20-year-old Katie Douglas has starred in several films that navigate difficult topics like sexual abuse and the captivity of girls and women, which begs the question: how do actors inhabit a traumatic narrative without becoming traumatized themselves? In this interview, Katie and Mica chat about the popularity (and power) of womens' dystopia, how the film and TV industry has changed since the #MeToo movement, and the pressure actors feel to "do stories justice."
Mica discusses the recent passing of one of her all-time favourite patriarchs, Donald, aka her grandfather, aka "the charismatic misogynist," who is proof that you can love some wholeheartedly while still being somewhat critical of their behaviour. Mica also chats about the concept of grief, cliches in the face of death, drunken emotional outbursts, and looking for signs in the wake of devastation. Tangents include a teaser for Netflix's The Princess Swap (the perfect bereavement film!) and pretentious quotes from Gwyneth Paltrow, who should not be a role model to anyone ever. Also, love you, Gramps.
Soraya Chemaly is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger, and that’s exactly what we’re talking about today: women’s anger, its power, and why this anger is often misunderstood and mistreated. We also chat about the tropes associate with angry women (eg. the “angry black woman,” the “crazy white lady,” and “the fiery Latina,”) and dive into how dangerous it can be—both personally and politically—for women to suppress their anger.
Alix Ohlin completed her BA at Harvard, her MFA at the Michener's Center for Writers in Texas, and she's currently the Chair of the UBC Creative Writing Department. But beneath and beyond these accomplishments is someone who used to speak in antiquated pirate language, binge on Potato Smiles, and teach alongside Benedictine Monks (one of whom often had pockets full of bacon). This episode is about how Alix built her life as a writer, and why it's important to recognize our identities as multifaceted and ineffable.
Award-winning writer and novelist Sharon Bala is here! In this episode, we chat about how Sharon makes a living as a full-time writer and break down which sources of income are actually the most profitable and enjoyable. We also discuss Sharon's stint of housewifery in England, whether or not there's a difference between settlers and immigrants, and why writers should not give up on literary journals!
Born female, Lorimer knew he was a boy from the time he was only four or five years old. But Lorimer did not fully come to terms with his transness until he was 50 years old, at which point he chose to undergo gender reassignment surgery. In this episode, Lorimer discusses why his choice to transition was so difficult, why he became disillusioned with police work during the Robert Pickton case, and what it was like to be pregnant as someone who never identified as a woman.
Join Mica as she recounts her history of catastrophizing about illness and spontaneously dropping dead. Mica also discusses her rather dizzying experience of being falsely diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, and she lets everyone know what recreational activities are most likely to get you killed. (Spoiler: base jumping is a very bad idea!)
Jessica Johns is perhaps the ultimate Kombucha mother, and she's here to explain exactly what Kombucha is, how her brewing practice creates community, and what it really means to live symbiotically. She also compares certain aspects of her booch-making practice to treaty-making in Canada and how treaties were (and are) meant to facilitate symbiotic relationships between Indigenous people and the Canadian government. Has that symbiosis been lost? Find out in the most recent episode of the FCF podcast!
In this Valentine's Spectacular, Mica dissects the culture's various feelings towards V-day and dives into her personal history with this truly embarrassing holiday. She also reflects on her first-ever boyfriend, "Martin," an aspiring Christian rock musician with a flair for dramatics, whom she dated in grade 12. Mica explains why she refused to kiss Martin throughout their awkward courtship and tells the story of when he serenaded her atop a cliff, which she proceeded to fall from.
One of Mica's all-time favourite people (Stacey Lambert, a videographer, dog fanatic, and feminist superhero) is here to share what advice she'd give her teenaged self, which basically boils down to "STOP PRETENDING YOU ARE STRAIGHT." Mica and Stacey also gab about the worst/best high school play of all time (in which Mica was forced to mime a sex scene), what it's like to come out as gay while playing a board game, and why they are unimpressed with the neoliberal capitalist patriarchy that is leading us to our certain doom.
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In this issue:
Amy Louise Baker, Jenny Boychuk, Jessica Bromley Bartram, Monica Joy Claesson, Kess Costales, Sophie Crocker, Ruth Daniell, Alex Hall, Cody Klippenstein, Suzanne Langlois, Teresa E Lobos, Lynne M MacLean, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Isabelle Nguyen, Gaëlle Planchenault, Melanie Power, Natasha Ramoutar, Nilofar Shidmehr, jaye simpson, Cristalle Smith, Emily Urquhart, Yilin Wang, Hannah V Warren, Christine Wei, Lan Yao.