the Google Memo Dude With Aadita Chaudhury
Episode 1.14: Doctor Who & Planning Podcasts in Pools With Eugenia and Toya
Episode 1.15: Rethinking Podcasts With This Guy (Points at Self)
Bonus Episode: Podcasting, Public Scholarship, and Accountability
Bonus Episode: Tis The Season for Feeling Feelings

Episode 1.0: Let’s Start Something

Welcome to Secret Feminist Agenda! Every week* I’ll be interviewing a feminist about how they undermine the cisnormative heteronormative ableist imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy in their own lives. Mostly I just want to talk to amazing humans about how they enact resistance in both large and small ways. Get ready for laughter and tears and extensive profanity.

So tell me: what’s your secret feminist agenda?

*(ish)

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Episode 1.1: Eyeliner & Astrology With Xine Yao

It’s here! The first official episode! Join me as I talk cut-creases, deadlifting, and ill-advised teenage atheism with academic and podcaster Xine Yao. If you want more to read/listen to on these topics, here are some suggestions:

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Xine’s theme song is “History Maker” by Dean Fujioka, aka the opening credit song to Yuri!!! On Ice. Watch/listen here.

Episode 1.2: Social Media & Moana With Lucia Lorenzi

We’re back, and this time we’re chatting with academic, activist, and artist Lucia Lorenzi about her love for Moana and Maleficent, Twitter as a platform for feminist activism, and why sometimes it’s okay to not be okay. Here’s some conversation-adjacent reading:

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Lucia’s theme song is “Cranes in the Sky” by Solange. Watch the incredible music video here and then go buy the entire album.

Episode 1.3: Little Tiny Things and Big Huge Questions With Rebecca Caines and Michelle Stewart

This episode is brought to you courtesy of backyard wine and BBQ tacos! Sit in on my conversation with Rebecca Caines and Michelle Stewart, brilliant academics and artists and activists and collaborators from the University of Regina. Our conversation ranges from leg hair to police brutality with a few stops in between. As per usual, here are a few links relevant to the episode:

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Rebecca and Michelle’s intro song is “Retribution” by Tanya Tagaq. Watch the video here and get ready to get into her in a big way.

Episode 1.4: Hufflepuff Self Care With Kaarina Mikalson

I wanted you to hear this episode so badly that I went and got new cords for my recording set-up AND THEN I upgraded to the “Pro” level of Hindenburg so I could get noise reduction. Just saying. Come hang out with me and Kaarina while we drink wine on opposite sides of this big dumb continent and talk about self care, Hufflepuff style.

LINKS!

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Kaarina’s theme song is “I Will” by Mitski. Watch the video here because it’s beautiful and you deserve to look at beautiful things.

Episode 1.5: Can(n)ons & Revolutions With Andrea Hasenbank

This episode is a first: that is, the first podcast episode I’ve recorded with brilliant scholar and politicker Andrea Hasenbank in which we were both stone cold sober (if you want to know what I’m talking about, give this and this a listen). It’s charming nonetheless, and so coherent, as we get into questions of which knowledges are valued and which aren’t, how to build a sustainable democratic society, and what feminists have to contribute to academia, activism, and politics. If you want to follow up on some of the topics in this episode, here are some starting points:

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Andrea’s theme song is “Rise Up (With Fists!!)” by Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins. The video is great.

Episode 1.6: Taking Up Space & Feeling Safe With Leslie Allin

Content warning for racial violence and sexual assault.

This week I’m joined by my dear friend Leslie Allin. We did our PhDs together, but we actually didn’t get together to discuss white masculinity in Victorian adventure fiction. Leslie is also a Wen-Do instructor, and she joined me to talk about women learning to claim our space. Before we get into that, here are some relevant readings (as promised) on whiteness and white supremacy:

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Leslie’s theme song is “Fuck You” by The Bug featuring Warrior Queen. You can listen to the whole song here.

Episode 1.7: Basic Witches With Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

This week I’m joined by authors/witches extraordinaire Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman to talk about their forthcoming book Basic Witches (preorder it here!). If you’re in the New York area, you can head to the launch at The Astoria Bookshop on August 29th! If you think Jaya and Jess sound dope as heck (which they are, why not check out some of the other stuff they’ve written?

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Jaya and Jess’s theme song is “Witch” by The Bird and the Bee. Go listen to it.

Episode 1.8: Rising Signs & Anticapitalist Poetry With Adèle Barclay

We’re back, and only a little late, to talk about astrology, witchcraft, poetry, and queer love with the brilliant Adèle Barclay. You’ll probably want to:

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Adèle’s theme song is “Pure Desire” by SHEER MAG. Check it out.

Episode 1.9: Emoji Faces & Feminist Friendship With Erin Wunker

Apologies if I sound a little drunk on the sheer joy of friendship in this episode. I was. Come hang out with me and Erin Wunker — academic, activist, award-winning author, and all-around treasure of a human being — as we talk about the politics of accessibility in feminist writing and also make emoji faces at each other for five minutes. If you want to learn more about her, or other topics this episode covers, here you go:

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Erin’s theme song is “Leather Jacket” by Thunderbitch. Listen to the whole thing here.

Episode 1.10: Baby Noises & Decoding Toxic Masculinity With Brenna Clarke Gray

There’s a lot of really great stuff in this episode: a wide range of exciting sounds from Baby Groot, discussions of feminist and academic mothering, and of course some generalized rage directed toward toxic masculinity. Not to mention our illustrious guest, Brenna Clarke Gray, academic and author and public intellectual. All that, framed by my thoughts on navigating diet culture, and the first ever instalment of Kaarina’s Cozy Self-Care Corner! And of course, some readings:

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Brenna’s theme song is a beautiful cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” by The Once. You can listen to the whole thing here.

Episode 1.11: Lazy Women & Eating the Rich With Cynara Geissler

For this episode, I made an extremely fancy vegan charcuterie board and invited the always-immaculate Cynara Geissler over to talk about that thing where we’ll all slowly working ourselves to death in a desperate bid to prove our worth. You know, just a light summer afternoon chat. In addition to being a brilliant thinker on the intersections between class, gender, and disability, Cynara is also the marketing manager at Arsenal Pulp Press and the writer of many wonderful things. Here are links to some of them!

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Cynara’s theme song is “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore. Why don’t you go watch an awesome live version of it.

Episode 1.12: Embracing “Good Enough” With Cynara Geissler Part Two!

Content warning for depression and suicide.

HEY GUESS WHAT there was still so much good stuff leftover from last week’s conversation with the very brilliant Cynara Geissler that I just went ahead and made it a two-parter. In this episode we ask what it would mean to embrace “good enough” and to learn to be much more tender with ourselves. I also spend a whole bunch of time talking about de-stigmatizing mental health issues in professional and academic settings and, I’m not gonna lie, it gets pretty real. You know what else is real? These really good links I’m giving you:

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Cynara’s theme song is “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore.

Episode 1.13: Laughing Disparagingly at the Google Memo Dude With Aadita Chaudhury

I’m back, babes, and better than ever, or rather, not actively sick any more. And after spending some time talking about sickness and rest (with some reading recommendations below), I’m thrilled to be bringing you my conversation with PhD student and feminist shit-talker Aadita Chaudhury. After Aadita tells me exactly what STS is (you have to listen to find out), we smack talk Radiolab and sing the praises of Hidden Figures. You’re gonna love it. You know what else you’re gonna love? These links:

  • First off, go follow Aadita on Twitter. You won’t regret it.
  • I reference two articles this episode: Johanna Hedva’s Sick Woman Theory and Kendra Marks’ The Idea of Rest. Go read them now. Content warnings for discussions of sexual and racial violence.
  • Aadita name checks some other awesome feminist science folks, including christine liu and Judy Wacjman (you know, if you want more smart science and technology feminists in your life). (Which you probably do.)
  • Obviously go watch Hidden Figures if you have’t already, but either way here’s some supplementary reading on the role of Black women in the Space Race.

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Aadita’s theme song is “Train Song” by Vashti Bunyan. Listen to it in its soothing entirety.

Episode 1.14: Doctor Who & Planning Podcasts in Pools With Eugenia and Toya

Content warning for sexual violence.

Hahaha remember when I wasn’t sick for a second there? I do. Those were the days/lungs. Anyway, I’m here, and I’m a little late but I’m super pumped to bring you my conversation with Eugenia and Toya, the brilliant women behind the podcast Woke Doctor Who. We talk about finding space for critique within your fandoms and why more women of colour need to start podcasts. Before we get to that, I spend a little time thinking out loud about #metoo and what it tells us about the unspoken realities of sexual violence in women’s lives. And, of course, there’s another unbelievably soothing instalment of Kaarina’s Cozy Self-Care Corner to look forward to!

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Eugenia and Toya’s theme song is “Dr. Feelgood” by Aretha Franklin. Listen to it all here.

Episode 1.15: Rethinking Podcasts With This Guy (Points at Self)

Welcome to the end of the beginning! By which I mean, it’s time for a wee little break in this here podcast while we sort a few things out, most especially how we’re going to go about peer reviewing it (surprise! this podcast is going to be peer reviewed! maybe! somehow!). If you’d like to be part of the amazing process of helping me to develop new forms of public, feminist, community accountable peer review, here’s your chance. Just comment on this post. Here are some questions you might consider:

  • What do you think of the format? Do you like the length? Do you wish the interviews were longer or shorter? What about the intros?
  • What are your thoughts on the guests/topics thus far? Are there specific people you’d like me to invite or topics you’d like me to tackle?
  • What’s one thing that’s really working for you? What’s one thing you’d change, if you were the boss of me?
  • If you’re a scholar, or have opinions on scholarship: what makes Secret Feminist Agenda scholarly, or not scholarly, in your opinion?

Don’t feel limited by these questions if you have totally different things you’d like to write about. Oh, and don’t worry: there’s still a self-care corner on this mini episode.

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Bonus Episode: Podcasting, Public Scholarship, and Accountability

DID YOU MISS ME duh of course you did. I’m back temporarily to share with you a talk that I gave in October for SFU’s Open Access Week. This talk delves a little deeper into what I’ve learned about public scholarship from podcasting, and why I think community accountability ought to matter more than institutional gatekeeping. If you want to follow along, here are a few useful links:

You’ll here from me again in a couple of weeks! (Want to know what for? listen to the episode!)

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

Bonus Episode: Tis The Season for Feeling Feelings

Happy Solstice! We’re right in the thick of the holiday season (with the whoop-de-do and hickory dock) and all of the rich complexities of emotional experience that accompany this time of year. So in honour of all of that, Kaarina and I are bringing you a festive minisode about taking care of yourself at the holidays. And to get yourself into the festive mood, why don’t you check out this very special playlist I made for just this occasion?

Warning: it has made me cry every time I’ve listened to it.

Theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.

My theme song is “White Wine in the Sun” by Tim Minchin. Listen to it all here.