Deviant Women Podcast

Deviant Women

Each fortnight, hosts Lauren and Alicia delve into a ‘deviant’ woman from history, fiction, mythology and the contemporary world: those who aren’t afraid to break the rules, to subvert the system, to explore, to seek and to challenge the status quo.
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S3 E6 Pamela Colman Smith

1:11:27 | May 17th

Famous today as the overlooked illustrator of the influential Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Deck, in her own time Pamela Colman Smith was better known for her lively and enchanting Jamaican folklore performances, her publishing press and literary magazine,...Show More
S3 E5 La Llorona

1:00:05 | May 2nd

Along the rivers and waterways of Mexico, a woman's cries can be heard in the night. Punished for the crime of infanticide, La Llorona wanders in the dark for eternity, ready to snatch away unsuspecting children. But while her story makes for perfect...Show More
S3 E4 Ranavalona

1:00:39 | Apr 18th

Infamous as the 'Mad Queen of Madagascar', Queen Ranavalona's reign is remembered as one of violence and tyranny. But she was also a queen with a noble mission: to protect the sovereignty and traditional practices of her people from the enormous and ...Show More
S3 E3 Lizzie Siddal

1:12:01 | Apr 4th

Celebrated as the iconic model and muse for the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Elizabeth Eleanor Siddall has become one of the most recognisable faces in the history of Western art. However, famed for her beauty and romanticised for her tragic personal ...Show More
S3 E2 Vali Myers

55:49 | Mar 21st

From conservative Melbourne to the Bohemian underworld of Paris' Rive Gauche, and a wild mountain hideaway in Positano, Vali Myers led a life like no other. Heralded as the original hippy and the muse of beatniks and hipsters, Vali Myers was an artis...Show More
S3 E1 Ching Shih

59:10 | Mar 7th

In our first episode back for Season Three, we get piratical with the most successful pirate of them all ... a woman! From infamous beginnings, Ching Shih's path crossed with Cheng I, a notorious sea dog who terrorised China's southern coastline. Tog...Show More
Christmas Special 2018

33:28 | Dec 23rd, 2018

It's the holidays and whatever you celebrate - Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule or the Solstice - we hope you have a most excellent break and enjoy some festive cheer! In our end of year special, we talk about some of our favourites from the season and then...Show More
S2 E17 Ukok Princess and the Scythians

1:08:47 | Nov 15th, 2018

In 1993, in the freezing Siberian Steppes, archeologists unearthed a remarkable grave. In it they found the tattoed and mummifed remains of a 2500 year old female shaman. This discovery would contribute to a complete re-imagining of the lives of wome...Show More
S2 E16 Shirley Jackson

1:07:59 | Nov 1st, 2018

This week we teamed up with the wonderful Kendra and Autumn of Reading Women to get spooky and chat all things Shirley Jackson, the queen of horror! From her unhappy childhood as the unwanted daughter of aspiring socialites, to her equally unhappy ma...Show More
S2 E15 Rita Walsh - Fangirls

51:11 | Oct 18th, 2018

To celebrate the release of I Used to be Normal: A BoyBand Fangirl Story, Deviant Women sat down with producer Rita Walsh to dish the dirt on what it means when your love for boybands is larger than life. From shame to empowerment, hysteria and the f...Show More
S2 E14 Emma Hamilton

1:14:09 | Oct 11th, 2018

From humble beginnings as the daughter of a blacksmith, little Emy Lyon could never have known she would end up Lady Emma Hamilton: wife of the English ambassador to Naples, lover to the glorified hero Admiral Nelson, and muse to some of the greatest...Show More
S2 E13 Jennet Device

1:08:32 | Sep 20th, 2018

Jennet Device was just nine years old when she found herself at the centre of one of history’s most infamous witch trials. On the stand, she denounced her entire family as witches and set up a precedent for child witness testimony that would have ram...Show More
S2 E12 Artemisia Of Caria

55:08 | Sep 6th, 2018

In the 5th century BCE the Persian Empire stretched from Asia and the Middle East, as far as Africa and Europe. But the Persian King, Xerxes, sought to expand the empire, launching his armies into Greece by land and by sea. Among the commanders of th...Show More
S2 E11 Hannah Kent

58:31 | Aug 23rd, 2018

In our second interview of season two we are lucky enough to be joined by multi-award winning author, Hannah Kent. Based on the true story of the last person to be executed in Iceland, Hannah's international bestseller, Burial Rites, follows the last...Show More
S2 E10 Catalina de Erauso

1:09:02 | Aug 9th, 2018

Famed as the legendary Nun Lieutenant, Catalina de Erauso, fighter, lover and all round adventurer, was perhaps even more revered for her status as a supreme seducer than her skills with a sword. After escaping the convent where she spent her childho...Show More
S2 E9 Carry A. Nation

57:56 | Jul 26th, 2018

Carry A. Nation was born Carrie Amelia Moore in 1846 in Kentucky. By the time the Civil War had ended, Carry had experienced first hand the devastation that alcoholism could inflict. Headstrong and determined, Carry left an abusive husband to start h...Show More
S2 E8 Truganini

50:45 | Jul 12th, 2018

To celebrate NAIDOC week, we wanted to honour the extraordinary life of one of Australia’s foremost, but often misremembered Indigenous women, Truganini. Born on Bruny Island off the Tasmanian Coast in the early 19th century in the Palawa community, ...Show More
S2 E7 Tarana Burke

1:03:29 | Jun 28th, 2018

In October 2017, women across the globe came together under the hashtag MeToo. However, social activist and advocate Tarana Burke had already been campaigning for women of colour under the same banner for eleven long years. In this episode, we talk a...Show More
S2 E6 Margot McGovern

50:22 | Jun 14th, 2018

In our first interview of season two, (and the launch of a new special series!) we sat down with author Margot McGovern to chat all things YA: from the emergence of 'unlikable' female protagonists (and why they're so irresistible) to the power of tra...Show More
S2 E5 Zitkala-Sa

58:42 | May 17th, 2018

After leaving her home at the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota for the brutal regiment of boarding school in the east, Zitkála-Šá began developing the creative talents and political consciousness that would make her one of the most influent...Show More
S2 E4 Sedna

43:30 | May 3rd, 2018

Many different versions of Sedna's story abound, from a young woman forced to marry a dog, to a victim of abduction by a bird man. But in all her tellings, Sedna emerges as a powerful spiritual force, a mistress of the sea and its creatures, transfor...Show More
S2 E3 Manuela Sáenz

1:03:05 | Apr 19th, 2018

Known as the Liberator of the Liberator, Manuela Sáenz rose to prominence as the mistress of revolutionary hero, Simón Bolívar. A heroine in her own right, Manuela became a celebrated patriot, spy, recruiter and trusted informant of the revolution th...Show More
S2 E2 Catherine Monvoisin

1:02:06 | Apr 5th, 2018

Towards the close of the 17th century, the opulent hallways of Versailles were swept up with the scandalous 'Affair of the Poisons'. The Sun King, Louis XIV, ordered an investigation into the dark underworld of the Paris occult, hunting down those wh...Show More
S2 E1 Helen Duncan

1:18:49 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Infamous as the last woman tried under the Witchcraft Act of 1735, Helen Duncan caused more than a few stirs in her time. After terrifying her schoolmates her with dire predictions, Helen grew up to become one of wartime Britain's foremost physical m...Show More
Summer Special - Patricia Cornelius

57:18 | Feb 15th, 2018

One of Australia's most awarded playwrights, Patricia Cornelius isn't afraid to go where other writers won't. With titles like SHIT and SLUT, Patricia pushes her audience to pay attention to some of society's most visceral issues. In The Club was spe...Show More
Christmas Special

28:41 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Merry Christmas, Deviants! In our special Christmas episode, we close the year by revisiting a few of our favourite deviant women of season one, and introducing our first ever live show. We also take a quick trip to the snowy north to meet the Yule L...Show More
S1 E23 Uschi Obermaier

1:04:58 | Nov 16th, 2017

For teenage Uschi Obermaier, rock’n’roll offered an escape from the drudgery of post-war Munich, and it didn’t take long before her beauty and brazenness caught the eye of some of the 20th century’s greatest male musicians. Both lauded and denigrated...Show More
S1 E22 Rosaleen Norton

1:15:22 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Born in the early hours of a thunderstorm, with pointed ears and 'witches' marks' on her skin, little Rosaleen was destined for a life of the occult. From her earliest childhood, Roie was drawn to the dark, and her drawings and stories about ghouls, ...Show More
S1 E21 Edmonia Lewis

58:59 | Oct 19th, 2017

Amidst the surge and spray of Niagara Falls, Edmonia Lewis spent her childhood hunting, fishing, and making crafts for tourists. But when her half-brother helped her to pursue an education, Edmonia's talent as a sculptor flourished. After leaving Ame...Show More
S1 E20 Juleidah

1:03:04 | Oct 5th, 2017

A disguised princess forced into domestic drudgery who meets a prince at an extravagant ball might sound familiar, but there’s more to Juleidah’s version of the tale. After escaping the illicit desires of her father, this Egyptian princess dons a sui...Show More
S1 E19 Charlotte Cushman

1:06:35 | Sep 21st, 2017

From the moment eighteen-year-old Charlotte Cushman stepped out on stage as Lady Macbeth she was destined for greatness. Treading the boards from New York to London, Charlotte cemented her reputation as the finest American actress of the 19th century...Show More
S1 E18 Agnes Goodsir

59:18 | Sep 7th, 2017

From a progressive upbringing in otherwise conservative late-Victorian Melbourne, Agnes Goodsir went on to become one of Australia’s foremost bohemians. After studying and exhibiting between London and Paris, Goodsir eventually settled with her muse ...Show More
S1 E17 Irma Gonzalez

1:05:12 | Aug 24th, 2017

In the rowdy wrestling arenas of Mexico City, there is a woman whose iconic status rivals that of the most famous of the male fighters. Luchadora Irma González grew up in the circus, but it didn't take long before she found her way into the ring, and...Show More
S1 E16 Lizzie O'Dea

49:00 | Aug 10th, 2017

In the humid tropics of 1920s Townsville, Lizzy O’Dea became infamous in the local tabloids for shooting her rival. As the press continued to sensationalise her adventures, notoriety for her petty theft and sexual exploits grew. Join us as we chat wi...Show More
S1 E15 Takeko Nakano

58:50 | Jul 27th, 2017

Nakano Takeko of the prominent Aiku clan was a fierce Onna-bugeisha and master of the deadly naginata. When the Boshin War saw the Shogun’s army square off against the Imperialists, Takeko knew where her duty lay. At just 21, with the Imperial Army ...Show More
S1 E14 Anna Ioannovna

1:02:04 | Jul 13th, 2017

In the frosty splendour of 18th century Moscow, the death of Peter the Great paves the way for family rivalries and political intrigue. Drawn into the fray is Anna, the impoverished and largely forgotten Duchess of Courland. As the noble men of court...Show More
#13.6 Aunt Lydia

12:55 | Jul 11th, 2017

Aunt Lydia, armed with a cattle-prod and carefully selected biblical verse, has the important task of indoctrinating young women into the new republic of Gilead. At times cruel schoolmistress, and at others caring mother, ultimately Aunt Lydia remind...Show More
#13.5 Janine

09:34 | Jul 10th, 2017

Janine seems like Gilead's perfect Handmaid: the aunt's favourite and first to carry a child. But in order to adapt to her surroundings, Janine loses her sense of self, and her mind. As she deteriorates further into madness, she reminds us that unlik...Show More
#13.4 Ofglen

10:04 | Jul 9th, 2017

Ofglen is, at first, a mysterious woman. Is she loyal to Gilead or does she, like Offred, harbour hidden resentment? Once her true loyalties are revealed, Ofglen becomes a powerfully rebellious figure who suffers tremendous punishment, but never give...Show More
#13.3 Moira

14:02 | Jul 7th, 2017

Moira, the rebellious best friend to Offred, doesn't take to the new Gilead regime lightly. After escaping the Red Centre and finding herself in the midst of a new kind of terror, she nearly lets the bastards grind her down. Join us for our third min...Show More
#13.2 Serena Joy

13:42 | Jul 7th, 2017

Serena Joy, the Commander's wife, seems cold and calculating, but what is lurking beneath the surface? Join us for our second mini-sode of Deviant Women as we discuss what makes a writer give up her craft, the power dynamics of a complex marriage, an...Show More
#13.1 Offred

16:08 | Jul 6th, 2017

Join us for our first special mini-sode of Deviant Women, as we discuss Offred, the handmaid at the centre of Atwood's tale. From forced Handmaid to reluctant rebel, Offred is a woman who learns to work the restrained Gilead system not only for her o...Show More
S1 E13 The Handmaid's Tale

58:20 | Jun 29th, 2017

In 1984 author Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid's Tale: the chilling dystopic story of Offred, a woman trying to survive in a world where women have been reduced to their procreative functions. Since its publication, the novel has been turned into ...Show More
S1 E12 Guðrún Gjúkadóttir

1:01:08 | Jun 15th, 2017

In the epic time of Norse mythology, the Völsunga Saga tells of love, betrayal, tragedy and blood feuds. At the heart of one family's legend sits Guðrún Gjúkadóttir, wife to three kings, and a woman to whom vengeance necessitates a devastating sacrif...Show More
S1 E11 Hatshepsut

57:09 | Jun 1st, 2017

Born to only ever be the King's Great Wife, Hatshepsut defied history and, after the death of her Pharaoh husband, proclaimed herself King. A great builder, trader, and military leader, the history of Hatshepsut's achievements was systematically eras...Show More
S1 E10 Anne Bonny & Mary Read

52:50 | May 18th, 2017

Both born bastards, and disguised as boys in their youths, Anne Bonny and Mary Read shared more than just their love for the sea. Each left the British Isles for a life of piracy in the Caribbean where their fates intertwined. Infamy soon followed, a...Show More
S1 E9 Harry Crawford

1:01:20 | May 4th, 2017

Assigned female at birth, Eugenia Falleni led most of his life as Harry Crawford: a tough-talking, whiskey-drinking ladies man. In 1920 Harry was charged with the murder of his first wife, Annie Birkett, and his 'duplicitous' identity as Harry - then...Show More
S1 E8 Josephine Baker

1:06:38 | Apr 13th, 2017

Josephine Baker broke from a life of poverty in St Louis to take jazz age Paris by storm. Riotous and erotic, Baker was adored for her uninhibited sensuality, unpredictability and wild humour. But she was also one of the most glamorous espionage spie...Show More
S1 E7 The Travelling Sisters

48:06 | Mar 30th, 2017

Cult hit stars, The Travelling Sisters, are physical, musical, and character comedy at its finest. From Queensland to France, Edinburgh to Hong Kong and everywhere in-between, their sassy and absurdist wit proves that funny women are a force to be re...Show More
S1 E6 Leonora Carrington

57:59 | Mar 16th, 2017

From the north west of England to the heaving metropolis of Mexico City, Leonora Carrington defied convention. A celebrated Surrealist painter and a deeply inventive writer, Carrington's personal life was just as colourful as her art. Join us as we f...Show More
S1 E5 Tituba

56:20 | Mar 2nd, 2017

The identity of Tituba, the Arawak slave at the centre of the Salem Witch Trials, has undergone a series of transformations in the centuries since the craze. From instigator to accused, innocent servant to dark and terrifying Obeah queen, Tituba’s le...Show More
S1 E4 Angela Carter

52:30 | Feb 17th, 2017

Witty, subversive, and unafraid to offend, author Angela Carter wrote fiction and non-fiction that dealt with sexuality and gender, and that often probed the boundaries of good taste. Join us as we open the book on some of Carter's best known work an...Show More
S1 E3 Bertha Mason

53:20 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Infamous as Charlotte Brontë's 'Madwoman in the Attic', Bertha Mason has become one of literary history's most intriguing women. From her portrayal as the pyromaniac feral woman and first Mrs Rochester, locked away in the cavernous attic, to her revi...Show More
S1 E2 Isabelle Eberhardt

59:22 | Jan 5th, 2017

Bold, talented, and rebellious, Isabelle Eberhardt was moulded by an unconventional upbringing in Switzerland. In 1897 she set sail across the Mediterranean Sea for the golden dunes and rugged landscapes of North Africa. Come with us on a journey acr...Show More
S1 E1 Florence Cook

1:10:14 | Jan 5th, 2017

Florence Cook was a young woman who, at the tender age of 15, began speaking with the dead, launching her meteoric rise as one of London's foremost mediums. With her beautiful and mischievous spirit control, Katie King, she took the spiritualist scen...Show More