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Classic Episode: Living Dolls: A History of Fashion Modeling

 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

 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

 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

 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!

 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 »

Classic Episode: The Body Shaming Epidemic

 Classic Episode: The Body Shaming Epidemic

Weight bias, also known as fat-shaming, has serious real-world impacts on overweight and obese women. Now, thin women are making their voices heard about so-called 'skinny shaming' as well. Cristen and Caroline discuss the harmful spectrum of body shaming and what women can do to stop it. See more »

Classic Episode: Crazy Women

 Classic Episode: Crazy Women

Why are women so commonly written off as 'crazy'? Caroline and Cristen dig into the 'crazy women' verbal tick and how it undermines people actually dealing with mental illness. See more »

Classic Episode: A Skeptic's Guide to Women & Islam

 Classic Episode: A Skeptic's Guide to Women & Islam

Cristen interviews skeptic blogger and Muslim-turned-atheist Heina Dadabhoy about women and Islam. Is Islam inherently patriarchal? What is Islamic feminism? Listen in to learn more. See more »

Classic Episode: 6 Black Feminist Pioneers You Should Know

 Classic Episode: 6 Black Feminist Pioneers You Should Know

Does feminism have a race problem? How have black women shaped abolition, civil rights and women’s rights? Join Cristen and Caroline as they recount the work of Maria Stewart, Daisy Bates, Flo Kennedy, bell hooks, Audre Lorde and Alice Walker. See more »

Classic Episode: Are female politicians better for women?

 Classic Episode: Are female politicians better for women?

As Margaret Thatcher's legacy demonstrates, female politicians don't always support women's issues, feminism or other women in leadership. Caroline and Cristen discuss the effectiveness of female politicians, surrogate representation and more. See more »