If you follow us on any form of social media you'll already be aware that we are huge fans of The Guilty Feminist. Brought to our attention in early 2018, The Guilty Feminist podcast has been a part of our weekly routine, taking great care to ensure we don't miss a single episode when they are released every Monday.
For those who are yet to have been acquainted with this female comedy panel-show, let me give you a brief overview. First released in 2015, Deborah Frances-White and two guest hosts spend an hour exploring our noble goals as 21st century feminists and the hypocrisies and insecurities which undermine them. Each episode beings with the "I'm a feminist, but.." feature, encouraging themselves and listeners to acknowledge their own journey through intersectional feminism. We all have to start somewhere, and there are bound to be mishaps on the way (we are, after all, trying to change our thought processes. How many of us have assumed that if a heterosexual couple orders a wine and a beer, the wine is for the woman and the beer is for the man?) but the important thing is acknowledging it, seeing why it is a problem, and trying to do better next time.
A typical line-up includes Deborah Frances-White, a comedian and former Mormon, who frequently shares her experiences of her upbringing, a co-host who is usually another comedian or singer/songwriter, and an additional guest or two (or three) to discuss more serious issues; period poverty, the suffragettes, the MeToo movement, feminism in Islam, sexuality, refugees, mother/daughter relationships and much more.
The guests are diverse, with all races, religions, genders and sexualities being represented. Deborah herself has said that her journey through feminism has become intersectional as a result of being exposed to the issues of other marginalised communities. And as listeners we get to go on that journey with her.
It can be difficult as a woman in this world to understand our place in it. On the surface it appears as though we "have it all"; we can choose whether or not we want to work or have children or do both. We can vote. We know lots of successful women. And it's understandable why some women think that being a woman hasn't negatively impacted their lives at all. But when you listen to a podcast such as this, that so eloquently gives answers to questions