Clarisse David

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5 Feminist Podcasts to Listen to on Your Hellish Commute

Long commutes are the worst.

You're stuck in the sweltering heat with a bunch of strangers. Air Supply's All Out of Love is blaring from somebody's phone, and if they don't put a stop to it, you swear you're going to get violent. You're tired, hungry or a combination of both, and you're close to hallucinating about the comfortable bed waiting for you at home.

But this stupid bus/jeepney/train is taking forever.

Podcasts don't exactly solve the problem of long commutes. They do, however, make things a tiny bit easier.

1. Call Your Girlfriend

Hosted by Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, Call Your Girlfriend is "podcast for long-distance besties everywhere."

They discuss a lot of feminist issues from all over the world. All in a way that sounds like you're eavesdropping on two best friends having fun (and being really, really smart) over the phone.

The wonderful women at Call Your Girlfriend also came up with Shine Theory. It says that you should celebrate and not feel envious when another woman succeeds. Her success doesn't take anything away from you, because success is unlimited. This article explains it better using Kelly Rowland and Beyonce as examples.

2. The History Chicks

This podcast is similar to Call Your Girlfriend in the sense that it sounds like you're listening in on a phone conversation between two best friends. Except they're talking about kickass women in history.

I love that they don't only talk about white historical figures. They talk about women of color we rarely hear about in pop culture like Queen Nzinga and Queen Lili’uokalani.

You can tell the hosts do a lot of research for each episode. Despite the podcast's irreverent tone, biographies written by historians and other reliable resources back up the hosts' discussion.

3. Stuff Mom Never Told You

This is another podcast that has taught me so much about feminism. According to their website, Stuff Mom Never Told You aims to "keep it real with a research-driven rundown of the ever-evolving challenges facing women today and throughout history."

They tackle recent news items and pop culture in relation to feminism. Some of their episodes have covered the #MeToo movement, what's it like to be a married feminist and so much more.

4. Smart Podcast Trashy Books

If you hang out in the Romancelandia corner of Twitter, you've heard of this podcast at one point. Hosted by the wonderful women behind Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, this podcast is all about the romance genre.

They interview authors about their writing process and recommend a shit-ton of wonderful romance books. Warning: Listening to this podcast may prove harmful to your book-buying budget.

My favorite episodes include interviews with Talia Hibbert and Lucy Parker. Both episodes are inspiring as hell if you're a romance writer struggling with your WIP. Ahem.

5. Women With Books

This podcast by romance writer Lindsay Emory is like having a book club in your pocket. According to Lindsay Emory's website, it's "a place to discuss genre fiction for, by and about women."

Most of the episodes feature interviews with romance authors including Romancelandia favorites Alyssa Cole and Kate Clayborn. Some of the topics they've talked about are the most recent royal wedding (of course!), friendships and even the lottery. You can also expect a deluge of romance book recommendations.

What about you? If you listen to podcasts, which ones do you recommend?


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