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What is sustainable fashion and can we really participate in fashion trends ethically? These are just some of the conundrums that we tackle in today’s episode. Join Niba as she discusses fashion, thrifting, economics, and sustainability with special guest Emma Wasserman, who is officially our youngest podcast guest to date. At 15 years old, her poi…
 
Today Natalia interviews author Rose Eveleth about Flash Forward: An Illustrated Guide to Possible (and Not so Possible) Tomorrows. Part graphic novel and part journalistic reporting, Flash Forward asks provocative questions and uses art to bring readers into the world dreamed up and ends with an essay by Eveleth providing more details and context.…
 
Niba interviews Samara Terese, a body and sex positive influencer on TikTok, Instagram, and Only Fans. They discuss embracing your body and all its curves and scars, embracing and exploring sexuality, and how social media platforms can be a tool for self expression… when they’re not silencing creators who don’t adhere to hegemonic beauty standards.…
 
Mariquita interviews Emma Straub about her book, All Adults Here, released in paperback on April 13th and currently being developed for TV. Emma and Mariquita discuss writing dark topics with a light touch, portraying characters with empathy and care, parenthood, home, and transformation. Where to find Emma: Website // Twitter // Instagram // Faceb…
 
Christine explains what a cinnamon roll character is and shares a few of her favorites. Phalin reviews one of her new favorite books by a Youtuber she’s watched for some time, The Game of Desire by Shan Boodram. And Renee breaks down everything that’s in May’s Feminist Book Club box. Follow and Support our Hosts: Christine - Instagram // Twitter Ph…
 
Recently, Amanda Bynes’ and Britney Spears’ conservatorships have been a hot topic. What is a conservatorship? What is conservatorship abuse? Who do conservatorships affect the most? Today, Phalin will try to answer those questions with her Google law school accolades. Then Renee shares a review of one of her favorite books of 2021 so far, Firekeep…
 
We have a nerdy double header for you today! First, Niba brings on science writer Bri Barbu to discuss the actual science behind truth serums, where we’ve seen them in popular media, how they’re used, and whether they could or should work in the real world. Then Mariquita is back with one of her hallmark beautiful reviews, this time offering a femi…
 
It’s double Natalia, double the fun this week. First she’s giving you Environmental Justice 101, but make it podcast friendly. What does environmental justice mean? Why does it have to do with environmental racism? How is Martin Luther King, Jr. involved? Will Natalia ever learn to spell “environmental” without using spell check? Then she interview…
 
FBC founder/CEO Renee and Director of Operations Lucy discuss what’s going on behind the scenes at Feminist Book Club. We’re in the midst of a move, so they chat about why they’re moving and how they made that choice. Renee dives into the mindset of business growth and shares some fears around this big leap. Lucy reminds everyone to check out our b…
 
Natalia interviews Morgan Jerkins about her first fiction novel Caul Baby out April 6th. Caul Baby illuminates the search for familial connection, how to hold tight to your community, the enduring power of tradition, and the dark corners of the human heart. Two enthusiastic thumbs up both for the book, and the conversation. Follow Morgan: Website /…
 
Renee and Mariquita talk about some lesser discussed women from history, Las Soldaderas (or Las Adelitas) from the Mexican Revolution and Florence Howe, the founder of the Feminist Press and considered to be the mother of Women’s Studies as an academic discipline. Mariquita breaks down the contributions made by the soldaderas in an effort to gain c…
 
Can you be a fashion icon and truly feminist? What does it mean to critically examine your clothing choices and attire? How do we, as intersectional feminists, consume fashion and question the systems in place that exploit mostly BIPOC women? How do we queer fashion so that it’s expansive, instead of limiting? How do we treat ourselves like the wor…
 
If a fantasy or scifi universe has wizards, aliens, fairies, spaceships, or whatever fictional element in it, can't it also have dark skinned or nonbinary or queer characters in it? Niba guides us through arguments for and against inclusivity in fiction, as well as how writers can incorporate diversity if they themselves have not lived that experie…
 
The Whiteness of Food Media with Natalia and Mariquita Mariquita takes us through the data of the food media world and how marginalized voices are depressingly underrepresented. Natalia talks you through colonialism in food - and discussions about authenticity that made her grow. Finally, they end with some ways to walk the walk and cookbook recomm…
 
Colorism: From Then to Now We'll be getting into the history of colorism, how it crops up in modern places like Bridgerton and the royal family, as well as skin lightening products. This episode includes a trigger warning for rape, discrimination, and body image. If any of these topics are difficult for you, please proceed carefully because your me…
 
Feminist Book Club: The Podcast got a bit of a makeover this week! Introducing our new podcast contributors: Renee - @feministbookclubbox or @bellerenee on Instagram Lucy - @lucygraceeee on Instagram and Twitter Phalin - @phalinoliver on Instagram and TikTok Natalia - @stitchcraftnwizardry on Instagram, @natsanpol or @fmnstbookclub on Twitter Chris…
 
Kate Hope Day is the author of If, Then and her newest novel is IN THE QUICK. She holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an associate producer at HBO. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their two children. Connect with Kate on Instagram, Twitter, and her website. Kate's book recommend…
 
Sonya Renee Taylor is the Founder and Radical Executive Officer of The Body is Not An Apology, a digital media and education company committed to radical self-love and body empowerment as the foundational tool for social justice. Sonya has shared her work as an award-winning Performance Poet, Activist, and educator in numerous countries and on majo…
 
Catherine E. McKinley is a curator and writer whose books include the critically acclaimed Indigo, a journey along the ancient indigo trade routes in West Africa, and The Book of Sarahs, a memoir about growing up Black and Jewish in the 1960s to ’80s. She’s taught creative nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University. The Mc…
 
Read FBC blogger Tayler's review of Grown here!) Shop all our authors' books and book recommendations on our Bookshop.org page! -- Our March box theme is Read Caribbean, in collaboration with Decentred Lit! Sign up here. We donate 5% of all our sales to a different feminist organization each month. Our February spotlight organization is The Body Is…
 
Ariella Elovic is an illustrator, author, and founder of @thecheekyblog: an online platform through which she seeks to combat the shame so many of us feel in relation to our bodies. Her work has been featured by The New Yorker, Teen Vogue, and Buzzfeed. Her debut book, CHEEKY: A Head-to-Toe Memoir, just came out from Bloomsbury. Buy CHEEKY: A HEAD-…
 
Rachel Ricketts is a queer, multi-racial Black woman. As a global thought leader, racial justice educator, healer, speaker, and writer, she hosts intersectional racial justice workshops worldwide, including her renowned Spiritual Activism series. Rachel cultivates change by fusing her experiences as an attorney, trained anti-racism educator and gri…
 
Koa Beck is the former editor-in-chief of Jezebel. Previously, she was the executive editor of Vogue.com and the senior features editor at MarieClaire.com. Her literary criticism and reporting have appeared in TheAtlantic.com, Out, The New York Observer, TheGuardian.com, Esquire.com, Vogue.com, MarieClaire.com, among others. In 2019, she was awarde…
 
Connect with KJ on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or her website. KJ's book recommendations: Loverboy by Sarina Bowen The Other Bennett Sister by Janice Hadlow Shop all our authors' books and book recommendations on our Bookshop.org page! -- Our February book of the month is THE BODY IS NOT AN APOLOGY by Sonya Renee Taylor. We donate 5% of all our s…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry (listen to our podcast episode with Quan here!) How Much of These Hills Is Gold by C. Pam Zhang Fairest: A Memoir by Meredith Talusan (listen to our podcast episode with Meredith …
 
“There are so many ways in our day that we can turn mundane things into beautiful things. Love is art, too. How do you turn relationships and connections into these beautiful, creative processes?” - Tiffanie DeBartolo Tiffanie DeBartolo's most recent novel is Sorrow. Her previous novels include God Shaped Hole (2002), How To Kill a Rock Star (2005)…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: What Can I Do? My Path from Climate Despair to Action by Jane Fonda Sorrow by Tiffanie DeBartolo Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer …
 
“Each individual lives a full life. Each individual has their stores of joys and their treasure troves of beauty to offer to the world. This is my team of superheroes in 2020. They are the reason I’m not afraid of looking at tomorrow. Because no matter what happens tomorrow, I still get to share this city and this world with these individuals.” - K…
 
“As a woman, there are things you see on a daily basis that you get numb to them. But what if you could put those ragey feelings somewhere? And this book is where I put it.” - Halley Sutton Halley Sutton is a writer and editor who lives in Los Angeles. She is a Pitch Wars mentor and holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University …
 
“We are presented an awful lot of the time that there’s one experience of the world that counts and all the others are lesser and trivial. When you fight against that it is, even obliquely, a feminist move.” - Tana French Tana French is the author of eight books, including In the Woods, The Likeness, and The Witch Elm. Her novels have sold over thr…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: The Searcher by Tana French Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey The Lady Upstairs by Halley Sutton You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria The Beauty in Br…
 
“What I’m always trying to do is make sure Indigenous people show up in narratives of the future.” - Rebecca Roanhorse Rebecca Roanhorse is the New York Times bestselling author of Trail of Lightning, Storm of Locusts, Star Wars: Resistance Reborn, and Race to the Sun. She has won the Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Awards for her fiction, and was the reci…
 
“An American experience isn’t just a white experience. But so much media shows that only white people have a basic American experience while people of color have struggled, and that’s not all it is.” - Francina Simone Francina Simone believes in one thing: authenticity. She writes YA stories full of humor and hard life lessons with sprinkles of tru…
 
“When I encounter women who are antifeminist, it’s always disorienting to me. I don’t understand how you can be a successful, happy woman right now unless you are a feminist.” - Kara Lee Corthron Kara Lee Corthron is an author, playwright, and TV-writer based in Los Angeles. Her latest book is DAUGHTERS OF JUBILATION. She’s also the author of THE T…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Smash It! by Francina Simone Wandering in Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots by Morgan Jerkins (podcast episode here) Running by Natalia Sylvester (podcast episode here) The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davi…
 
"A lot of times, we define feminism as equality, but if we’re measuring that against power structures that only got to power through oppression, then it’s not good enough." - Natalia Sylvester Born in Lima, Peru, Natalia Sylvester is an award-winning writer of novels, essays, and poetry, including two novels for adults, CHASING THE SUN and EVERYONE…
 
"What did my people have to do to survive in order for me to exist in the first place? That is what’s great about genealogy." - Morgan Jerkins Morgan Jerkins is the author of the New York Times bestseller, This Will Be My Undoing and her newest book Wandering In Strange Lands: A Daughter of the Great Migration Reclaims Her Roots. A visiting profess…
 
"We need to be mindful about this concept of books teaching you something, especially books from different cultures. You can never summarize a whole country, culture, or reality from just one point of view." - Bianca Herzog Bianca Liu Herzog is the creator of @mybookworldtour, the Instagram account dedicated to her journey in reading one womxn auth…
 
"That was the starting place for me - how had we gone from a place of quiet support for refugees to a place of deep anti-refugee sentiment?" - Jessica Goudeau Jessica Goudeau has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, among many other places, and is a former columnist for Catapult. She produced…
 
"Anxieties about the world are driving people to horror fiction because they can feel the fear that they would’ve been feeling anyways but they know that these things at least can’t become real." - Alexis Henderson Alexis Henderson is a speculative fiction writer with a penchant for dark fantasy, witchcraft, and cosmic horror. She grew up in one of…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo Luster by Raven Leilani The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reic…
 
"It’s important to me as a woman to make room for other women to be human, to express their wants in any form it takes." - Raven Leilani Raven Leilani's work has been published in Granta, The Yale Review, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, and The Cut. She received her MFA from NYU, and was an Axinn Foundation Writer-in-Residence. Her debut novel, Lust…
 
"Domestic violence is the entrée into the world in which men’s violence controls women’s movement and bodies and lives." - Rachel Louise Snyder Rachel Louise Snyder is an American journalist, writer, and professor. She is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow and regular contributor to The New Yorker covering domestic violence, and her work has appeared in The …
 
"In a big way, Lobizona is a treatise on labels. It’s about having access two languages but still lacking the language to define yourself. It’s about coming from two worlds but belonging to neither." - Romina Garber Romina Garber is a New York Times and international bestselling author whose books include Lobizona & the ZODIAC series. Born in Bueno…
 
An informal solo series reviewing everything FBC founder Renee reads each month. Mentioned in this episode: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us by Rachel Louise Snyder The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayr…
 
"A lot of times women’s stories are automatically tagged as chick lit. But if you read the same kind of story about a man, it would be heralded as literature. There’s not really men’s fiction or dude lit." - Laura Hankin Laura Hankin has written for McSweeney’s and HuffPost, among other publications. The viral videos that she creates and stars in w…
 
"My identity is constantly evolving and shifting in part because the way that gender is structured in our society is fundamentally flawed. All of us to an extent are trying to navigate through that flawed system." - Meredith Talusan Meredith Talusan is an award-winning author and journalist who is the founding executive editor of them., Condé Nast'…
 
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