Fainting Couch Feminists

Fainting Couch Feminists Episode Forty-One: How Can I Do This Story Justice?: Katie Douglas Talks Acting Traumatic Narratives

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."

Fainting Couch Feminists Episode 27: The Patriarch Has Died (Literally) And I'm Sad

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.

Fainting Couch Feminists Episode Fifty-Three: Sex, Desire, and Power Moves: Lisa Taddeo On the Sex Lives of Ordinary Women

Lisa Taddeo is an American journalist and writer who spent the last eight years of her life studying how women and men navigate desire. The product of her research is the highly-anticipated "Three Women," a book that follows the sex lives of three women. In this episode, Mica chats with Lisa about what it was like to immerse herself in other peoples' lives for nearly a decade, what she's learned about how men and women navigate desire, and whether or not you should ever uproot your life for love.

Fainting Couch Feminists Episode Fifty-One: What Makes A Social Movement Successful?: Linda Hirshman Talks The Battle Against Sexual Harassment

New York Times bestselling author and social change historian Linda Hirshman is here to discuss her new book, Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse And Harassment, which chronicles 50 years of feminist activism leading up to #MeToo.

Fainting Couch Feminists Episode Fifty: Everything You Need to Know About Abortion Rights in the US and Canada feat. Joyce Arthur

What exactly is happening with all this anti-abortion action in the US? Can states like Alabama really criminalize abortion, and what will happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned? Will Canada be impacted? These are just some of the questions Mica brought forth to Joyce Arthur, who is the executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada

Fainting Couch Feminists Episode Forty-Eight: Life After Sexual Assault feat. Jen Sookfong Lee and Stacey May Fowles

We're still talking about sexual assault because it's still happening. And although the #MeToo movement has motivated us to have important conversations about sexual violence and trauma, we hardly ever talk about the aftermath of sexual assault. How do survivors navigate their lives post-trauma? What helps them "heal" and "move on"?

Fainting Couch Feminists Episode Forty-Seven: Shrill, PEN15, Fleabag, and the Feminist TV We're Loving feat. Jocelyn Tennant

Friend and TV writing goddess Jocelyn Tennant is back! This week Mica and Joss are chatting about all things TV, with a focus on three shows (Shrill, Pen15, and Fleabag) that they are currently obsessed with. Alongside these shows, they chat about the representation of fat women on screen, why "puberty TV" can be so cathartic for millennial women, and why Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of Fleabag, is quite possibly the coolest person alive.

Fainting Couch Feminists Episode Forty-Five: Are We Unhappier Than Ever?: 94-Year-Old Cardy Raper Talks Science, Sex, and Political Unrest

Cardy Raper is a 94-year-old mycologist (basically, a mushroom scientist) who trail-blazed her way into a biology career when women scientists were almost unheard-of. In this episode, Cardy chats with Mica about what it was like to come of age in the 30s and 40s, what political activism meant to her in post WWII Chicago, and why she thinks this generation may be the least happy of all the generations she's lived through.

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