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Refinery 29's award-winning podcast is back for a five-part capsule collection on feminist memes. This season we find out what happened to Peaches Monroee after she coined On Fleek, dive into the reaction GIFs selection on Giphy and talk to meme make...Show More
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S4E5: The Problem With Perfect

31:08 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Ballet, figure skating and gymnastics are sports with some of the most vigorous physical and psychological training regimes and yet they’re often dismissed because the star athletes are young women in leotards with big smiles and sparkles, striving f...Show More
S4E4: WTF Is A "Good Sport"?

22:03 | Dec 22nd, 2018

There was one event this year in particular that put the topic of what it means to be a "good sport" into the cultural conversation: the women's singles final at the US Open between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka. The match put the question of women...Show More
S4E2: The State of Pay - Part 1

29:14 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Despite bringing in more money and winning more games (including four Olympics and 3 World Cups), the U.S. women's national soccer team was paid nearly four times less than the men’s team. But two years ago, the team made headlines when they started ...Show More
S4E3: State of Pay - Part 2

17:42 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Here's my conversation with soccer legend Abby Wambach on how the US Women's National Soccer Team became fair-pay role models and the unique terror female athletes face when they retire.  Have strong opinions? Send 'em: Instagram: @popculturepir...Show More
S4E1: Future of the Fan

26:16 | Dec 22nd, 2018

College football has everything: devoted female fans, camaraderie and game day rituals. But the players aren’t paid, the coaches make millions and there’s a pattern of disregard for sexual assault allegations. Why do young women gravitate to college ...Show More
S3E5: Mind Behind The Meme: Quinta Brunson

26:06 | Mar 30th, 2018

Quinta Brunson became obsessed with comedy as an undergrad at Temple University. She initially felt like the internet wasn't for her until her friend uploaded what would be Instagram's first viral video, "Butt Won't Clap". From there, she went on to ...Show More
S3E4: The Great Firewall of China

18:30 | Mar 30th, 2018

Memes in China are silly, they're based on puns, and they're driving the government crazy. Chinese memes are flourishing under the country's censored internet and, despite the risks, memes are used to communicate political dissent. Harvard researcher...Show More
S3E3: Minds Behind The Meme: Woke Charlotte

20:07 | Mar 30th, 2018

Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni run the very popular Every Outfit on Sex and the City Instagram account. But after rewatching SATC for the clothes, they realized how the show focused mainly on the stories of privileged white women. So they create...Show More
S3E2: Peaches On Fleek

20:28 | Mar 30th, 2018

Peaches, a young woman of color, uploads a video of herself to Vine. She's impressed with her eyebrows. They're on fleek. The Vine goes viral. Everyone from Ariana Grande to Kim K starts using the word. IHOP uses it to sell pancakes. Denny’s uses it ...Show More
S3E1: Digital Black Face

22:33 | Mar 30th, 2018

Even though Tiffany Pollard's appearance on VH1's Rock Of Love was 12 years ago, GIFs of her grandiose reactions are still used to respond to everything from an email about the broken copy machine at work to a group text about bad Tinder dates. GIFs ...Show More
Welcome to Season 3!

11:52 | Mar 30th, 2018

Welcome to the world of memes. Where nuance means nothing and images are everything! This season, we find out what happened to Peaches Monroee after she coined On Fleek, dive into the reaction GIFs selection on Giphy, and talk to meme maker Quinta Br...Show More
S2E10: Why Male Bosses Don't Get It

25:28 | Sep 11th, 2017

You #LeanIn. You #AskForMore. You #SideHustle. Yet you still feel like an imposter, even though you're pretty sure you know more than your male boss. How do you survive being manterrupted, passed over, and side-eyed at work when even Senator Kamala H...Show More
A Conversation with Aubrey Plaza

15:01 | Sep 11th, 2017

Elisa talks with comedian and actress Aubrey Plaza about her latest film and how Instagram has influenced her in her newest role and in real life. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience after the LA screening of Plaza's latest fil...Show More
S2E9: When Your Pop Culture Doesn't Match Your Politics

16:50 | Sep 5th, 2017

What do you do when you love the beat but the lyrics aren't quite....liberating? If you're ashamed of your music choices, don't be. Elisa talks with "Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear, and Why" author Sady Doyle and "Call Your Gir...Show More
S2E8: Why Are We Still Not Happy?

18:19 | Aug 28th, 2017

The main consumer of self-help products in the US are women living in coastal cities. So how have decades of encouragement to "find our best selves" and "live our best lives" affected us? And why are we still looking for happiness in self-help books ...Show More
S2E7: How HGTV Explains America

21:25 | Aug 21st, 2017

HGTV is known for its unique audience that reaches millennials, feminists, queers, conservatives and Christians. That’s because the one thing we can all agree on is homeownership. But while HGTV’s homeowner-focused programming unites us, it also play...Show More
S2E6: Selling Squad Goals

33:30 | Aug 14th, 2017

Can you sell female friendship after you've put women down? Who did Taylor Swift vote for? Did she vote? Why does she represent our general distrust in well-intentioned white women? Elisa talks to "Stuff Mom Never Told You" podcast host Bridget Todd ...Show More
S2E5: Teenage Girls Are Magic

22:17 | Aug 7th, 2017

Historically, young women have set all the trends: the Beatles, Instagram, and Snapchat just to name a few. But they are always discounted as silly, cute, or frivolous. Why do we discount young women but embrace "early adopters"? Elisa talks to Muhle...Show More
S2E4: Little White Lie

22:57 | Jul 31st, 2017

How do we come to terms with the lies our families tell us? Are we really an extension of our parents? How do we define our identities if we aren't? This week’s episode is dedicated to finding personal truth, inspired by the film "Little White Lie" b...Show More
S2E3: Please Exit Through the Feminist Gift Shop

28:29 | Jul 24th, 2017

Hold onto your pussy hats. Tuck in your Future is Female T-shirts. We are doing a deep dive into the buying and selling of feminism! Beyoncé, Emma Watson and Taylor Swift have all come out as feminists in a time when feminist themes sell everything f...Show More
S2E2: Why the F*$% Are We Still Having Kids?

35:08 | Jul 17th, 2017

Having kids seems like the worst career move a woman could make: the US lacks paid parental leave, working moms are less likely to be hired. And when they are, they make 4-6% less than women without kids. The motherhood penalty is real. But don't wor...Show More
Too Good to Cut: More with Ashley Ford

19:01 | Jul 10th, 2017

There was so much in Elisa's interview with Ashley Ford that we couldn’t let it go to waste. Here is their full conversation on Ashley's love of Roxanne Gay, her best full-time job, and how her mentee mindset failed her. What are your Strong Opinion...Show More
S2E1: Famous on the Internet, Broke IRL

29:54 | Jul 10th, 2017

Welcome to Season 2! The creative entrepreneurs we see across social media may have a ton of followers, but are they making any money? Should they? How do you maintain your creativity while still supporting yourself? Is selling out such a bad thing? ...Show More
Celebrity (Activist) Industrial Complex: SOLH @ SXSW

30:27 | May 6th, 2017

Who's woke and who's just an opportunist trying to stay relevant? How can we tell and where's the line? And who did Taylor Swift vote for? It's our 1 year anniversary and to celebrate, we are airing Elisa's conversation with Medium's Bridget Todd, NP...Show More
Surviving a Post-Election Thanksgiving: Easing Out of the Bubble

28:19 | Nov 22nd, 2016

This election opened deep-seated wounds in ourselves and our country. Add family and the holidays to that open wound and it can be a recipe for disaster. Elisa Kreisinger talks to "Man Enough" author and pioneer of gender violence prevention educatio...Show More
S1E10: Lipstick Isn't a Sign of a Declining Mind

10:33 | Jul 11th, 2016

Fashion is often dismissed as frivolous, superficial, shallow, and in the age of global warming, even irresponsible. Yet when we look in the mirror, we still want our outside to reflect what's inside. Refinery29's co-founder Christene Barberich talks...Show More
S1E9: Childish Games

12:12 | Jul 5th, 2016

How far would you go to be a kid again? And why do we miss the '90s so much? Our special report on nostalgia dives into what Dream Phone taught us about dating and why some memories aren't worth reliving. This is our second to last episode of this se...Show More
S1E8: Faith Filled Feminist

11:43 | Jun 27th, 2016

How do you negotiate feminism and faith? Linda Sarsour talks about being a Muslim feminist and how the two aren't mutually exclusive. What are your Strong Opinions? Let me know!  Instagram: @popculturepirate Twitter: @popcultpirate Hashtag: #SOLH...Show More
S1E7: No Shame in a Selfie

11:24 | Jun 20th, 2016

Selfies were responsible for more deaths in 2015 than shark attacks. And 75% of those deaths were men. So why are selfies seen as an inherently narcissistic, overly feminine activity, and generally met with disgust? Can you find yourself in a selfie?...Show More
S1E6: Picking Up A Pick-Up Artist

21:11 | Jun 13th, 2016

Angela Washko is a feminist artist who tried to find common ground with the internet's most infamous misogynist. To say they occupy different corners of the world would be an understatement. How do you find commonality with someone who is the antithe...Show More
S1E5: Shiny Happy People

09:35 | Jun 6th, 2016

Is virality a science or a spiritual connection? And what role do women play in it? Leading virality scholar and Wharton associate professor Katherine Milkman, PhD, and Soul Pancake’s Correy Stoner O'Neal offer two different perspectives. Does positi...Show More
S1E4: Worst Place To Be A Woman

19:29 | May 31st, 2016

Michelle Byrom was on death row for 15 years. Hours before her execution, her conviction was overturned. Refinery 29’s Vanessa Golembeski talked with Byrom weeks after her release to question the bias baked into a system that’s supposed to protect wo...Show More
S1E3: Just Shut Up

18:01 | May 23rd, 2016

Vocal fry. Upspeak. Overuse of qualifiers — it seems like we can’t open our mouths without being criticized. Elisa Kreisinger talks to public radio journalist Sally Herships and politics writer Amanda Marcotte and asks: if a woman is saying something...Show More
S1E2: Instagram Insecurities

19:18 | May 17th, 2016

Women are now more likely than men to have bachelor's degrees. And childless women in their 20s currently out-earn men. So why are our Instagram feeds filled with images of date nights, engagement rings, cat eyes, cupcakes, and waist-trainers? Are we...Show More
S1E1: The Kardashian Industrial Komplex

16:09 | May 9th, 2016

Sales are down on magazine covers that bear their faces. Ratings are low on their reality TV show. Seemingly no one cares about the Kardashians. So why are they everywhere, including our site? Ann Helen Peterson uses her Phd in celebrity to explain a...Show More
A Preview

02:45 | Apr 29th, 2016

Here's a preview of what to expect this season! What are your Strong Opinions? Let me know!  Instagram: @popculturepirate Twitter: @popcultpirate Hashtag: #SOLHpod #StrongOpinionsLooselyHeld