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.
New Yorks 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.
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
A recent and terrifying experience with "greening out" causes Mica to take a look inward and unpack why her recent mental health has been a little shaky as of late. She then provides some handy tips for quieting the brain during times of stress and/or anxiety, which she hopes will be helpful to the pubic at large!
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"?
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.
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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.