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In part two of our two-part series on rape and sexual assault, Cristen and Caroline examine the concept of rape culture and the sobering statistics of sexual assault in the United States today. See more »

Classic Episode: A Brief History of Rape

In part one of a two-part series examining rape and sexual assault, Cristen and Caroline look at the legal evolution of the crime of rape and how civil rights and women's rights reformers fought to eradicate longstanding patterns of victim-blaming. See more »

Classic Episode: The Notorious RBG

Supreme Court Justic Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka The Notorious RBG, has become a pop cultural rock star for her judicial outspokenness on equality and reproductive rights. Cristen and Caroline delve into her incredible biography and what has propelled her recent popularity among young women. See more »

Classic Episode: Lady Stoners

Pop culture stereotypes marijuana users as lovable, underachieving stoner guys, but what about weed-loving women? Cristen and Caroline discuss the past and present of women's relationship with weed and intersections of gender and the pot industry. See more »

Classic Episode: Women in Punk Rock

Who were the leading ladies of the 1970s punk scene? What are the punk origins of the riot grrrl movement? Does riot grrrl still exist today? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the relationship between riot grrrls, punk rock and gender in music. See more »

Classic Episode: Beyonce's Feminism

The release of Beyonce's secret 'visual album' in December 2013 was hailed as her feminist manifesto, setting off an internet-wide discussion about the mega-star's public image versus her personal politics. Cristen and Caroline weigh in on the pop cultural significance of Beyonce's feminism. See more »

Classic Episode: How Estrogen Works

Estrogen comes up ALL the time in the podcast, so what's the science behind the hormone? Does estrogen really turn women into emotional chocolate-eaters? Listen in to learn more about estrogen's myriad health benefits. See more »

Classic Episode: The Revenge Porn Wars

Sometimes termed 'cyber rape,' revenge porn refers to sexually explicit images and videos nonconsensually shared on the internet. Cristen and Caroline chart the horrifying rise of revenge porn, why it happens, how it affects the victims and how the digital laws are evolving to criminalize it. See more »

Classic Episode: What's the difference between gender and sex?

Three of the most defining attribute people have are their gender, sex and sexual orientation. Cristen and Caroline offer an easy-to-understand guide to what each of those terms mean and how all of them encompass far more than a his/her, male/female, man/woman binary. See more »

Classic Episode: Trailblazing Lesbians You Should Know

Guess what? Awesome, history-making lesbians aren’t limited to Ellen and Rachel Maddow. This episode covers famous lesbians you might not know about, but should and also asks if it's harder to be openly gay and female in the professional and public spheres. See more »

Classic Episode: A Revisionist History of Abortion, Part 2

Raised during the Progressive Era crusade against abortion, Margaret Sanger devoted her life to making birth control and familiy planning accessible to women from all walks of life. In this second installment of the two-part cultural and legal history of abortion, Cristen and Caroline highlight Sanger's legacy and eugenics controversy and how the development of Planned Parenthood coincided with midcentury women's fight to access abortion by whatever means necessary. See more »

Classic Episode: A Revisionist History of Abortion, Part 1

In colonial America, early-term abortion was a way of life for many women. But by 1900, it had become criminalized across the country -- but not for reasons you'd expect. In this two-part cultural and legal history of abortion, Cristen and Caroline time travel from ancient Greek herbal remedies to induce miscarriage to 19th-century abortionist Madame Restell at the center of America's first major abortion debate. See more »

Classic Episode: The Secret History of International Women's Day

International Women's Day, celebrated every March 8, is a holiday inspired by factory women going on strike for better wages and working conditions. Cristen and Caroline explore why the (sometimes fake) history of the commemorative day is central to working-class issues within feminism then and now. See more »

Classic Episode: Were mediums the first feminists?

What are mediums, and what did they have to do with the early suffragists? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the role of women in the spiritualist movement and divine its connections to feminism in this episode. See more »

Classic Episode: Women in Science: They Exist!

Why don't more women pursue science careers? Join Caroline and Cristen as they look at 4 female scientists you've probably never heard of, including Rita Levi-Montalcini and more. See more »

Classic Episode: Living Dolls: A History of Fashion Modeling

When did models begin strutting down the catwalk? Cristen and Caroline size up the history of modeling and how it's influenced beauty culture at large. See more »

Classic Episode: Social Justice Warriors

Can social media change the world? So-called social justice warriors, slactivists and hashtag activists think so. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline dissect social media activism and its backlash and ponder the perils of political correctness. See more »

Classic Episode: Transgender 101

What does 'transgender' mean? Is it the same as gender identity disorder? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the history of sexology, sex change operations and transgender identity, as well as why trans people are fighting for their civil rights. See more »

Classic Episode: A Controversial Woman

Who really was Susan B. Anthony, figurehead of American women's suffrage? In celebration of her birthday, Cristen and Caroline explore Anthony's fascinating biography and the less well-known, controversial aspects of her singleminded crusade for the women's vote. See more »

Classic Episode: Hey, Ladies!

The word 'lady' has undergone a reclamation of sorts in recent years, but it still carries a lot of baggage, thanks to its gender-loaded etymology. Cristen and Caroline get down to the history, use and varying meanings of what it means to be a 'lady' today. See more »