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."
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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.
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.
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.
There's a common misconception that being a "real feminist" means prioritizing your career over your romantic life, but Mica is here to discuss why that's a load of bunk! Part of being a feminist is doing what makes you feel happy and empowered, and sometimes that means following your heart. In this episode, Mica examines the tension between feminism and romance, and recounts a particularly formative experience in which she "took a chance on love."
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.
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.
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Edited by Arielle Spence
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.