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Feminist Folklore

Feminist Folklore

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Join us on a journey through the stories we hear and tell everyday, and how they have secret messages. That’s right, gender constructs are all around us [insert Twilight Zone music here]. It’s OK, don’t panic, Carlea & Rachael are here to guide you. ...Show More
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94: Law & Order: Arabian Nights

36:35 | May 8th

This week, in honor of the upcoming release of Disney's _Aladdin_, Rachael shares a story from _The Thousand and One Nights:_ "The Three Apples." It's often called one of the first whodunit mysteries, and it should come as no surprise to fans of true...Show More
93: Introducing Earth Break!

01:36 | May 7th

Out now, Earth Break is the latest scripted series from Skylark Media. Jenny Slate stars as Lynn Gellert, the last person left on Earth. Her constant and only companion is the voice recorder she managed to salvage from her mother's house. As symptoms...Show More
92: Springtime, Brought to You By the Patriarchy

35:24 | May 1st

This week, Carlea shares the myth of Persephone and Demeter, an ancient Greek explanation for the seasons. Because, as everyone knows, winter is caused by the abduction and forced marriage of a goddess by the king of hell. Aren't you glad it's spring...Show More
91: Thor's Family Needs Therapy

35:27 | Apr 24th

This week, Rachael shares a story from Norse myth about the death of Thor's brother Baldr, their mother Frigg's deadly oversharing, and, of course, everyone's favorite trickster, Loki. Oh, and let's not forget, the queen of the Medium Place underworl...Show More
90: Meet La Llorona’s German Cousin

37:12 | Apr 17th

This week, Rachael shares a story that may sound familiar to fans of La Llorona: The Woman in White. She’s a tanner’s daughter, he’s a knight pretending to be someone else so he can hook up with her . . . This can't end well! And as we all know, when...Show More
89: Morgan Le Fay Leans In

35:06 | Apr 10th

Move over King Arthur, Morgan Le Fay is the baddest bitch in town! This week, Carlea shares a much-requested story, Morgan Le Fay, and it sure is a doozy. Sure Morgan is murderous and deceitful, but she's also an ambitious lady trying to get what she...Show More
We'll Be Right Back!

03:15 | Apr 3rd

Feminist Folklore is taking a quick break this week! But Rachael and special guest Aaron (!!!) have something to tell you anyway: We're looking for feedback on the show, so please take a moment to fill out a quick survey and help shape Femlore's f...Show More
88: The Robber Bridegroom

47:42 | Mar 27th

This week, Rachael shares a story about a fiancé who's not what he seems, and the intrepid young woman who exposes his lies. We love a story about a brave woman who's not afraid to stand up to the shady men in her life!  Content Warning: Violence ...Show More
87: The Girl with the Horse's Head

46:12 | Mar 20th

This week, Carlea shares a myth from China about the goddess of silk worms, who has a more upsetting origin story than you might expect. It definitely involves way more dead horses than anticipated (only one, but that's still too many!). Content W...Show More
86: The Twa Sisters

48:32 | Mar 13th

This week, Rachael shares a story about two royal sisters who don't get along so well, and a traveling musician who could give Hannibal Lecter a run for his money. Hang onto your harps, kids, 'cause this one's A Lot! Content warning for murder and...Show More
85: The Princess and the Pea

50:52 | Mar 6th

This week, Carlea shares a story from Hans Christian Andersen about a picky prince and a very sensitive princess. Is it a celebration of ladies' delicacy, or a send-up of the nobility's oversensitivity? Who knows! Maybe both! Audio engineering pro...Show More
84: American Hysteria Crossover!

39:57 | Feb 25th

This week, Carlea and Rachael team up with Chelsey Weber-Smith of the Skylark podcast American Hysteria to discuss contemporary legends like The Hook and how folklore expresses -- and encourages -- panic about teen sex. Don't forget to rate, revie...Show More
83: Boo Hag

50:43 | Feb 20th

This week, Rachael shares a Gullah story about a beautiful woman who's not all she seems, much to the peril of her new husband. But hey, who hasn't had the urge to take off all their skin each night and go flying through the air? Oh, just the Boo Hag...Show More
82: The North Wind and the West Wind

40:40 | Feb 13th

This week, Carlea shares an Italian story about a breeze who just wants somebody to love. Yeah, anthropomorphic wind is a weird one, we know. But if people insist on gendering the wind, you better believe we're gonna talk about why! Audio engineer...Show More
81: The Goose Girl

52:02 | Feb 6th

This week, Rachael shares a listener suggestion (thanks, Mandy!) about a princess and her scheming maid. It's almost like a non-voluntary Parent Trap situation, but with the addition of a talking horse! Audio engineering and story music provided b...Show More
80: The King and the Clever Girl

52:12 | Jan 30th

This week, Carlea shares a story from India about a young woman who's really playing the long con. If you liked The Emperor's New Clothes but always wanted more feminism in it, this one's for you! Audio engineering and story music provided by Aaro...Show More
79: The Myth of the Founding of Rome

52:15 | Jan 23rd

This week, guest Lauren Crossland-Marr shares a story about a Vestal virgin, a she-wolf, and some serious sibling conflict. You may know it as the story of Romulus and Remus, but here at Feminist Folklore, we're interested in what role women have to ...Show More
78: Synevyr

47:32 | Jan 16th

This week, Carlea shares a story from Ukraine about a girl, her dead boyfriend, and a big lake of tears. And OK, it's tragic and everything, but also? Relatable. Who hasn't wanted to cry so much they created a body of water? Just us? Oh, OK. Audio...Show More
77: Live at the Chicago Podcast Festival

36:00 | Jan 9th

We're back in the new year with a live episode from the Chicago Podcast Festival, where Carlea and Rachael discuss a local ghost story. You know the story -- girl meets boy, boy falls in love with girl, girl vanishes into thin air, boy finds out girl...Show More
76: The Blind Man's Daughter

47:02 | Dec 26th, 2018

This week, Rachael shares a story from Korea about a series of deals that go from bad to worse, and somehow the heroine's always the one who gets the short end of the stick. She gets a happy ending, but we still have some questions. Like, is she stil...Show More
75: Spookmas 2018!

50:00 | Dec 19th, 2018

This week, Rachael and Carlea share stories of holiday monsters: La Befana from Italy and Mari Lwyd from Wales. Except neither of these spooky figures is quite exactly what they seem . . . Funny how easily we jump to vilify women, isn't it? And on th...Show More
74: The Girl and the Snake

44:28 | Dec 12th, 2018

This week, Carlea shares a story about an adventurous girl and a snake who respects her autonomy until a no become a yes. Kind of some mixed messages in terms of respecting women's choices, to say the least. Audio engineering provided by Aaron Cro...Show More
73: The Owl Women

40:13 | Dec 5th, 2018

This week, Rachael shares a Yakama Native American story about superhuman sisters on the hunt for a man, but not in the way you might think. There's intrigue, deer blood, and deadly tricks. And, surprise surprise, the owls are not what they seem! ...Show More
72: Snotra the Elf Woman

48:56 | Nov 29th, 2018

This week, Carlea shares an Icelandic story about a woman who's living a double life, a nosy farmhand, and some mutton. Really, the mutton is important! Pay attention to the mutton! Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to ...Show More
71: An Abenaki Witch Story

45:38 | Nov 21st, 2018

This week, Rachael shares a story from the Abenaki people about a dead witch in a tree, and a husband who just won't listen to his wife . . . and pays the price! Audio engineering and story music provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his ...Show More
70: The Tree That Absorbed Tears

47:27 | Nov 14th, 2018

This week, Carlea shares a Jewish folktale about a woman in a difficult situation who only has a tree to tell her troubles to. This is why it's important to have friends you can talk to. Or a therapist. Or literally anyone besides a tree. Audio en...Show More
Introducing American Hysteria

02:24 | Nov 12th, 2018

Feminist Folklore is excited to tell our listeners about a new podcast from Skylark Media: American Hysteria! American Hysteria is a podcast exploring our moral panics, urban legends, and conspiracy theories, how they shape our psychology and cult...Show More
69: The Bound Children

42:22 | Nov 7th, 2018

This week, Rachael shares a Sioux story about a grieving widow who gets her groove back, but doesn't exactly go about it in the best way. Maybe don't murder your children just so you can spend more time with your new boyfriend! Audio engineering p...Show More
68: Spooklore II: the Spookening

53:42 | Oct 31st, 2018

For Halloween, Carlea and Rachael each share a spooky contemporary legend: "The Poison Dress" and "Teke Teke". Join us for tales of glow-ups gone wrong and chance encounters with horrifying consequences. Happy Halloween from Feminist Folklore! Aud...Show More
Introducing Blackwood

12:05 | Oct 24th, 2018

Feminist Folklore is excited to tell our listeners about a new podcast out now from Wondery and Skylark Media: [Blackwood](https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blackwood/id1438804143?mt=2)! Five years ago, three teenagers set out to investigate the...Show More
67: The Witch of Treva

42:22 | Oct 24th, 2018

This week, Carlea shares a story from Cornwall about a witch, her skeptical husband, and an impossible test. All we’re saying is, when a woman tells you she’s a witch, believe her! Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to h...Show More
66: The Legend of Xunaan

36:46 | Oct 17th, 2018

This week, Rachael shares a story from Mexico about a beautiful girl, her warrior boyfriend, and her overprotective mother. Because it's totally super chill to trap your child in a cave just to prevent them from dating, right?  Audio engineering p...Show More
65: The Frog Prince

44:44 | Oct 10th, 2018

This week, Carlea shares a classic fairy tale about a young girl who’s forced to marry a slimy suitor just because he helped her out one time. One time! But it turns out if you throw enough frogs against a wall, maybe one of them will turn into a pri...Show More
64: Kakuarshuk

39:19 | Oct 3rd, 2018

This week we tell you the amazing/confusing story of Kakuarshuk. This Inuit tale has everything: adult babies, trolls using seals as weapons, and of course, motherhood.  Audio engineering provided by Aaron Crossland. You can listen to his band, F....Show More
63: Aunt Misery

31:52 | Sep 26th, 2018

Ok, OK, so the name IS problematic. But! wait until you see who Aunt Misery tricks. Hint: he and Bill Murray did not get along in Scrooged... He also carries scythe. Bottom line, Aunt Misery has. got. it. figured. out. Aunt Misery... teach me.  Au...Show More
62: La Candileja

40:39 | Sep 19th, 2018

This week's story is a listener suggestion: La Candelija. This is a "holier than thou" story. Here is the gist: woman raises questionable men, but then she's at fault? Sounds like some fairytale nonsense to us.  Audio engineering provided by Aaron...Show More
61: La Patasola

52:09 | Sep 12th, 2018

This week we bring you the weird/horrific/amazing story of La Patasola (a listener suggestion). La Patasola was married to a tyrant, and when she had an affair the husband killed the other man, and cut off one of La Patasola's legs—and burned their h...Show More
60: Yatsuya

1:10:04 | Sep 4th, 2018

This week the femlore ladies welcome Nicky Mandiola, of one of our favorite podcast Malicious Mamas to gather 'round the campfire and tell us a terrifying tale (and of course, because it's Malicious Mamas we must hear a ghost-related story). Nicky te...Show More
59: The Condor Seeks a Wife

48:09 | Aug 28th, 2018

"The Condor Seeks a Wife" is pretty misleading, since the condor doesn’t really seek a wife, mostly he just pretends to be something else and then carries a poor, unsuspecting woman away. Real messed up right? Wait, it gets worse. The woman, after ha...Show More
58: Guinina

41:50 | Aug 21st, 2018

Welcome to problematic central! Next stop this story. This week, Rachael tells us the story of Guinina, a Taino woman from Puerto Rico who falls in love with a conquistador named Don Christobal de Sotomayer (real dude, BTW). Things don't go too well ...Show More
57: Two Sisters and their Neighbor

39:52 | Aug 15th, 2018

This week, Carlea and Rachael discuss a Mexican folktale called "Two Sisters and their Neighbor". Get ready for for a suuuuuper sex negative tale of judgy neighbors and dying of shame. This story's really got it all: slut-shaming, jars of beans, and ...Show More
56: Woman in the Veil

42:24 | Aug 8th, 2018

It's a story everyone knows: boy falls in love with girl, boy's best friend is skeptical, boy and girl meet up, girl is a man eating ghoul. See? you knew that! Basically, thats the whole plot. But like, tip one: don't approach any at night around a c...Show More
55: La Siguanaba

43:04 | Aug 1st, 2018

This week, a posion, that instead of killing just makes you into a monster... Can I have a drop of that? Also, a woman who puts her desires first and pays dearly for it. For men, its just another Saturday night (amirite?) This story follow in our sou...Show More
54: La Tunda

41:29 | Jul 25th, 2018

Two words: shrimp. farts. But like, the shrimp doesn't fart... A monster farts on shrimp and then feeds it to people, making them catatonic. “Ewww, what kind of a monster is she??!” you may ask, but maybe she just had too much pizza and beer (judge m...Show More
53: Love Like Salt

42:12 | Jul 18th, 2018

What do you love the most important person in your life as much as? Rachael is set on indoor plumbing/ toilet seat. In this week's tale the protagonist proclaims that she loves her father as much as (you guessed it!): salt. Which, as we found out is ...Show More
52: Tanabata

40:53 | Jul 10th, 2018

Ever heard of the story of Tanabata? If you lived in Japan then you probably have. It's a summer festival in Japan that centers around a love story. This one is as tragic as they come, but I mean that's what make an oscar winner, amirite? The best pa...Show More
51: The Princess Who Never Smiled

39:59 | Jul 4th, 2018

This week, Carlea tells a story about a princess who really doesn't feel like smiling, thank you very much. Everyone goes to great lengths to get a little smile out of her, but maybe she just isn't in the mood, OK? Maybe that's just how her face look...Show More
50: The Fox Sister

40:43 | Jun 27th, 2018

This week, Rachael tells a pretty creepy story from Korea. The Fox Sister is about when you were a kid and you told your sister she was adopted, but like, instead of her being adopted, your sister was a fox demon who ate livers. Can't really blame he...Show More
49: How the Giantess Guimara Became Small

54:12 | Jun 20th, 2018

How exactly does a giantess become small? I mean, there has to be a class where she gets called on and does not know the answer, right? Nope, that was just Rachael’s experience. Well, this Giantess is a badass who is a socereress and a princess (and ...Show More
Femlore Anniversa-minisode

22:52 | Jun 15th, 2018

It's officially our first birthday and that means it's time for the fem-lore-anniversa-mini-sode! For the anniversary episiode we talk our favorite femlore stories. Thank you all for all your support, and here is to another great year! Audio engin...Show More
48: Zerendac

54:21 | Jun 13th, 2018

This week, Carlea and Rachael talk Zerendac. A tale that has everything you could possibly want: magical ghouls who feed people their ears, Women who get thrown into the sea while unconcious in a chest, a kitten that saves the day, and of course a du...Show More
47: The Good Wife and the Bad Husband

49:47 | Jun 6th, 2018

This week, Carlea and Rachael discuss a tale from India. This story kinda feels like the quintassential glass houses/stones situation, except with a woman who is shamelessly tricked—and a husband who isn't, but is so upset that he can't stop it, he g...Show More
46: Bride Bridekins

1:03:19 | May 30th, 2018

We're baaaaaack! This week, Rachael and Carlea discuss a fairy tale from a well-known Croatian children's collection published in the early 20th century. Bride Bridekins (a little on the nose, huh?), is about a lady who is really pretty and of course...Show More
61: Bluebeard REMIX

36:26 | May 23rd, 2018

This week is another classic from the Femlore vault: Bluebeard! This tale is about a super chill dude who really, really, REALLY doesn't want his new bride to go into his secret room, so naturally he gives her the key. What, like she even wanted to s...Show More
60: Barbara Allen REMIX

24:26 | May 16th, 2018

This week, Rachael and Carlea are still on a break... So we have decided to republish our episode on the beloved folk song Barbara Allen. Nothing really to see here, I mean, guy who barely knows lady is so saddened when she rejects him that he falls ...Show More
59: La Llorona REMIX

35:29 | May 9th, 2018

This week, we are re-releasing an old episode: La Llorona.  If you don't know the story, its a doozy. Let us sum up, woman marries man against her better judgement and has two kids. Man drinks and cheats and finally leaves her for another woman. Ins...Show More
45: The Lady With The Ring

55:20 | May 2nd, 2018

This week Carlea tells us a spooo-oooky story from Europe. Here is the gist: A lady "dies" (notice the quotation marks) and is buried, but when the grave robbers make their move, she wakes up. Too bad, that's only the beginning of her problems. I mea...Show More
44: The Flea

43:21 | Apr 25th, 2018

This week, Rachael and Carlea discuss a strange classic, “The Flea.” Nope, it’s not a follow-up to “The Fly” (side note—we love you, Jeff Goldblum). Instead it’s a tale by Giambattista Basile from the 1600s. Here’s a quick rundown: a flea grows to th...Show More
43: Little Red Cap

49:35 | Apr 18th, 2018

You may have heard this story. Here's the quick synopsis: girl strays off path to smell some flowers on way to Grandmothers house, meanwhile wolf eats Grandma and wolf tries to impersonate Grandma... Nope, we won't spoil the ending. But there is a lo...Show More
42: Blodeuwedd

37:11 | Apr 11th, 2018

This week, we meet Blodeuwedd. A Welsh lady that was originally a bunch of flowers only to be put together in the shape of a woman so that she can be the wife of some guy (Galatea anyone?). Blodeuwedd, though, has alternative plans for her marriage a...Show More
41: The Girl and the Dead Man

40:48 | Apr 4th, 2018

In this week’s episode, three young girls separately go out to find their fortune (‘cause that’s what you do with your family... separate). Anywho, all three girls are offered Bannock (google it, it looks yummy), but there is a catch... If they take ...Show More
40: Omie Wise

39:20 | Mar 28th, 2018

Rachael and Carlea talk murder ballads. You know, those old-fashioned pop songs that recount terrible crimes. Though we’re pretty sure they would be weird for Britney Spears to sing, murder ballads are a fascinating genre of folk music. This ballad i...Show More
39: Rapunzel

1:02:44 | Mar 21st, 2018

This week we have our favorite guest Mindy Scott on (again!). Mindy tells a story barely any of us have heard . . . Rapunzel. Here is the scene: Rapunzel is a plant (no, seriously) that a husband steals from a witch for his wife. The husband is c...Show More
38: The Old Woman in the Wood

37:02 | Mar 14th, 2018

This week, Carlea tells a story from the little known Brother's Grimm (who dat, amirite?) The main character has to deal with more than just like, getting robbed... She has to deal with a mansplaining dove (gasp!). This has all the markings of a fair...Show More
37: Tannakin Skinker

37:24 | Mar 7th, 2018

Oh? Tannakin? Yea, she just happens to have the face of a pig, but a "womanly figure" (eyeroll). Poor Tannakin... she eats her dinner from a silver trough... I mean, that sounds kind of great, right? Like imagine how much cereal you could eat... All ...Show More
36: How a Loving Couple was Parted

35:28 | Feb 28th, 2018

To round out our series on African American folktales (#BlackHistoryMonth), Carlea tells the story of a lady who just wants some shoes and does something so drastic for them that even the devil is scared of her. (Hint: it has to do with parting a lov...Show More
35: Annie Christmas

35:54 | Feb 21st, 2018

We are still on our journey through stories from the African American Diaspora (specifically the Louisiana region #blackhistorymonth). This week, a badass lady named Annie Christmas. Annie takes no shit and is taking care of all the gender roles. Oft...Show More
34: The Six Witches

33:38 | Feb 14th, 2018

Our Black History Month series continues! This week: a story about six witches who fly in the face of the Capitalist machine. This one's pretty interesting and involves a horn or gourd in a chimney as well as some light teleportation. Trust us, you w...Show More
33: Big Liz

32:47 | Feb 7th, 2018

This week, a contemporary legend from Maryland (Femlore's home state!) In honor of Black History Month, we are going to be focusing on African American folklore. This story is about a brave slave who spys for the North and pays dearly. Like most othe...Show More
45: Cinderella

44:42 | Jan 31st, 2018

This week, Rachael and Carlea tell you a classic! The one and only: Cinderella. In this version by the Brothers Grimm, Cinderella is an able bodied young woman who scales trees to run from the prince (can’t he take a hint?!). The stepsisters also dec...Show More
31: Vasilisa the Beautiful

43:48 | Jan 24th, 2018

This weeks special appearances include: an evil stepmother, Baba Yaga, magic thread, and of course... a Csar!  Everyone voted for Baba Yaga last week, so here she is. This tale also has a woman named Vasilisa, who has a magic doll that helps her. ...Show More
30: Crystal the Wise

37:00 | Jan 17th, 2018

This week: a Chillean story about a lady who is too smart for her guy. Crystal, the wisest person in her kingdom, is commissioned to tutor King's daughter. While there she meets a snot-nosed prince who she doesn't like, but somehow ends up marrying (...Show More
29: "Chimidyue" by Special Guest Mindy Scott

52:03 | Jan 10th, 2018

This week's story is brought to you by our amazing guest Mindy Scott. She tells us this story of "Chimidyue" a Native South American folktale about a little girl who gets lost in the forest. Chimidyue, though naive, is able to navigate this new world...Show More
2: Sarah Winchester

21:17 | Jan 3rd, 2018

This week, the femlore ladies are still on holiday vacay. In the meantime, we gift you a classic from the "Disney" vault (just kidding). This one is the real story about Sarah Winchester. A bijillion-airre who maybe just didn't want her family over s...Show More
1: Beauty and the Beast

26:17 | Dec 27th, 2017

Because Carlea and Rachael are on vacation, we thought we would re-release an old episode of ours that you can't find anywhere else! In this episode, Carlea tells a version of the Beauty and the Beast, that maybe you didn't know. You know, less Disne...Show More
28: Holiday Double Feature: Christmas Monsters edition

40:01 | Dec 20th, 2017

Happy Holidays listeners! This week, the femlore ladies bring you two woman-monsters that have been overlooked in our traditional narratives about Christmas. True, one has the nickname "Belly splitter"... and not because she's funny... While the othe...Show More
27: The Legend of Koko Head

30:56 | Dec 13th, 2017

The legend of Koko Head is a Hawaiian myth. Let's quickly sum up: a story where a goddess sends her vagina somewhere else to lure a rapist...? What is happening? Why did it take so long for us to cover this one...? Most of your questions will be answ...Show More
26: Katie Crackernuts

34:47 | Dec 6th, 2017

Katie crackernuts? Hardly know her... Ugh, sorry about that. All horrible misogynistic jokes aside, this B is T-O-U-G-H. Not only that, but she knows her worth and she asks for it. Crackernuts (hehe) is the heroine of heroines, she advocates for her ...Show More
25: The Invisible One

29:46 | Nov 29th, 2017

This week we have a Native American legend from the Mi'kmaq people, this one is a real page turner/ear turner (that's probably not right...). It's a rags to riches (debateable) story of a young woman who takes a chance on an invisible guy. Can't wait...Show More
24: The Chuang Brocade

31:14 | Nov 22nd, 2017

This week, Carlea shares the Chinese fairy tale "The Chuang Brocade". Finally, a hero we can root for . . . sort of? Join us for magic tapestries, horses with human teeth, fairy palaces, and a romance so quick it puts Knocked Up to shame. Music fo...Show More
23: Mulan

29:04 | Nov 15th, 2017

This week prepare to leave happy. Rachael reads a little known annonymously written poem from the Northern Wei Dynasty... Mulan (translation by Hans H. Frankel.) That's right! The Disney movie didn't lie to you! (We are looking at you Disney's versio...Show More
22: The Bone Church with Special Guest Lauren Crossland-Marr

32:13 | Nov 8th, 2017

This week, special guest Lauren Crossland-Marr (Rachael's twin sister) tells us a story in honor of last week's All Souls Day. It's a macbre topic: churches made of human bones in Italy. It is said that at one church something strange happens every y...Show More
21: Spooklore Double Feature!

46:29 | Oct 31st, 2017

For Halloween, Carlea and Rachael discuss two short contemporary legends: "The Babysitter" and "The Slit-Mouthed Woman". Are women vulnerable air-heads or savvy survivors? Are they pitiable victims of violence or malicious monsters preying on unsuspe...Show More
20: Tam Lin

29:58 | Oct 25th, 2017

A tale as old as time… You know the one where the really hot guy is a captive of a fairy queen and might be an all around terrible person…? Its OK, at least this story has one saving grace: the woman saves the man! Refreshing, right? Before you do yo...Show More
19: The Painted Skin

37:50 | Oct 18th, 2017

This week, we tell the Chinese tale of the Painted Skin. A terrifying tale of makeup... well, more like taking someones body and then painting their skin with the skin of said (now dead) person. Nope, that's not the latest recommendation from Sephora...Show More
18: The Old Hag

32:03 | Oct 11th, 2017

"You've just been hagged," is not a your mama joke, it's a terrifying phenomemnon that many Newfoundlanders are all too familiar with. Here's the rundown: you hear someone coming up your stairs, slowly making there way toward you... What happens next...Show More
17: Bloody Mary

32:55 | Oct 4th, 2017

Boo! (Gotcha!) Our spooklore countdown to Halloween is in full swing! This week Rachael and Carlea talk one of the most famous Legends around: Bloody Mary. The classic tale has terrified every American teenage girl at one time or another (those sleep...Show More
16: The Juniper Tree

37:37 | Sep 27th, 2017

The ingredients of this story are enough to make a listener believe in Spooklore. After all, you've got a woman who gets crushed by a stone, a little boy who gets his neck chopped off by the lid of a chest, add a little bit of cannabilism, and voila!...Show More
15: Lady Bathory

35:42 | Sep 20th, 2017

This week, we discuss Countess Elizabeth Bathory . . . and the questions that persist around the stories of her terrible cruelty. Was the "Blood Countess" as evil as they say, or was this a case of exaggerated charges to persecute a powerful woman? ...Show More
14: The Disobedient Girl Who Married a Skull

28:52 | Sep 13th, 2017

This week our episode comes to us by way of Nigeria. No, listener, you did not read that title wrong. Here is the play by play: disobedient daughter falls in love, finds out that said love is a skull, hilarity ensues. Ok, maybe not hilarity, but some...Show More
13: The Peony Lantern

31:34 | Sep 6th, 2017

This week Rachael tells us the story of "The Peony Lantern." A ghost story from Japan, we are officially kicking off Halloween! Music: Pray For Japan by fri.events Orchestra
12: The Dog Bride

32:13 | Aug 30th, 2017

This week Carlea tells us the story of the Dog Wife. You know, the one where the guy marries a dog 'cause he finds out it becomes a beautiful lady at night... By a spring... Lots to unpack here... How much time you got? Music: Sannaliyane by WD Am...Show More
11: The Pastor's Wife

35:59 | Aug 20th, 2017

Get the tissues out, listener, this one is a doozy. The Pastor's Wife is a Danish folktale that is super depressing—and problematic. Firstly, our heroine decides she doesn't want children (THE NERVE!) What's a 16th century pre-birth control married ...Show More
10: Barbara Allen

31:22 | Aug 16th, 2017

In "Barbara Allen," two people who hardly know each other die for love, as people tend to do in folk ballads. Questions, comments, hopes, dreams? email us @ feministfolklorepodcast@gmail.com; or follow us on twitter @femlorepod, check us out on F...Show More
9: The Wife of Bath's Tale

37:19 | Aug 9th, 2017

Our first listener recommended story is finally here! This story is like the plot of “What Women Want.” Except, you know, it happened in the 1400s, and instead of Mel Gibson, it’s a knight with a lusty liver. The knight (AKA Gibson) travels the world...Show More
8: La Llorona

35:29 | Aug 2nd, 2017

We've updated this episode with better sound quality! check out episode number 60. La Llorona, mourning her husband's infidelity does the unthinkable. No, doesn't move in with her parents… it's waaaaaaay worse… Questions, comments, hopes, dream...Show More
7: Bluebeard

32:52 | Jul 26th, 2017

In this episode Carlea describe the bizarre tale of Bluebeard. The guy with the perfectly sized, and totally normal key... Music: Bach's Ariata Variata, variations 1 & 2, by Brandon Kinsella
6: Galatea

20:04 | Jul 19th, 2017

Buckle up listeners (Mom)! In this episode, Carlea tells us the story of Galatea. You know, the completely normal story of a sculptor falling in love with his sculpture... Have story ideas for us, or just want to chat? Email us at feminisfolklorepodc...Show More
5: Cora's Tree

24:50 | Jul 12th, 2017

This week, Rachael tells us the story of Cora's Tree, an old American legend that has everything we love: witches, familiars, and a guy named Captain Blood. Also! we have a Twitter: follow us @femlorepod ! And don't forget to subscribe so we can stay...Show More
4: The Crane Wife

24:09 | Jul 6th, 2017

This week Carlea tells us a Japanese folk tale called the Crane Wife. A bird that is also a wife? This one reeks of the patriarchy. Also! we have a Twitter: follow us @femlorepod ! Don't forget to subscribe so we can stay alive! Story Music: Words...Show More
3: The Little Mermaid

38:13 | Jun 14th, 2017

In this episode, Rachael and Carlea discuss the classic Fairytale, "The Little Mermaid." Join us as we tell the original Hans Christian Andersen version and discuss how this beloved story is filled with many, many issues from a feminist perspective. ...Show More