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Find out what happens when women break the rules - those unwritten but all too real bullsh*t expectations of how we should live our lives. Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin (formerly Stuff Mom Never Told You) tackle questions through their trademark obsessive research, stories from rule-breakin’ ladies and a solid dose of delightful feminist rage.
 
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Is the Bachelor franchise here for the right reasons? For Rachel Lindsay, the first Black Bachelorette, it's complicated. This episode, Rachel shares the highs and lows of being the first, how the franchise uses race for ratings, and why she almost broke up with Bachelor Nation. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your…
 
Actor Busy Philipps has been in Hollywood since she was 19. But it wasn't until she gave up on giving in to the industry and its sexism that her big breakout moment arrived. This episode, Busy spills what it was like breaking into the industry during the ultra-low-rise jeans era, why she started naming names, and why trying her best is good enough.…
 
Pregnant? Scared? Anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers, or pregnancy resource centers, outnumber abortion clinics three to one in the United States. This episode, we find out why they're thriving and what to expect when you're NOT expecting to end up at a crisis pregnancy center. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Y…
 
What does it take to build abortion clinics in America? Whole Woman’s Health founder Amy Hagstrom Miller shares the lengths providers have to go to create and sustain safe clinic spaces. Plus, the story of how she took one of the biggest, baddest anti-abortion laws to the Supreme Court. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claim…
 
It's impossible to not shake, wiggle and twerk when Big Freedia takes the mic. The Queen Diva of bounce music shares her astonishing journey from a New Orleans gospel choir to hip-hop superstardom and how Hurricane Katrina helped make it happen. Plus, C&C rejoice in the power of ass! Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming…
 
Stacy Osei-Kuffour has made a name for herself writing for shows like Pen15, Watchmen and Run, but growing up in Chicago, she was a self-proclaimed outcast. In this bonus episode, we talk with Stacy about how embracing her weirdness helped her write her breakthrough play, how that play opened the door to television writing, and how she put it all t…
 
Is it possible to combat sexual violence and support survivors without sending perpetrators to prison? Dr. Alissa Ackerman, a sex crimes policy expert and rape survivor, thinks so. In part two of two episodes reconsidering mainstream feminism's reliance on the criminal justice system, Dr. Ackerman outlines a powerful alternative to prison punishmen…
 
Recent calls to defund police and abolish prisons have raised the question: But what about rapists? In part one of two episodes exploring that question, prison abolitionist Maya Schenwar presents the case for looking outside the criminal justice system for safety and connects the dots between abolition and feminism Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smas…
 
When was the last time you had sex, if ever? In the final episode of our How to Live Single series, science journalist Angela Chen upends that question by creating romantic room for asexuality. Her book, Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society and the Meaning of Sex, comes out in September. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patri…
 
Why does living single usually come with roommates? In part two of three about How to Live Single, Cristen and Caroline get a Golden Girls reality check on the housing crises caused by breakups and aging. This episode is brought to you by Best Fiends [bestfiends.com] and Native [nativedeo.com promo code Unladylike]. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Sma…
 
What if being single wasn't sold to us as a problem to solve? In part one of three episodes exploring How to Live Single, Aminatou Sow (Call Your Girlfriend) and Shani Silver (A Single Serving Podcast) get real about how unpartnered unladies care for themselves, embrace their relationship status and negotiate the casual and costly ways that society…
 
A number of feminist-branded companies, including The Wing, Man Repeller and Ban.do, are reckoning with racism and employee mistreatment. This episode, we're focusing in on the digital-media powerhouse Refinery29 and its problematic white leadership. Plus, we'll examine what the #blackatR29 movement reveals about working while Black and why seeming…
 
Weightlifting used to be boys-only exercise, but women are getting swole like never before. Cristen and Caroline find out why from competitive powerlifter Casey Johnston. Then Team USA weightlifter Mattie Rogers shares how she muscled her way to becoming one of the strongest — and most Instagram-famous — women in the sport. Follow Unladylike on soc…
 
'How are you doing?' has become a super loaded question in the days of COVID. So this episode, Cristen and Caroline find out how listeners are feeling, check in with Unladylike illustrator Tyler Feder and take a much-needed Zoom trip to the therapist to help us sort through our collective pandemic emotions. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the…
 
Contrapoints creator Natalie Wynn is among the most popular and acclaimed YouTubers, specializing in counteracting the red-pilled, radicalized voices that thrive on the platform. So why did she suddenly find herself canceled, how did she handle it, and what does it say about owning our values out loud? Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patr…
 
Parental estrangement is surprisingly common — and commonly misunderstood. Caroline and Cristen sort fact from fiction to find out: What happens when daughters break up with their moms? Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space is available now, wherever books and audiobooks are sold. Signed copies are available a…
 
How do gender, race and class color our tattoo perceptions? Comedy icon Margaret Cho breaks down the body politics of being a heavily inked Korean-American woman. Plus! Cristen and Caroline discover the original "tramp stamp," a stick-n-poke renaissance, and the origins of the ladylike tattoo taboo. Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriar…
 
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