women

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.

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.

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.

13 Wondrous Whipstresses

The fascination with dominant women and flagellation is nothing new. In our episodes on BDSM and dominatrices, we mentioned Victorian "fladge porn," but the fascination with women and whipping stretches back way earlier. Take a look at whipstress imagery from 14th-century Italy all the way through 20th-century Hollywood.

Listeners Love Lady Detectives

After doing our two-part series (here and here) about lady detectives on TV, one thing was abundantly clear: Y'all love some lady crimesolvers. While the episodes were busting at the seams with Cagney and Lacey, Olivia Benson, Jessica Fletcher and others, there simply wasn't time to talk about every fabulous character out there.

The Chess Queens

Chess, one of history's oldest games, is considered a man's game -- but why? Cristen and Caroline examine how the queen piece revolutionized chess and subsequently kicked women players out of the sport.

Why do women join cults?

Are women likelier to join cults? Cristen and Caroline investigate how destructive cults like the Manson Family work and why women join them and then debunk stereotypes about women in cults.

Further Reading: 5 Fab Listener Recs

We cover some pretty interesting topics every week on the podcast. But with each episode clocking in at under an hour, we can't always hit every source or detail out there. Thanks to our smart and savvy listeners, however, we get great reading recommendations all the time to help supplement our weekly research. We want to share some of them with you. Here are five additional sources -- complete with [edited-for-length] emailed reviews -- from interested, interesting and in-the-know listeners. Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments, and don't forget to give us a shout at momstuff [at] howstuffworks [dot] com.

Why is Ebola killing more women?

Why is the Ebola virus killing more women than men in West Africa? Cristen and Caroline chart the spread of the Ebola virus and the gender roles that put women more at risk for contracting Ebola virus and other pandemics.

A Brief History of Slutoween

If I had a dollar for every time I've seen a social media comment along the lines of "why are Halloween costumes for women so sexy??!" I'd have enough money to march over to my neighborhood Halloween superstore and buy a sexy French fries costume. For young women these days, the process of choosing a Halloween costume usually starts with the question of "to sexy, or not to sexy?" (or in my mind, "to be warm, or not to be warm on a chilly October night?")...