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Sexism and Gym-timidation

54:20 | Sep 28th, 2018

Sexism at the gym is keeping women from working out. A & B talk some history, some gym fashion, weightlifting, and how to make things better.

You Don't Have To Be A "Cool Girl"

1:06:41 | Jun 15th, 2018

Anney and B aren't "cool girls" and that's A-OK. 

SMNTY Classics: Why You're Seeing Cyntoia Brown's Tragic Story Everywhere

44:08 | May 26th, 2018

Anney and Bridget revisit this classic episode to discuss the heartbreaking story of a 16 year-old victim of sex trafficking.

#MeToo 2: Louis CK Edition

53:44 | Nov 17th, 2017

Louis CK apologies for years of predatory sexual behavior. E&B unpack what it means for women in comedy.

Intersectional Feminism 101

58:07 | Aug 23rd, 2017

The term 'intersectionality' is pretty popular these days. Emilie & Bridget unpack the origin of this term, why it's so important, and how we all can bring a more intersectional lens to our feminism.

Ivanka Trump's 'Feminism'

37:56 | Jun 28th, 2017

Some consider Ivanka to be the best hope for the Trump administration when it comes to gender politics. But when you look at Ivanka’s brand of feminism, that reputation might be unearned.

Classic Episode: The Notorious RBG

51:05 | Apr 12th, 2017

Supreme Court Justic Ruth Bader Ginsburg, aka The Notorious RBG, has become a pop cultural rock star for her judicial outspokenness on equality and reproductive rights. Cristen and Caroline delve into her incredible biography and what has propelled h...Show More

Dating in the Era of #MeToo

1:21:23 | Apr 17th

The reckoning that is #MeToo has rippled out into the dating realm. Anney and Samantha dish on what it's like to date these days. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Bonus Episode: Rape Kits

59:44 | Apr 15th

A survivor of sexual assault shares her story, and we discuss the past, present and future of rape kits. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Aftermath and Unhealthy Coping

43:25 | Apr 12th

Survivors of a traumatic event frequently resort to unhealthy coping mechanisms, from substance abuse to eating disorders. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

The Cost of Coming Forward

44:48 | Apr 10th

Anney and Samantha delve into the financial, emotional and physical costs of reporting sexual assault. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SMNTY Classics: Craft Beer Brewsters

41:57 | Apr 6th

Along with the rise of craft beer has come the revival of women brewmasters who challenge the stereotype of beer as a man's drink. Learn more about the ancient history and return of women to craft beer brewing in this classic episode. Learn more abou...Show More

Society, Sex and Women

1:32:56 | Apr 5th

Let's talk about sex, baby. Anney and Samantha talk sexualization, body image, masturbation, virginity, and more in this grab bag of an episode. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Trauma: Part 2

44:20 | Apr 3rd

In the second part of our examination of trauma, we look at the what trauma looks and feels like. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Bonus Episode: Women and Likability

1:15:28 | Mar 30th

In this bonus episode, Jack and Miles of The Daily Zeitgeist stop by to discuss the likability factor. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Trauma: Part 1

1:01:37 | Mar 29th

Trauma can manifest in a multitude of ways. Anney and Samantha talk about the different types of trauma. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Grooming 101

57:18 | Mar 27th

What is grooming and how do you recognize it? Anney and Samantha break it down. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SMNTY Classics: The Asian Fetish

1:00:12 | Mar 23rd

The fetishization of East Asian women, derisively referred to as "yellow fever," is as old as the Silk Road. In this classic episode, we unpack the history and Hollywood perpetuation of stereotyping Asian women as either submissive lotus flowers or c...Show More

Are We Failures?

1:05:53 | Mar 22nd

In the first episode of a mini-series looking at trauma and sexual assault, Anney and guest co-host Samantha discuss the question of failure. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SMNTY Classics: Fictional Attraction

43:10 | Mar 20th

Where do celebrity crushes, affections for fictional characters and hero worship come from? Learn about the fascinating spectrum of parasocial relationships we develop with people in books, television and tabloids in this classic episode. Learn more ...Show More

SMNTY Classics: Cooking Shows

57:48 | Mar 16th

In 1963, Julia Child made an omelet on Boston public television and changed culinary history forever. Dive into the story of how television cooking gave rise to celebrity chefs who brought a new generation of cooking women into our homes for better -...Show More

Women In Entertainment Production

1:07:41 | Mar 15th

What is it like for women working behind the scenes of film and television these days? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SMNTY Classics: Is foodie culture the new art?

29:21 | Mar 13th

Is food porn unhealthy? Do foodies represent a cultural era of feast or famine? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SMNTY Classics: Where did spring break come from?

29:13 | Mar 11th

The origin of spring break dates back to a Colgate University swim coach, and Fort Lauderdale was the first spring break capitol. Tune in to learn more about spring break, along with the relationship between spring break and sexual health. Learn more...Show More

Ariana Grande and the Question of 'Too Woke'

41:48 | Mar 8th

Miranda Hawkins gives Anney a rundown on Ariana Grande's music video 'Thank U, Next', and questions around what it is to be 'woke'. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

SMNTY Classics: The Secret History of International Women's Day

46:25 | Mar 6th

International Women's Day, celebrated every March 8, is a holiday inspired by factory women going on strike for better wages and working conditions. Get to the bottom of the holiday's history in this classic episode. Learn more about your ad-choices ...Show More

Bonus Interview: Women in Tabletop Gaming

1:18:57 | Mar 2nd

In this bonus interview, we continue the conversation around women in tabletop game development with Heather O'Neill and Heather Wilson of 9th Level Games.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers...Show More

Asian-American Identity

55:57 | Mar 1st

Friend of the show Sonam Vashi stops by to delve into the history and future of what it means to be Asian-American.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at www.howstuffworks.com/advertisers.htmAnd to learn about your ad choices w...Show More

SMNTY Classics: Mardi Gras Women

41:11 | Feb 27th

When people think of women and Mardi Gras, they probably imagine bare breasts and beads -- but that's certainly not the extent of women's participation in the Fat Tuesday fest. Just in time for Mardi Gras, enjoy this classic episode.Learn more about ...Show More

SMNTY Classics: Are NFL Cheerleaders Being Exploited?

1:00:31 | Feb 23rd

From high school to the NFL, cheerleaders face intense objectification. Learn more in this classic episode.

No Means No the First Time

1:05:07 | Feb 22nd

Dating scripts and popular media teach us that with persistence, a 'no' can be turned into a 'yes'. But no means no. The first time.

SMNTY Classics: Drunkorexia

32:16 | Feb 20th

In this classic episode, we take a look back at something making headlines again lately, "drunkorexia". This term was coined in 2008 to describe people who intentionally drink on an empty stomach to "save" calories and money, but it has more serious ...Show More

SMNTY Classics: Fighting Shirley Chisholm

59:34 | Feb 16th

Shirley Chisholm didn't want to be known solely as the first African-American woman in U.S. Congress and to run for the Democratic nomination for president. This President's Day, let's look back at life and legacy of this Brooklyn educator ahead of h...Show More

Princesses and Evil Step Mothers

1:11:34 | Feb 15th

Would you rather be a princess or an evil stepmother? Because for a long time, those were the only two paths open to women and girls in Disney movies. Guests Jamie and Caitlin of the Bechdel Cast join the show to discuss the representation of women i...Show More

Introducing Family Secrets, a Brand New iHeartRadio Original Podcast

03:24 | Feb 14th

Family Secrets. Every family has them. When Dani Shapiro accidentally stumbled upon a massive secret that had been kept from her all her life, she dove headlong into discovering everything she could about how that secret had shaped her reality and he...Show More

SMNTY Classics: The Hidden Costs of Valentine's Day Flowers

40:27 | Feb 13th

As Valentine's Day approaches, so to do the roses. Where do Valentine's bouquets come from? What's it like for women working in the flower industry? Tune in to learn more.

SMNTY Classics: The Singlehood Stigma

25:27 | Feb 9th

More people are delaying or avoiding marriage, and also raising children outside of wedlock. Are single people penalized? In this classic episode, learn more about the singlehood stigma and how it impacts all the single ladies the most.

Women in Tabletop Gaming Development

1:01:33 | Feb 8th

Women are underrepresented when it comes to tabletop game development. Nicole Amato of Cardboard Fortress Games joins the show to share her experiences and offer some advice.

SMNTY Classics: Chocoholism

52:09 | Feb 6th

If Valentine's Day advertising is to be believed, women cannot resist chocolate. Is there any truth to this stereotype, or is it all advertising? Find out in this classic episode.

Fair Play: Women in Tabletop Gaming

1:04:52 | Feb 1st

Tracy V. Wilson of Stuff You Missed in History Class stops by to discuss the world of tabletop games.

SMNTY Classics: Why the Notorious RBG is a BFD

52:31 | Jan 30th

From an Oscar nominated documentary to a cameo in the Lego Movie 2, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everywhere lately. In this classic episode, Irin Carmon, coauthor of Notorious RBG, joins Anney and Bridget to talk about how the Supreme...Show More

SMNTY Classics: What's the buzz on vibrators?

23:15 | Jan 26th

Recently, CES came under fire for rescinding an award given to a handsfree device that allows for a blended orgasm. This points to a broader anxiety our society has around female pleasure. According to a recent study, around half of American adults u...Show More

Women's Bodies & Middle Eastern Culture

1:05:38 | Jan 25th

Anna and Shereen of the podcast Ethnically Ambiguous dish on their experiences being raised by immigrant parents in the United States.

SMNTY Classics: Do Men Exercise More Than Women?

28:10 | Jan 23rd

Sure, men and women have different exercise motivations -- but which group exercises more? Just in time for resolution season, please enjoy this classic episode.

SMNTY Classics: Is Man Flu Real?

30:51 | Jan 19th

Do men complain more about being sick? Do women have stronger immune systems? Who takes the most sick days? All this and more in this classic episode.

Motherhood and Identity

1:25:52 | Jan 18th

The hosts of YouTurns drop by to discuss the shifting phases of motherhood and identity.

SMNTY Classics: Is fitspo unhealthy for women?

33:23 | Jan 16th

It's a new year, and for a lot of us that means goals to get more exercise. Fitness inspiration, known as fitspo, is supposed to get women exercising, but is it helpful or hurtful for women's body images? Find out in this classic episode.

SMNTY Classics: Where are the black female directors?

47:15 | Jan 12th

When the Oscars snubbed 'Selma' director Ava DuVernay, it left many with a bigger question about the absence of black female directors in Hollywood. In this classic Oscar season episode, Cristen and Caroline search behind the camera for women of colo...Show More

Where are the women of Wikipedia?

41:11 | Jan 11th

Wikipedia has a gender content gap. Here's why, and what you can do to help.

SMNTY Classics: Work Wives

1:08:23 | Jan 9th

Over our working lives, we encounter plenty of pals, acquaintances and even enemies, but the beloved work spouse is rarer -- and, it turns out, more productivity-enhancing. In this classic, we revisit just what makes the work wife relationship so spe...Show More

SMNTY Classics: Don’t Make Mac Miller’s Death About Ariana Grande

44:04 | Jan 5th

In this classic episode, we offer a friendly reminder that celebrities are people.

Sexism in Language

48:15 | Jan 4th

Language, why so sexist? A & B delve into some history, some science and some sexism.

SMNTY Classics: Do New Year's resolutions work?

37:08 | Jan 2nd

Humans have made New Year's resolutions for millennia - and had a terrible time sticking to them. So, great expectations aside, why do most resolutions fail? Listen in to this classic episode as Cristen and Caroline learn more about science of willpo...Show More

SMNTY Classics: #blessed

50:38 | Dec 29th, 2018

Are #blessed and #lucky just another way for women to downplay success -- or to humblebrag? In this classic episode, Cristen and Caroline dive into why so many ladies on social media seem to feel the need to portray themselves as effortlessly perfect...Show More

A Very Merry Holiday Bonus Episode

1:17:58 | Dec 28th, 2018

In this bonus episode, we unwrap some holiday movie tropes.

SMNTY Classics: Bye Felipe

53:04 | Dec 26th, 2018

Recently, Cardi B's ex interrupted her concert to beg her to take her back, and some of her fans called 'toxic masculinity'. It has us thinking about how men handle (or don't) rejection in this classic episode.

SMNTY Classics: Hollywood's First Female Directors

46:22 | Dec 22nd, 2018

You may have heard about some controversy around the Oscars lately. We throw our hat in the ring, and revisit this classic episode about the first female director of Hollywood.

Problematic Fave: Lena Dunham

1:04:33 | Dec 21st, 2018

In the return of this segment, A & B discuss why Lena Dunham is always trending for all the wrong reasons on Twitter.

SMNTY Classics: Gymnastics Gold

1:13:07 | Dec 19th, 2018

As USA Gymnastics declares bankruptcy, we look back at the talented gymnasts representing the US in this classic episode.

SMNTY Classics: The Women Behind Santa

22:30 | Dec 15th, 2018

Tis the season for giving, sharing meals with loved ones, and forgetting Mrs. Claus exists. No more!

Women in Comedy

51:12 | Dec 14th, 2018

Beth Newell, the co-founder of Reductress, shares the funny and not so funny of being a woman in comedy.

SMNTY Classics: The Gendered Chef

58:41 | Dec 12th, 2018

How did chef get to be a 'man's job', and how is that changing? Find out in this classic episode.

SMNTY Classics: Rom Coms 101

1:03:51 | Dec 8th, 2018

Rom coms were invented thanks to Hollywood censorship. Give yourself the gift of a crash course on Rom Coms in this classic episode.

Much Ado About Burnout

52:26 | Dec 7th, 2018

Alison Green from Ask A Manager stops by to discuss all things burnout, and advises you to take a vacation.

SMNTY Classics: Why are women true crime's bloodthirstiest fans?

35:08 | Dec 5th, 2018

Whether in print or on television, true crime draws its largest audience from women. We investigate why in this classic episode.

SMNTY Classics: Is kleptomania a female disorder?

35:20 | Dec 1st, 2018

Why are two-thirds of diagnosed kleptomaniacs women? How does it relate to the 19th-century rise of retail consumerism, shoplifting and keeping wealthy women out of prison? Find out in this classic episode.

Death of the Author and Rosemary's Baby

1:06:26 | Nov 30th, 2018

In the wake of #metoo, a lot of us are left with a question: What do we do with the art created by monstrous artists? Guest and friend of the show Chandler Mays stops by to discuss, using the case of Rosemary's Baby.

SMNTY Classics: Charitable Burnout

1:04:39 | Nov 28th, 2018

The nonprofit sector is made up of 74 percent women, but men tend to fill organizations' highest ranks. This classic episode looks at all the ins and outs of nonprofit's not-so-generous gender dynamics and burnout-prone working conditions.

SMNTY Classics: Retail Hell

1:06:08 | Nov 24th, 2018

Retail is America's largest employment sector that often treats its low-wage workforce worse than an H&M sales rack. Cristen and Caroline explain why.

SMNTY Classics: Are the Holidays Bad for Relationships?

35:23 | Nov 23rd, 2018

Although romantic holiday movies lead us to believe that it's the most wonderful time of the year to fall in love, it's actually the most common time of the year for breakups. This classic episode looks at why that is, and offers some tips for holida...Show More

SMNTY Classics: The Mother of Thanksgiving

33:28 | Nov 21st, 2018

American Thanksgiving may have Pilgrim roots, but its modern-day celebration is the handiwork of an 18th-century magazine editor. For 30 years, Sarah Josepha Hale campaigned U.S. Presidents to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday and urged Am...Show More

SMNTY Classics: The Anthropology of Pie

48:00 | Nov 17th, 2018

Pie is an ancient food that began as a utilitarian and often inedible necessity and evolved over centuries into its current role as a sweet treat and dessert nemesis of cake. Cristen and Caroline get in the holiday cooking spirit by examining the ant...Show More

Bloomerism and Feminism

48:59 | Nov 16th, 2018

The hosts of Dressed: The History of Fashion stop by to discuss bloomerism, feminism, and the lasting impact of the bloomer movement. It'll knock the pants off you.

Introducing Origins Chapter 5: Sex & The City

01:51 | Nov 15th, 2018

It’s been 20 years since the groundbreaking series Sex and the City premiered on HBO. Back in June 1998, people were mostly watching movies and boxing on HBO. The network took a risk when they gave the creators of Sex and the City freedom to create a...Show More

SMNTY Classics: DIY Craft Revival

45:17 | Nov 14th, 2018

This holiday season, more people than ever are seeking out handmade, locally-sourced gifts from the likes of Etsy. But the online marketplace is only one part of a broader crafting revival interwoven with political activism, feminism and entrepreneur...Show More

SMNTY Classics: Adult Acne

23:00 | Nov 10th, 2018

Somewhere along the line, we bought into the myth that acne is merely a rite of passage for teens, rather than something that grown-ups with jobs and bank accounts should have to worry about. Cristen and Molly look into why so many women and trans me...Show More

Making Friends with Loneliness

45:58 | Nov 9th, 2018

Guest co-host Tari Harrison drops in to give her tips for making friends with loneliness.

SMNTY Classics: The Female Nude

58:20 | Nov 7th, 2018

The female nude is a cornerstone of Western art, so how should we interpret her importance? Cristen and Caroline investigate the art history and societal significance of these mysterious unclothed muses.

SMNTY Classics: Skyrocketing Suicide Among Women Vets

47:11 | Nov 3rd, 2018

Women veterans are taking their own lives at staggering rates, according to the latest research from the VA. E&B take a closer look at the numbers to better understand the problem - and possible solutions.

Women and Pay Transparency

1:09:41 | Nov 2nd, 2018

One of the ways frequently proposed to combat the gender and racial wage gaps is with pay transparency, but that begs the question - why are we so weird about money? A & B take a closer look at pay transparency, and get a little weird themselves.

SMNTY Classics: Halloween Slasher Spectacular!

34:32 | Oct 31st, 2018

Do slasher films glorify sex and violence toward women? What is the "final girl" archetype, and what can we learn from other slasher film tropes? Join Caroline and Cristen as they delve into the evolution of the slasher film genre.

Introducing Lethal Lit

00:53 | Oct 29th, 2018

Join teen detective Tig Torres as she returns to her small hometown of Hollow Falls, where her aunt was framed as a serial killer ten years earlier. With help from her new friends, Tig investigates the twisted mystery of the Lit Killer murders and br...Show More

SMNTY Classics: What Not to Wear on Halloween

37:47 | Oct 27th, 2018

Halloween 'tis the season for creative costumes, but why do so many people wear racist, offensive outfits? Cristen and Caroline discuss cultural appropriation and how it impacts broader society not just during Halloween season.

Feminism of Running

1:00:52 | Oct 26th, 2018

Anney and guest co-host Allison Loudermilk swap personal running stories and talk about the feminism of running.

SMNTY Classics: Can You Have Sex with a Ghost?

27:29 | Oct 24th, 2018

Ke$ha claimed to have sex with a ghost, and the pop star is not alone in the claim. So why do people believe that incubi, succubi and ghosts lurk in the bedroom. Is sleep paralysis to blame for people’s reports of ghost sex?

SMNTY Classics: Women's Prisons vs. "Orange Is the New Black"

46:27 | Oct 20th, 2018

A recent report found that female inmates in the US are far likelier to be disciplined than male inmates. Learn more about women's prisons, and the accuracy (or not) of "Orange is the New Black" in this classic episode.

Invisible Illness

1:13:27 | Oct 20th, 2018

Millions of people are dealing with invisible illness, possibly not even knowing it. Guest co-host and contributor Yves Jeffcoat discusses women with invisible illnesses.

SMNTY Classics: The Sweaty History of the American Gym

40:31 | Oct 17th, 2018

If you wanted a deeper dive into the history of gyms and health spas after our recent episode on gym-timidation, we've got just the classic episode for you.

SMNTY Classics: Can Science Fiction Save the World?

46:17 | Oct 13th, 2018

For the first time, a woman has the role of famous sci-fi character Dr. Who. In this classic episode, we talk about how science fiction can be a force for change.

Mother, Destroyer

1:12:32 | Oct 13th, 2018

Guest co-host Julie Douglas stops by to talk about her role as mother, and as destroyer.

SMNTY Classics - Problematic Faves: Taylor Swift

1:06:34 | Oct 10th, 2018

Taylor Swift recently made the news by breaking her silence around politics. We look back at Taylor Swift's feminism in this classic episode.

SMNTY Classics: Sexy Halloween Costumes, Why?

26:04 | Oct 6th, 2018

A sexy Handmaid's Tale costume caused quite the controversy recently, but when did costumes for women get the sexy treatment? We look into in this classic episode.

Why Didn't You Believe Her?

52:15 | Oct 5th, 2018

Horror fans Anney and guest co-host Lauren Vogelbaum talk about the horror movie trope of not believing women, and how it relates to #BelieveHer.

SMNTY Classics: Angry Women

39:59 | Oct 3rd, 2018

We've had a lot of high profile examples of anger lately, and our gendered responses to them. In this classic episode, we revisit angry women, and our perceptions of them.

SMNTY Classics: Inside Ireland's Fight for Abortion Access

35:47 | Sep 29th, 2018

The 8th amendment banning abortion in the Republic of Ireland has been formally repealed. A & B look back at the history leading up to this point in this classic episode.

Gender Based Harassment Doesn't Have to be Sexual

44:18 | Sep 26th, 2018

As more details come out about the level of ousted CBS head Les Moonves' wrongdoings, one thing is clear - gender based harassment doesn't have to be sexual.

SMNTY Classics: The Anita Hill Effect

1:01:06 | Sep 22nd, 2018

The allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is reminiscent of Anita Hill's testimony in 1991. A & B revisit this case and some of the similarities. 

A Herstory of Women Pretending to be Men

38:45 | Sep 21st, 2018

Throughout history, women have pretended to be men to enter spaces where they weren't welcome. A & B discuss some of the most famous cases, and ideal-casting for the inevitable future movies about them.

SMNTY Classics: #MeToo 2: Louis CK Edition

59:26 | Sep 15th, 2018

Recently, Louis C.K. made a surprise appearance at the Comedy Cellar. A & B revisit his predatory behavior. 

The Ugly Past of Cosmetic Surgery

49:49 | Sep 15th, 2018

More people than ever are electing to undergo cosmetic surgery. A & B take a look at the history of cosmetic surgery and discuss why that is and what it means.

At Home Abortions

39:34 | Sep 12th, 2018

A & B take a look at the changing laws around pill induced abortion.

SMNTY Classics: Miss, Ms., Mrs.

30:47 | Sep 9th, 2018

A & B revisit this episode to educate themselves about the difference between Miss, Ms., and Mrs.

Brett Kava-NAW?

43:49 | Sep 7th, 2018

Who is Trump's SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh? A&B try to find out. 

Women, Ambition, and Running for Office

1:10:04 | Sep 6th, 2018

A & B are joined by author Jo Piazza to talk about her new book and the challenges faced by women running for office. 

You Turns: Trailer

03:58 | Sep 3rd, 2018

A & B introduce you to You Turns, a new show from HowStuffWorks. For anyone grappling with life changes, co-hosts Lisa Oz & Jill Herzig explore how to get fearless about transformation & actually enjoy the ride.Click here to subscribe on Apple Podcas...Show More

SMNTY Classics: Wanderlust

56:22 | Sep 1st, 2018

A & B revisit a classic SMNTY episode by Cristen and Caroline about solo travel.

Complex PTSD and #MeToo

53:22 | Aug 29th, 2018

A & B talk about complex PTSD and mental health during the age of #MeToo.

SMNTY Classics: Is Catcalling Harassment?

53:22 | Aug 26th, 2018

A & B revisit the age-old question in this classic episode: Is Catcalling Harassment? Spoiler Alert: Yes.

Sexism and Tokyo Medical University

33:31 | Aug 24th, 2018

A recent investigation revealed that admission to a prestigious medical school in Japan was rigged to keep women out. A & B discuss the ramifications, as well as sexism in Japan and the medical field at large.

When a Feminist is Accused of a Sex Crime

45:31 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Feminist professor Avital Ronell has been accused of sexual harassment. Here's what it means.

SMNTY Classics: Women and White Supremacy

1:14:46 | Aug 18th, 2018

A year after Charlottesvile, A & B revisit this episode looking into the women of white supremacy with the help of journalist Laura Smith and entrepreneur/activist Marissa Jenae Johnson.

A lot of women are having bad sex

52:51 | Aug 15th, 2018

Research shows women are having bad sex. Here's what it means.

SMNTY Classics: Summer of Beyonce

52:11 | Aug 11th, 2018

A&B revisit this episode on Beyonce in light of her Vogue cover.

It's okay to travel by yourself

59:31 | Aug 10th, 2018

More and more women are traveling solo. Here's why.

Why do women change their names after marriage?

39:25 | Aug 8th, 2018

A&B dive into the history (and tension) around changing your surname.

Cosplaying While Female

46:11 | Aug 4th, 2018

Anney is gearing up for DragonCon, so we're revisiting our favorite episode on ladies who cosplay.

Were you raised by a narcissist?

48:52 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Were you raised by a narcissist? Here's how to spot a narcissist, even if it's your own parent.

Female Journalists are Under Attack in India

29:05 | Aug 1st, 2018

Female journalists in India are putting up with harassment, slut-shaming and worse.

SMNTY Classics: Miss America is Ditching the Swimsuit Competition

40:45 | Jul 29th, 2018

Some big changes are coming to the pageant world. A&B revisit what it means.

Meet the New Zealand Prime Minister Who Gave Birth in Office

26:24 | Jul 27th, 2018

She's only the second world leader to give birth in office. Here's what it means.

Terry Crews and the Men of #MeToo

47:10 | Jul 25th, 2018

Everyone can be sexually harassed. We need to talk about the experience for men. 

SMNTY Classics: Video Games & Women, Part II

47:16 | Jul 21st, 2018

What's it like for women who play video games, having to deal with gamer girl stereotypes, in-game harassment and a shortage of strong female characters to play? In part two of their series on video games, Cristen and Caroline take a look how video g...Show More

SMNTY Classics: An Update on Women's Health

34:15 | Jul 20th, 2018

With a new nominee for the US Supreme Court, A & B revisit a classic episode on women's health, and discuss the future of Roe v. Wade. The new administration has ushered in a whole new slew of attacks on women’s health - both at home and abroad. Here...Show More

Anna Delvey: This Summer's $cam Queen

1:02:46 | Jul 18th, 2018

B can't get enough Anna Delvey. A&B break down our fascination with scammers.

SMNTY Classics: Video Games & Women, Part I

46:11 | Jul 14th, 2018

In this update, A&B revisit an episode about the women making video games. What's it like for women in video games who comprise just 12 percent of the industry? Cristen and Caroline kick-off their two-part series on video games by looking at women ma...Show More

Online Gaming and Sexual Harassment

1:00:20 | Jul 13th, 2018

Are video games due for their #metoo moment? What's it like online gaming as a woman? Join A & B as they level up your video game knowledge and discuss how to make the video game community better. 

SMNTY Classics: Will 2018 Be Another Year of the Woman?

39:20 | Jul 11th, 2018

A & B look back at this classic episode, and check in to see if 2018 is shaping up to be a year of the woman.

Introducing Committed

05:34 | Jul 9th, 2018

A & B introduce you to a new show from HowStuffWorks. Join host Jo Piazza as she delves into the hilarious, heartbreaking and inspiring stories of couples of all kinds who’ve soldiered through unimaginable circumstances, and after the longest of days...Show More

SMNTY Classics: Where the f*** are the pockets on women's clothing?

38:41 | Jul 7th, 2018

After a disatrous search for a dress with pockets, Anney wanted to revisit this classic. E&B break down the quest for pocket equality.

Emotional Labor Is Labor!

1:08:34 | Jul 7th, 2018

What is emotional labor? If you're a woman you're probably doing it already. 

Why Do Men Expose Themselves?

43:04 | Jul 4th, 2018

Louis CK. Harvey Weinstein. Why do men non consensually expose themselves? 

SMNTY Classics: When did women start running marathons?

51:21 | Jun 30th, 2018

In this classic episode, A & B revist the history of women running (or not running) races. In 1972, women were finally allowed to run in the Boston Marathon. Caroline and Cristen took a look at women and marathons.

Trump Is Gaslighting You About Migrant Kids At The Border

37:44 | Jun 29th, 2018

Thousands of kids have been taken from their parents at our borders and the administration is lying about it.


52:25 | Jun 28th, 2018

A & B break down pansexuality and discuss pansexual representation in media and fan fiction. 

SMNTY Classics: The Forgotten Black Women of Punk Rock

44:49 | Jun 23rd, 2018

Punk rock is often thought of as a 'white thing' even though it has roots in Black communities. Self-proclaimed riot girl Bridget explores the erasure of black women in punk. A & B revisit this favorite episode.

Fanfiction Extravaganza: Part 2

29:27 | Jun 22nd, 2018

In our fanfiction finale, A & B look at why fanfiction is largely written by women, why so much of it is slash, and why any of this matters. Past fanfics and embarrassing usernames will be revealed. 

Fanfiction Extravaganza: Part 1

45:06 | Jun 21st, 2018

Fanfiction is a space dominated by women, and it is often derided as weird, immoral and/or terrifying. In Part I of this two-part episode, A & B go over the basics of the world of fanfic. 

SMNTY Classics: #MeToo Update

1:03:04 | Jun 16th, 2018

A & B discuss some updates on #MeToo, and take a look back at how it started in this classic episode. 

Inside Ireland's Fight for Abortion Access

34:31 | Jun 13th, 2018

Young Irish emigrants went #HomeToVote to overturn the country's ban on abortion.

SMNTY Classics: Role Overload: Working Daughters

50:46 | Jun 9th, 2018

A & B revisit the interview that Emilie & B did with author Liz O’Donnell last year that explored the trade-offs women face when juggling a career with caring for aging parents.

Gaslighting 101

51:17 | Jun 8th, 2018

Here's how you can recognize it. 

Why Isn't the Medical Community Taking Women's Pain Seriously?

50:04 | Jun 7th, 2018

Anney and Bridget get real about painful sex and why the medical community is so bad at listening to women.

SMNTY Classics: Larry Nassar's Crimes

37:15 | Jun 2nd, 2018

A & B revisit the story of Larry Nassar, who was convicted for decades of serial sexual abuse. Here's what his crimes tell us about how society sees women and girls. 

How To Be Married

1:02:02 | Jun 2nd, 2018

A&B are joined by Jo Piazza to discuss the ins and outs of "I do."

The Ins and Outs of Prom

46:29 | May 26th, 2018

It's prom season! Anney and B unpack the history of prom. 

SMNTY Classics: The Magnificent History of Women & Whiskey

40:07 | May 19th, 2018

Despite its uber-masculine connotation, it's women who are behind the renaissance of this delightful drink, and women who were instrumental to its American origin story. Join Annney and Bridget as they talk about why this episode is one of their fave...Show More

Things That Made Me Feminist: Bitch Magazine

1:02:42 | May 17th, 2018

Anney and B are joined by Bitch Magazine cofounder Andi Zeisler to talk about the story behind the feminist staple.

Disabled Isn't A Dirty Word

1:08:29 | May 11th, 2018

How activist and content creator Annie Segarra is trying to destigmatize disability.

Are NFL Cheerleaders Being Exploited?

57:33 | May 10th, 2018

A topless photoshoot is raising new questions about the treatment of cheerleaders.

The Fem-Pire Strikes Back

57:30 | May 5th, 2018

For those that find the lack of ladies in the Star Wars universe disturbing, is there a new hope on the horizon? The force is strong with this episode.

Why the Notorious RBG is a BFD

51:31 | May 3rd, 2018

Irin Carmon, coauthor of Notorious RBG, joins Anney and Bridget to talk about how the Supreme Court justice became so notorious .

How Cameron Esposito is Revolutionizing Queer Media

1:02:29 | Apr 28th, 2018

LGBTQ representations on screen can be sooo awful. Cameron Esposito is trying to change that.

Where the F are the Female Action Figures?

51:35 | Apr 26th, 2018

There aren't that many female action figures. Anney and B break down why that matters

Unpopular Opinion: 4/20 is Annoying

35:13 | Apr 21st, 2018

This 4/20, Anney and B give an overview of the country's changing weed laws and B shares an unpopular opinion on the stoner holiday.

How To Be The Final Girl In A Horror Movie

37:50 | Apr 14th, 2018

Ever notice a lot of horror movies end with one girl standing? Anney & B explore why that is.

How To Be A Bad Feminist

29:33 | Apr 11th, 2018

Anney & B recall their feminist journeys and their embrace of being a "bad feminist."

Get Drinks With Your New SMNTY Team

45:38 | Apr 6th, 2018

B grabs drinks with new SMMTY co-host Anney and correspondent Yves.

How to Deal With Grief

46:39 | Apr 5th, 2018

Women deal with loss differently. B talks to Molly Rosen Guy about the loss of her father and how she's dealing with grief. 

Gender Disparity from Beyond the Grave

29:50 | Mar 30th, 2018

Men get more obituaries than women. The New York Times' Jessica Bennett is trying to fix that. 

How the Jane Collective helped women get abortions

28:26 | Mar 29th, 2018

Before Roe v Wade made abortion legal, women still needed them. B is joined by Heather Booth who started an underground network to give women abortion access.

March for Our Lives and Gun Violence as a Feminist Issue

34:55 | Mar 27th, 2018

B revisits our ep on gun violence to give an update on the March on Our Lives.

How Jenny Yang is making space for Asian women in comedy

43:45 | Mar 23rd, 2018

B shares a few laughs funny lady Jenny Yang and talks through how to make comedy more inclusive.

How Clinic Escorts Work

33:05 | Mar 22nd, 2018

A behind the scenes look at the escorts at the front lines of the War on Women's Health

WorkWives & Ladyfriends: A SMNTY live celebration

1:07:25 | Mar 16th, 2018

Taped lived from, SXSW, we're doing a deep dive on the importance of the work wife and the ins and outs of lady-friendships.

The Women of Wakanda

33:38 | Mar 10th, 2018

B is joined by Still Processing's Jenna Wortham to talk through the women in the hit film Black Panther.

Lisa Simpson IRL

1:07:25 | Mar 7th, 2018

On this super-special SMNTY, Yeardley Smith, aka the voice of Lisa Simpson, sits down with B to talk about Springfield's favorite lil feminist.

The future of SMNTY

24:04 | Mar 2nd, 2018

On E's' last official SMNTY episode, we look back on what a wild ride it's been.

Domestic Violence in Our House

33:33 | Feb 28th, 2018

Our very own White House is being used.

How Sponsored Content killed the Mommy Internet

42:37 | Feb 24th, 2018

Mom bloggers say the internet has changed. Here’s why.

Mass Shootings Are A Feminist Issue

28:51 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Like many mass shooters, the Parkland shooter had a history of troubling behavior against women. We need to talk about it.

US Women of Color to Watch in the Winter Olympics

36:10 | Feb 17th, 2018

We’re cheering on team USA - and especially this extraordinary boundary-breaking women of color.

Larry Nassar's Crimes

35:11 | Feb 15th, 2018

Larry Nassar was convicted for decades of serial sexual abuse. Here's what his crimes tell us about how society sees women and girls

This Black History Month, Don't Forget About the Women!

25:26 | Feb 9th, 2018

Black History Month is the perfect time to remember that women's contributions often go unnoticed.

Why Are Millennial Women So Into Horoscopes?

46:13 | Feb 7th, 2018

Horoscopes have been labeled “millennial spirituality” and are taking over the internet. What gives?!

Can A Marriage Be Feminist?

49:51 | Feb 3rd, 2018

Newly-engaged E and marriage-agnostic B sit down with writer Jill Fillipovic to find out if there’s such a thing as a feminist marriage.

Is Skincare Feminism’s New Salve?

30:56 | Jan 31st, 2018

Skincare became many feminist’s new form of self-care in 2017. But can we detoxify our way past the patriarchy?

Oprah 2020?

53:08 | Jan 26th, 2018

After her inspiring Golden Globes speech, E&B break down the case for and against President Oprah

What does it mean to be ‘Unladylike’ in 2018?

36:18 | Jan 24th, 2018

Bridget and Emilie sit down with former SMNTY hosts, Cristen & Caroline to hear how they’re embracing being ‘Unladylike’ and how you can, too.

Aziz Ansari, #MeToo, and the Media

51:46 | Jan 20th, 2018

What allegations against comedian Aziz Ansari means for #MeToo.

Will 2018 Be Another Year of the Woman?

37:06 | Jan 17th, 2018

We’re nearly one year into the Trump Presidency and it looks like more women are running for office than ever.

Are women using wine to cope with the patriarchy?

54:04 | Jan 12th, 2018

Many people give up drinking in January. Here’s what boozing means for women and feminism.

Revisiting Tonya Harding

42:12 | Jan 10th, 2018

The saga of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan is more complicated than you might remember.

Will #TimesUp help curb sexual harassment?

40:07 | Jan 6th, 2018

n the wake of #MeToo, hundreds of Hollywood A-listers are fighting back against sexual misconduct.

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions Actually Stick

49:35 | Jan 4th, 2018

While Bridget might roll her eyes at the thought of sure-to-fail New Year’s Resolutions, Emilie geeks out on today’s episode with a bunch of Bossed Up hacks about how to set yourself up for sustainable success in 2018.

Our Hopes for 2018

37:59 | Dec 29th, 2017

E&B look back on the wild year that’s been 2017 and share their hopes for women and the world in the new year.

What Gender Reveal Parties Reveal About Us

50:32 | Dec 27th, 2017

E&B break down why the made-for-social-media “gender reveal party” trend is...complicated.

What’s the Deal with Women’s Colleges?

54:07 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Emilie and Bridget chat with resident lil’ sis, Isabel, about her experience at a women’s college and explore the merits of single-sex higher education.

Girl Boy Scouts?

48:00 | Dec 15th, 2017

The Boy Scouts of America recently announced they’ll be accepting girls into their program next year, to the surprise of the Girl Scouts of America. E&B unpack what this move might mean for scouting’s future.

Here's Why You're Seeing Cyntoia Brown's Tragic Story Everywhere

43:25 | Dec 13th, 2017

E&B discuss the heartbreaking story of a 16 year-old victim of sex trafficking

Role Overload: A National Crisis

1:02:52 | Dec 9th, 2017

Rounding out the conversation on role overload, E&B interview author and think tank policy wonk, Brigid Schulte on the national crisis that is worker overwhelm, and uncover how government can help.

Fictional Feminists: Daria

50:01 | Dec 1st, 2017

Why everyone loves 'the Misery Chick'

Role Overload: Single Ladies

50:25 | Nov 29th, 2017

Single women aren’t always included in conversations about role overload. B&E talk with writer Julia Carpenter about what this looks like for all the single ladies. Learn more about today's interview guest, Julia Carpenter, at https://www.juliaccarp...Show More

The Women of Walmart (and Modcloth)

59:33 | Nov 24th, 2017

Walmart owns popular feminist retailer ModCloth. This Black Friday, we unpack why they might not want consumers to know that.

Role Overload: Working Mothers

1:03:39 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Continuing the conversation on role overload, E&B interview author Tiffany Dufu on working parenthood - and how she’s learned to “drop the ball” on parenting perfection.

Role Overload: Working Daughters

49:04 | Nov 10th, 2017

In the start of a new miniseries on role overload, E&B interview author Liz O’Donnell to explore the trade-offs women face when juggling a career with caring for aging parents.

Problematic Faves: Taylor Swift

1:03:34 | Nov 8th, 2017

Bridget and Emilie are joined by Refinery29's Elisa Kreisinger to talk through Taylor Swift's talent, influence, and feminism.


51:11 | Nov 3rd, 2017

The origins of the viral anti sexual harassment campaign

Arrested For Braiding Hair?

34:31 | Nov 1st, 2017

If you’ve listened to our episode on 'feminist hair,' you already know hair is a sensitive issue, particularly for Black women, who are often policed for hair choices. Today B&E unpack a legal battle over braid shop licensing that you won't believe.

Motorcycle Mavens

38:16 | Oct 27th, 2017

Ana Carrasco recently became the first woman to win a world championship motorcycle race, sparking a conversation about the rising numbers of women riding motorcycles for sport and leisure. E&B look at the future, present, and past of women who ride.

Campus Sexual Assault & Title IX

30:29 | Oct 25th, 2017

Should student victims be asked to 'mediate' with their rapists? That's what the latest guidelines passed down from the Department of Education, led by Betsy DeVos, suggest. E&B break the latest developments down.

The F*** Off Fund

49:21 | Oct 20th, 2017

Almost 70% of millennial women have experienced financial abuse. In today’s episode, E&B interview financial educator Tonya Rapley to break down the importance of the f*** off fund.

Are Men Messier Than Women?

47:28 | Oct 18th, 2017

Are men actually messier than women? Or is that just some sexist stereotype? E&B break down the surprising research behind who makes more 'ew.'

Skyrocketing Suicide Among Women Vets

46:55 | Oct 13th, 2017

Women veterans are taking their own lives at staggering rates, according to the latest research from the VA. E&B take a closer look at the numbers to better understand the problem - and possible solutions.

The Surprising Benefits of Journaling

43:07 | Oct 11th, 2017

Do you know the many mental health benefits of journaling? With journals on the rise, B&E talk with Buzzfeed's Rachel Wilkerson Miller to discuss what makes journals so beneficial.

Pregnant in Prison

36:39 | Oct 6th, 2017

How should we be treating imprisoned pregnant women? Perhaps we could start by not shackling them to the hospital bed during labor.

Problematic Faves: Judge Judy

41:22 | Oct 4th, 2017

Are you a fan of someone...even though you KNOW their record on feminist issues isn't exactly stellar? Today we're introducing a series profiling women we love, imperfections and all. First up? The queen of courtroom TV: Judge Judy.

Silicon Valley Sexism, Pt 2

51:14 | Sep 29th, 2017

E&B continue the conversation on why the tech world can be so hostile towards women - and what's being done about it.

Silicon Valley Sexism, Pt 1

53:19 | Sep 27th, 2017

Women continue to be drastically underrepresented in tech and are leaving the field at TWICE the rate of their male-identifying coworkers. E&B break down why this relatively young industry has a seriously old-school gender problem.

The Problem With a Pinterest-Perfect Life

47:30 | Sep 22nd, 2017

What happens when we strive for social media perfection in lieu of IRL connection? E&B unpack the problems with the quest for online 'effortless chic' and how to flip the script.

Women and the Trades

51:46 | Sep 20th, 2017

Women are underrepresented in trades like autoworking, plumbing, and welding. E&B unpack what can be done to increase representation of women in these critical fields.

The Forgotten Black Women of Punk Rock

37:23 | Sep 15th, 2017

Punk rock is often thought of as a 'white thing' even though it’s always had roots in Black communities. Self-proclaimed riot girl, Bridget, walks us through her favorite artists and together explore the erasure of black women in punk.

Women & White Supremacy

1:11:32 | Sep 13th, 2017

The display of white supremacy and neo-Nazism in Charlottesville demands a conversation on women's roles in perpetuating systems of oppression. E&B break things down with the help of journalist Laura Smith and entrepreneur/activist Marissa Jenae John...Show More

Baby Powder is Killing Black Women

46:34 | Sep 8th, 2017

E&B look at the disturbing data around baby powder, Black women, and cancer.

What's Wrong with School Dress Codes?

47:17 | Sep 6th, 2017

Do school dress codes actually make students more effective? E&B break down the research.

The Women of the Labor Movement

48:44 | Sep 1st, 2017

Women are poised to make up the majority of union members by 2020. This Labor Day, E&B look back at the history of women in the US labor movement as well as women’s significance in labor’s future.

Negotiation No-No's

56:13 | Aug 30th, 2017

Negotiating a salary or promotion can be nerve-wracking. Here are all the mistakes we’ve made, so you don’t have to.

The Untold History of Women's Equality Day

35:29 | Aug 25th, 2017

Women's Equality is one of those bittersweet holidays. It marks the incredible effort that led to US women gaining the right to vote, while reminding us of another critical constitutional amendment that would have established true equality - but fail...Show More

What are HBCUs and why do they matter?

47:39 | Aug 18th, 2017

Historically black colleges and universities serve an important purpose in creating equal opportunity - and the majority of students on HBCU campuses identify as women. E&B unpack why this matters - especially for women of color.

Lisa Simpson: Springfield's Favorite Feminist

45:52 | Aug 16th, 2017

Lisa Simpson is the smart, musically talented, mathematically-inclined, anti-capitalist, vegetarian, feminist hero we need - today and every day.

Men Going Their Own Way

52:28 | Aug 11th, 2017

MGTOW is the curious philosophy behind a growing online community of men committed to 'protecting their own sovereignty above all else.' Their main tactic? Completely withdrawing from a 'feminized' society they feel left them behind.

Coming out at work

55:02 | Aug 9th, 2017

Should you come out as LGBTQ at work? It's not as simple as you might think.

Unpacking 'The Handmaid's Tale'

38:55 | Aug 4th, 2017

Margaret Atwood's best-selling dystopian novel has new life as a Hulu special that's hitting close to home. Bridget and Emilie unpack why this cinematic thriller feels like it's hitting so close to home.

The Misnomer of 'Manterruptions'

51:50 | Aug 2nd, 2017

The politics of interrupting are more complicated than most headlines suggest. Emilie shares an unpopular opinion, but Bridget's not necessarily convinced.

Mental Health in Black Communities

48:20 | Jul 28th, 2017

In Black communities especially, struggling with mental health issues is still taboo. And that’s a problem.

Work Fails

55:58 | Jul 26th, 2017

We all make mistakes - it's what makes us human! But what happens when you mess up at work?

V is for Veganism

56:39 | Jul 21st, 2017

Nearly half of vegetarians are men, but veganism is an overwhelmingly women-dominated lifestyle. E&B unpack the pros and cons of a plant-based life.

Oh, Miley

45:23 | Jul 19th, 2017

Miley Cyrus dropped hip hop like it’s hot, saying she no longer identifies with the genre. But this stylistic choice is far from simple, and indicative of a larger, troubling trend.

Women and ADHD

35:16 | Jul 14th, 2017

We think of ADHD as a disorder impacting boys - and that’s a problem. Bridget and Emilie unpack why.

B*tches Who Bike

45:47 | Jul 12th, 2017

In E&B's first live show, they chat with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's Executive Director, Rebecca Serna, about women bicyclists takin' it to the streets!

Nipple Nonsense

43:38 | Jul 7th, 2017

Did you know it was once considered scandalous for men to go topless? But they fought for and won that right nearly a century ago, while women's nipples still create an uproar. Bridget and Emilie explore why.

The Magnificent History of Women & Whiskey

34:44 | Jul 5th, 2017

Despite its uber-masculine connotation, it's women who are behind the renaissance of this delightful drink, and women who were instrumental to its American origin story.

Marriage v. Ambition

47:33 | Jun 30th, 2017

Does a woman’s career ambitions hurt her dating life? Do we down-play our ambitions to attract an opposite-sex partner? E&B break down the surprising science behind the ambition/marriage trade-off.

The Resistance Will Be Marketed

36:17 | Jun 23rd, 2017

From pussy hats to 'nevertheless, she persisted' swag, who profits off of the movement?

How Teen Vogue Got Woke

33:33 | Jun 21st, 2017

Teen Vogue has gone in a distinctly 'woke' editorial direction this past year. Emilie and Bridget unpack how this rad change in tone came to be - and how it’s been received.

Gals in the Gig Economy

39:42 | Jun 16th, 2017

The majority of workers in the 'gig economy' will soon be female. Does this leave us empowered - or exploited?

US Women's National Hockey Team and Equal Pay

33:44 | Jun 14th, 2017

E&B give an inside look at the National Women's Hockey League's fight for equal pay.

What Is Benevolent Sexism?

39:36 | Jun 9th, 2017

How do you deal with the kind of sexism that’s veiled in politeness?

Policing Women's Speech

41:37 | Jun 7th, 2017

People love giving women advice on how to speak at work. But is this advice always grounded in fact? E&B break it down.

'Auntie Maxine' Waters

31:52 | Jun 2nd, 2017

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters is having a millennial moment. How and why did she become a viral meme in the age of Trump? Bridget and Emilie break it down.

Women and Pyramid Schemes

42:04 | May 31st, 2017

Multi Level Marketing business ventures like LuLaRoe and ItWorks are getting more popular, especially with women. Can selling leggings on Facebook really be a good way to make money or is it all a scam?

The New War on Women's Health

57:10 | May 26th, 2017

The new administration has ushered in a whole new slew of attacks on women’s health - both at home and abroad. Here’s what you need to know.

Is My Hair a Feminist Statement?

1:02:45 | May 24th, 2017

Short or long? Natural or relaxed? To dye or not to dye? In this episode, Emilie and Bridget ask: is my hairstyle a reflection of my feminism?

The Mommy Tax

40:59 | May 19th, 2017

Having a child currently comes with a hefty price tag - including reducing overall earnings for the average woman. But did you know it comes with a pay raise for most men?

Can We Be Friends?

41:59 | May 17th, 2017

Why does making friends as a grown woman feel so dang...awkward? Also, hey from your new SMNTY co-hosts, Emilie and Bridget! Can we, like, hang?

Classic Episode: Single Moms, Then and Now

47:40 | May 10th, 2017

Raising a family can be challenging, especially as a single parent. In time for Mother's Day, Cristen and Caroline celebrate single moms and debunk the longstanding historical stigma against them.

Classic Episode: Is catcalling harassment?

49:55 | May 8th, 2017

Why do some men yell at women on the street? Cristen and Caroline discuss why catcalling happens and women's century-long fight against street harassment.

Classic Episode: The Vegetarian Gender

45:40 | May 3rd, 2017

Why are women likelier to be vegetarian and vegan? Cristen and Caroline cook up a podcast feast of facts about the history of vegetarianism and what gender has to do with foregoing meat.

Classic Episode: Women of a Certain Age

37:15 | May 1st, 2017

Are certain societal hangups about women of a certain age timeless? Cristen and Caroline take a look at why many women describe aging as a process of gradually becoming invisible.

Classic Episode: The Breast Cancer Gene

29:22 | Apr 26th, 2017

After Angelina Jolie announced her preventive mastectomy, more women requested breast cancer gene testing. Caroline and Cristen explore the science, statistics and Supreme Court ruling regarding the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

Classic Episode: Latina Feminism 101

33:20 | Apr 24th, 2017

Caroline and Cristen first discuss influential Latinas in America. They then explore the history of Chicana feminism and its past and present frustrations with white, Eurocentric feminism.

Classic Episode: Does rape culture exist?

40:42 | Apr 19th, 2017

In part two of our two-part series on rape and sexual assault, Cristen and Caroline examine the concept of rape culture and the sobering statistics of sexual assault in the United States today.

Classic Episode: A Brief History of Rape

45:05 | Apr 17th, 2017

In part one of a two-part series examining rape and sexual assault, Cristen and Caroline look at the legal evolution of the crime of rape and how civil rights and women's rights reformers fought to eradicate longstanding patterns of victim-blaming.

Classic Episode: Lady Stoners

57:28 | Apr 10th, 2017

Pop culture stereotypes marijuana users as lovable, underachieving stoner guys, but what about weed-loving women? Cristen and Caroline discuss the past and present of women's relationship with weed and intersections of gender and the pot industry.

Classic Episode: Women in Punk Rock

36:45 | Apr 5th, 2017

Who were the leading ladies of the 1970s punk scene? What are the punk origins of the riot grrrl movement? Does riot grrrl still exist today? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the relationship between riot grrrls, punk rock and gender in musi...Show More

Classic Episode: Beyonce's Feminism

47:29 | Apr 3rd, 2017

The release of Beyonce's secret 'visual album' in December 2013 was hailed as her feminist manifesto, setting off an internet-wide discussion about the mega-star's public image versus her personal politics. Cristen and Caroline weigh in on the pop cu...Show More

Classic Episode: How Estrogen Works

29:20 | Mar 29th, 2017

Estrogen comes up ALL the time in the podcast, so what's the science behind the hormone? Does estrogen really turn women into emotional chocolate-eaters? Listen in to learn more about estrogen's myriad health benefits.

Classic Episode: The Revenge Porn Wars

45:44 | Mar 27th, 2017

Sometimes termed 'cyber rape,' revenge porn refers to sexually explicit images and videos nonconsensually shared on the internet. Cristen and Caroline chart the horrifying rise of revenge porn, why it happens, how it affects the victims and how the d...Show More

Classic Episode: What's the difference between gender and sex?

29:22 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Three of the most defining attribute people have are their gender, sex and sexual orientation. Cristen and Caroline offer an easy-to-understand guide to what each of those terms mean and how all of them encompass far more than a his/her, male/female,...Show More

Classic Episode: Trailblazing Lesbians You Should Know

28:21 | Mar 20th, 2017

Guess what? Awesome, history-making lesbians aren’t limited to Ellen and Rachel Maddow. This episode covers famous lesbians you might not know about, but should and also asks if it's harder to be openly gay and female in the professional and public s...Show More

Classic Episode: A Revisionist History of Abortion, Part 2

50:26 | Mar 15th, 2017

Raised during the Progressive Era crusade against abortion, Margaret Sanger devoted her life to making birth control and familiy planning accessible to women from all walks of life. In this second installment of the two-part cultural and legal histor...Show More

Classic Episode: A Revisionist History of Abortion, Part 1

44:52 | Mar 13th, 2017

In colonial America, early-term abortion was a way of life for many women. But by 1900, it had become criminalized across the country -- but not for reasons you'd expect. In this two-part cultural and legal history of abortion, Cristen and Caroline t...Show More

Classic Episode: The Secret History of International Women's Day

46:06 | Mar 8th, 2017

International Women's Day, celebrated every March 8, is a holiday inspired by factory women going on strike for better wages and working conditions. Cristen and Caroline explore why the (sometimes fake) history of the commemorative day is central to ...Show More

Classic Episode: Were mediums the first feminists?

31:02 | Mar 6th, 2017

What are mediums, and what did they have to do with the early suffragists? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the role of women in the spiritualist movement and divine its connections to feminism in this episode.

Classic Episode: Women in Science: They Exist!

27:12 | Mar 1st, 2017

Why don't more women pursue science careers? Join Caroline and Cristen as they look at 4 female scientists you've probably never heard of, including Rita Levi-Montalcini and more.

Classic Episode: Living Dolls: A History of Fashion Modeling

51:09 | Feb 27th, 2017

When did models begin strutting down the catwalk? Cristen and Caroline size up the history of modeling and how it's influenced beauty culture at large.

Classic Episode: Social Justice Warriors

55:53 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Can social media change the world? So-called social justice warriors, slactivists and hashtag activists think so. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline dissect social media activism and its backlash and ponder the perils of political correctness.

Classic Episode: Transgender 101

33:54 | Feb 20th, 2017

What does 'transgender' mean? Is it the same as gender identity disorder? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the history of sexology, sex change operations and transgender identity, as well as why trans people are fighting for their civil righ...Show More

Classic Episode: A Controversial Woman

40:31 | Feb 15th, 2017

Who really was Susan B. Anthony, figurehead of American women's suffrage? In celebration of her birthday, Cristen and Caroline explore Anthony's fascinating biography and the less well-known, controversial aspects of her singleminded crusade for the ...Show More

Classic Episode: Hey, Ladies!

37:05 | Feb 13th, 2017

The word 'lady' has undergone a reclamation of sorts in recent years, but it still carries a lot of baggage, thanks to its gender-loaded etymology. Cristen and Caroline get down to the history, use and varying meanings of what it means to be a 'lady'...Show More

Classic Episode: The Body Shaming Epidemic

45:33 | Feb 8th, 2017

Weight bias, also known as fat-shaming, has serious real-world impacts on overweight and obese women. Now, thin women are making their voices heard about so-called 'skinny shaming' as well. Cristen and Caroline discuss the harmful spectrum of body sh...Show More

Classic Episode: Crazy Women

39:36 | Feb 6th, 2017

Why are women so commonly written off as 'crazy'? Caroline and Cristen dig into the 'crazy women' verbal tick and how it undermines people actually dealing with mental illness.

Classic Episode: A Skeptic's Guide to Women & Islam

43:55 | Feb 1st, 2017

Cristen interviews skeptic blogger and Muslim-turned-atheist Heina Dadabhoy about women and Islam. Is Islam inherently patriarchal? What is Islamic feminism? Listen in to learn more.

Classic Episode: 6 Black Feminist Pioneers You Should Know

33:02 | Jan 30th, 2017

Does feminism have a race problem? How have black women shaped abolition, civil rights and women’s rights? Join Cristen and Caroline as they recount the work of Maria Stewart, Daisy Bates, Flo Kennedy, bell hooks, Audre Lorde and Alice Walker.

Classic Episode: Are female politicians better for women?

36:48 | Jan 27th, 2017

As Margaret Thatcher's legacy demonstrates, female politicians don't always support women's issues, feminism or other women in leadership. Caroline and Cristen discuss the effectiveness of female politicians, surrogate representation and more.

Classic Episode: Does birth control affect future fertility?

25:33 | Jan 25th, 2017

Do oral contraceptives make it harder to get pregnant down the road? Do IUDs increase pregnancy risks? Does abortion endanger long-term fertility? Tune in for the answers to these questions (and more) in this episode.

The Good In Goodbye

45:25 | Dec 28th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline bid a fond farewell to Stuff Mom Never Told You with a hopeful eye toward future independent feminist media.

Do Women's Marches Matter?

1:14:22 | Dec 26th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline explore the history of women's marches, the whitewashing of activist history and what it takes to maintain a movement's momentum.

Man Haters

54:24 | Dec 21st, 2016

Cristen and Caroline unpack the etymological root of misandry and the chilling effect of crying man hater.


1:04:26 | Dec 19th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline explain long-acting reversible contraception (IUDs and implants) and how stigma and sterilization fears have slowed their spread.

Maternal Mental Health

1:13:12 | Dec 14th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline explain antenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression, where the gaps are in treatment and how culture factors into care.

The Politics of Adoption

1:11:30 | Dec 12th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline decode the underlying messages of how we perceive orphaned children, adoption stereotypes and the meaning of family.

Retail Hell

1:04:57 | Dec 7th, 2016

Retail is America's largest employment sector that often treats its low-wage workforce worse than an H&M sales rack. Cristen and Caroline explain why.

The Cost of Fast Fashion

1:02:12 | Dec 5th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline stitch together fast fashion's implications not only for the environment, but for women's and children's rights around the globe.

Bury Your Gays

53:14 | Nov 30th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline unpack the Bury Your Gays trope, how it affects offscreen culture and whether the Lexa Pledge will make a difference.

Weather Girls

1:05:25 | Nov 28th, 2016

Why does the forecast for women broadcast meteorologists often call for sexism? Cristen and Caroline track the origin of the Weather Girl stereotype.

Thank a Social Worker

48:44 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Cristen and Caroline trace social work's intersectional origins, celebrate unsung black social workers and examine the prevalent issue of burnout.

Charitable Burnout

1:03:59 | Nov 21st, 2016

Cristen and Caroline donate an episode to nonprofit's not-so-generous gender dynamics and burnout-prone working conditions.


1:03:24 | Nov 16th, 2016

Mansplaining is patronizing overconfidence with a penis attached. Cristen and Caroline womansplain its origin, meaning and why anyone can do it.

Boy Geniuses

59:12 | Nov 14th, 2016

Is genius a guy thing? Cristen and Caroline unpack creative misogyny and why scientists today are rethinking what brilliance looks like.

Election Hangover

39:18 | Nov 9th, 2016

The day after the 2016 election, Cristen and Caroline what it all means, what's left to celebrate and why nasty women must keep fighting.

Madam Presidents

1:09:20 | Nov 7th, 2016

With history as their guide, Cristen and Caroline forecast how a gender revolution in the Oval Office will affect long-term equality at large.

Buffy the Feminist Vampire Slayer

1:16:10 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Cristen, Caroline and HowStuffWorks galpal Lauren Vogelbaum dive into the Hellmouth of Sunnydale to assess how Buffy slayed the patriarchy.


1:13:05 | Oct 31st, 2016

Cristen and Caroline mine pop culture for what villainesses like the Wicked Witch, Ursula and Maleficent can tell us about views of real-world women.

Oprah Wasn't Built In a Day

1:13:37 | Oct 26th, 2016

Oprah Winfrey is a phenomenal example of why if at first you don't succeed, it's important to try again. But that's easier said than done for girls.

Mothers of Invention

59:13 | Oct 24th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline discover the American history of women inventors and why the patent gender gap has been so challenging to close.

Fighting Shirley Chisholm

1:00:31 | Oct 19th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline detail the life and legacy of 'Fighting' Shirley Chisholm, the Brooklyn educator and presidential candidate ahead of her time.

The Ghost of Phyllis Schlafly

1:24:06 | Oct 17th, 2016

How did Phyllis Schlafly disrupt second-wave feminism and the Republican Party? Cristen and Caroline uncover this conservative icon's unlikely rise.


1:28:19 | Oct 12th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline look at the history of using feminism to sell products to women and whether advertisers' intentions matter.

Why Yogurt Loves Women

1:09:09 | Oct 10th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline get to the bottom of why yogurt is one of the most gendered foods in grocery stores.

Uber Privilege

1:09:08 | Oct 6th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline take a look at sharing economy privilege and why collaborative consumption leaves out the people who most need its services.

Sex Objects in the Sky

1:17:51 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Cristen and Caroline discuss the original stewardesses, how sex sold airline tickets and flight attendants' fight for professional recognition.

The Menstrual Cups Revival

1:05:45 | Sep 28th, 2016

Menstrual cups have been around as long as tampons, so why are our periods just now getting to know them?

Period Tracker Apps

1:02:27 | Sep 26th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline explore period-tracking apps' effectiveness and dig into one developer's claim that infertility is just an 'information problem.'

Pantsuit Power Dressing

1:12:16 | Sep 21st, 2016

Cristen and Caroline trace the history of the power suit and ask why such a seemingly simple fashion has the power to embolden and enrage.

Feminist Fight Club

50:11 | Sep 19th, 2016

Author Jessica Bennett inducts listeners into the Feminist Fight Club, her new (wo)manual for battling a sexist workplace.

Lunch Ladies

1:08:57 | Sep 14th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline trace the history of lunch ladies as part of the nutrition, labor and Civil Rights movements.

Justice for Janitors

1:06:28 | Sep 12th, 2016

Justice for Janitors is a podcast from Stuff Mom Never Told You about the men and women earning a living through custodial services.

Welfare Queens

1:10:47 | Sep 7th, 2016

Ronald Reagan made 'welfare queens' a household epithet during his unsuccessful 1976 presidential campaign. Considering the 20th anniversary of so-called welfare reform, Cristen and Caroline examine the deeper origins and implications of the racist, ...Show More

Women's War with Heroin

1:05:13 | Sep 5th, 2016

Cristen and Caroline trace why heroin is more popular among suburban, white women than ever before.

Mad Women, Part 2

1:00:47 | Aug 31st, 2016

Cristen and Caroline spotlight the discrimination and harassment that complicates the ad industry's relationship with women and people of color.