Tune in to Stuff Mom Never Told You to hear Bridget Todd and Anney Reese keep it real with a research-driven rundown of the ever-evolving challenges facing women today and throughout history, paired with smart, strategic solutions to further women’s lives, careers, and activism. New episodes come out every Wednesday and Friday.
Anney and Bridget revisit this classic episode to discuss the heartbreaking story of a 16 year-old victim of sex trafficking.
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 her recent popularity among young women.
Whether in print or on television, true crime draws its largest audience from women. We investigate why in this classic episode.
Dec 1st • 35:20
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.
Nov 30th • 1:06:26
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.
Nov 28th • 1:04:39
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.
Nov 24th • 1:06:08
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.
Nov 23rd • 35:23
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 holiday stress management.
Nov 21st • 33:28
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 American women to cook a special turkey dinner every November.
Nov 17th • 48:00
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 anthropology of pie as well as its many gendered layers.
Nov 16th • 48:59
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.
Nov 15th • 1:51
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 about relationships and about friendship between four women in New York City. Now, award-winning author James Andrew Miller is ready to take us back in time and reveal the show’s humble, yet bold beginnings in Chapter 5 of his popular podcast, Origins with James Andrew Miller. Origins Chapter 5, Sex and the City, is available now wherever you listen to podcasts.
Nov 14th • 45:17
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 entrepreneurial spirit.
Nov 10th • 23:00
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 men struggle with acne, how birth control affects and additional treatment options.
Nov 9th • 45:58
Guest co-host Tari Harrison drops in to give her tips for making friends with loneliness.
Nov 7th • 58:20
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.
Nov 3rd • 47:11
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.
Nov 2nd • 1:09:41
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.
Oct 31st • 34:32
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.
Oct 29th • 0:53
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 broadcasts the findings on her true crime podcast. But as she gets closer to the truth, the killings, each based on murder scenes from classic literature, begin all over again...with her as the final target.
Oct 27th • 37:47
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.
Oct 26th • 1:00:52
Anney and guest co-host Allison Loudermilk swap personal running stories and talk about the feminism of running.
Oct 24th • 27:29
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?
Oct 20th • 46:27
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.
Oct 20th • 1:13:27
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.
Oct 17th • 40:31
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.
Oct 13th • 46:17
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.
Oct 13th • 1:12:32
Guest co-host Julie Douglas stops by to talk about her role as mother, and as destroyer.
Oct 10th • 1:06:34
Taylor Swift recently made the news by breaking her silence around politics. We look back at Taylor Swift's feminism in this classic episode.
Oct 6th • 26:04
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.
Oct 5th • 52:15
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.
Oct 3rd • 39:59
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.
Sep 29th • 35:47
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.
Sep 26th • 44:18
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.
Sep 22nd • 1:01:06
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.
Sep 21st • 38:45
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.
Sep 19th • 42:20
The Yoko Effect strikes again.
Sep 15th • 59:26
Recently, Louis C.K. made a surprise appearance at the Comedy Cellar. A & B revisit his predatory behavior.
Sep 15th • 49:49
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.
Sep 12th • 39:34
A & B take a look at the changing laws around pill induced abortion.
Sep 9th • 30:47
A & B revisit this episode to educate themselves about the difference between Miss, Ms., and Mrs.
Sep 7th • 43:49
Who is Trump's SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh? A&B try to find out.
Sep 6th • 1:10:04
A & B are joined by author Jo Piazza to talk about her new book and the challenges faced by women running for office.
Sep 3rd • 3:58
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 Podcasts.
Sep 1st • 56:22
A & B revisit a classic SMNTY episode by Cristen and Caroline about solo travel.
Aug 31st • 47:27
A&B pay R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the Queen of Soul.
Aug 29th • 53:22
A & B talk about complex PTSD and mental health during the age of #MeToo.
Aug 26th • 53:22
A & B revisit the age-old question in this classic episode: Is Catcalling Harassment? Spoiler Alert: Yes.
Aug 24th • 33:31
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.
Aug 22nd • 45:31
Feminist professor Avital Ronell has been accused of sexual harassment. Here's what it means.
Aug 18th • 1:14:46
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.
Aug 17th • 51:56
A&B break down France's new law.
Aug 15th • 52:51
Research shows women are having bad sex. Here's what it means.
Aug 11th • 52:11
A&B revisit this episode on Beyonce in light of her Vogue cover.
Aug 10th • 59:31
More and more women are traveling solo. Here's why.
Aug 8th • 39:25
A&B dive into the history (and tension) around changing your surname.
Aug 4th • 46:11
Anney is gearing up for DragonCon, so we're revisiting our favorite episode on ladies who cosplay.
Aug 3rd • 48:52
Were you raised by a narcissist? Here's how to spot a narcissist, even if it's your own parent.
Aug 1st • 29:05
Female journalists in India are putting up with harassment, slut-shaming and worse.
Jul 29th • 40:45
Some big changes are coming to the pageant world. A&B revisit what it means.
Jul 27th • 26:24
She's only the second world leader to give birth in office. Here's what it means.
Jul 25th • 47:10
Everyone can be sexually harassed. We need to talk about the experience for men.
Jul 21st • 47:16
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 games and gaming culture treat women.
Jul 20th • 34:15
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’s what you need to know.
Jul 18th • 1:02:46
B can't get enough Anna Delvey. A&B break down our fascination with scammers.
Jul 14th • 46:11
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 making their way in the industry and the challenges -- and sometimes death threats -- they face.
Jul 13th • 1:00:20
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.
Jul 11th • 39:20
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.
Jul 9th • 5:34
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, still want to wake up next to one another in the morning.
After a disatrous search for a dress with pockets, Anney wanted to revisit this classic. E&B break down the quest for pocket equality.
Jul 7th • 1:08:34
What is emotional labor? If you're a woman you're probably doing it already.
Jul 4th • 43:04
Louis CK. Harvey Weinstein. Why do men non consensually expose themselves?
Jun 30th • 51:21
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.
Jun 29th • 37:44
Thousands of kids have been taken from their parents at our borders and the administration is lying about it.
Jun 28th • 52:25
A & B break down pansexuality and discuss pansexual representation in media and fan fiction.
Jun 23rd • 44:49
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.
Jun 22nd • 29:27
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.
Jun 21st • 45:06
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.
Jun 16th • 1:03:04
A & B discuss some updates on #MeToo, and take a look back at how it started in this classic episode.
Jun 13th • 34:31
Young Irish emigrants went #HomeToVote to overturn the country's ban on abortion.
Jun 9th • 50:46
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.
Jun 8th • 51:17
Here's how you can recognize it.
Anney and Bridget get real about painful sex and why the medical community is so bad at listening to women.
Jun 2nd • 37:15
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.
Jun 2nd • 1:02:02
A&B are joined by Jo Piazza to discuss the ins and outs of "I do."
May 31st • 1:02:04
Glamorizing food issues isn't cute.
May 26th • 46:29
It's prom season! Anney and B unpack the history of prom.
May 24th • 44:13
911 isn't your personal complaint hotline.
May 19th • 40:07
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 faves.
May 19th • 56:17
Stalking is not romantic.
May 17th • 1:02:42
Anney and B are joined by Bitch Magazine cofounder Andi Zeisler to talk about the story behind the feminist staple.
May 11th • 1:08:29
How activist and content creator Annie Segarra is trying to destigmatize disability.
May 10th • 57:33
A topless photoshoot is raising new questions about the treatment of cheerleaders.
May 5th • 57:30
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.
May 3rd • 51:31
Irin Carmon, coauthor of Notorious RBG, joins Anney and Bridget to talk about how the Supreme Court justice became so notorious .
Apr 28th • 1:02:29
LGBTQ representations on screen can be sooo awful. Cameron Esposito is trying to change that.
Apr 26th • 51:35
There aren't that many female action figures. Anney and B break down why that matters
Apr 21st • 35:13
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.
Apr 19th • 1:05:34
...and how to fight back.
Apr 14th • 37:50
Ever notice a lot of horror movies end with one girl standing? Anney & B explore why that is.
Apr 11th • 29:33
Anney & B recall their feminist journeys and their embrace of being a "bad feminist."
Apr 6th • 45:38
B grabs drinks with new SMMTY co-host Anney and correspondent Yves.
Apr 5th • 46:39
Women deal with loss differently. B talks to Molly Rosen Guy about the loss of her father and how she's dealing with grief.
Mar 30th • 29:50
Men get more obituaries than women. The New York Times' Jessica Bennett is trying to fix that.
Mar 29th • 28:26
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.
Mar 27th • 34:55
B revisits our ep on gun violence to give an update on the March on Our Lives.
Mar 23rd • 43:45
B shares a few laughs funny lady Jenny Yang and talks through how to make comedy more inclusive.
Mar 22nd • 33:05
A behind the scenes look at the escorts at the front lines of the War on Women's Health
Mar 16th • 1:07:25
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.
Mar 15th • 26:49
... And how you can help.
Mar 10th • 33:38
B is joined by Still Processing's Jenna Wortham to talk through the women in the hit film Black Panther.
Mar 7th • 1:07:25
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.
Mar 2nd • 24:04
On E's' last official SMNTY episode, we look back on what a wild ride it's been.
Feb 28th • 33:33
Our very own White House is being used.
Feb 24th • 42:37
Mom bloggers say the internet has changed. Here’s why.
Feb 22nd • 28:51
Like many mass shooters, the Parkland shooter had a history of troubling behavior against women. We need to talk about it.
Feb 17th • 36:10
We’re cheering on team USA - and especially this extraordinary boundary-breaking women of color.
Feb 15th • 35:11
Larry Nassar was convicted for decades of serial sexual abuse. Here's what his crimes tell us about how society sees women and girls
Feb 9th • 25:26
Black History Month is the perfect time to remember that women's contributions often go unnoticed.
Feb 7th • 46:13
Horoscopes have been labeled “millennial spirituality” and are taking over the internet. What gives?!
Feb 3rd • 49:51
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.
Jan 31st • 30:56
Skincare became many feminist’s new form of self-care in 2017. But can we detoxify our way past the patriarchy?
Jan 26th • 53:08
After her inspiring Golden Globes speech, E&B break down the case for and against President Oprah
Jan 24th • 36:18
Bridget and Emilie sit down with former SMNTY hosts, Cristen & Caroline to hear how they’re embracing being ‘Unladylike’ and how you can, too.
Jan 20th • 51:46
What allegations against comedian Aziz Ansari means for #MeToo.
Jan 17th • 37:06
We’re nearly one year into the Trump Presidency and it looks like more women are running for office than ever.
Jan 12th • 54:04
Many people give up drinking in January. Here’s what boozing means for women and feminism.
Jan 10th • 42:12
The saga of Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan is more complicated than you might remember.
Jan 6th • 40:07
n the wake of #MeToo, hundreds of Hollywood A-listers are fighting back against sexual misconduct.
Jan 4th • 49:35
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.
Dec 29th, 2017 • 37:59
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.
Dec 27th, 2017 • 50:32
E&B break down why the made-for-social-media “gender reveal party” trend is...complicated.
Dec 22nd, 2017 • 54:07
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.
Dec 20th, 2017 • 42:30
Reality TV is a harmless guilty pleasure...or is it?
Dec 15th, 2017 • 48:00
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.
Dec 13th, 2017 • 43:25
E&B discuss the heartbreaking story of a 16 year-old victim of sex trafficking
Dec 9th, 2017 • 1:02:52
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.
Dec 7th, 2017 • 52:52
A brief history of the war on pubes.
Dec 1st, 2017 • 50:01
Why everyone loves 'the Misery Chick'
Nov 29th, 2017 • 50:25
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.juliaccarpenter.com/.
Nov 24th, 2017 • 59:33
Walmart owns popular feminist retailer ModCloth. This Black Friday, we unpack why they might not want consumers to know that.
Nov 22nd, 2017 • 1:03:39
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.
Nov 15th, 2017 • 34:13
E&B break down the quest for pocket equality.
Nov 10th, 2017 • 49:04
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.
Nov 8th, 2017 • 1:03:34
Bridget and Emilie are joined by Refinery29's Elisa Kreisinger to talk through Taylor Swift's talent, influence, and feminism.
Nov 3rd, 2017 • 51:11
The origins of the viral anti sexual harassment campaign
Nov 1st, 2017 • 34:31
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.
Oct 27th, 2017 • 38:16
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.
Oct 25th, 2017 • 30:29
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.
Oct 20th, 2017 • 49:21
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.
Oct 18th, 2017 • 47:28
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.'
Oct 13th, 2017 • 46:55
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.
Oct 11th, 2017 • 43:07
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.
Oct 6th, 2017 • 36:39
How should we be treating imprisoned pregnant women? Perhaps we could start by not shackling them to the hospital bed during labor.
Oct 4th, 2017 • 41:22
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.
Sep 29th, 2017 • 51:14
E&B continue the conversation on why the tech world can be so hostile towards women - and what's being done about it.
Sep 27th, 2017 • 53:19
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.
Sep 22nd, 2017 • 47:30
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.
Sep 20th, 2017 • 51:46
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.
Sep 15th, 2017 • 37:23
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.
Sep 13th, 2017 • 1:11:32
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 Johnson.
Sep 8th, 2017 • 46:34
E&B look at the disturbing data around baby powder, Black women, and cancer.
Sep 6th, 2017 • 47:17
Do school dress codes actually make students more effective? E&B break down the research.
Sep 1st, 2017 • 48:44
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.
Aug 30th, 2017 • 56:13
Negotiating a salary or promotion can be nerve-wracking. Here are all the mistakes we’ve made, so you don’t have to.
Aug 25th, 2017 • 35:29
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 failed.
Aug 18th, 2017 • 47:39
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.
Aug 16th, 2017 • 45:52
Lisa Simpson is the smart, musically talented, mathematically-inclined, anti-capitalist, vegetarian, feminist hero we need - today and every day.
Aug 11th, 2017 • 52:28
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.
Aug 9th, 2017 • 55:02
Should you come out as LGBTQ at work? It's not as simple as you might think.
Aug 4th, 2017 • 38:55
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.
Aug 2nd, 2017 • 51:50
The politics of interrupting are more complicated than most headlines suggest. Emilie shares an unpopular opinion, but Bridget's not necessarily convinced.
Jul 28th, 2017 • 48:20
In Black communities especially, struggling with mental health issues is still taboo. And that’s a problem.
Jul 26th, 2017 • 55:58
We all make mistakes - it's what makes us human! But what happens when you mess up at work?
Jul 21st, 2017 • 56:39
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.
Jul 19th, 2017 • 45:23
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.
Jul 14th, 2017 • 35:16
We think of ADHD as a disorder impacting boys - and that’s a problem. Bridget and Emilie unpack why.
Jul 12th, 2017 • 45:47
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!
Jul 7th, 2017 • 43:38
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.
Jul 5th, 2017 • 34:44
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.
Jun 30th, 2017 • 47:33
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.
Jun 23rd, 2017 • 36:17
From pussy hats to 'nevertheless, she persisted' swag, who profits off of the movement?
Jun 21st, 2017 • 33:33
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.
Jun 16th, 2017 • 39:42
The majority of workers in the 'gig economy' will soon be female. Does this leave us empowered - or exploited?
Jun 14th, 2017 • 33:44
E&B give an inside look at the National Women's Hockey League's fight for equal pay.
Jun 9th, 2017 • 39:36
How do you deal with the kind of sexism that’s veiled in politeness?
Jun 7th, 2017 • 41:37
People love giving women advice on how to speak at work. But is this advice always grounded in fact? E&B break it down.
Jun 2nd, 2017 • 31:52
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.
May 31st, 2017 • 42:04
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?
May 26th, 2017 • 57:10
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.
May 24th, 2017 • 1:02:45
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?
May 19th, 2017 • 40:59
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?
May 17th, 2017 • 41:59
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?
May 10th, 2017 • 47:40
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.
May 8th, 2017 • 49:55
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.
May 3rd, 2017 • 45:40
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.
May 1st, 2017 • 37:15
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.
Apr 26th, 2017 • 29:22
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.
Apr 24th, 2017 • 33:20
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.
Apr 19th, 2017 • 40:42
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.
Apr 17th, 2017 • 45:05
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.
Apr 10th, 2017 • 57:28
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.
Apr 5th, 2017 • 36:45
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 music.
Apr 3rd, 2017 • 47:29
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 cultural significance of Beyonce's feminism.
Mar 29th, 2017 • 29:20
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.
Mar 27th, 2017 • 45:44
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 digital laws are evolving to criminalize it.
Mar 22nd, 2017 • 29:22
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, man/woman binary.
Mar 20th, 2017 • 28:21
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 spheres.
Mar 15th, 2017 • 50:26
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 history of abortion, Cristen and Caroline highlight Sanger's legacy and eugenics controversy and how the development of Planned Parenthood coincided with midcentury women's fight to access abortion by whatever means necessary.
Mar 13th, 2017 • 44:52
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 time travel from ancient Greek herbal remedies to induce miscarriage to 19th-century abortionist Madame Restell at the center of America's first major abortion debate.
Mar 8th, 2017 • 46:06
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 working-class issues within feminism then and now.
Mar 6th, 2017 • 31:02
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.
Mar 1st, 2017 • 27:12
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.
Feb 27th, 2017 • 51:09
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.
Feb 22nd, 2017 • 55:53
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.
Feb 20th, 2017 • 33:54
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 rights.
Feb 15th, 2017 • 40:31
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 women's vote.
Feb 13th, 2017 • 37:05
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' today.
Feb 8th, 2017 • 45:33
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 shaming and what women can do to stop it.
Feb 6th, 2017 • 39:36
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.
Feb 1st, 2017 • 43:55
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.
Jan 30th, 2017 • 33:02
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.
Jan 27th, 2017 • 36:48
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.
Jan 25th, 2017 • 25:33
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.
Dec 28th, 2016 • 45:25
Cristen and Caroline bid a fond farewell to Stuff Mom Never Told You with a hopeful eye toward future independent feminist media.
Dec 26th, 2016 • 1:14:22
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.
Dec 21st, 2016 • 54:24
Cristen and Caroline unpack the etymological root of misandry and the chilling effect of crying man hater.
Dec 19th, 2016 • 1:04:26
Cristen and Caroline explain long-acting reversible contraception (IUDs and implants) and how stigma and sterilization fears have slowed their spread.
Dec 14th, 2016 • 1:13:12
Cristen and Caroline explain antenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression, where the gaps are in treatment and how culture factors into care.
Dec 12th, 2016 • 1:11:30
Cristen and Caroline decode the underlying messages of how we perceive orphaned children, adoption stereotypes and the meaning of family.
Dec 7th, 2016 • 1:04:57
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.
Dec 5th, 2016 • 1:02:12
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.
Nov 30th, 2016 • 53:14
Cristen and Caroline unpack the Bury Your Gays trope, how it affects offscreen culture and whether the Lexa Pledge will make a difference.
Nov 28th, 2016 • 1:05:25
Why does the forecast for women broadcast meteorologists often call for sexism? Cristen and Caroline track the origin of the Weather Girl stereotype.
Nov 23rd, 2016 • 48:44
Cristen and Caroline trace social work's intersectional origins, celebrate unsung black social workers and examine the prevalent issue of burnout.
Nov 21st, 2016 • 1:03:59
Cristen and Caroline donate an episode to nonprofit's not-so-generous gender dynamics and burnout-prone working conditions.
Nov 16th, 2016 • 1:03:24
Mansplaining is patronizing overconfidence with a penis attached. Cristen and Caroline womansplain its origin, meaning and why anyone can do it.
Nov 14th, 2016 • 59:12
Is genius a guy thing? Cristen and Caroline unpack creative misogyny and why scientists today are rethinking what brilliance looks like.
Nov 9th, 2016 • 39:18
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.
Nov 7th, 2016 • 1:09:20
With history as their guide, Cristen and Caroline forecast how a gender revolution in the Oval Office will affect long-term equality at large.
Nov 2nd, 2016 • 1:16:10
Cristen, Caroline and HowStuffWorks galpal Lauren Vogelbaum dive into the Hellmouth of Sunnydale to assess how Buffy slayed the patriarchy.
Oct 31st, 2016 • 1:13:05
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.
Oct 26th, 2016 • 1:13:37
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.
Oct 24th, 2016 • 59:13
Cristen and Caroline discover the American history of women inventors and why the patent gender gap has been so challenging to close.
Oct 19th, 2016 • 1:00:31
Cristen and Caroline detail the life and legacy of 'Fighting' Shirley Chisholm, the Brooklyn educator and presidential candidate ahead of her time.
Oct 17th, 2016 • 1:24:06
How did Phyllis Schlafly disrupt second-wave feminism and the Republican Party? Cristen and Caroline uncover this conservative icon's unlikely rise.
Oct 12th, 2016 • 1:28:19
Cristen and Caroline look at the history of using feminism to sell products to women and whether advertisers' intentions matter.
Oct 10th, 2016 • 1:09:09
Cristen and Caroline get to the bottom of why yogurt is one of the most gendered foods in grocery stores.
Oct 6th, 2016 • 1:09:08
Cristen and Caroline take a look at sharing economy privilege and why collaborative consumption leaves out the people who most need its services.
Oct 3rd, 2016 • 1:17:51
Cristen and Caroline discuss the original stewardesses, how sex sold airline tickets and flight attendants' fight for professional recognition.
Sep 28th, 2016 • 1:05:45
Menstrual cups have been around as long as tampons, so why are our periods just now getting to know them?
Sep 26th, 2016 • 1:02:27
Cristen and Caroline explore period-tracking apps' effectiveness and dig into one developer's claim that infertility is just an 'information problem.'
Sep 21st, 2016 • 1:12:16
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.
Sep 19th, 2016 • 50:11
Author Jessica Bennett inducts listeners into the Feminist Fight Club, her new (wo)manual for battling a sexist workplace.
Sep 14th, 2016 • 1:08:57
Cristen and Caroline trace the history of lunch ladies as part of the nutrition, labor and Civil Rights movements.
Sep 12th, 2016 • 1:06:28
Justice for Janitors is a podcast from Stuff Mom Never Told You about the men and women earning a living through custodial services.
Sep 7th, 2016 • 1:10:47
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, classist welfare queen stereotype as well as the surprising history of how welfare was originally for white ladies.
Sep 5th, 2016 • 1:05:13
Cristen and Caroline trace why heroin is more popular among suburban, white women than ever before.
Aug 31st, 2016 • 1:00:47
Cristen and Caroline spotlight the discrimination and harassment that complicates the ad industry's relationship with women and people of color.
Aug 29th, 2016 • 1:00:07
In the early advertising industry, career-minded white women were copywriters, department heads and even agency owners. But their very mission of selling products to women helped erect the industry's glass ceiling. Cristen and Caroline talk trailblazers, monetizing femininity and the whiteness of early ad industry in part one of Mad Women.
Aug 24th, 2016 • 1:04:56
The associations between unicorns and all things feminine is nothing new, but where did it come from? Cristen and Caroline dive into unicorns' history as goddesses' pets, symbols for Christ and the stars of Lisa Frank trapper keepers.
Aug 22nd, 2016 • 1:03:21
Lisa Frank is a real person, and she has a stable of sad unicorns and wilted rainbows hidden away in her closet. Cristen and Caroline explore Lisa Frank's rise to girlhood fame and descent into corporate chaos.
Aug 17th, 2016 • 1:05:09
Studies have found that breasts have a significant impact of if and how girls and women exercise. Cristen and Caroline work out how breast variety, bounce embarrassment and sports bra technology impact female fitness.
Aug 15th, 2016 • 1:01:43
Breast ptosis -- the fancy name for sag -- has way more to do with aging and genetics than gravity. Cristen and Caroline explore what's "normal" in in the boob realm to get to the bottom of how and why boob sag happens.
Aug 10th, 2016 • 54:43
At the 2016 Summer Olympics women's boxing event, all eyes are on U.S.A. middleweight phenom Claressa Shields. Cristen and Caroline share Shields' inspiring backstory and women's boxing's long road to Olympic glory.
Aug 8th, 2016 • 1:12:48
American Simone Biles is possibly the most talented gymnast in history. Cristen and Caroline somersault across the history of the OIympic event from its iconic hair and leotards to gendered and ethnic coding as well as the women like Simone Biles who have vaulted to worldwide attention.
Aug 3rd, 2016 • 50:20
Betty Friedan's homophobia has haunted the National Organization for Women. In the second part of their up-close look at the early years of NOW, Cristen and Caroline talk to Terry O'Neill about how the group moved forward from its lesbian schism and their crucial activism that continues today.
Aug 1st, 2016 • 52:15
For 50 years, the National Organization for Women (NOW) has championed feminist initiatives and gender equalizing political policy. But much of its early developments and intersectionality have been oversimplified by the media and overshadowed by Betty Friedan's controversial legacy. Cristen and Caroline talk to NOW president Terry O'Neill about past pitfalls and immediate progress that got the organization and Women's Liberation marching toward the glass ceiling.
Jul 27th, 2016 • 50:46
When is it cheating if there's no sex or physical contact? Welcome to the murky world of emotional cheating. Cristen and Caroline confront its warning signs, hallmarks and social media minefield.
Jul 25th, 2016 • 1:09:00
Over our working lives, we encounter plenty of pals, acqaintances and even enemies, but the beloved work spouse is rarer -- and, it turns out, more productivity-enhancing. Cristen and Caroline look at what makes our work wives and husbands so special, how gender influences our relationships and how to prevent your IRL spouse from getting jealous.
Jul 20th, 2016 • 49:20
Tattoo artists who happen to be women were a rare sight until recently. Cristen and Caroline uncover the history of these ink lovers, stylistic gender stereotyping and female tattoo industry trailblazers.
Jul 18th, 2016 • 56:54
More American women have tattoos than men as of 2012. Cristen and Caroline retrace the body art history from spiritual Native American women to sideshow attractions to modern feminists.
Jul 13th, 2016 • 50:10
The term "lesbian bed death" has become a persistent negative stereotype about the allegedly passionless sex lives of women in relationships with women. Cristen and Caroline revisit the phrase's origin, do some sexytimes mythbusting and call for a broader definition of sex.
Jul 11th, 2016 • 1:18:19
Women's sex drives and expression shift in response to a wide range of factors. So when libido dips, why are we so quick to pathologize it? Cristen and Caroline talk with filmmaker Maria Finitzo about her latest project, a look into female desire and women having agency over their own bodies.
Jul 6th, 2016 • 44:42
Almost as soon as public libraries began flourishing, librarian quickly became one of the most female-dominated jobs in the country. Cristen and Caroline break down was being a librarian was really like back in the day and the badass women who've shaped these community centers of learning and culture.
Jul 4th, 2016 • 54:04
Being a librarian was originally a man's job. Then John Dewey and his book-loving bros came along and changed all that. But while the feminization of librarianship offered new a new occupation for women, it was built on old ideas about female nature and its proper place.
Jun 29th, 2016 • 50:53
When Anne-Marie Slaughter left the U.S. State Department to spend more time with her family and declared, "Women can't have it all," she faced both resentment and gratitude. In a conversation with the foreign-policy analyst, Cristen and Caroline explore the important role of supporting paid and unpaid caregivers as part of the work toward equality.
Jun 27th, 2016 • 1:17:08
According to the romantic comedy canon, only straight people fall in love. In the final installment of their rom com podcast series, Cristen and Caroline examine how mainstream titles treat LGBTQ characters and how queer rom coms subvert expected tropes.
Jun 22nd, 2016 • 1:05:38
In June 2016, the White House Council on Women and Girls brought together 5,000 changemakers from all over the country for the first-ever United State of Women summit. But it wasn't the first gathering of its kind. Cristen and Caroline discuss the inspirational highlights of the summit and trace its origins to the 1977 National Women's Conference that put long overdue human rights front and center.
Jun 20th, 2016 • 1:01:21
Romantic comedies remain one of Hollywood's most segregated film genres. In part four of their rom com podcast series, Cristen and Caroline compare the development, tropes and racial tensions within monochromatic rom com worlds.
Jun 15th, 2016 • 1:18:46
The feminist movement has sold its activist soul to bodywash companies, maxi pad providers, pop stars and a host of other commodities hoping to cash in on its millennial appeal. In a live conversation, Cristen and Caroline talk to Bitch Media cofounder Andi Zeisler about marketplace feminism and her new book, "We Were Feminists Once."
Jun 13th, 2016 • 1:03:52
Sidekicks are an integral part of any romantic comedy. In part three of their rom com series, Cristen and Caroline examine the ways these sometimes neurotic, sometimes wise secondary characters trade on stereotypes to shape the protagonists' world.
Jun 8th, 2016 • 1:02:06
Women have been slaying waves ever since surfing was invented. Cristen and Caroline coast the history of Hawaii's sport of kings, its colonialist demise and Gidget-inspired revival.
Jun 6th, 2016 • 1:10:58
Women's careers have been central romantic comedy conflicts since the 1940s. In this second installment of their rom com series, Cristen and Caroline unpack the genre trope of independent working girls who sacrifice love for professional success.
Jun 1st, 2016 • 1:00:20
Women's romantic friendships and lifelong partnerships were common -- and acceptable -- in the Victorian era. Cristen and Caroline discuss how and why these so-called "Boston marriages" flourished and what was behind their early 20th-century demise.
May 30th, 2016 • 1:03:10
Rom coms were invented thanks to Hollywood censorship. In this introduction to a five-episode series exploring the vintage screwballs to the modern screwups, Cristen and Caroline spotlight the hallmarks, hijinks and heteronormativity of the romantic comedy movie genre.
May 25th, 2016 • 1:02:55
What does it mean when fashion is more than just clothes? For a lot of LGBTQ folks, the personal takes on an element of the political when it's time to get dressed. Caroline chats with designer Leon Wu, style expert Sonny Oram and beauty editor Aja Aguirre about the growing queer-fashion landscape and the importance of social media in helping shape communities and identities.
May 23rd, 2016 • 59:37
When Prince died April 21, the tributes came pouring out, centering especially on his genderbending fashion that gave plenty of kids someone to look up to and emulate. Cristen and Caroline look at the origins and evolution of queer and androgynous fashion to pinpoint Prince's purple place in the timeline.
May 18th, 2016 • 1:26:27
Hillary Clinton has been one of the most successful women in American politics, but ever since she became the First Lady of Arkansas, people have both loved and loathed her. Cristen and Caroline travel back in time to look at what shaped Hillary, how the press has treated her and what it means to be a powerful woman in the public eye.
May 16th, 2016 • 1:02:55
Women are a rare sight in the upper echelons of political campaign management and strategy. Cristen and Caroline put on their detective hats to figure out why women more often end up leading fundraising and grassroots efforts.
May 11th, 2016 • 1:08:54
Forcible sterilizations of black women in the South were so frequent in the 1960s, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer nicknamed them Mississippi appendectomies. Cristen and Caroline chart the disturbing American practice of nonconsensually sterilizing women of color and the eugenics movement that started it.
May 9th, 2016 • 1:04:22
J. Marion Sims is hailed as the father of gynecology, but his legacy is tainted by his experimental surgeries on enslaved women. Cristen and Caroline contextualize Sims' controversy, diagnose medicine's racist past and honor the unsung mothers of gynecology.
May 4th, 2016 • 48:55
The future of sexual health may be in at-home STD testing. Cristen and Caroline talk to My Lab Box startup founders Lora Ivanova and Ursula Hessenflow about how technology can destigmatize STD testing and what it's like for female founders raising venture capital for a culturally taboo product.
May 2nd, 2016 • 47:50
Ever since the 1980s epidemic, HIV and AIDS have been misunderstood as exclusively affecting men who have sex with men. Cristen and Caroline discuss the lesbians on the front lines of the AIDS crisis, women and AIDS today and the HIV myths that reinforce its stigma.
Apr 27th, 2016 • 1:05:13
Wartime prostitution is American as Uncle Sam and apple pie. Cristen and Caroline shares the hidden history of military STDs, government-sanctioned brothels and the surveillance of civilian women to keep soldiers sexually satisfied.
Apr 25th, 2016 • 54:27
During World War II, Japanese military life included sexual slavery. Cristen and Caroline trace the traumatic history of "comfort women" survivors and why they'll never stop protesting.
Apr 20th, 2016 • 50:43
Why is the gender wage gap narrower for lesbians? Cristen and Caroline investigate why those bigger paychecks happen but probably don't buy an easier time in the workplace.
Apr 18th, 2016 • 1:06:22
Salary talk with coworkers is becoming the new "do" in digital workplaces. recruitHER founders Gina Helfrich and Ashley Doyal share their insights on savvy negotiation, the power of salary transparency and how women and tech companies can jointly hack the wage gap.
Apr 13th, 2016 • 52:19
Why does lighter skin improve women's chances of getting through school, getting a job and getting married? Cristen and Caroline explore the historical roots, repercussions and cross-cultural shades of colorism around the world.
Apr 11th, 2016 • 1:09:57
Suntanned skin became a seasonal beauty standard for wealthy white women in the 1920s. Cristen and Caroline explore the class and colorism behind our tanning tradition and spotlight why there's far more than Coco Chanel's revolutionary sunburn.
Apr 6th, 2016 • 50:59
Ann Friedman is one of the most important feminist and millennial voices you should know, listen to and read. Tune in to hear Cristen and Caroline chat with this New York magazine columnist, Call Your Girlfriend podcast host, newsletter publisher extraordinaire and mistress of ladyswagger.
Apr 4th, 2016 • 1:00:52
When trailblazing reporter Ethel Payne died, The Washington Post eulogized that had Payne "not been black, she certainly would have been one of the most recognized journalists in American society.” Cristen and Caroline uncover the history and significance of black newspapers in the U.S. and the incredible legacy of one its brightest stars.
Mar 30th, 2016 • 55:18
In 1991, Anita Hill testified before the U.S. Senate that then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her when they worked together. Cristen and Caroline talk about the significance, gender and racial dynamics, and lasting impact of Hill's public hearing that captivated the nation.
Mar 29th, 2016 • 30:14
Regina Wilson never planned on becoming FDNY's 12th African-American female firefighter. But when the opportunity arose, she thought "why not me?" and went for it. In this second installment of their ChangeMAKERS miniseries, Cristen and Caroline talk to Wilson about dreaming big and defying expectations.
Mar 28th, 2016 • 49:52
The term "sexual harassment" didn't exist before the 1970s. Cristen and Caroline investigate the legal history of this occupational hazard and why it took the courts so long to criminalize it.
Mar 23rd, 2016 • 54:28
2015 was the year we started caring about sexism in science, WIRED magazine recently declared. In this live Stuff Mom Never Told You conversation at SxSW Interactive, Cristen and Caroline speak with astronomer and science communicator Nicole Cabrera about harassment and discrimination affect scientific discovery, STEM online activism and why all of us have a vested interest in resolving these issues.
Mar 21st, 2016 • 57:25
People with disabilities are frequently erased from conversations about sexuality because of deeply ingrained stereotypes and assumptions. Cristen and Caroline look at where these desexualizing tropes came from and their very real consequences.
Mar 19th, 2016 • 24:33
Dyllan McGee is one of the world's most important storytellers. Founder of the MAKERS online docuseries, McGee -- along with creative director Sammi Leibovitz -- captures the often untold biographies of female trailblazers from all walks of life. In this ChangeMAKERS installment, Cristen and Caroline hear from Dyllan and Sammi about following your passion, why no change is too small and how sharing MAKERS' stories shapes girls' futures.
Mar 16th, 2016 • 55:31
Emoji are revolutionizing the way we communicate while also communicating gender stereotypes about women. Cristen and Caroline decode the gendered patterns of emoji use and why some think they don't speak loudly enough for girls and women.
Mar 14th, 2016 • 55:14
Coloring book sales have soared as adults rediscover the calming effects of this childhood pastime. Cristen and Caroline sketch out how the grownup coloring book trend began, psychological debates about its benefits and gender in between the lines.
Mar 11th, 2016 • 36:32
On and off the soccer field, Abby Wambach is one of the most passionately motivated people on the planet. And since retiring, she's channeling her goal-scoring drive into closing the gender wage gap. In this third installment of the ChangeMAKERS miniseries, Cristen and Caroline talk to Wambach about how she maintains motivation, why failure matters and her Title X plans for the future.
Mar 9th, 2016 • 57:59
On Oct. 24, 1975, women in Iceland went on strike to protest gender inequality. Cristen and Caroline go to work on how the strike happened, its impact and whether Iceland is the feminist paradise it's touted to be.
Mar 4th, 2016 • 23:26
One of the most influential labor leaders in the world, Ai Jen Poo has fought for domestic worker and caregivers rights. In this first installment of their ChangeMAKERS miniseries, Cristen and Caroline talk to Poo about the power of community and how all work is dignified work.
Mar 2nd, 2016 • 15:21
Professional ambition, wellbeing and relationships can feel impossible to personally negotiate. Bossed Up founder and CEO Emilie Aries talks to Cristen and Caroline about how women in the workplace can abandon martyrdom mindset, avoid burnout and get unstuck from unfulfilling careers.
Feb 29th, 2016 • 59:13
By the time The Babysitters Club hit bookshelves, amateur childcare already had a buckwild history. Cristen and Caroline chart the invention, gender panic and economic boom of the babysitting industry.
Feb 24th, 2016 • 48:19
The trucking industry is recruiting women like never before. Cristen and Caroline get behind the wheel of what life is really life out there on the road and the long haul it will take to make the job safer for women.
Feb 22nd, 2016 • 55:22
Auto mechanics is a decidedly male-dominated field, with women comprising less than 2 percent of the profession. Cristen and Caroline get under the hood of the history of women and automobile upkeep and look at why a growing number of ladies are opening garages on their own.
Feb 17th, 2016 • 45:27
Are more people breaking up without saying goodbye? Cristen and Caroline discuss the not-so-new phenomenon of ghosting - or abruptly ending a relationship and avoiding further contact - why it happens, and whether it helps or haunts.
Feb 15th, 2016 • 1:05:24
Cuddling permeates many of our closest relationships, whether platonic or romantic - but why? Cristen and Caroline investigate the nature and nurture of cuddling, why some people are now paying for a good snuggle and who wins the spooning battle of the sexes.
Feb 10th, 2016 • 48:13
When NASA was formed in 1958, its prized pool of all-female "computers" desegrated. Until then, mathematicians of color -- including Presidential of Freedom recipient Katherine Johnson -- worked, ate and used the restroom in a separate facilities. Cristen and Caroline shed overdue light on Johnson and her brilliant West Computer teammates who helped launch America into space.
Feb 8th, 2016 • 57:40
Pauli Murray is greatest intersectional trailblazer - and saint - you've never heard of. Cristen and Caroline marvel at the life, love and genius of this queer, African-American civil rights lawyer decades ahead of her time who legally shaped the civil rights and feminist movements and earned an historic Episcopal priesthood.
Feb 3rd, 2016 • 1:04:06
Infertility affects millions of women and men around the world, but cultural stigma has kept it in the shadows. Cristen and Caroline talk about the causes of male and female infertility, its psychological impact and why it's often a biological battle waged in silence.
Feb 1st, 2016 • 44:51
After experiencing a miscarriage at 16 weeks, clinical psychologist Jessica Zucker started the hashtag #IHadaMiscarriage, which went viral. Cristen and Caroline talk to Dr. Zucker about why miscarriage remains a taboo issue, how to comfort those grieving a loss and the cards she created to help us start these much-needed conversations.
Jan 27th, 2016 • 37:32
Why do more than half of all lady legs develop varicose and spider veins? Cristen and Caroline provide a rarely offered anatomy lesson on why they happen, how to treat them and what they have to do with menstrual belts
Jan 25th, 2016 • 1:03:02
From bathing in donkey's milk to injecting our faces with fat and neurotoxins, our wrinkle-fighting regimens have been evolving for millennia. But are those lines really worth the battle? Cristen and Caroline iron out the history of our anti-wrinkle efforts, what bad habits accelerate aging and how wrinkles affect our self-perception.
Jan 20th, 2016 • 1:00:59
Knitting was originally a job for the menfolk. Cristen and Caroline stitch together the mysterious history of the craft, how it transitioned to women's domestic work and how third-wave feminists reclaimed it.
Jan 18th, 2016 • 58:23
The history of graffitti and street art have been tagged with men's names, but not anymore. Women around the world are turning public spaces into their canvases, challenging gender norms and the art world at large. Just don't call them "female Banksys."
Jan 13th, 2016 • 45:54
Feminist marriages can take as much planning as feminist weddings. Meg Keene, A Practical Wedding founder and author of the new "A Practical Wedding Planner" offers indispensable advice for newlywed transitions, egalitarian relationships and redefining what it means to be a wife.
Jan 11th, 2016 • 49:08
When did weddings become so impractical, costing more than $26,000 on average? Meg Keene, A Practical Wedding Founder and author of the new "A Practical Wedding Planner" shares her insights and advice what an affordable, feminist wedding looks like and how to pull it off gracefully.
Jan 6th, 2016 • 52:35
The history of tarot cards is as tantalizing as the mystical insights they promise to reveal. Cristen and Caroline deal out how tarot evolved from a game into a divination tool and why two women living worlds apart are to thank for tarot's popularity today.
Jan 4th, 2016 • 49:33
Why are most psychic readers women? Cristen and Caroline examine how crystal balls, fortunetelling, palm reading and other mystical pastimes became women's work and whether females are the psychic sex.
Dec 30th, 2015 • 55:03
A pair of special HowStuffWorks guests join Cristen and Caroline to look back at the highlights and lowlights for women and representation in 2015. From the Supreme Court to Star Wars, it was a major year for equality.
Dec 28th, 2015 • 48:09
Cristen and Caroline look back at their favorite 2015 Stuff Mom Never Told You episodes and this year's important events and heroines we didn't cover on the podcast.
Dec 16th, 2015 • 55:54
After a long, tough day, sometimes all you want to do is blow off steam by complaining. But is venting worth the emotional toll that getting trapped in a negativity spiral can take? Cristen and Caroline discuss the pros and cons of complaining and dissect why women are stereotyped as nags.
Dec 14th, 2015 • 55:33
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 Caroline look into why so many women and trans men struggle with acne, how birth control affects and additional treatment options.
Dec 9th, 2015 • 54:13
If you ask a young girl who her beauty idol is, chances are, she'll name one of the mega-famous YouTube stars who make a living putting on makeup in front of the camera. Cristen and Caroline take a look at the women -- and men -- who just might be changing the digital beauty game with the stroke of a blush brush.
Dec 7th, 2015 • 1:08:44
If you think it's a lot of work to stay up-to-date on the latest trends, just imagine the average day of your favorite glam fashion blogger. Outlining the industry's evolution from grassroots passion projects to massive money-making Instagram empires, Cristen and Caroline and discuss how successful fashion bloggers monetize the artifice of effortless femininity.
Dec 2nd, 2015 • 42:10
Whether you're alone or partnered, using personal lubricants is nothing to be ashamed of. Cristen and Caroline outline the history, use and benefits of women using lube and dispel sex-shaming expectations about how female bodies ought to ready themselves for sex.
Nov 30th, 2015 • 50:01
According to the sexual health statistics, anal sex is more popular -- and pop culturally relevant -- among women than ever before. Cristen and Caroline discuss how consent, safety and pleasure factor into this formerly taboo intimate territory.
Nov 25th, 2015 • 1:21:54
With help from the superfan Gilmore Guys, Cristen and Caroline take a stroll through Stars Hollow, discussing the highs and lows -- and feminist leanings -- that continue to make 'Gilmore Girls' a cultural touchstone.
Nov 23rd, 2015 • 49:18
Are #blessed and #lucky just another way for women to downplay success -- or to humblebrag? Cristen and Caroline dive into why so many ladies on social media seem to feel the need to portray themselves as effortlessly perfect.
Nov 18th, 2015 • 55:59
Visual effects artists combine art, math and tech to create the stunning imagery you see onscreen – but they’re not immune from the gender gap that plagues other STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) jobs. Cristen and Caroline discuss why an absence of women in special effects is just one difficulty for Hollywood's ailing VFX industry.
Nov 16th, 2015 • 1:00:09
Hollywood's first makeup artists were exclusively men. Cristen and Caroline highlight how Max Factor and the Westmore boys revolutionized movie makeup artistry and why the industry could use a facelift today.
Nov 11th, 2015 • 52:07
Perfectionism is assumed to be a female trait, but what does that mean, exactly? Cristen and Caroline explore how perfectionism isn't what you think it is and whether women actually are perfectionists in their appearance, career and relationships.
Nov 9th, 2015 • 1:00:28
Why are women twice as likely to experience chronic anxiety? Cristen and Caroline share their own experiences with long-term anxiety, whether female anxiety is more nature or nurture and how to manage its persistent symptoms.
Nov 4th, 2015 • 58:54
In 1963, Julia Child made an omelet on Boston public television and changed culinary history forever. Cristen and Caroline cook up how television cooking gave rise to celebrity chefs who brought a new generation of cooking women into our homes for better -- or burnt.
Nov 2nd, 2015 • 58:12
Women leading professional kitchens is a relatively new dish. Cristen and Caroline cook up the history of how chef became a man's job and how women today are taking the culinary industry by storm.
Oct 28th, 2015 • 49:26
From Bewitched to American Horror Story: Coven, Hollywood has loved casting women as witches. In this Halloween episode, Cristen and Caroline discuss why witches are arguably the best female archetype on screen and their ideal witch squad members.
Oct 26th, 2015 • 54:06
Some argue that all feminists are witches by default and mean it as a compliment. Cristen and Caroline explore the not-so-spooky relationship between feminism, witchcraft and modern-day Wicca.
Oct 21st, 2015 • 45:16
Boyfriends and girlfriends are so passe. In a romantic era that knows no age, marital or gender identity bounds, Cristen and Caroline search for the ideal couple label that aptly communicates modern commitment.
Oct 19th, 2015 • 49:08
Couples with cutesy pet names and intimate code language may be nauseating, but research finds those are signs of a healthy relationship. Cristen and Caroline parse out the particulars of how and why couple-speak happens.
Oct 14th, 2015 • 55:08
What's up with the juice cleanse trend? Cristen and Caroline sip on how Scientology helped reintroduce juice cleansing to the masses and why the promise of detoxxing is fresh-squeezed quackery.
Oct 12th, 2015 • 52:42
Sweatpants are the new slacks, and high tops are the new heels. Cristen and Caroline dissect the rise and resilience of the athleisure trend and whether it signals mainstream women's fashion moving sidestepping the male gaze and gendered clothing altogether.
Oct 7th, 2015 • 48:14
Why are many women scared of weightlifting? Cristen and Caroline flex the gendered history of women lifting heavy things and debunk the myth that girls who lift will bulk up.
Oct 5th, 2015 • 59:18
Ronda "Rowdy" Rousey is the world's most successful women's MMA fighter and has even been called a feminist icon. Cristen and Caroline discuss her judo-fueled rise to fighting fame and why she's attracted feminist adoration and scrutiny.
Sep 30th, 2015 • 52:52
In 1983, the first Hooters restaurant opened, unofficially inventing the "attentive service sector" restaurant industry. Colloquially known as breastauarants, these man cave-themed eateries trade on young women's sex appeal to serve up booming profits.
Sep 28th, 2015 • 1:07:41
Waitresses are a cornerstone, though often under-appreciated and underpaid, of the food industry. Cristen and Caroline serve up a history of this female-dominated service sector and why gender is always on the menu.
Sep 23rd, 2015 • 59:48
Compared to pregnancy, the history of maternity clothes is in its infancy. Cristen and Caroline strut through the timeline of maternity fashion and what those prenatal outfits then and now tell us about how we view pregnant bodies.
Sep 21st, 2015 • 51:53
Why is the United States the only developed nation that offers no federally mandated paid maternity leave? Cristen and Caroline trace the origin of America's paltry postnatal care to World War II and the business behind the American Dream.
Sep 16th, 2015 • 52:48
Online dating offers documentary proof of men not handling women's sexual rejection gracefully. Cristen and Caroline talk about what happens when masculinity constructs and swiping left collide and why straight guys sometimes can't take 'no' for an answer.
Sep 14th, 2015 • 53:34
In her new book, author Jessa Crispin travels the world solo, following in the footsteps of artists who’ve come before. Caroline and Cristen chat with the writer and Bookslut founder about trading complacency for carrying your own bag.
Sep 9th, 2015 • 55:09
Trans-exclusionary radical feminists, or TERFs, is considered a slur. Yet, some radical feminists who define womanhood through biology rather than gender identity exist. Cristen and Caroline explore how this transphobia has impacted feminism, women's colleges and public perceptions of what radical feminism means.
Sep 7th, 2015 • 51:35
Betty Friedan, author of "The Feminine Mystique," once infamously referred to radical lesbian feminists as a "lavender menace" that threatened the credibility of the National Organization for Women. Cristen and Caroline revisit the homophobic rift within second-wave feminism and the development of lesbian feminism in the 1970s.
Sep 2nd, 2015 • 49:34
Nicknamed Mother to the World, Margaret Mead was an icon of cultural anthropology who laid an academic foundation for the sexual revolution and second wave feminism. Cristen and Caroline explore Margaret Mead's fascinating backstory, love life and intellectual legacy.
Aug 31st, 2015 • 46:35
Anthropology, or the study of past and present humans, was a discipline largely developed by and focused on men. Cristen and Caroline examine how pioneering women anthropologists and the rise of feminist anthropology changed mainstream ideas about gender, sex and women's roles.
Aug 26th, 2015 • 41:00
Did women samurai exist in ancient Japan? Cristen and Caroline uncover the truth about Japanese women warriors and how their uncommon backstories became the stuff of legend.
Aug 24th, 2015 • 57:40
The fetishization of East Asian women, derisively referred to as ""yellow fever,"" is as old as the Silk Road. Cristen and Caroline unpack the history and Hollywood perpetuation of stereotyping Asian women as either submissive lotus flowers or cunning dragon ladies, defined only by their exoticism and sexuality.
Aug 19th, 2015 • 42:42
Why are women on social media intentionally letting their nips slip? Cristen and Caroline discuss the history and celebrity-fueled rise of the Free the Nipple movement and what bare nipples have to do with gender equality.
Aug 17th, 2015 • 49:44
Did you know it's legal in most states for women to go topless? Cristen and Caroline explore the history of men and women taking off their shirts in public and why toplessness is a feminist issue.
Aug 12th, 2015 • 52:15
Nina Simone was a musical prodigy and civil rights activist whose iconic voice and style shaped the sound of modern jazz and soul. Cristen and Caroline explore the tempestuous woman behind the artistic legend and how racism compelled and complicated her career.
Aug 10th, 2015 • 52:59
What is borderline personality disorder, and why did doctors think it disproportionately affected women? Cristen and Caroline examine the history and emerging treatments of this mental health condition that continues to puzzle practitioners.
Aug 5th, 2015 • 36:16
In the 1970s, Germaine Greer encouraged women to taste their own menstrual blood. These days, artists are creating work about periods to help erase the menstruation stigma. Cristen and Caroline look at the evolution of period pride and discuss whether the in-your-face attitude is actually helping.
Aug 3rd, 2015 • 1:05:37
Chicks Who Script is a hilarious and insightful podcast focusing on women and the film industry. Screenwriters Lauren Schacher, Maggie F. Levin and Emily Blake talk with Cristen and Caroline about sexism, staying motivated and their own writer role models.
Jul 29th, 2015 • 45:25
Throwing Shade is podcasting's funniest weekly commentary on feminist and LGBT issues. Cristen and Caroline talk to comedians and hosts Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi about how they met at Current TV, how comedy intersects with their activism and the importance of listening to your inner witch.
Jul 27th, 2015 • 43:51
Women across Instagram are wearing corsets while they work out. No really. Cristen and Caroline take on the waist training exercise fad by consulting corset history, waist training-wary doctors and studies suggesting shapewear should be worn with caution.
Jul 22nd, 2015 • 51:02
Black Girls Talking is a must-hear podcast on pop culture, representation and feminism hosted by Alesia, Fatima, Ramou and Aurelia. Cristen and Caroline chat with hosts Alesia and Aurelia about the podcast's origin story, exceptionalism and white privilege and why feminism is a verb.
Jul 20th, 2015 • 40:13
When it comes to bathroom hygiene, access and safety, peeing standing up is a legitimate concern for many women and trans men. Cristen and Caroline talk female urinary devices (FUDs) from the first lady to patent one in 1918 to why the U.S. government has spent money analyzing FUDs on the market.
Jul 15th, 2015 • 40:00
The U.S. Treasury announced a woman will be featured on a new $10 bill, which got Cristen and Caroline wondering about women on currency around the world. And more importantly, does a woman's face on money really uplift gender equality?
Jul 13th, 2015 • 44:13
Bedridden following a difficult childbirth, radio producer and author Hillary Frank started a podcast as a "3 a.m. bedside companion" for parents like her who might feel alone in navigating new motherhood and fatherhood. Cristen talks with Hillary about the evolution of The Longest Shortest Time, childbirth taboos and tips for bridging the parent vs. non-parent divide.
Jul 8th, 2015 • 49:01
One of the most beloved and banned authors, Judy Blume wrote adolescence like no other. Cristen and Caroline investigate how Judy Blume's real life intersected with her fictional books, censorship activism and feminism.
Jul 6th, 2015 • 1:02:12
Did you know a woman wrote what many consider the first science fiction novel? Cristen and Caroline explore women who've shaped science fiction's past and present and how the genre plays with gender.
Jul 1st, 2015 • 1:02:19
Skateboarding is more popular than ever before, but it can still be tough out there for girls who skate. Cristen and Caroline discuss gender and stereotypes at the skate park and chat with Skate Like a Girl's Kristin Ebeling about life-changing challenges and rewards that await girls and women who brave the drop in.
Jun 29th, 2015 • 49:34
Since skateboarding arrived in the 1950s, women like Patti McGee, Peggy Oki and Elissa Steamer have proven that skating like a girl isn't second-rate. Cristen and Caroline shred the history of women in skateboarding and how it evolved from a gender-neutral California pastime into a nearly boy-exclusive subculture.
Jun 24th, 2015 • 45:34
Is the concept of sexual fluidity erasing bisexuality? Cristen and Caroline continue their discussion of bisexual erasure happening everywhere from academia to Orange Is the New Black.
Jun 22nd, 2015 • 54:28
Why does the B in LGBT often get overlooked? Cristen and Caroline examine America's history of bisexual erasure and how bisexual people face prejudice from straight and gay communities alike.
Jun 17th, 2015 • 46:56
Dad bods broke the Internet in spring 2015. How did a college nickname for a beer-swilling physique spark a national debate about body image and Mom bods?
Jun 15th, 2015 • 51:30
Do men need domestic sanctuaries to escape the pressures of modern manhood?Welcome to man caves -- also known as mantuaries and manspaces -- for guys in search of a room of one's own.
Jun 10th, 2015 • 1:00:27
Do women music producers bring something different to the recording studio? Sylvia Massy thinks so. Cristen and Caroline ask the platinum-record-earning producer about her stellar career working with the likes of Prince and Tool and how gender has influenced her life in the control room.
Jun 8th, 2015 • 48:13
Whether playing the theremin or crafting soundscapes for your favorite TV shows, women have shaped the electronic music industry from the beginning. Cristen and Caroline examine the role of these synth pioneers and women's place in today's billion-dollar electronic scene.
Jun 3rd, 2015 • 55:42
Laverne Cox's breakout role in "Orange Is the New Black" was a watershed moment for transgender representation on television. Cristen and Caroline talk to trans activist and writer Raquel Willis about Cox's Hollywood activism, the Caitlyn Jenner interview and trans representation progress that still needs to be made.
Jun 1st, 2015 • 39:32
Transgender characters are beginning to come alive on television. Cristen and Caroline talk to trans activist and writer Raquel Willis about the pop culture's historical relationship with transgender narratives, stereotypical trans roles and the cis actors who've played them, and why trans TV matters.
May 27th, 2015 • 1:03:06
Why do people fear the single woman? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline talk to researcher Kinneret Lahad about why singledom is seen as so disruptive and why the Single by Choice movement isn't all it's cracked up to be.
May 25th, 2015 • 55:59
Who needs marriage these days? Cristen and Caroline discuss the record number of Americans choosing to stay single, and why single women tend to spark more controversy and panic than single men.
May 20th, 2015 • 50:16
Pin-up queen Bettie Page is more popular today than she was at the height of her career in the 1950s. Cristen and Caroline explore Bettie's biography, her pinup legacy and why many feminists consider her an icon.
May 18th, 2015 • 57:45
During World War II, pinups were the ultimate American sex symbols. Cristen and Caroline discuss the history and evolution of pinups, female pinup artists and why some women consider pinup fashion and imagery empowering today.
May 13th, 2015 • 52:13
Interior design has been considered 'women's work' ever since Elsie de Wolfe became America's first famous decorator in the early 20th century. Cristen and Caroline investigate the feminization of interior design, the use of color and home decor and why 'decorator' became a dirty word in the industry.
May 11th, 2015 • 45:51
Nina McLaughlin's carpentry memoir "Hammer Head" is about so much more than woodworking. Cristen and Caroline chat with the writer-cum-carpenter about the joys of the Japanese saw, the importance of patience and what it's like being one of the 2 percent of women in carpentry.
May 6th, 2015 • 43:14
Celebrities' post-childbirth weight loss has become a standard feature of tabloids. Cristen and Caroline examine our collective fixation on these new moms' bodies and how it skews non-celebrity perceptions on how women should expect to look after they're done expecting.
May 4th, 2015 • 47:42
In 2002, tabloid editor Bonnie Fuller coined the term "bump watch" that stoked our pop cultural obsession with celebrity pregnancies. Cristen and Caroline discuss why we care about famous people's uteruses and how the Hollywood bump watch influences non-celebrity pregnancies and female body image.
Apr 29th, 2015 • 46:21
Labor and Chicano civil rights activist Dolores Huerta made history organizing underpaid farmworkers and exposing the plight of the people who feed American families. Cristen and Caroline celebrate her grassroots passion that defied gender and cultural barriers and continues to inspire.
Apr 27th, 2015 • 47:49
Being a farmer's wife used to be the pinnacle role for women in agriculture, but that's changing fast. As more women reclaim land and run farms, Cristen and Caroline highlight how they're becoming seen as the rising gatekeepers of sustainable food production.
Apr 22nd, 2015 • 49:42
Society has always been a little suspicious of the divorced woman: Is she a gold-digging threat or a pitiful, jilted wife? Most likely, she's neither. Cristen and Caroline wade through the stereotypes to uncover the reality of life as a divorcee.
Apr 20th, 2015 • 47:15
Do beautiful women marry for money? Cristen and Caroline unpack the gender- and race-loaded stereotype of the Trophy Wife and investigate whether she really exists.
Apr 13th, 2015 • 43:39
Science fiction writers like Octavia Butler and Ursula K. Le Guin have long used this otherworldy genre to confront discrimination and inequality. Cristen and Caroline chat with Bitch Media's Sarah Mirk about the power of science fiction to create the equitable future we'd like to see in the real world.
Apr 8th, 2015 • 59:04
Sure, fine, whatever. What is passive aggression, and why is it associated stereotypically with women? Cristen and Caroline break down what passive aggression is, where it comes from and how it plays out among genders.
Apr 6th, 2015 • 55:45
What is obsessive-compulsive disorder and why does it happen? Cristen and Caroline separate mental health facts from pop cultural fiction about this commonly misunderstood disorder that affects millions of men and women.
Apr 1st, 2015 • 52:32
Why did an exceptional group of ex-patriot, 19th-century female sculptors become known as a "white, marmorean flock"? Cristen and Caroline discuss their artistic sojourns to Italy and what it meant to be a female sculptor at that time.
Mar 30th, 2015 • 58:44
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.
Mar 25th, 2015 • 52:04
The dominatrix has become a common pop cultural trope and fashion theme, but mainstream depictions are often misleading. Cristen and Caroline discuss the cultural history of the dominatrix and what a professional dominatrix's job description entails.
Mar 23rd, 2015 • 59:03
Is BDSM a safe and healthy sexual lifestyle? Cristen and Caroline guide listeners through the basics of Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism and Masochism and why it isn't what '50 Shades of Grey' readers might think it is.
Mar 18th, 2015 • 1:10:19
How did Queen Victoria's personal life set the tone for the entire Victorian era? Holly from Stuff You Missed in History Class stops by to dish about the fascinating life and times of the her favorite royal, Queen Victoria.
Mar 16th, 2015 • 53:57
Hatshepsut was one of the most successful kings in ancient Egypt who also happened to be a woman. Cristen and Caroline talk with Egyptologist Kara Cooney about Hatshepsut's rise to power, why her legacy was erased from history and what women leaders today can learn from this fearless pharaoh.
Mar 11th, 2015 • 50:20
Are men better at designing buildings? Cristen and Caroline explore this question the has perplexed the architecture industry since Louise Bethune became America's first female architect in the 1870s.
Mar 9th, 2015 • 53:21
Women are a rarity sight on construction sites, making up .less than 10 percent of the building industry. Cristen and Caroline break down the particular challenges women in construction face -- none of which have to do with upper body strength.
Mar 4th, 2015 • 55:41
Slut shaming is one of society's favorite forms of policing female sexuality. Cristen and Caroline explore the history, science and psychology of slut shaming, and why it's often a girl-on-girl pattern.
Mar 2nd, 2015 • 51:10
Stalking wasn't illegal in the United States until 1989. Cristen and Caroline outline the different forms of stalking, differences between male and female stalkers and how stalking is a form of dating violence.
Feb 25th, 2015 • 44:43
Can high-end fashion and feminism ever match? Cristen and Caroline discuss the ongoing debates about how clothing fits with feminism from Women's Lib to Chanel's (in)famous fall fashion feminist protest.
Feb 18th, 2015 • 46:48
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 Oscar season episode, Cristen and Caroline search behind the camera for women of color.
Feb 16th, 2015 • 46:34
In 1896, Alice Guy Blache became the world's first female director who also went on to trailblaze a host of innovative film techniques. Just in time for Oscar season, Cristen and Caroline highlight a trio of women pioneers behind the camera whose incredible legacies were all but erased from silver screen history.
Feb 11th, 2015 • 37:04
One in the three men are reported to suffer from premature ejaculation. But just how premature is premature ejaculation and why does it happen? Cristen and Caroline trace its medical history from inconvenience to pharmaceutical gold mine.
Feb 9th, 2015 • 47:29
Written descriptions of female ejaculation first appeared two thousand years ago, yet scientists still debate whether squirting really happens. Cristen and Caroline trace the medical history of female ejaculation and why squirting controversy persists in medical labs, porn studios and bedrooms today.
Feb 4th, 2015 • 45:44
Pop culture tells us gay men and straight women make the best of friends, but why? Cristen and Caroline dissect the sociology, culture and evolutionary psychology of these relationships to figure out whether these presumed besties are a product of nature or nurture.
Feb 2nd, 2015 • 40:48
According to Shine Theory, powerful women make the best friends. But does success in life and career get in the way of healthy female friendships? Cristen and Caroline take a closer look at success, jealousy and competition among ladypals.
Jan 28th, 2015 • 48:07
Today's lady astronomers are following a trail that was blazed by brilliant women centuries ago, but it hasn't always been easy-going. Cristen and Caroline examine the state of this fascinating STEM field and the women who are helping to map the sky.
Jan 26th, 2015 • 48:53
Women have been making critical contributions to the field of astronomy since ancient times, but once it became professionalized in the modern era, many women were shoved aside. Cristen and Caroline look at astronomy's evolution and share the contributions of some of the stargazing pioneers.
Jan 21st, 2015 • 50:06
Julie Sygiel reinvented the period panty with her company Dear Kate. Cristen and Caroline chat with this startup STEM major-turned-underwear entrepreneur about everything everything from venture capital to feminist dads and how Dear Kate is hoping to disrupt the lingerie industry.
Jan 19th, 2015 • 52:32
The history of women's underwear is probably shorter than you think. Cristen and Caroline unpack the evolution of pantaloons to panties and how what women wear under their clothes reveals a lot about the world outside of them.
Jan 14th, 2015 • 45:26
When the Underground Comix Revolution happened in the 1960s, women still weren't welcome in comics circles, but it didn't stop them from making their art and telling their unique stories. In the second half of a two-part podcast, Cristen and Caroline trace the rise of women like Lynda Barry and Alison Bechdel in indie comics to the current clamor for more women in today's mainstream comic book industry.
Jan 12th, 2015 • 48:14
In 1896, Truth magazine published the first comic strip drawn by a woman. In the first half of a two-part podcast, Cristen and Caroline trace the early history of women in comics from the origin of the newspaper comic strip to the Golden Age of Comic Books.
Jan 7th, 2015 • 50:22
Long before Beatlemania, 19th-century women threw themselves on stage to touch pianist Franz Liszt. Ever since, emotional teenyboppers have been misunderstood and ridiculed for their musical tastes. Cristen and Caroline spotlight the history of pop music fandom and why fangirls are considered the very worst kind of followers.
Jan 5th, 2015 • 50:59
One of the most powerful women in the music industry, Taylor Swift has amassed global legion of fans through her catchy songwriting, social media savvy and star-studded dating history. Cristen and Caroline take a look at the country princess-turned-pop powerhouse's incredible career and why her critics ignore her talent.
Dec 31st, 2014 • 41:18
What do big butts, revenge porn and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg all have in common? They were some of the most popular Stuff Mom Never Told You episodes of 2014 that got listeners talking.
Dec 29th, 2014 • 43:27
Millions of working moms work night shifts to reap its possible parenting benefits. Cristen and Caroline look into the intersections of motherhood and shift work, as well as health risks associated with working while the kids are sleeping.
Dec 24th, 2014 • 40:42
Angela Lansbury was 59 what she began starring in "Murder She Wrote" as Jessica Fletcher. Cristen and Caroline pick up their lady detective talk with JB Fletcher and why television has been friendlier to older women as crime solvers and how femininity is played on screen on Law and Order: SVU, Prime Suspect, Top of the Lake and other lady detective-driven shows.
Dec 22nd, 2014 • 42:07
Women detectives have been a prime-time staple since the 1950s. In part one of their investigation into female crime solvers on TV, Cristen and Caroline trace the literary origin of this beloved character all the way to Cagney and Lacey's game-changing roles.
Dec 17th, 2014 • 44:00
Chess, one of history's oldest games, is considered a man's game -- but why? Cristen and Caroline examine how the queen piece revolutionized chess and subsequently kicked women players out of the sport.
Dec 15th, 2014 • 44:41
Are women likelier to join cults? Cristen and Caroline investigate how destructive cults like the Manson Family work, why women join them and debunk stereotypes about women in cults.
Dec 10th, 2014 • 40:09
Cristen and Caroline chat with Belle & Sebastian member Sarah Martin about women in indie rock and what it's like being the only girl in the band.
Dec 8th, 2014 • 39:59
Why are women getting plastic surgery to slim down their ankles? Cristen and Caroline explore the how slender ankles became a feminine beauty standard and the etymology and science behind dreaded cankles.
Dec 3rd, 2014 • 38:56
Why is egg freezing the most hotly discussed health benefit in Silicon Valley? Cristen and Caroline put the science and success rates of oocyte cryopreservation, or egg freezing, under the microscope to determine whether it really is the great workplace equalizer for women.
Dec 1st, 2014 • 35:25
As many as 75 percent of women develop uterine fibroids, yet few are aware of this women's health issue. Cristen and Caroline break down what fibroids are, when they should be treated and why African-American women are at a higher risk of developing them.
Nov 26th, 2014 • 53:46
The Pocahontas myth has perpetuated the "Indian Princess" stereotype since the 17th century. Cristen and Caroline explore how this stereotype mangles the true history of Native American women and mythbust the Disney version of Pocahontas.
Nov 24th, 2014 • 47:06
Where did basic bitches come from? Cristen and Caroline take an etymological journey through the history, gender politics and reclamation of women's most-used curse word.
Nov 19th, 2014 • 47:38
The Oxford English Dictionary declared "vape" its 2014 Word of the Year, and it's not just men getting into vaping culture these days. Cristen and Caroline puff on how the rapidly growing e-cigarette industry is selling women on vaping and how it compares to how Big Tobacco lit up female smokers.
Nov 12th, 2014 • 41:25
Why is the Ebola virus is killing more women than men in West Africa? Cristen and Caroline chart the spread of the Ebola virus and the gender roles that put women more at risk for contracting Ebola virus and other pandemics.
Nov 10th, 2014 • 45:45
Nail polish that changes color in the presence of date rape drugs is just one of many products and apps being developed to prevent rape. Cristen and Caroline parse out the pros and cons this emerging cottage industry and whether it ultimately contributes to eradicating rape or perpetuating victim-blaming.
Nov 5th, 2014 • 46:40
The verdict on female lawyers' proper courtroom attire is murky at best. Cristen and Caroline investigate why workplace wardrobe is particularly vexing for women attorneys and how that reflects on broader gender equity issues in legal professions.
Nov 3rd, 2014 • 52:34
It might seem like a preposterous question, but many researchers wonder how much of premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is physical fact versus culturally constructed fiction. Cristen and Caroline chart the medical history of PMS and how moodiness most commonly associated with might not be a byproduct of menstruation.
Oct 29th, 2014 • 55:17
Where do our death rituals come from? Kate Sweeney, author of 'American Afterlife,' talks to Cristen and Caroline about the role women have played in death and mourning from Victorian hair jewelry to modern-day memorial tattoo artists.
Oct 27th, 2014 • 49:48
Why is gang membership among girls on the rise? Cristen and Caroline explore the history of girl gangs and what gang life means for young women past and present.
Oct 22nd, 2014 • 45:21
Almost as soon as The Golden Girls premiered in 1985, it became one of the most beloved shows on television. Cristen and Caroline discuss the show's history and incredible legacy as a sitcom that wasn't afraid to tackle important issues such as aging, sexual health and even gay marriage.
Oct 20th, 2014 • 51:50
Intimate partner violence, or domestic violence, accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime in the United States. Cristen and Caroline uncover the cycle of domestic violence and manipulation that keeps female and male victims from leaving their partners and the long-term health impacts of this epidemic of abuse.
Oct 15th, 2014 • 41:02
In recent years, tattoos have become a common part of breast cancer recovery. Beginning with a brief refresher on the history of women and ink, Cristen and Caroline discuss the different ways tattoos are providing new and empowering choices for women who've undergone mastectomies.
Oct 13th, 2014 • 48:14
The clitoris has been one of the most misunderstood and maligned female features in medical history. Cristen and Caroline uncover the incredible geography of clitoral complex and why it took so long for doctors to figure it out.
Oct 6th, 2014 • 53:52
What exactly is a sociopath, and why are women with antisocial personality disorder rare? Cristen and Caroline confront the clinical realities of sociopathy and why it's become pop culture's favorite character flaw.
Sep 29th, 2014 • 45:06
Stereotypes about Latinas' bodies and behaviors abound, and perhaps none are more pop culturally persistent than that of the "spicy" Latina. Cristen and Caroline, trace the history behind this on-screen trope that's endured from Carmen Miranda to Sof
Sep 24th, 2014 • 48:58
Why do women care so much about their eyelashes? From science and ancient history to to a mascara inventor named Rimmel, Cristen and Caroline get deep about these not-so-superficial hairs.
Sep 22nd, 2014 • 1:12:33
Black hair contains an entire history of ethnic pride, discrimination and assimilation. Lori L. Tharp, author of "Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America," talks to Cristen about black hair from the tragic to the triumphant and why more black women today are celebrating the beauty of their natural hair.
Sep 17th, 2014 • 45:27
How do girls' relationships with their fathers influence who they grow up to become? Cristen and Caroline unpack the psychology of "daddy issues" and the unique dynamics of father-daughter bonding.
Sep 15th, 2014 • 40:21
How do boys' relationships with their mothers influence who they grow up to become? Cristen and Caroline unpack the psychology of "mama's boys" and the unique dynamics of mother-son bonding.
Sep 10th, 2014 • 44:25
What "perfect" teeth look like depends on where in the world you are. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline shed light on the intersections between beauty, social status and teeth.
Sep 8th, 2014 • 44:24
According to the "grandmother hypothesis," humans have grandmas, nanas and bubbies to thank for their longer lifespans. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline reveal the compelling science and evolution behind these important maternal figures.
Sep 3rd, 2014 • 52:52
Is late night television resistant to women hosts and writers? Cristen and Caroline explore the past and present of late night TV to answer a question critics and viewers alike have been asking increasingly in recent years: where are the women?
Aug 27th, 2014 • 51:54
Since ancient times, women have been advised to cover up in order to protect their dignity. More recently, a so-called "modesty movement" has gotten underway, and Cristen and Caroline undresshow the "modest is hottest" message ultimately strips agency from women and men alike.
Aug 25th, 2014 • 44:27
As cosplay has become more popular outside of Japan in recent years, it has raised fascinating questions about gender, sexuality and authenticity in fandom and the fictional realms cosplay strives to mirror. Just in time for con season, Cristen and Caroline share how there's far more to cosplay than dressing up.
Aug 20th, 2014 • 48:07
Curly-haired women often feel like they're living in a flat-ironed, staight-haired world. Cristen and Caroline untangle the science of curly hair and get to the root of the cultural stereotypes regarding ringlets.
Aug 18th, 2014 • 52:51
Women are far likelier to suffer from insomnia than men, but why? Cristen and Caroline put the science to rest on the biological and psychological female factors that lead to sleepless nights.
Aug 13th, 2014 • 49:18
Why do women have larger buttocks than men, and why are they considered attractive? From Hottentot Venus to Instagram's Butt Selfie Queen, Cristen and Caroline get to the bottom of our longstanding cultural fascination with women's big butts.
Aug 11th, 2014 • 40:49
Do middle children really get the short end of the familial stick? Cristen and Caroline explore the psychological history of middle children, the influence of birth order and the cultural biases against the in-between siblings.
Aug 6th, 2014 • 51:57
How did Greek fraternities become a part of college life? Cristen and Caroline investigate the history of fraternities and how problems hazing, drinking and sexual assault threaten their future existence.
Aug 4th, 2014 • 57:57
What's the scientific function of best friendship? Cristen and Caroline put besties and bromances under the microscope to discover the pros and cons of how these influential relationships shape our lives.
Jul 30th, 2014 • 56:25
Women who travel alone have long raised suspicious eyebrows for bucking convention in order to see the world. Cristen and Caroline take a trip from the 19th-century Golden Age of Travel to today to find out why women travel solo and whether their independent itineraries are really a safety risk.
Jul 23rd, 2014 • 39:20
The earliest seafaring women had to disguise themselves as men just to be allowed aboard ships. In this aquatic installment of their series on exploration, Cristen and Caroline chart the incredible adventures of women on the high seas past and present.
Jul 21st, 2014 • 44:18
Cristen and Caroline visit the Stuff Mom Never Told You listener mail bag to answer questions about asexual dating, modesty, the "hot convict" meme and more.
Jul 16th, 2014 • 45:50
Of all the places on the globe, Antarctica has been the hardest for women to reach, barred even from South Pole-bound ships. Cristen and Caroline bundle up for an adventure with the persistent women who fought their way to explore the icy continent. Antarctica-bound ships, women have had to fight their way to explore the icy continent.
Jul 9th, 2014 • 53:54
During the Golden Age of Exploration, discovering unknown lands was something that typically required a lot of money -- and being a man. Cristen and Caroline highlight the women who dared to defy convention, explore and change the world.
Jul 2nd, 2014 • 35:37
Exploration has long be considered a manly pursuit, but a new generation of women explorers and adventures are changing that. Cristen and Caroline survey the women's rich and exciting history of exploration and how they've fought for the right the investigate the natural world -- even in petticoats and corsets.
Jun 30th, 2014 • 29:02
In 1986, Jane Pratt founded Sassy, a magazine which revolutionized teen girl media and culture, and now she helms xoJane.com. Cristen chatted with Jane how the pressures on young women have changed -- and stayed the same -- over the years, feminism, and the importance of xoJane and Sassy today.
Jun 25th, 2014 • 44:01
Among professional sports, tennis often is cited as one of the most gender equitable for female athletes. Cristen and Caroline serve up the evolution of women's tennis and the players who trailblazed the way to diversity on the court.
Jun 23rd, 2014 • 38:54
When Lupita Nyong'o won her Academy Award in early 2014, she was widely hailed as an "exotic" starlet, despite her not-so-exotic rise to stardom. Cristen and Caroline explore the broader intersections of race and Western beauty constructs and the multilayerd problem of exoticizing non-white beauty.
Jun 18th, 2014 • 40:09
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and in recognition, Cristen and Caroline discuss the often unsung women who helped set an enslaved people free, despite tremendous race- and gender-based prejudice.
Jun 16th, 2014 • 54:44
More men than ever before are raising kids as single dads. To celebrate Father's Day, Cristen and Caroline trace how single fatherhood has become the new normal and spotlight how and why society treats single dads differently from single moms.
Jun 11th, 2014 • 49:00
For the 2014 Stuff Mom Never Told You Summer Book Extravaganza, Cristen and Caroline explore the massively popular world of YA fiction and its enduring appeal into adulthood.
Jun 9th, 2014 • 45:17
World War II often is cited as a watershed moment for getting American women in the workplace. To commemorate D-Day, Cristen and Caroline reexamine whether the war really helped Rosie the Riveters climb career ladders.
Jun 4th, 2014 • 43:02
Writer Jen Doll has attended so many weddings, she wrote a hilarious memoir about the nuptial tradition from the guests' perspective. Cristen chats with Doll about weddings and relationships, feminism and her new book, "Save the Date."
Jun 2nd, 2014 • 47:57
With same-sex marriage increasingly becoming legal around the world, Cristen and Caroline celebrate with a look at how gay weddings combine somethings old and new.
May 28th, 2014 • 55:36
To celebrate World Children's Day, Cristen and Caroline explore the science of children's vivid imaginations and why our imaginations fade as we age.
May 26th, 2014 • 44:14
Did you know an army of Disney "animation girls" helped bring its classic films to life? Cristen and Caroline examine women working in the early days of Disney and women in animation's continuing quest to shatter the celluloid ceiling.
May 21st, 2014 • 33:30
Not long ago, a Canadian woman went to the hospital intending to deliver quintuplets. But it turned out she had never been pregnant at all, despite her bulging belly. Cristen and Caroline look into the mystery of pseudocyesis, better known as phantom pregnancy.
May 19th, 2014 • 56:25
A majority of teachers around the world are women -- why? Cristen and Caroline chart the feminization of the teaching profession and how gender at the front of the classroom affects student learning.
May 14th, 2014 • 48:40
When "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" premiered in 2010, the cartoon attracted a surprising new fan base: men, aka bronies. Cristen and Caroline explore the brony origin, who they are and what it means that a group of men, young and old, are proudly embracing their love of an animated show for little girls.
May 7th, 2014 • 45:59
Being married to the military comes with unique challenges, including deployment, frequent moves and stereotyping as a frivolous "Army wife." Cristen and Caroline examine what life is really like for military spouses, LGBT military families and female soldiers with civilian husbands.
Apr 30th, 2014 • 52:17
Around 245 million women around the world are widows. Cristen and Caroline examine the history of widowhood, societal treatment toward widowed women, and how men and women process spousal loss differently.
Apr 28th, 2014 • 53:15
Do women really go crazy for chocolate? Cristen and Caroline unpack the old stereotype of women's chocolate obsessions, one of advertising's greatest confections.
Apr 23rd, 2014 • 46:10
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 games and gaming culture treat women.
Apr 21st, 2014 • 45:45
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 making their way in the industry and the challenges -- and sometimes death threats -- they face.
Apr 14th, 2014 • 44:43
Celebrity studies PhD and new Buzzfeed features writer Anne Helen Petersen stops by the show to talk about the rise of Hollywood scandal, female stars, celebrity gossip and feminism.
Apr 9th, 2014 • 56:52
Has online dating made it easier to meet people and find long-term romance? Cristen and Caroline trace the fascinating history of people using technology to find love, romance in the mobile dating app era and whether Tinder and Grindr are threatening monogamy.
Apr 7th, 2014 • 52:20
Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, but why? Cristen and Caroline examine the ADHD gender gap, how the disorder impacts girls' lives differently and why so many young women are taking Adderall.
Apr 2nd, 2014 • 38:05
Beard popularity has led some razor companies to promote more "manscaping" below the neck. Caroline and Cristen explore how men are becoming more invested in hair removal and grooming than ever before.
Mar 31st, 2014 • 45:48
What's the sociocultural deal with men and cars? Cristen and Caroline take a drive through the gendered history of car advertising, early electric cars for women and why guys are still behind the wheel more often.
Mar 26th, 2014 • 39:52
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. Caroline and Cristen chart the ancient history and return of women to craft beer brewing.
Mar 24th, 2014 • 42:47
To mark the anniversary of the first-ever tweet in March 2006, Cristen and Caroline take a look at how women use Twitter in greater numbers than men -- except when it comes to running the powerful social media enterprise.
Mar 12th, 2014 • 30:57
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro, author of "Promise Land," stops by the show to share her insights on the history of self-help, its particular appeal to women and whether it can really improve lives.
Mar 5th, 2014 • 56:11
Nuns meowing like cats. School girls laughing uncontrollably. People dancing in the streets until they die from exhaustion. Cristen and Caroline dig into the fascinating history of mass hysteria, why some think it's on the rise today and how it seems to affect more girls and women.
Mar 3rd, 2014 • 41:40
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. Cristen and Caroline laissez les podcast bon temps rouler in this parade of gender, race and class at Mardi Gras.
Feb 26th, 2014 • 50:07
The history of the women's movement for suffrage was written by white women and largely overshadows the African-American feminists who worked alongside them, battling not only gender inequity but also racism, disenfranchisement and segregation from mainstream suffrage organizations. Cristen and Caroline highlight Ida B. Wells and other black women integral to winning the vote for all American women.
Feb 24th, 2014 • 42:24
Since it first began its westward expansion in the 16th century, coffee has been a distinctively male drink. Even today, while plenty of women work behind the coffee counter, many wonder whether a bro-rista culture continues to dominate the rapidly expanding specialty coffee industry.
Feb 19th, 2014 • 31:16
Miscarriage is one of the most common pregnancy experiences, though rarely talked about openly. Cristen and Caroline provide an overview of what miscarriage entails, what causes it, what doesn't and its psychological repercussions of pregnancy loss for women and men.
Feb 12th, 2014 • 44:35
Where do celebrity crushes, affections for fictional characters and hero worship come from? Cristen and Caroline shed light on the fascinating spectrum of parasocial relationships we develop with people in books, television and tabloids.
Feb 10th, 2014 • 43:59
Comedy hasn't always been an especially welcoming space for women. Cristen and Caroline highlight the hilarious female trailblazers who've been honored by MAKERS, an historic initiative that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women's stories ever assembled.
Feb 5th, 2014 • 56:16
Swearing and use of profanity is has long been a considered a masculine habit, while women are the "experts of euphemism." Cristen and Caroline unpack the sociolinguistic danger of women swearing and whether the profanity gender gap is closing at home and in the workplace.
Feb 3rd, 2014 • 43:02
A recent Vanity Fair article detailed the potentially fatal side effects of certain types of birth control. Cristen and Caroline unravel the science of birth control risk factors, how to minimize birth control risk and what the Vanity Fair story leaves out.
Jan 29th, 2014 • 39:35
During the Super Bowl, the only women on the football fields will be on the sidelines. Cristen and Caroline highlight historical landmarks of women in sports journalism and American football's troubling tradition of relegating women reporters to the sidelines to serve as on-camera "eye candy."
Jan 27th, 2014 • 39:54
Thyroid disorders are eight times more likely to affect women. Cristen and Caroline break down how thyroids function -- and malfunction -- and why these "meat butterflies" are such a female pain in the neck.
Jan 22nd, 2014 • 36:39
In recent years, parents-to-be have given birth to a new baby celebration: the gender reveal party. Cristen and Caroline discuss what exactly they are, why they exist and the pros and cons of their fast-growing popularity.
Jan 20th, 2014 • 37:44
To celebrate her January 20 birthday, Cristen and Caroline look at the incredible life of country music legend Dolly Parton and why many consider the over-the-top entertainer a feminist icon.
Jan 15th, 2014 • 37:51
Although women have served as volunteer firefighters since the 19th century, putting out fires for a living is one of the hardest careers for women to pursue today. Caroline and Cristen turn up the heat on the history of women firefighters and why gender discrimination still persists in many fire departments.
Jan 13th, 2014 • 45:38
Since January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Cristen and Caroline discuss the scope of sex trafficking in the United States, its legal history and why anti-trafficking initiatives have attracted controversy in recent years.
Jan 8th, 2014 • 54:29
Since hip-hop was born in 1973, women have played important roles as emcees, b-girls and graffiti artists, but prominent female rappers have dwindled in recent years. Hip-hop journalist Christina Lee talks to Cristen and Caroline about where the women rappers are, the importance of Nicki Minaj, and hip-hop feminism.
Jan 6th, 2014 • 53:14
Since sport hunting is on the rise among women, Cristen and Caroline take aim at the intersection of gender and hunting from early hunter-gather societies to the wild West to its most recent women-led resurgence.
Jan 1st, 2014 • 38:17
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? Cristen and Caroline revisit this past podcast examining the science of willpower and sticking with resolutions.
Dec 30th, 2013 • 35:37
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. Cristen and Caroline discuss how holidays tax relationships and single status alike and offer some insights into seasonal stress management.
Dec 25th, 2013 • 38:49
What has Oprah been up to since we first discussed her rise to media mogul status? Cristen and Caroline discuss Oprah's recent small and big screen success in this special holiday revisit of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Show first aired in November 2011.
Dec 23rd, 2013 • 46:53
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 entrepreneurial spirit.
Dec 18th, 2013 • 48:44
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 anthropology of pie as well as its many gendered layers.
Dec 16th, 2013 • 45:59
Startup entrepreneur and computer coding evangelist Ada Birnir talks with Caroline and Cristen about feminism, why women should learn to code and how she started Skillcrush to teach coding to the female masses.
Dec 4th, 2013 • 45:09
Compared to barber shops that have been around since ancient Greece, women's salons and beauty parlors are relatively new inventions. Cristen and Caroline look at the history of each, as well as the gender and racial politics woven into the places we get our hair cut.
Dec 2nd, 2013 • 45:21
In the 1920s, Stanford psychologist Lewis Terman developed the IQ test to aid in his study of exceptionally smart kids, or child prodigies. Cristen and Caroline discuss the science of child prodigies, why so many of them are boys and how prodigies fare as they grow up.
Nov 27th, 2013 • 34:20
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 American women to cook a special turkey dinner every November.
Nov 25th, 2013 • 35:17
Hollywood icon John Wayne once said, "Never apologize. It's a sign of weakness." Is that masculine advice why it's thought that women tend to apologize more than men? Caroline and Cristen examine how men and women say "I'm sorry," and myth-bust the stereotype of women as the sorrier sex.
Nov 20th, 2013 • 46:24
In the 1970s, Pam Grier became Hollywood’s first female action lead, debuting a new type of strong, fierce woman on screen. Following a slow and highly sexualized evolution of the female action hero, or superheroine, there appears to be a resurgence of butt-kicking women at the box office, and Cristen and Caroline explore the modern plight of the superheroine.
Nov 18th, 2013 • 35:42
In 2004, the Fatshionista LiveJournal community was founded to "discuss the ins and outs of fat fashions", and a plus-size fashion blogging network quickly took off. Long marginalized and size-shamed, fatshion bloggers and designers are revolutionizing mainstream fashion and looking fabulous while doing it.
Nov 13th, 2013 • 39:12
One of history's earliest-known female mathematicians was Hypatia, a scholar and philosopher who was later stoned to death by an angry mob. While conditions have certainly improved for math-loving women today, plenty of obstacles still remain to attracting more girls and women into these numbers-driven disciplines.
Nov 11th, 2013 • 42:42
Engineering has some of the widest gender gaps among the STEM fields, despite having some of the most fascinating -- and lucrative -- career options. Cristen and Caroline explore women's contributions to engineering, why industrial engineering attracts the most women and female students' altruistic motivations for pursuing the challenging degree.
Nov 6th, 2013 • 48:03
Why are fewer women than ever before pursuing computer science degrees? Lauren Vogelbaum of TechStuff stops by the show to discuss the tech industry's gender gap and whether the "brogrammer" culture is a sexist reality.
Nov 4th, 2013 • 52:45
Kicking off a four-part series on women in STEM fields, Cristen and Caroline chat with Julie Douglas of Stuff to Blow Your Mind about the nature vs. nurture debate over women in science.
Oct 30th, 2013 • 37:33
Whether in print or on television, true crime draws its largest audience from women. Caroline and Cristen autopsy the gory genre to understand the particularly female appeal of so-called "violence porn."
Oct 28th, 2013 • 40:18
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.
Oct 21st, 2013 • 38:29
In fall 2013, a Russian orchestra conductor sparked international controversy when he said that women cut out for conducting. Cristen and Caroline look at the male-dominated world of classical music and the women like Marin Alsop who are challenging the maestro stereotype.
Oct 16th, 2013 • 36:40
The history of women wearing pants is about far more than fashion. Caroline and Cristen explore the gender and class politics interwoven with pants slowly entering the female wardrobe and why men began wearing them in the first place.
Oct 14th, 2013 • 35:08
Why does it take women, on average, more than nine years to be accurately diagnosed for endometriosis, one of the most common medical disorders affecting women? Cristen and Caroline explore what endometriosis is, what causes it and why the uncurable condition is still so misunderstood by doctors today.
Oct 4th, 2013 • 25:14
In the final installment of the "Lean In" series, Cristen and Caroline explore why "bossy" is a negative term typically applied to women and girls. As we strive for career advancement, how can women square success and likeability in the workplace, and is it time to reclaim "bossy?"
Oct 2nd, 2013 • 44:13
Historically, women have been banned from most of the wine-making process, but it's a much different story today. Cristen and Caroline detail how and why women not only are the primary wine consumers but also are becoming viticulture's most celebrated taste-makers.
Sep 30th, 2013 • 45:02
Does "Orange Is the New Black" accurately portray life in women's prisons? Caroline and Cristen size up the show versus the reality of the criminal justice system in the United States.
Sep 27th, 2013 • 26:41
In the third installment of a special "Lean In" series, Cristen and Caroline discuss why "work-life balance" and the idea of "having it all" is a myth.
Sep 25th, 2013 • 33:36
Caroline and Cristen revisit the "manic pixie dreamgirl" trope in television and movies and explore whether the stock female character is disappearing from pop culture.
Sep 23rd, 2013 • 42:15
Cristen and Caroline discuss a recent Twitter hashtag, #solidarityisforwhitewomen, that sparked an important conversation about feminism and race and revisit their episode on 6 Black Feminists You Should Know.
Sep 20th, 2013 • 25:00
Why are successful women more likely to suffer from the "imposter syndrome?" In part two of their special series on "Lean In," Cristen and Caroline discuss fear in the workplace and how to overcome it.
Sep 18th, 2013 • 38:08
Do men and women have different memory mechanisms? Cristen and Caroline explore sex differences in memory and who's more susceptible to forgetfulness and memory loss.
Sep 16th, 2013 • 34:40
Who are the pioneering stuntwomen who opened up this niche Hollywood industry to women? Caroline and Cristen take a look at women and stunt work then and now.
Sep 13th, 2013 • 22:24
Cristen and Caroline kick off their special four-part series on Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In: Women, the Workplace and the Will to Lead" with a chat about women and negotiation.
Sep 11th, 2013 • 41:12
Recent research has found that open relationships may be healthier than monogamous ones. Cristen and Caroline investigate the dynamics, risks and rewards of open relationships.
Sep 9th, 2013 • 43:01
If you're a millennial with a smart phone, there's a good chance you're on Instagram. Caroline and Cristen chart the brief history of the popular photo filter app, who uses it and what our Instagram feeds say about modern life.
Sep 4th, 2013 • 40:13
Anger is complex emotion, especially when gender gets involved. Caroline and Cristen explore how men and women experience and express anger differently and how to manage anger when it naturally arises.
Sep 2nd, 2013 • 36:02
Cristen and Caroline get down to the stinky science and gender differences of passing gas because, like it or not, everybody farts.
Aug 28th, 2013 • 31:45
Ever wonder why there isn't a women's Tour de France? Women competitive and pro cycling has long lagged behind men's pro cycling, but not for lack of athleticism. Caroling and Cristen discuss female cyclists' uphill fight for recognition.
Aug 26th, 2013 • 28:49
In 1985, graphic novelist Alison Bechdel described "The Test" for movies that require a) two named women on screen, b) talking to each other, c) about something other than a man. Cristen and Caroline talk about the Bechdel Test today and how it can evaluate representations of gender and race in movies and television.
Aug 21st, 2013 • 45:59
Florence Williams, the author of "Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History," stops by the show to talk about the evolution of breasts, the history of breast implants and how environmental toxins are invading breast tissues.
Aug 19th, 2013 • 39:24
Women are waiting longer to have children, but when does fertility take a nosedive? Caroline and Cristen explore the science of female fertility and why 35 isn't necessarily the beginning of the end for natural conception.
Aug 14th, 2013 • 37:01
While Debbie Sterling was an engineering student at Stanford University, the small number of female engineers got her thinking about how to engage young girls in STEM fields. Cristen chatted with the engineer-turned-entrepreneur, about her invention of Goldieblox, a toy designed to teach girls engineering principles within a narrative framework, and why toys for girls should diversify beyond pink princesses.
Aug 12th, 2013 • 38:00
As soon as women entered the American workplace in the 1860s, sex and romance have been a common undercurrent of office life. Cristen and Caroline explore the risks and rewards of 21st-century office romances, along with cupid contracts, trading sex for promotions and sexual harassment.
Aug 7th, 2013 • 37:06
Why did it take until 1998 for Cosmopolitan to use the term "bachelorette party?" Because the raucous pre-wedding shindigs haven't been around very long, since bachelor parties were for grooms and showers were for brides. Cristen and Caroline explore the social and sexual symbolism of the rise of the bachelorette party.
Aug 5th, 2013 • 43:28
Betrothed men and women have exchanged rings for centuries, but women receiving diamonds is a 20th-century invention. Cristen and Caroline take an unromantic look and how DeBeers taught us that diamonds are forever and should cost two months salary.
Jul 31st, 2013 • 32:21
On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled The Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage between a man and a woman, unconstitutional. Caroline and Cristen look at a history of gay marriage in the United States and the next steps toward legalizing same-sex marriage.
Jul 24th, 2013 • 45:50
After Word War II, pets became a standard part of American homes. Now, some think that the love and money we shower on our domesticated animals constitutes pet parenting. Cristen and Caroline discuss pet attachments and how it relates to couples who are childfree-by-choice.
Jul 22nd, 2013 • 36:43
Why are two-thirds of diagnosed kleptomaniacs women? Cristen and Caroline explore the 19th-century rise of retail consumerism, shoplifting and how kleptomania was invented to help keep wealthy women out of prison.
Jul 17th, 2013 • 34:25
Why are online "whisper" communities giving people brain orgasms? Caroline and Cristen discuss autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR, and investigate what's up with those strange tingling sensations.
Jul 15th, 2013 • 53:17
How has Photoshop, social media and modern advertising altered the meaning of beauty? Cristen interviews beauty scholar Autumn Whitefield-Madrono of The Beheld about 21st-century beauty and how it intersects with technology and feminism.
Jul 10th, 2013 • 43:39
For their annual summer reading episode, Caroline and Cristen discuss the impact of gendered book covers, the viral "cover flip" challenge, and whether books written by women are taken as seriously by publishers and critics.
Jul 8th, 2013 • 37:50
When actress Mary Pickford cut off her long hair in 1928, the haircut made The New York Times front page. Since short hair is still shocking today, Caroline and Cristen examine the sociocultural meanings of close-cropped women.
Jul 3rd, 2013 • 37:21
It's normal for kids to wet the bed, but scientists still don't know exactly why they do. Cristen and Caroline talk Freud, genetics and moisture alarms as they explore the psychology, physiology and neurology of why bedwetting happens.
Jul 1st, 2013 • 33:24
The term "drunkorexia" was coined in 2008 to describe people who intentionally drink on an empty stomach to "save" calories and money. Media reports suggest that it's sweeping college campuses, but Cristen and Caroline also discuss how the trendy term has more serious implications for the intersection of eating disorders and substance abuse.
Jun 26th, 2013 • 29:28
For the final Boys of Summer installment, Caroline and Cristen highlight William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous inventor of Wonder Woman and how Marston's feminism influenced the iconic comic book superheroine.
Jun 24th, 2013 • 34:31
After more than 50 years on TV, Barbara Walters is retiring in 2014. Cristen and Caroline discuss her legacy as a pioneering female broadcast journalist and soft-news aficionado, and why TIME magazine called her the "Most Appalling Argument for Feminism."
Jun 18th, 2013 • 24:39
In the third Boys of Summer installment, Cristen and Caroline hat tip JK Starley, the engineer who invented the bicycle as we know it today, and explain how the bicycle was a transportation revolution for women.
Jun 17th, 2013 • 42:12
Founded in the 19th century, women's colleges now dwindle in number and popularity for female scholars. Caroline and Cristen discuss the history of these all-female institutions and the pros and cons of their 21st-century existence.
Jun 12th, 2013 • 28:12
For the second "Boys of Summer" episode, Caroline and Cristen discuss the life and legacy of John Rock, a devout Catholic and co-inventor of America's first birth control pill.
Jun 10th, 2013 • 38:52
A court decision to lift age restrictions on purchasing Plan B emergency contraception set off a firestorm of controversy. Cristen and Caroline talk about what Plan B does and its impacts on young women's sexual health.
Jun 5th, 2013 • 28:05
Paul Poiret was a French designer credited with unlacing women from corsets. Cristen and Caroline explore the intersection of fashion history, industrialization and gender equality in the first installment of their Boys of Summer series.
Jun 3rd, 2013 • 34:02
Fitness inspiration, known as fitspo, is supposed to get women exercising, but is it helpful or hurtful for women's body images? Caroline and Cristen assess the health of fitspo and its links to eating disorders and compulsive exercise.
May 28th, 2013 • 42:54
As more women are choosing natural childbirth, Caroline and Cristen look into what "natural" actually means and how women deal with the pain of having a baby without meds.
May 27th, 2013 • 39:05
Dorothy Parker once wrote that "men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses." Cristen and Caroline explore why so many negative stereotypes are attached to women wearing glasses and whether we have hipsters to thank for making glasses cool.
May 22nd, 2013 • 38:25
In 1942, "Now Voyager" starring Bette Davis was Hollywood's first major "magical makeover" movie. Caroline and Cristen explore the intersection of the beauty culture, film history and feminism in "magical makeover" movies deliver and ponder why we love watching them so much.
May 15th, 2013 • 40:04
Are Chinese children raised with a greater sense of family loyalty than kids in the West? Join Caroline and Cristen as they discuss Eastern parenting practices, the Chinese principle of filial piety and how family devotion affects Chinese kids' success.
May 13th, 2013 • 38:33
Women tend to score much lower than men on financial literacy tests. Why? Is money management a man thing? Does financial planning pander to women? Listen in to learn more.
May 8th, 2013 • 37:03
On Sunday, Americans will spend more than $16 billion dollars celebrating Mother’s Day. Cristen and Caroline discuss why we treat moms to brunch and flowers every second Sunday in May, and why the founder of Mother’s Day regretted how popular it became.
May 6th, 2013 • 46:19
Why is photography still a male-dominated industry? Listen in to learn more about women’s roles in the history of photography, including the work of Frances Benjamin Johnston, Margaret Bourke-White, Diane Arbus and other notable female photographers.
May 1st, 2013 • 40:02
Do redheads have it worst? Listen in to learn more about history's original "dumb blonde" and how yellow hair took on its various meanings -- including how and why hair color colors our perceptions of people.
Apr 29th, 2013 • 40:10
Does the scheduling convenience of C-sections outweigh the risks? Join Caroline and Cristen for a brief medical history of C-sections, as well as an exploration of doctors' concerns over the rising rates of the procedure.
Apr 24th, 2013 • 31:12
Men comprise an estimated 20 percent of anorexics, but many are going untreated. To understand why, it's necessary to explore unraveling sexual orientation, internalized homonegativity and more. Tune in to learn why calling it “manorexia” is problematic.
Apr 22nd, 2013 • 33:40
What's the childhood psychology of stuffed animals and other “transitional objects”? Why do 35 percent of adults still sleep with stuffed animals? Tune in to learn more, including a brief history of the teddy bear and why the stuff possum never caught on.
Apr 17th, 2013 • 22:49
Is bacterial vaginosis a sexually transmitted infection? What is the treatment for bacterial vaginosis, and what prevention methods are available? Join Cristen and Caroline for a quick course in bacterial vaginosis 101.
Apr 15th, 2013 • 38:43
What's the nature of gender, masculinity and sexuality in boy band lyrics? What about race and ethnicity in (mostly white) boy bands? Join Cristen and Caroline for a brief history of boy bands, from The Beatles to 1 Direction.
Apr 11th, 2013 • 32:00
What was the gendering of the typewriter? How did women take over secretarial work? Join Cristen and Caroline to learn about the history of secretarial work from ancient scribes to the steno pool, along with how to overcome negative secretary stereotypes.
Apr 8th, 2013 • 30:26
Does teleworking solve the childcare issue? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the high cost of childcare for working parents & single moms, as well as how workplace childcare improves job satisfaction and business bottom lines.
Apr 3rd, 2013 • 45:01
It's not that there are no women coaching female basketball (consider the legendary Pat Summit and others), but Title IX has more male coaches. Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore homophobia, sexism and the glass wall that coaches often run into.
Apr 1st, 2013 • 37:29
By age 5, people expect girls to be cleaner than boys. Around the house and at work, men are only slightly less clean than women. Listen in to learn more about the Hygiene Hypothesis, and how being cleaner might not be healthier for women.
Apr 1st, 2013 • 22:24
Has Stuff Mom Never Told You ever run into taboo topics? Would you like to know more about Caroline’s Proust questionnaire? How has the show affected the co-host’s romantic lives? Tune to learn more in the second part of this series.
Mar 27th, 2013 • 42:04
Why is crying in the workplace such a highly discussed topic for women? Scientifically speaking, prolactin and smaller tear ducts make women more prone to crying. Tune in to learn more, including strategies for managing emotions in the workplace.
Mar 25th, 2013 • 30:44
What is toxic shock syndrome, and what’s the risk of contracting it? Why was 1980 the worst year for tampons? Listen in to learn all about toxic shock syndrome (including how to prevent it) in this episode.
Mar 25th, 2013 • 19:10
Has Stuff Mom Never Told You ever run into taboo topics? Would you like to know more about podcast regret or Caroline’s Proust questionnaire? How has the show affected the co-host’s romantic lives? Tune to learn the answers to these questions and more.
Mar 20th, 2013 • 40:11
Are school uniforms the magic bullet for improved learning environments? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore school dress codes, Title IX and the nature of gender identity within school dress code restrictions.
Mar 18th, 2013 • 33:01
How will women in combat impact the military? Join Caroline and Cristen as they look at other countries that allow women in combat, outline a brief history of women soldiers and explore the combat exclusion policy.
Mar 13th, 2013 • 39:04
Do advice columns dole out good advice? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore how Dear Abby and Ann Landers were rival twin sisters, well as examining Dan Savage and the rise of the sex columnist.
Mar 11th, 2013 • 38:09
The Athenian Mercury was history’s first advice column, and since then advice columns have become a staple of modern publishing -- but how? And why are most advice columns written by women? Tune in to learn more.
Mar 6th, 2013 • 35:19
Pole dancing originated in China and India, and took off in strip clubs in the 1980s in Canada. Should it be considered as an Olympic sport? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the rising popularity of strippercizing and pole dancing for fitness.
Mar 4th, 2013 • 32:20
Did you know that the EU enforces its ban on animal-tested products in March 2013? Why did mascara kick off animal testing in the U.S.? Why are women more invested in animal rights, compared to men? Join Caroline and Cristen to learn more.
Feb 25th, 2013 • 35:36
Vaginoplasty, labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation are today’s hottest new plastic surgeries. So what does a normal vagina look like? Tune in to learn more about why women get “The Barbie” and other vaginal cosmetic surgeries.
Feb 20th, 2013 • 33:11
Why is there a lack of qualify film roles for black actresses? Listen in to learn more about Hattie McDaniel, the the first black actress to win an Oscar, as well as more about black women behind the camera directing, screenwriting and producing.
Feb 18th, 2013 • 34:19
What is vocal fry and why is everyone talking about it? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore valley girls and uptalk, ultimately asking why younger women are the linguistic trendsetters.
Feb 13th, 2013 • 38:05
How do public displays of affection compare to etiquette-friendly social kissing? How is PDA an act of love – and defiance -- in the LGBT community? And, do you love it or hate it? Listen in to learn how onlookers respond to PDA.
Feb 6th, 2013 • 28:55
Did the medical community wrongfully exploit the Lacks family? Listen in to learn how John Hopkins Hospital got a hold of Henrietta Lacks’ “immortal” HeLa cells, how these cells transformed modern medicine and more.
Jan 30th, 2013 • 33:59
What is the etymology of “tomboy,” and how has it evolved from meaning a whiskey-drinking man to a rough-and-tumble girl? Tune in to learn more about pop culture, tomboys, sissies and gender identity in this episode.
Jan 28th, 2013 • 37:22
From ancient Greek stone-lifting to modern-day shake weights, fitness fads have been around for ages. What's the deal with gendered marketing and fitness fads? Listen in to learn why toning sneakers – and other fitness fad products – are completely bogus.
Jan 23rd, 2013 • 32:09
In this episode, Cristen and Caroline dive into the history of British domestic service as well as race and domestic service in the United States. Tune in to learn more about immigration, exploitation and risky work for domestic service workers today.
Jan 21st, 2013 • 39:04
At what age should a woman first go to the gynecologist? Do women prefer female gynecologists? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explain the Stuff Mom Never Told You about OB-GYN visits.
Jan 16th, 2013 • 42:36
Why are so many people drawn to cooking, crafts and lifestyles from a bygone era? How do Etsy, Pinterest and mommy blogs fuel new domesticity? Tune in as Cristen and Caroline interview with Emily Matchar on her book on the new domesticity movement
Jan 14th, 2013 • 41:34
When did people start exercising for their health? How were women were responsible for the rise of public gyms and health spas? Listen in to learn more about Jack Lalanne, the Cold War and the Modern Fitness Movement in the United States.
Jan 9th, 2013 • 37:13
How does this muscle-building hormone act in the body? What's the relationship between testosterone and masculinity? Does testosterone fuel aggression, or the other way around? Join Cristen and Caroline to learn more about this oft-misunderstood hormone.
Jan 2nd, 2013 • 36:52
Most people are familiar with the trope of the terrible, no good mother-in-law, and studies confirm often-strained mother-in-law relationships. So does this stereotype have evolutionary roots? Listen in to learn more.
Dec 31st, 2012 • 38:19
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 learn more about science of willpower and how to stick with resolutions.
Dec 26th, 2012 • 29:27
Is food porn unhealthy? Do foodies represent a cultural era of feast or famine? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the rise of the foodie and the culinary hipster.
Dec 21st, 2012 • 35:17
Have food morals replaced sexual morals? Do modern humans want pizza and chocolate more than sex? Surveys suggest yes. Listen in to learn more about how food and sex collide in the brain.
Dec 19th, 2012 • 30:09
What’s the deal with virginity auctions? Why is virginity associated with both sacredness and stigma, especially for women? Is virginity a valueless construct rather than an actual physical state?
Dec 17th, 2012 • 29:42
Tis the season for throwing away tons of food. Did you know that the federal government only mandates expiration dates on infant formula and baby food? What do the dates on food packaging really mean? Tune in to learn more about food waste.
Dec 12th, 2012 • 30:38
How do urinary tract infections happen? Why are cranberries the magical fruit cure for UTIs? Join Cristen and Caroline as they take a closer look at urinary tract infections, from what they are to how they work -- and why men can get UTIs, too.
Dec 10th, 2012 • 27:19
What is the rhythm method and who developed it? Why is the rhythm method referred to as "Catholic roulette"? Are the rhythm method and other forms of natural birth control effective? Join Cristen and Caroline to learn the answers to these questions and more.
Dec 5th, 2012 • 38:51
Kjiersten Gruys went a year without looking in a mirror to readjust how she looks at her body. So how does losing weight for health compare to losing weight to meet beauty standards? Is intentional weight loss a feminist choice or feminist fail?
Dec 3rd, 2012 • 44:25
What is the “friendzone” and where did the term come from? How does getting in – and out – of the friendzone work? Can friendships survive the friendzone? (Studies say maybe.) Tune in to learn more.
Nov 28th, 2012 • 33:41
Are more men Internet trolls? Why is there so much misogyny and slut shaming in Internet trolling – and what can we do about it? Join Cristen, Caroline and TechStuff co-host Jonathan as they discuss the gender dynamics of online trolling.
Nov 26th, 2012 • 25:47
When kids fly the coop, do parents come down with empty nest syndrome? It's no secret that kids leaving home often requires parents to renegotiate their relationships. Listen in to learn how moms and dads tend to deal with empty nests differently.
Nov 21st, 2012 • 36:47
Who came up with Pinterest and why? Why is Pinterest so popular among women? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline do more than answer these questions -- they also explore Manteresting, Gentlemint and other 'Pinterests for dudes.'
Nov 19th, 2012 • 34:11
Thanks to sociocultural evolution, interracial marriage is increasingly common. Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore Loving v. Virginia, why worrying about children in these marriages is outdated (and likely rooted in racism) and more.
Nov 14th, 2012 • 27:28
Are hormones to blame for the obesity epidemic? Join Cristen and Caroline as they unravel the facts surrounding obesity, from genetic predispositions to the ways in which testosterone and estrogen can affect an individual's weight.
Nov 12th, 2012 • 29:46
What did flappers have to do with the invention of the bobby pin? Where do all those bobby pins go when they disappear? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the history of hair pins, as well as theories of where all those lost bobby pins end up.
Nov 7th, 2012 • 29:14
Queen Bee Syndrome was coined in the 1970s to describe terrible lady bosses, yet recent research challenges the notion of Queen Bee Syndrome. Listen in to learn why women should help other women – and men -- in the workplace
Nov 5th, 2012 • 28:41
There are 1.4 million child caregivers in the United States -- but what kinds of caregiving responsibilities do these kids shoulder? Listen in to learn why child caregivers are at a higher risk of asocial behavior, anxiety and depression.
Oct 31st, 2012 • 27:13
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? Listen in to learn more.
Oct 29th, 2012 • 28:00
Finally, in 2011 doctors confirmed that it’s safe to have sex during pregnancy -- but that's not the end of the story. Why are some men especially attracted to pregnant women? How does pregnancy affect sex drive? Join Cristen and Caroline to learn more.
Oct 24th, 2012 • 36:12
Why do we associate cats with crazy old ladies? What's the historical relationship between women and cats, and why do popes hate cats? Could bacteria in cat poop make people crazy? Join Caroline and Cristen as they answer these questions and more.
Oct 22nd, 2012 • 29:23
What is progeria, aka ‘old person syndrome,’ and how does it occur? Why do kids with progeria only live into their teens but look much older? Scientists have discovered the first treatment for progeria
Oct 17th, 2012 • 29:56
Who sleepwalks the most? Kids. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline explore the odd world of sleep behaviors, including sleep-related eating disorders, the relationship between sleepwalking and depression and more.
Oct 10th, 2012 • 35:07
How is the NFL courting female (American) football fans? Are female football fans marginalized? How is the NFL targeting football merchandise and marketing for the ladies? Join Caroline and Cristen to learn more.
Oct 8th, 2012 • 33:57
What’s up with people hating on the feminine? Is pink so bad? How does femmephobia affect different genders and sexualities? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore femmephobia in the women’s blogosphere and beyond.
Oct 3rd, 2012 • 32:15
Tweens spend $40 million per month on beauty products. And when retailers peddle makeup to tweens, parental freak-outs are bound to occur. So why do parents fret over their daughters wearing makeup? One word: sex. Tune in to learn more.
Oct 1st, 2012 • 33:15
Why did ABC launch its Afterschool Specials programming? What were the hot topics in Afterschool Specials (and how did Degrassi do it better)? Join Cristen and Caroline to learn more about how Afterschool Specials addressed race, sexuality and gender.
Sep 26th, 2012 • 32:22
Sleepovers became popular in the U.S. in the 1950s, and over time they've become a tradition. How do you know when your kid is ready for sleepovers? Are co-ed sleepovers kosher? Tune in to learn more with Caroline and Cristen.
Sep 24th, 2012 • 24:48
How can a woman’s uterus fall out of her body? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline explore the risk factors for prolapse, how to treat the condition and more.
Sep 19th, 2012 • 25:47
Are asymmetrical breasts abnormal? Is there a correlation between uneven breasts and nursing? Is there a relationship between breast asymmetry and breast cancer risk? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the facts about breast asymmetry.
Sep 17th, 2012 • 31:48
Why is everyone talking about this Russian feminist punk band? Does symbolic solidarity with Pussy Riot make any difference? Does Pussy Riot enjoy more support from the West than its native Russia? Listen in to learn more.
Sep 10th, 2012 • 27:12
How does body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) change the you see yourself in the mirror? Listen in to learn more about the relationship between gender and BDD, overcoming BDD and more in today's episode.
Sep 5th, 2012 • 32:21
Scientists are exploring why and how people’s scents are as unique as fingerprints, and research finds that people can sniff out someone’s personality, sexual orientation and age. Tune in to learn more about gender differences in body odor.
Sep 3rd, 2012 • 35:05
How do matchmakers help people find love? Who hires matchmakers and how much do they cost? Are matchmakers successful? The answers might surprise you. Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the strange world of matchmaking.
Aug 29th, 2012 • 28:53
Are men or women more superstitious? Why do people practice superstitious behaviors? Are positive superstitions, i.e. lucky charms, actually helpful? Listen in as Cristen and Caroline search for the science behind superstition.
Aug 27th, 2012 • 26:34
What is self-injury, where does the behavior come from, and how common is it? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline examine different forms of self-injury, intervention and treatment.
Aug 22nd, 2012 • 25:12
What do men and women look for in cars? What are the facts about discrimination at the dealership? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen take a closer look at a new study that finds women are savvier car shoppers.
Aug 20th, 2012 • 31:18
Cristen was homeschooled. What was that like? Why and how do people homeschool their kids? Is homeschooling as effective as traditional schooling? Listen in for the answers to these questions and more in this podcast.
Aug 15th, 2012 • 29:45
It's true: Women tend to vote more Democratic than men in the U.S. Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the relationship between politics and gender, including how men and women see the role of government differently and the myth of the “pink vote.”
Aug 13th, 2012 • 28:05
What is celiac disease? Why have rates of celiac disease been rising in the U.S.? Are gluten-free diets good for everybody? Join Caroline and Cristen as they take a closer look at celiac disease and gluten-free diets.
Aug 8th, 2012 • 33:33
After a romance fail, should you stay friends with an ex? Studies show that most people attempt post-romantic friendships -- but how does it work out? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore some guidelines for pursuing friendships with exes.
Aug 6th, 2012 • 30:01
In the Aurora, Co. shooting, some men sacrificed their lives to save women. Is this misguided chivalry or bona fide heroism? Are men the more expendable gender? Tune in to learn more about heroism and gender with Cristen and Caroline.
Aug 1st, 2012 • 27:23
Why do some women get a sudden, irrational longing for a baby? Do men get ‘baby fever’? Join Cristen and Caroline as they examine the telltale signs of ‘baby fever.’
Jul 30th, 2012 • 30:24
Are men or women more cooperative? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen explore the science of cooperation, including how selfishness evolutionarily bred cooperation.
Jul 25th, 2012 • 27:12
Where do our clothes end up when we donate them? (hint: Africa) In fact, donated and discarded clothing may be the #1 American export. Tune in to learn how donated clothes from the West are destroying local textile industries in developing countries
Jul 23rd, 2012 • 20:44
Who invented the Cathy comic strip, and how does she compare to Cathy, the comic character? Does Cathy leave behind a positive or negative record for females in the comic industry? Listen in for the answers to these questions and more.
Jul 18th, 2012 • 30:21
It may come as a surprise to some, but “50 Shades of Grey” isn’t all that taboo. In this Summer Short, Cristen and Caroline discuss several classic erotica titles and whether BDSM themes are bad for women.
Jul 16th, 2012 • 16:17
It's summer, and some folks are sprouting freckles left and right. But what are freckles anyway? How does sunlight produce them? Tune in to learn more about freckles, including the difference between freckles and moles.
Jul 11th, 2012 • 28:09
What are the most commonly banned books? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline read between the (banned) lines of history, from a legal timeline of book banning to the primary reasons books are banned in the first place: sex, language and the occult.
Jul 9th, 2012 • 20:19
Did you know that summer camp started to toughen up “weakly boys” before it became popular with kids across the nation? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen recount the history of U.S. summer camps, from the early days to modern specialty summer camps.
Jul 4th, 2012 • 31:35
Everyone's familiar with these unpleasant outbursts, but where do they actually come from? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen examine the science of toddler and teenage temper tantrums, along with tips on tantrum prevention.
Jul 2nd, 2012 • 19:44
Why do itsy bitsy bikinis cost so much for so little cloth? Join Cristen and Caroline as they look at the average women’s swimsuit price, the life cycle of a swimsuit and more.
Jun 27th, 2012 • 24:28
Studies have found that couples are more likely to share political views than personality traits, and people are more willing to share their weight than political affiliations online. Are political views a romantic deal-breaker? Tune in to find out.
Jun 25th, 2012 • 17:24
Who invented the jock strap? How do the physics of jock straps work? How many varieties of jock strap exist, and are there any alternatives? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline recount a brief history of the jock strap.
Jun 20th, 2012 • 24:02
70 percent of African American kids can’t swim and are nearly three times more likely to drown. But why? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen examine pre-Civil Rights racism at the swimming pool, 'white flight' from municipal pools and more.
Jun 18th, 2012 • 20:25
Lifeguards work at pools and coasts around the world, but where do they come from? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen dive into the world of lifeguards, from the history of lifeguarding to discrimination, the global impact of ‘Baywatch’ and more.
Jun 13th, 2012 • 23:28
The manic pixie dream girl is certainly a memorable film trope, and numerous movies feature these characters. But where do they come from, and where are the manic pixie dream guys? Tune in as Caroline and Cristen explore manic pixies and film.
Jun 11th, 2012 • 17:58
Why are Germans so fond of nude sunbathing? How did Heinrich Pudor become the father of nudism? Where are the world's best nude beaches? Listen in to learn more about nude beaches.
Jun 6th, 2012 • 30:04
It's true: the FDA has approved 2 new anti-obesity drugs. But when did the medical community begin treating obesity as a chronic disease? Listen in to learn more about obesity medication -- including why anti-obesity drugs like fenphen failed in the past.
Jun 4th, 2012 • 21:48
What is vajazzling, and why did women start gluing crystals on their bikini lines? Does vajazzling pose health risks? And what about the male equivalent -- pejazzling? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the unique body art known as vajazzling.
May 30th, 2012 • 28:13
What is gynecomastia? Believe it or not, man boobs are a normal part of male adolescent development. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline investigate man boob bullying and the psychological impact of gynecomastia.
May 28th, 2012 • 31:13
Does “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” accurately portray gypsy/traveler culture? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen examine the not-so-simple history of gypsies, as well as the culture of gypsies in the United States.
May 23rd, 2012 • 28:34
In this episode, Cristen and Caroline look at mothers across the employment spectrum, exploring how the ‘Mommy Wars’ pit working moms against non-working moms. Listen in to learn more about working moms -- and why part-time employed moms are the happiest.
May 21st, 2012 • 29:16
Where are the women in archaeology? What is the ‘Indiana Jones effect'? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the lives of Agatha Christie and other notable women in archaeology.
May 16th, 2012 • 32:54
Every year, a few celebrities take a trip to the Betty Ford Clinic -- but who was Betty Ford? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen explore the mainstreaming of drug/alcohol rehab programs, as well as the odds of relapsing after rehab.
May 14th, 2012 • 29:52
Did you know that female addiction tends to “telescope,” intensifying more quickly than male addiction? Doctors are just now understanding sex differences in substance abuse and addiction behaviors. Listen in to learn more about estrogen and addiction.
May 9th, 2012 • 32:44
SlutWalks have drawn a lot of attention -- but what are they? What is the etymology of “slut,” and should women reclaim it? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the history of SlutWalk activism, along with controversy surrounding the movement.
May 7th, 2012 • 33:08
In 2012, U.S. parents will spend $1,087 to send their child to prom. It's a big business, but how did it get started? Caroline and Cristen recount the checkered past of the prom, including racial segregation, sexual discrimination and the ACLU.
May 2nd, 2012 • 30:15
Does “the talk” make a difference in teen sexual behavior? Is it true that 40% of adolescents get “the talk” after they’ve engaged in sexual intercourse? How should parents talk about sex with LGBT youth? Tune in for more with Cristen and Caroline.
Apr 30th, 2012 • 40:30
In this episode, Hanne Blank discusses her new book, “Straight: A Surprisingly Brief History of Heterosexuality." The term “heterosexual” was coined in 1868. Tune in to learn more about heterosexuality and the development of the American middle class.
Apr 25th, 2012 • 38:00
Susan Cain's book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” has generated a surge of interest in introverts. But are introverts getting a fair shake? Join Caroline and Cristen as they take a closer look at introversion.
Apr 23rd, 2012 • 33:28
In this episode, Caroline and Cristen look back on the history of U.S. public education and the Progressive Era. PTA began with the 1897 formation of the National Congress of Mothers. So what’s the difference between the PTA and PTOs? Tune in to find out.
Apr 18th, 2012 • 33:09
Nail polish sales have skyrocketed since 2011, and historically nail polish and colors denoted class from ancient China to Victorian England. Tune in to learn how Revlon turned modified auto paint into a billion-dollar beauty industry.
Apr 16th, 2012 • 34:05
On April 16th, 1972, women were finally allowed to run in the Boston Marathon. (Amateur rules prohibited women from running until research proved that it wouldn’t ruin their wombs.) Join Caroline and Cristen as they take a look at women and marathons.
Apr 11th, 2012 • 35:27
It's no secret that first impressions count for a lot, but how does the science of first impressions actually work? Listen in to learn more about how people judge first impressions -- and whether these judgments are accurate.
Apr 9th, 2012 • 28:01
Public restrooms are loaded with politics. Did you know that public restrooms were originally intended for men only? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the strange history of public restrooms, touching on potty parity laws, civil rights and more.
Apr 4th, 2012 • 31:48
While Amelia Earhart might be the world's most famous female aviator, she's certainly not the only one. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline take a closer look at the astonishing stories of female pilot pioneers, along with the impact of Amelia Earhart.
Apr 2nd, 2012 • 27:21
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.
Mar 28th, 2012 • 32:10
A typical U.S. couple will have an age gap of 2.3 years -- but this wasn't always the case. Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the average age gap, May-December relationships and the ultimate question: How large is too large of an age gap?
Mar 26th, 2012 • 30:17
In this episode, Cristen and Caroline examine the relationship birth control and perceptions of promiscuity. Learn more about how birth control historically affected the outlook on premarital sex, and what happens when the cost of birth control rises.
Mar 21st, 2012 • 37:14
How did yoga become popular in the U.S.? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline take a closer look at the health benefits and physical risks of practicing yoga. Tune in to learn more.
Mar 19th, 2012 • 35:54
The United Kingdom has regulations against airbrushing in advertising, and the American Medical Association has an anti-airbrushing warning -- so how bad can airbrushing be? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the history of photo manipulation.
Mar 14th, 2012 • 34:29
Cristen and Caroline talk to Melissa Petro, sex worker activist who retired from the New York City public school system after the media publicized her past work as a stripper and Craigslist sex worker. Petro talks to Stuff Mom Never Told You about how she’s managed life since the scandal, the difference between consensual sex work and sex trafficking and why retiring from prostitution or escort work isn’t as easy as people might think.
Mar 12th, 2012 • 31:17
Studies have shown that the division of household labor is far from equal in most heterosexual domestic relationships -- but what about same-sex couples? Tune in as Cristen and Caroline explore the differences between labor division in these two groups.
Mar 7th, 2012 • 28:49
Do women make better peacemakers? Join Cristen and Caroline as they examine the influence women have played in the peacemaking process and gender differences in conflict resolution.
Mar 5th, 2012 • 25:41
Today's world is full of billionaires -- and they're not all men. Join Cristen and Caroline as they look at the state of women’s global wealth, ultimately asking: Will a woman ever become the richest person in the world? Tune in to learn more.
Feb 29th, 2012 • 32:08
Olympic women’s wrestling started in 2004, and interest in the sport has grown since. Tune in as Caroline and Cristen look at the women of WWE wrestling, as well as the Cholitas, Bolivia’s beloved women wrestlers,
Feb 27th, 2012 • 27:22
The 2012 Summer Olympics mark the official debut of women’s boxing, and fans have been waiting anxiously. In this episode, Caroline and Cristen explore the history of women’s boxing, along with gender dynamics at the gym and inside the ring.
Feb 22nd, 2012 • 32:59
How many people have actually faked an orgasm? How have cultural perceptions of orgasms changed over time? Join Cristen and Caroline as they cut past the cultural baggage and get to the facts behind sex and orgasms.
Feb 20th, 2012 • 33:54
The launch of a new Lego line specifically for girls brings up the question of gender neutral toys. Should there be different toys for boys and girls?
Feb 15th, 2012 • 29:46
As of 2009, there were about 423,773 children in foster care in the U.S. While some children may return to their original families, some are adopted and others simply age out of the system. Learn more about foster care with Cristen and Caroline.
Feb 13th, 2012 • 38:57
As Valentine's Day approaches, Cristen and Caroline take a closer look at floriography and the meaning of flowers. Where do Valentine's bouquets come from? What's it like for women working in the flower industry? Tune in to learn more.
Feb 8th, 2012 • 33:33
Do doctors listen to female patients? Women often complain of doctors not taking symptoms seriously, and patient-doctor mistrust is nothing new. Tune in to learn more about this relationship, including how stress influences a female patient's diagnosis.
Feb 6th, 2012 • 26:36
What is vulvodynia? How many women suffer from vulvodynia? How do vulvodynia treatments work? Tune in to learn more in this episode.
Feb 1st, 2012 • 30:28
Are there gender differences in friendship patterns? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore famous bromances throughout history, as well as challenges to making man friends. Tune in to learn more about bromances.
Jan 30th, 2012 • 30:21
In this episode, Cristen and Caroline explore the etymology of the term "frenemy," the psychology of female friendships and women's evolutionary tendencies toward cultivating friendships. Tune in to learn more.
Jan 25th, 2012 • 29:59
Could a 1-cent soft drink tax really save millions of lives? What are the health impacts of drinking soda? Are diet soft drinks better for you? Join Cristen and Caroline as they look at the relationship between soft drinks and health.
Jan 23rd, 2012 • 27:34
Sure, men and women have different exercise motivations -- but which group exercises more? Join Caroline and Cristen as they look at gender and exercise, from why single men exercise more than anyone else to why men’s exercise pays off more than women’s.
Jan 18th, 2012 • 32:49
How did Martha Stewart get her start? How did she lose -- and recover -- her reputation and wealth? Is Martha Stewart good for women? Tune in for the answers to these questions and more.
Jan 16th, 2012 • 28:14
How much weight do women gain during pregnancy? What exactly is pregnorexia? Is it true that men can gain pregnancy weight, too? Join Caroline and Cristen as they take a closer look at pregnancy and weight gain.
Jan 11th, 2012 • 29:32
In this episode, Cristen and Caroline interview Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammar Girl. Listen in to learn if men and women pay attention to grammar differently, and if it's acceptable to refer to women as girls.
Jan 9th, 2012 • 33:57
Are imaginary playthings friends or foes for child development? Psychologists have studied imaginary friends since the 1800s, and they've come to some fascinating conclusions. Tune in to learn more about imaginary friends.
Jan 4th, 2012 • 31:55
Whether or not you're a fan of thongs, there's no denying that they attract attention. But where did these flimsy strings come from? Join Caroline and Cristen as they look into the origin of one of humanity's most controversial pieces of clothing.
Jan 2nd, 2012 • 29:16
Do people without siblings differ from the rest of the human race? Tune in as Caroline and Cristen look at the fiction -- and facts -- surrounding our stereotypes of only children.
Dec 28th, 2011 • 33:42
What exactly is the psychopath test? Are there really gender differences in psychopathy? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen explore the process of diagnosing psychopaths -- and whether your gender affects your chances of passing the psychopath test.
Dec 26th, 2011 • 36:30
What is the history of ear and body piercing? How does the underground sexual culture of piercing work? What does Alicia Silverstone have to do with the popularization of belly button piercing? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore body piercing.
Dec 21st, 2011 • 30:25
Do men complain more about being sick? Do women have stronger immune systems? Who takes the most sick days? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the facts -- and fiction -- surrounding popular opinions on gender and illness.
Dec 19th, 2011 • 31:44
Who were flappers? Were flappers feminists? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen take a closer look at the iconic women known as flappers, touching on everything from Zelda Fitzgerald to flapper fashion.
Dec 14th, 2011 • 34:35
In the second part of this series, Cristen and Caroline explore the differences between comprehensive and abstinence-only sex ed. Does abstinence-only sex ed work? How is sex ed handled at home? Listen in for the answers to these questions and more.
Dec 12th, 2011 • 29:22
Sex education is controversial in U.S. schools, but how did it begin? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen delve into the history of U.S. sex education, tracing the emergence of abstinence-only sex education and the federal cost of these programs.
Dec 5th, 2011 • 29:27
How have women's roles in spy film and TV changed over time? Join Cristen and Caroline as they take a look back at the history of the spy genre and famous fictional female spies.
Nov 30th, 2011 • 32:35
Today Oprah Winfrey is one of the world's most famous people, but how did she get her start? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline look at Oprah's impact by the numbers, along with the controversy and criticism Oprah has encountered during her career.
Nov 28th, 2011 • 33:14
What's the difference between stress and anxiety? Why are women diagnosed with clinical anxiety twice as often as men? Join Caroline and Cristen as they take a look at how men and women's brains process stress and anxiety differently.
Nov 23rd, 2011 • 22:10
Several years ago, a study from Northwestern University argued that male bisexuality doesn't exist. Strangely enough, a new study from the same university contradicted the first. Is there a social stigma adding to the controversy? Tune in to learn more.
Nov 21st, 2011 • 26:01
What are pheromones, exactly? Do they affect levels of attraction in humans? Listen in as Caroline and Cristen explore the science behind pheromone myths, and why pheromones don't work for humans.
Nov 16th, 2011 • 23:36
Almost everyone has a breakup song -- but why? In this episode, Cristen and Caroline explain how we process emotional rejection as physical pain and why music has an analgesic effect. Tune in to learn more (including which breakup songs may be the best).
Nov 14th, 2011 • 25:22
Despite folk wisdom, stress doesn’t gray your hair. In this episode, Caroline and Cristen explain why you should blame gray hair on your parents, genes and health.
Nov 9th, 2011 • 30:59
Where did drag originate? Where does it fit within the queer community? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the history of drag -- along with the stories of some notable drag queens -- in this episode.
Nov 7th, 2011 • 31:46
Believe it or not, romance novels are the best-selling fiction genre. Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the common romance novel heroes, heroines and themes, ultimately asking what romance novels tell us about female arousal.
Nov 2nd, 2011 • 26:20
The human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the most commonly transmitted sexually-transmitted disease, and researchers have noted a rise in HPV-related cancers. Is the HPV vaccine safe and effective? Listen in to learn more about HPV.
Oct 31st, 2011 • 33:29
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.
Oct 19th, 2011 • 27:34
Are women the new misogynists on fall TV? Has the portrayal of women on television improved? Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the state of women in front of -- and behind -- the camera.
Oct 17th, 2011 • 29:33
The first Playboy Club opened in 1960. Waitresses called “bunnies” earned up to $1,000 per week, and the club aimed for a certain cachet. Yet when Gloria Steinem went undercover as a bunny she called it deplorable. So what happened? Tune in to find out.
Oct 12th, 2011 • 21:46
In this follow-up to the earlier masturbation episode, Cristen and Caroline investigate the pros and cons of masturbation. Does it threaten relationships? What happens when masturbation provokes jealousy in relationships? Tune in to find out.
Oct 10th, 2011 • 20:58
Masturbation can be a sensitive subject, and many people are uncomfortable asking questions about the practice. For example: Do men masturbate more than women? Is there an evolutionary explanation for masturbation? Tune in to learn more.
Oct 5th, 2011 • 24:17
More people are delaying or avoiding marriage, and also raising children outside of wedlock. Are single people penalized? Join Cristen and Caroline as they look at the statistics and explain why single women over 25 are the most stigmatized.
Oct 3rd, 2011 • 23:55
Researchers have reached conflicting findings about the potential health impacts of soy phytoestrogens, including the relationship between soy, breast cancer and testosterone. But what does it all mean? Join Cristen and Caroline to learn more about soy.
Sep 28th, 2011 • 32:06
What are pickup artists, exactly? In this podcast, Caroline and Cristen explore the practices, tactics and theories behind pickup artistry. Tune in to learn more about the pros and cons of pickup artistry.
Sep 26th, 2011 • 29:20
People have been talking about vaginas with teeth for ages, and folktales about vagina dentata can be found across the globe. But why? Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the psychology behind vagina dentata, castration anxiety and more.
Sep 21st, 2011 • 28:32
Why haven’t males evolved to not have nipples? Many newborns lactate “witches milk” soon after birth. Can men lactate? Listen in as Cristen and Caroline tackle these questions and more in this episode.
Sep 19th, 2011 • 29:59
Child pageants started in Britain with the May Queen Festival. Before child beauty pageants, baby parades were all the rage. Are beauty pageants unhealthy for child contestants? Tune in to learn more.
Sep 14th, 2011 • 22:54
Dancing boys perform at weddings across Afghanistan, but their dances are only part of their occupation. Bacha bazi, or “boy play,” is a form of sexual slavery. Join Cristen and Caroline as they explore the effects bacha bazi has on Afghan society.
Sep 12th, 2011 • 24:42
Pregnancy tests have a colorful history tracing back to 1350 BC -- and, as you might imagine, the methods have varied greatly over the centuries. In this episode, Caroline and Cristen look at the history of pregnancy tests.
Sep 7th, 2011 • 28:01
Why do men have Adam's apples? What determines the pitch of your voice? What deepens men's voices? Tune in as Caroline and Cristen get to the bottom of what makes your voice sound the way it does -- and what it says about you -- in this episode.
Aug 31st, 2011 • 28:27
Child marriage usually occurs in poor, rural communities. The brides are often betrothed to older men, sometimes even before they're born. In this episode, Caroline and Cristen explore the social and economic roots of this practice. Tune in to learn more.
Aug 29th, 2011 • 24:13
Studies show men are just as intuitive as women, so why does folklore disagree? Does women’s intuition really exist? Do women have higher emotional intelligence? Join Caroline and Cristen as they take a closer look at the nature of intuition.
Aug 24th, 2011 • 26:26
In a previous episode, Cristen and Caroline focused on how height affects men. This episode explores the research on women and height -- and, unfortunately, it's not all good news. Tune in to learn more about how height can affect women.
Aug 22nd, 2011 • 25:53
Why are men taller than women? Are taller men more attractive? Do tall people make more money? Join Caroline and Cristen as they tackle some of the recurring questions surrounding height, gender and society.
Aug 17th, 2011 • 25:32
Madams who ran brothels in the West were some of the wealthiest in the U.S., and running a brothel gave Victorian era women financial independence and social clout. Join Caroline and Cristen to learn more about notable madams.
Aug 15th, 2011 • 26:20
P.T. Barnum popularized freak shows in the U.S. The most popular freaks were those with disabilities who could perform everyday tasks. Tune in to learn more about the relationship between female freaks, beauty pageant contestants and striptease dancers.
Aug 10th, 2011 • 23:16
So what is a mermaid, exactly, and where do all the mermaid legends come from? Join Caroline and Cristen as they delve into mermaid mythology from around the world, alleged mermaid sightings and more.
Aug 8th, 2011 • 23:56
How will male birth control work? It might not be a hypothetical question for much longer. Join Caroline and Cristen as they explore the current research and latest breakthroughs in male birth control, including how it differs from female birth control.
Aug 3rd, 2011 • 22:02
Historically advertised as a sanitary process, douching has become increasingly controversial. In this episode, Caroline and Cristen take a closer look at the facts surrounding douching -- and why it isn't as near as healthy as some might believe.
Aug 1st, 2011 • 22:28
Rebounding has a negative stigma, but could they be good for you? Perhaps! Psychologists say rebounding could be especially good for attachment personality types, and there may be an odd correlation between cheating and rebounding.
Jul 27th, 2011 • 20:03
Cowboys are an iconic part of American history, but what about cowgirls? In this episode, Caroline and Cristen hit the history books to discover the stories of real-life cowgirls. Tune in to learn whether cowgirls got the boot from history.
Jul 25th, 2011 • 24:19
It's no secret that most cultures have fairly defined cultural roles assigned to each gender. This is especially apparent in the dating scene, where men are often assumed to be the aggressive party. But why? Tune in to learn more about dating and society.
Jul 20th, 2011 • 20:23
Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to own a Wall Street firm, speak before Congress and run for president. However, her press wasn’t always positive and suffragists of the time distanced themselves from her. Tune in to learn more.
Jul 18th, 2011 • 21:21
When Kennedy announced the lunar missions, several women hoped to make the trip. The women of Mercury 13 excelled at physical testing yet weren't allowed to work at NASA. Why? Tune in as Molly and Cristen explore the lives and work of female astronauts.
Jul 13th, 2011 • 22:15
Most acts of terrorism are carried out by men, but more and more women are becoming suicide bombers. Join Cristen and Molly as they explore the causes of this trend, why women commit to these causes and how their reasons may differ from those of men.
Jul 11th, 2011 • 23:49
Why do women spend so much time and money removing the hair down there? Is it because of men, the media, or personal preference? Join Molly and Cristen as they travel back in time to find out women’s preferences for pubic hair removal through history.
Jul 6th, 2011 • 18:10
A French obstetrician believes that men in the delivery room hinder their partner's laboring process. Is it possible that men don’t need or want to be there? Join Cristen and Molly to learn more about dads in delivery rooms.
Jul 4th, 2011 • 21:13
Studies show that people often rank faces that resemble their parents as more attractive than other faces. Is this creepy, or can we pick up on clues about who will make a good parent by relying on our own parents as guides? Listen in to find out.
Jun 29th, 2011 • 20:09
While some mothers throw away extra breast milk, there are tons of other options. Breast milk banks test donors and sell bottled milk to hospitals. Other women prefer to donate it to someone in their community or sell it on the web. Tune in to learn more.
Jun 27th, 2011 • 23:33
There’s tons of research about how your name will affect your destiny. Some studies suggests your name is linked to your grades, your criminal record and your earning potential. Tune in to learn about what your name might mean for your future.
Jun 22nd, 2011 • 16:27
Many cultures believe that a hymen is proof of virginity, but is it true? The hymen's not a piece of skin that covers the entire vaginal opening, and some women are born without one. Join Molly and Cristen as they discuss hymen myths and facts.
Jun 20th, 2011 • 19:07
Could semen serve as an anti-depressant in some women? A study found that women who never used condoms rated themselves as happier than women who used condoms. But could there be any merit to the research? Tune in to learn more.
Jun 15th, 2011 • 17:42
Historically, men have always worn makeup. But now, wearing makeup is seen as effeminate. Is it possible that more men will wear makeup in the future, given that cosmetics sales to men are rising? Tune in to learn more.
Jun 13th, 2011 • 19:37
Three out of four women will have a yeast infection in her lifetime, experiencing a range of unpleasant symptoms. But while you may be tempted to head for the nearest drug store, it’s more important to visit your doctor. Tune in to learn more.
Jun 8th, 2011 • 20:14
Pale-skinned people often desire a nice, healthy tan, even though tanning can bring health risks. Yet in some other cultures, this ideal is reversed. Join Cristen and Molly as they talk about whiteness as a beauty ideal and the health risks involved.
Jun 6th, 2011 • 21:00
There are tons of stories about the horrors of sexting. But what role does sexting play in consenting, adult relationships? Join Molly and Cristen as they explore the positive -- and negative -- aspects of sexting.
Jun 1st, 2011 • 28:35
Experts claim that there are more slaves today than at any other point in history. Human trafficking has two major components: sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Join Molly and Cristen as they discuss how victims are sucked into this crime.
May 30th, 2011 • 29:21
As people across the hemisphere gear up for summer, Molly and Cristen take a look at the practice of tanning: When did it become popular, and why do people want tans? Listen in and learn more about tanning.
May 25th, 2011 • 23:28
For years, there was a stereotype that women couldn’t effectively deliver the news. Yet today women are all over newscasts. However, Katie Couric is leaving CBS and being replaced by a man. What does this mean for gender equality? Listen in to learn more.
May 23rd, 2011 • 30:44
Is there a gender divide in journalism? Not really – from stunt reporters, sobs sisters, Eleanor’s girls and other names, lady reporters have been around for a long time. Join Cristen and Molly as they discuss gender and journalism in this episode.
May 18th, 2011 • 18:55
We’ve all seen those news stories where a woman goes nine months without realizing she’s pregnant. It happens more often than you might think – but how? Join Molly and Cristen as they investigate how pregnancies can be overlooked.
May 16th, 2011 • 24:27
Familiar to any fan of classic romance stories, love at first sight is a common theme loved by some and, well, contemptuously dismissed by others. But it is real? Join Molly and Cristen as they delve into the science behind physical attraction.
May 11th, 2011 • 24:18
Susan B. Anthony once said the bicycle deserved all of the credit for women’s emancipation. Women had to fight restrictive clothing and stereotypes to take part in the bike craze of the 1890’s. Tune in to learn more about gender equality and bicycles.
May 4th, 2011 • 27:20
In 1930, the first stewardess was hired. Stewardesses had to be young, unmarried and within certain height and weight guidelines. To get rid of these rules, stewardesses and stewards had to take on the Civil Rights Act. Tune in to learn more.
May 2nd, 2011 • 27:17
It's no secret that some people think soap operas are just junky TV for housewives. But is that true? Join Cristen and Molly as they trace the history and evolution of soap operas and see how these shows have influenced most of what we watch today.
Apr 27th, 2011 • 24:05
When people think of spies, they often picture men like James Bond. Yet throughout history women have also had careers as spies. Listen in to learn more about notable female spies, sex as a espionage tactic, stereotypes and more.
Apr 25th, 2011 • 24:24
Breaking the glass ceiling in organized crime may not be anything to celebrate, but it’s making headlines all the same. In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the juicy stories of Italian godmothers running Mafia families while the men are in jail.
Apr 20th, 2011 • 21:34
Ever since women started becoming doctors, studies have scrutinized genders and doctoring styles. Women may spend more time with patients and communicate more easily with them, but that's not the whole story. Tune in to learn more.
Apr 18th, 2011 • 24:09
Midwives and doulas are often present at natural childbirth. But what do these people actually do? Join Cristen and Molly as they explain the differences between midwives and doulas.
Apr 13th, 2011 • 22:42
Surveys show that women may possess more of the skills necessary to be a good boss, so why do employees prefer male bosses? Tune in as Molly and Cristen talk about how stereotypical gender traits can affect women hoping to take control of the office.
Apr 11th, 2011 • 24:10
When we think of nurses, we think of women. Male nurses are considered anomalies and are often the butt of jokes in pop culture. But why? Tune in as Molly and Cristen take a closer look at medicine and gender.
Apr 6th, 2011 • 25:14
Polyamory -- the practice of having intimate relationships with more than one person -- is more common than some might assume. But how does this practice actually work? Listen in as Cristen and Molly cover polyamory live from SXSW.
Apr 4th, 2011 • 19:29
Before the 1920s, it was considered unseemly for women to smoke. However, as cigarette makers realized they were missing half of the potential market, they attempted to convince women that smoking was related to women's liberation movements.
Mar 30th, 2011 • 21:52
Why are so many people fascinated by royal weddings? In this episode, Cristen and Molly explore the allure of royal weddings: Is the draw of this spectacle restricted to certain members of society? If so, why? Tune in to learn more.
Mar 28th, 2011 • 16:25
Researchers believe that one in eight pregnancies involve twin fetuses -- so why do only one in eighty pregnancies actually result in the birth of twins? In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the rare phenomenon known as fetus in fetu.
Mar 23rd, 2011 • 22:47
It's no secret that women tend to pay more for haircuts, but that's only one of the products and services that are more expensive for women. So how does it all add up? Join Molly and Cristen as they explore whether or not it costs more to be a woman.
Mar 21st, 2011 • 17:40
When Dr. Arnold Kegel noticed a high frequency of urinary incontinence in women after they had given birth, he designed the Kegel exercise. Join Molly and Cristen as they explore this technique, from the story of its creation to modern Kegel exercises.
Mar 16th, 2011 • 25:45
Nowadays, beer is widely considered to be a boy's drink -- but this wasn't always the case. Listen in as Molly and Cristen recount the history of beer and beer stereotypes.
Mar 14th, 2011 • 30:47
There's no denying that nuns are iconic. Unfortunately, they're all stereotyped in modern culture. In this episode, Molly and Cristen cut past the stereotypes and examine the life, traditions and habits (get it?) of Catholic nuns.
Mar 9th, 2011 • 23:19
People spend 20 billion dollars a year on health supplements like multivitamins -- but do they actually work? Join Molly and Cristen as they explore the value of vitamin supplements (or the lack thereof).
Mar 7th, 2011 • 29:19
Abortions are tremendously controversial -- but how do they actually work? In this episode, Cristen and Molly cut past the politics to give you the facts on abortion. Tune in to learn more.
Mar 2nd, 2011 • 40:17
According to the Mayo clinic, hoarding is an excessive collection of items along with the inability to discard them. But what exactly makes a person a hoarder? In this episode, Cristen and Molly interview Dr. Rebecca Beaton to learn more about hoarding.
Feb 28th, 2011 • 23:57
Following up on last year's episode, Cristen and Molly take a look at the female directors, actors and other professionals contending for an Academy Award. Tune in to learn more about women in Hollywood, as well as the representation of women in film.
Feb 23rd, 2011 • 22:49
When people think of pirates, their minds often turn to legendary brigands such as Bluebeard -- but piracy wasn't restricted to males. Join Molly and Cristen as they recount the fascinating adventures of genuine female pirates.
Feb 21st, 2011 • 20:53
According to a recent study, around half of American adults use a vibrator on a regular basis -- yet the devices remain controversial. In this episode, Cristen and Molly explore the history of vibrators, from Victorian society to the modern day.
Feb 16th, 2011 • 18:06
Women tend to have warmer core temperatures than men -- but why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine the science behind this mysterious discrepancy in body temperature.
Feb 14th, 2011 • 25:01
The first image of a kiss dates back to ancient India -- but where did the concept of kissing originate? More importantly, why do we do it today? Tune in as Molly and Cristen recount the history of kissing and the science behind smooching.
Feb 9th, 2011 • 24:38
Inspired by an article about recent changes to the zodiac, Cristen and Molly examine the use of horoscopes in modern society. Tune in to learn more about horoscopes -- and how they can affect an individual's perception of happiness.
Feb 7th, 2011 • 18:39
The hot flash is one of the most infamous symbols of menopause, and it's no laughing matter. But what exactly is a hot flash, and what causes it? In this podcast, Cristen and Molly break down the science behind hot flashes.
Feb 2nd, 2011 • 20:06
Throughout history, opinions of corsets have fluctuated. Some have called the corset the Western version of foot binding, while others think the corset's been stuck with a bad rep. Tune in as Cristen and Molly dive into the cultural history of the corset.
Jan 31st, 2011 • 18:16
The results are in: It appears that men and women tend to report different types of dreams more frequently than others. But what do these results mean -- and what exactly do dreams do, anyway? Tune in to find out.
Jan 26th, 2011 • 17:27
Is it possible to become romantically involved with sound equipment, monuments or other objects? Yes, actually. In this episode, Cristen and Molly explore the psychology behind people who fall in love with objects, rather than other human beings.
Jan 24th, 2011 • 24:49
Lies are a surprisingly prevalent part of human society, and deception serves a certain social purpose. But does a person's gender determine how much she or he tells lies? Tune in as Molly and Cristen give you the truth about gender and lies.
Jan 19th, 2011 • 21:39
What do you look for when you browse online? Do you think that you might approach the web differently if you had a different gender? Listen in as Cristen and Molly explore the differences between men and women web-surfers in this podcast.
Jan 17th, 2011 • 22:28
Over the years pop culture has created several stereotypes of librarians, creating an image of bespectacled spinsters. How do these stereotypes compare to modern librarians? In this podcast, Molly and Cristen take a closer look at librarian stereotypes.
Jan 12th, 2011 • 19:50
20/20 aired a documentary about the orgasmic experiences some women have while giving birth. But how does it happen, and why? Join Molly and Cristen as they take you past the sensational headlines in this podcast.
Jan 10th, 2011 • 23:05
Everyone wants to make the world a better place -- but do men and women go about it differently? In this episode, Molly and Cristen take a closer look at how gender may affect charitable donation.
Jan 5th, 2011 • 24:14
Could it be true that monogamous couples get an urge to cheat approximately every seven years? In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the origin of this belief, as well as its validity -- or lack thereof.
Jan 3rd, 2011 • 28:29
It's official: Stuff Mom Never Told You has hit the 200-episode mark! To celebrate this momentous occasion, Molly and Cristen give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at the podcast-making process -- from the initial "pitch" to future topics.
Dec 29th, 2010 • 24:25
These days, it's very common for women to shape their eyebrows as part of their beauty regimen, but when did this practice start? And why? Molly and Cristen investigate the history of eyebrow-shaping in this episode.
Dec 28th, 2010 • 25:07
In this episode, Molly and Cristen take a closer look at the child-free movement.
Dec 22nd, 2010 • 25:07
Gift-giving is a common human tradition, especially around holidays and birthdays. But who benefits most: the giver, or the receiver? In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine what studies reveal about altruism, gifts and human psychology.
Dec 20th, 2010 • 27:01
The morning-after pill is a controversial form of emergency contraception that's often misunderstood. In this listener-inspired episode, Molly and Cristen discuss the pros and cons of the morning-after pill, as well as the many misconceptions about it.
Dec 15th, 2010 • 21:30
These days, the Grafenberg spot, or G-spot, is a heated topic. Does this vaginal pleasure spot really exist? Do all women have one? Molly and Cristen jump into the mix as they explore what studies reveal -- and don't -- about the mythical G-spot.
Dec 13th, 2010 • 25:14
In general, female playwrights are less likely to have their plays produced than their male counterparts. But why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine why there are gender disparities in the theater community.
Dec 8th, 2010 • 21:38
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a term for various disorders that affect the jaw and seem to affect more women than men. In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the possible role of gender in TMJ -- and why we still don't know very much about it.
Dec 6th, 2010 • 22:36
Today's professional women sometimes rely on nannies to help them out in the domestic sphere, yet many of them seem to feel guilty about it. Why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine the dynamics and dilemmas of employing a nanny.
Dec 1st, 2010 • 23:46
Monogamy is often touted as the cultural ideal for human partners, but are we really cut out for it? Molly and Cristen take a look at social and sexual monogamy in the animal kingdom in an attempt to answer this question.
Nov 29th, 2010 • 20:00
We all know what cellulite is, but have you ever wondered where that dreaded dimpled skin comes from? And why it affects women more than men? In this episode, Molly and Cristen investigate the causes of cellulite and possible cures for the condition.
Nov 24th, 2010 • 23:06
In part two of their series, Molly and Cristen take a look at some famous female superheroes, starting with the most iconic female comic book character of all: Wonder Woman.
Nov 22nd, 2010 • 19:43
In comic books, females are often portrayed as victims and sex symbols and tend to play second fiddle to male characters. In this episode, Molly and Cristen set the stage for a discussion of female superheroes and the gender dynamics of comic book art.
Nov 17th, 2010 • 23:12
Some studies have found that the number of women who identify as heavy drinkers has risen, while the number of light drinkers has declined. Male drinking habits seem to have hit a plateau. Could these studies be correct? Tune in and learn more.
Nov 15th, 2010 • 26:10
Little girls and women seem to have an affinity for horses. But why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss a variety of theories about why girls love horses, from the bizarre to the believable.
Nov 10th, 2010 • 23:38
Multiple studies indicate that people with sisters seem to be happier than people with brothers -- but what does this mean, and could it be true? Join Molly and Cristen as they explore the relationship between your siblings' gender and your happiness.
Nov 8th, 2010 • 36:11
Are female killers different from male killers? What motivates women to murder? In this episode, Molly and Cristen interview former FBI criminal profiler Candice DeLong to gain insights into the psychology and motivations of lady killers.
Nov 3rd, 2010 • 33:24
In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the surprisingly feminist origins and history of Home Economics, an academic discipline that's often referred to as Family and Consumer Sciences today.
Nov 1st, 2010 • 24:22
Although asexuality in other organisms is well-understood, human asexuality is more of a mystery to us. Is asexuality a disorder, or an orientation? Molly and Cristen examine what studies and anecdotal evidence reveal about human asexuality.
Oct 27th, 2010 • 23:43
These days, "sexy" female costumes for women are all the rage, but has this trend gone too far? And is it demeaning to women or empowering? In this Halloween-themed episode, Molly and Cristen discuss the gender implications of the "sexy" costume craze.
Oct 25th, 2010 • 29:02
Today the number of female motorcyclists is increasing, but it's not the first time in history that women have driven motorcycles. In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine the fascinating history of women and motorcycles.
Oct 20th, 2010 • 28:49
These days, many women shave their legs on a regular basis and don't give it a second thought. But where did this shaving trend originate? It all started with advertising and a company trying to sell a product, as Molly and Cristen reveal in this episode.
Oct 18th, 2010 • 21:37
Acne is typically associated with teenagers and puberty, but unfortunately, it doesn't always go away with age. In this episode, Molly and Cristen talk about what studies and statistics suggest about the phenomenon of adult acne.
Oct 13th, 2010 • 24:52
These days, a majority of modern women carry a handbag of some sort. Why are purses so popular with women? And why are they so expensive? In this episode, Molly and Cristen take a look at the cultural history and gender implications of handbags.
Oct 11th, 2010 • 23:09
When it comes to body odor, we all smell a little different. But are there distinct gender differences? In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss how body odor works, the many factors that can affect it -- and tactful ways to address a body odor problem.
Oct 6th, 2010 • 25:12
There's a commonly held belief that women's periods synchronize when they spend a lot of time together. This popular theory has a scientific basis, but more recent studies suggest that it's not actually valid. Tune in and learn more in this episode.
Oct 4th, 2010 • 26:42
In this episode, Molly and Cristen list five of the most iconic cosmetics in the history of modern makeup.
Sep 29th, 2010 • 26:35
Scandinavian countries are reportedly tops when it comes to gender equality. Why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine the factors that contribute to Scandinavia's woman-friendly reputation -- and whether they're a good measure of gender equality.
Sep 27th, 2010 • 30:44
In this episode, Molly and Cristen take a nostalgic trip down memory lane as they pay tribute to three beloved (non-Barbie) dolls from their childhoods.
Sep 22nd, 2010 • 31:27
A recent trend has seen young people -- especially women -- choosing to be celibate for non-religious reasons. But why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss the cultural history, gender implications and possible benefits of celibacy.
Sep 20th, 2010 • 26:11
Chivalry was originally the code of behavior for medieval knights; today, the term is synonymous with courteous male behavior towards women. But is modern chivalry obsolete? Molly and Cristen ponder chivalry, courtesy and feminism in this episode.
Sep 15th, 2010 • 29:04
When it comes to shedding pounds, men have an advantage: They lose weight faster and more easily than women do. Why? In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine the many variables that affect weight loss in general -- and female weight loss in particular.
Sep 13th, 2010 • 21:19
Ecofeminism is a movement that combines feminist and ecological concerns. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss the history, goals, movements, conflicting ideas and complications of ecofeminism.
Sep 8th, 2010 • 30:49
Historically, most stage magicians have been men -- and there's still a gender imbalance in the profession today. Why? What's the deal with women and magic? Molly and Cristen explore the gender implications, roles and politics of magic in this episode.
Sep 6th, 2010 • 26:06
Molly and Cristen examine the gendering of musical instruments, from the lack of male harpists to the gender politics of lutes, in this episode.
Sep 1st, 2010 • 22:52
Some recent studies have suggested a positive correlation between semen quality and intelligence. But do smart men really have better sperm? In this episode, Molly and Cristen sift through a wealth of research in an attempt to answer that question.
Aug 30th, 2010 • 30:56
Other mammals signal that they're fertile in obvious ways, but human females seem to advertise in more subtle ways. In this episode, Molly and Cristen present seven (supposed) signs of subliminal ovulation.
Aug 25th, 2010 • 29:32
Diapers would seem to be an indispensable necessity for new babies, but some people argue that they're wasteful and unnecessary. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss baby poop, elimination communication and the pros and cons of diapers.
Aug 23rd, 2010 • 32:32
In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss why breaking up with romantic partners is universally painful -- and offer some consolation to sufferers -- as they explore the brain chemistry of breakups.
Aug 18th, 2010 • 30:49
In this episode, Molly and Cristen talk about the "beauty premium" and how physical attractiveness can be advantageous (and lucrative) in the workplace.
Aug 16th, 2010 • 31:13
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a metabolic disorder that creates hormone imbalances in women's bodies. Molly and Cristen discuss PCOS research, definitions, symptoms and treatment -- and why it's so hard to get a correct diagnosis -- in this episode.
Aug 11th, 2010 • 32:28
According to stereotypes, men find women with small feet more attractive than large-footed ladies. Is there any science to back up that claim? Molly and Cristen discuss what studies reveal about foot size and sexual attractiveness in this episode.
Aug 9th, 2010 • 31:25
Guerrilla Girls is a group of female artists/activists whose mission is to expose discrimination in the art world. In this episode, Molly and Cristen investigate and discuss the origins, activism and effectiveness of the Guerrilla Girls.
Aug 4th, 2010 • 27:49
Rapes kits are used to collect forensic evidence from rape victims. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss the contents of rape kits, rape kit testing, SANE programs and the medical professionals who administer rape kit exams and collect evidence.
Aug 2nd, 2010 • 30:58
Conventional wisdom would suggest that long-distance relationships are doomed to failure, but is that actually the case? Molly and Cristen sift through stats and studies to determine if long-distance relationships can ever work out.
Jul 28th, 2010 • 30:55
Statistical evidence suggests that men are very preoccupied with the size of their penises. But should they be? In this episode, Molly and Cristen examine statistics and syndromes and debunk some myths in their quest to answer this age-old question.
Jul 26th, 2010 • 28:47
Traditionally, cooking has been considered a female task. Yet in the professional realm, men predominate. Why? Do men and women cook food diffently? Molly and Cristen explore gender issues in the culinary world in this episode.
Jul 21st, 2010 • 31:25
Although Title IX is now associated with its impact on female athletics in educational arenas, the woman who spurred the law's passage had a different agenda. Molly and Cristen examine Title IX's origins, present and controversial future in this episode.
Jul 19th, 2010 • 23:08
Foot binding is an ancient Chinese practice that was popular for centuries before it was outlawed in 1912. Molly and Cristen take a closer look at this extreme practice's history, cultural significance, controversies and side effects in this episode.
Jul 14th, 2010 • 25:47
In most modern cultures, it's traditional for men to propose marriage to women. But where did this tradition come from? Should women propose to men? Molly and Cristen investigate the origins and cultural significance of marriage proposals in this episode.
Jul 12th, 2010 • 25:08
According to anecdotal evidence and some studies, women are often attracted to "bad boys" -- risk-taking, narcissistic types. Molly and Cristen discuss three personality traits that make bad boys (and girls) appealing in this episode.
Jul 7th, 2010 • 19:31
In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore how babies are cared for at a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, and share tips for parents with children in the NICU.
Jul 5th, 2010 • 33:32
Condoms have a surprisingly long and storied history, as well as lots of fun nicknames! Molly and Cristen take a detailed look at these popular prophylactics, past and present, in this episode.
Jun 30th, 2010 • 21:10
Someone who is suffering from emotional stress and pain is said to have a "broken heart," but only in a metaphorical sense. Sometimes, however, the damage can be physical. Find out how Broken Heart Syndrome works -- and if it's fatal -- in this episode.
Jun 28th, 2010 • 30:37
Today female bartenders are common across America -- but this wasn't always the case. Join Molly and Cristen as they explore the history of women bartenders in the US, touching on feminism, employment rights, and the invention of the cosmo along the way.
Jun 23rd, 2010 • 35:39
Prenuptial agreements aren't just the province of celebrities and wealthy people. In this episode, Molly and Cristen take a critical look at prenups and their stipulations and discuss some practical reasons for considering such an "unromantic" agreement.
Jun 21st, 2010 • 30:29
Gun ownership is most often associated with men, but should women own guns for personal safety? Is gun ownership a feminist issue, or a marketing ploy? In this episode, Molly and Cristen frame the discussion of gun ownership in terms of gender.
Jun 16th, 2010 • 35:31
The term "bachelor" is commonly applied to single men, but is there a satisfactory female equivalent? Molly and Cristen discuss various terms that have been used to describe single women over the years -- and if they measure up -- in this episode.
Jun 14th, 2010 • 20:59
Doctors have identified a condition called andropause that affects middle-aged men's moods and hormone levels. It's sometimes referred to as "male menopause," but is that really an accurate description? Molly and Cristen investigate in this episode.
Jun 9th, 2010 • 22:19
If there were more women on Wall Street, would the financial crisis have happened? Are women more suited to the world of finance than men, or less? Molly and Cristen explore these questions and the role of American women in finance in this episode.
Jun 7th, 2010 • 27:09
Inspired by the Stuff You Should Know guys' recent podcasts on Cooperative for Education and breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala, Molly and Cristen explore why education is so important in Guatemala -- especially for girls.
Jun 2nd, 2010 • 31:24
Popular culture would suggest that heterosexual men and women can't have purely platonic relationships, but is this claim really valid? Molly and Cristen take a closer look at cross-sex friendships in this episode.
May 31st, 2010 • 26:57
Autistic spectrum disorders are typically associated with boys, a fact which may make it harder for girls with autism to be diagnosed properly. In this episode, Molly and Cristen define autism and discuss how it manifests differently in boys and girls.
May 26th, 2010 • 32:04
In today's episode, Molly and Cristen tackle one of the biggest gender stereotypes out there: Men are better drivers than women.
May 24th, 2010 • 32:22
There's been a lot of breast-related news lately, from a controversial bra ad to a popular Internet meme. What's the big deal about boobs? Molly and Cristen explore the history, politics and symbolism of breasts in this episode.
May 19th, 2010 • 26:34
Although men's studies is already an established academic discipline, a new discipline has recently emerged that aims to focus exclusively on the male gender. Molly and Cristen explore what makes male studies so different from men's in this episode.
May 17th, 2010 • 29:30
Although they're ubiquitous on today's beaches, bikinis are a far cry from the modest, cumbersome swimming costumes women used to wear. Molly and Cristen discuss the history and feminist implications of the world's skimpiest swimwear in this episode.
May 12th, 2010 • 35:46
In this episode, Molly and Cristen talk about feminist role models in children's literature, specifically citing three beloved children's series as examples of literature that provides strong role models for girls.
May 10th, 2010 • 26:45
Wilma Mankiller was the first female to be elected Chief of the Cherokee Nation. Molly and Cristen celebrate the life and accomplishments of Mankiller and discuss the role of feminism in American Indian communities in this episode.
May 5th, 2010 • 31:13
To some, facial hair simply represents a man's style or shaving preferences. But others argue that facial hair symbolizes masculinity. Molly and Cristen explore a topic that's close to their male listeners' hearts (and faces) in this episode.
May 3rd, 2010 • 27:45
Some countries and political parties mandate quotas to help increase female representation in government. But do these quotas truly foster equality and benefit women? Molly and Cristen weigh the pros and cons of political quotas for women in this episode.
Apr 28th, 2010 • 23:24
Viagra effectively treats male sexual dysfunction, so could a similar drug be developed for women? Molly and Cristen discuss current research on a Viagra-like drug for women -- and whether it would really be beneficial -- in this episode.
Apr 26th, 2010 • 27:36
The Enneagram Personality Test evaluates a person's character based on nine different personality types and a geometric figure called an enneagram. Molly, Cristen and a special guest take a closer look at the enneagram and the nine types in this episode.
Apr 21st, 2010 • 26:11
Sex addiction is a term that's bandied about a lot these days, but is it really a disorder? Or just an excuse for cheating? Molly and Cristen examine what studies and anecdotal evidence have to say about sex addiction.
Apr 19th, 2010 • 26:00
What do people think when they see a tattoo on a woman? What do tattoos have to do with feminism? The answers may surprise you. Tune in as Molly and Cristen explore the relationship between tattoos and feminism in this podcast.
Apr 14th, 2010 • 24:39
The Freemasons' secretive nature tends to provoke speculation and conspiracy theories, but Molly and Cristen are more interested in the group's gender dynamics. Can women join this traditionally fraternal order? Tune in to find out.
Apr 12th, 2010 • 24:45
In this episode, Molly and Cristen talk about gender identity as it relates to social and psychological factors -- and whether androgyny is the ideal.
Apr 7th, 2010 • 26:50
In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore the Japanese subculture of "moe," which entails men forming romantic attachments to 2-D characters, and discuss how these "relationships" may be contributing to a drop in condom sales in Japan.
Apr 5th, 2010 • 25:36
Molly and Cristen examine the stereotype that women love to shop and discuss what constitutes a "shopaholic" in this episode.
Mar 31st, 2010 • 27:38
Munchausen syndrome is a severe type of factitious disorder, and the victims of this affliction purposely exaggerate or cause health problems. Learn more about this syndrome -- and how some sufferers may injure their children -- in this podcast.
Mar 29th, 2010 • 30:45
In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss arranged marriage, from its ancient origins in India to pros and cons of the practice.
Mar 24th, 2010 • 15:47
Like placenta, the blood contained in the umbilical cord isn't always considered a waste product of birth. In this episode, Molly and Cristen discuss why some people choose to save their baby's cord blood -- and where they store it.
Mar 22nd, 2010 • 25:40
We all poop, but we're often reluctant to discuss (and sometimes perform) this natural act -- especially women. Molly and Cristen give you the scoop on lady poop -- from poop "showdowns" to irritable bowel syndrome -- in this episode.
Mar 17th, 2010 • 28:40
Molly and Cristen discuss what studies suggest about body language and initial attraction (and even test out some of the behaviors themselves) in this episode.
Mar 15th, 2010 • 20:07
In this episode, Molly and Cristen demystify the SPF numbers found on sunscreen bottles.
Mar 10th, 2010 • 25:16
Cristen and Molly discuss the issue of diversity in ballet, past and present -- and the origins of the art form -- in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Mar 8th, 2010 • 28:27
The popular Miss America pageant has experienced a significant drop in viewership in recent years. Molly and Cristen discuss the history, controversies, practices and relevance of the pageant in this episode.
Mar 3rd, 2010 • 26:15
In this episode, Molly and Cristen define and discuss the differences between well-established eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia and disordered eating patterns that aren't yet classified as a specific eating disorder.
Mar 1st, 2010 • 27:58
Mail-order brides may seem like a quaint and old-fashioned concept, but international marriage brokering is big business today. Molly and Cristen explore the topic of mail-order brides from multiple angles in this episode.
Feb 24th, 2010 • 27:29
Molly and Cristen break down the science behind orgasms -- and discuss theories about why women have them -- in this episode.
Feb 22nd, 2010 • 27:23
Inspired by the upcoming Oscars, Cristen and Molly discuss female directors in this episode.
Feb 17th, 2010 • 29:40
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen take a closer look at the burqa, a conceiling body garment worn by Muslim women, and the controversy surrounding it.
Feb 16th, 2010 • 32:27
Both genders can be bullies, but their methods tend to be different. Learn more about female bullying, from the schoolyard to the workplace, in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Feb 10th, 2010 • 25:06
There's a prevalent belief that children need both a father and a mother for healthy development, but a recent study suggests otherwise. Learn more about parenting and gender in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Feb 8th, 2010 • 17:01
In this episode, Molly and Cristen dispel the common myth that women can't get pregnant while on their periods and discuss other misconceptions that women have about getting pregnant.
Feb 3rd, 2010 • 29:50
Molly and Cristen discuss the history of women and the Olympics, from their early exclusion to their nearly equal presence in the upcoming games, in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Feb 1st, 2010 • 22:52
For some people, placenta isn't just a byproduct of birth to be disposed of. They use it in a variety of ways, including consumption. In this episode, Molly and Cristen ponder the ways women use placenta after giving birth -- and why.
Jan 27th, 2010 • 23:17
Molly and Cristen discuss the phenomenon of dieting -- from early "fad" diets to a possible link between dieting and aging -- in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Jan 25th, 2010 • 21:00
For many people, deodorants and antiperspirants are a regular part of their daily hygiene routines. But how do they work? What's the difference between men's and women's? Are they safe? Learn more about deodorants and antiperspirants in this episode.
Jan 20th, 2010 • 27:27
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen discuss what studies and anecdotal evidence suggest about male and female cheating.
Jan 19th, 2010 • 25:27
The conventional wisdom is that birth order has a formative effect on a child's personality, but how does science weigh in? Cristen and Molly explore what studies and anecdotal evidence suggest about birth order and personality in this episode.
Jan 13th, 2010 • 22:10
In the United States, marriage between cousins is a controversial topic, though it is legal in about half the states. Molly and Cristen explore why marriage between cousins is considered taboo in some places in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Jan 11th, 2010 • 23:33
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen take a look at current ways of measuring obesity. They discuss the most common formula, Body Mass Index (BMI), in detail, from its origins to its flaws.
Jan 6th, 2010 • 21:17
The first female baseball teams were organized in 1866, yet modern women have only recently started making inroads in professional baseball. Join Molly and Cristen as they discuss the past, present and future of women in baseball in this episode.
Jan 4th, 2010 • 24:58
Gossip is often linked to women and tends to get a bad rap, but in fact, men like to gossip, too. And it's not all bad. Tune in to this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You to get the dirt on gossip and gender.
Dec 30th, 2009 • 25:54
In this episode Cristen and Molly continue their exploration of CARE, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Atlanta. Tune in to learn more the link between women's rights and the alleviation of poverty.
Dec 28th, 2009 • 24:25
In this episode, Cristen and Molly speak with the director for Program Impact at CARE USA. Over the course of numerous humanitarian efforts, CARE has found that improving the lives of women is a crucial part of alleviating poverty. Tune in to learn more.
Dec 23rd, 2009 • 21:37
It's been said that behind every great man is a great woman, and Santa Claus is no exception. In this episode, Cristen and Molly take a closer look at the women behind Santa Claus, from his oft-forgotten wife to his team of reindeer.
Dec 21st, 2009 • 26:14
Although they have a relatively safe reputation, nail salons may be silent killers. Listen in as Cristen and Molly examine the hidden dangers of the local nail salon in this episode.
Dec 16th, 2009 • 21:59
When it comes to relationships, the conventional wisdom is that opposites attract. In this episode, Molly and Cristen explore what genetics, scientific studies and anecdotal evidence suggest about what makes romantic partners most attractive to us.
Dec 14th, 2009 • 27:13
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen discuss Disney princesses -- from the recent merchandising craze to theories about how these characters influence young girls for better or worse.
Dec 9th, 2009 • 20:02
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You (that you probably don't want to listen to while you're eating), Molly and Cristen discuss the colon cleansing trend, from the finer points of colonics to how medical research weighs in on the practice.
Dec 7th, 2009 • 22:56
In response to the recent appointment of a new female justice to the Supreme Court and some controversial remarks, Molly and Cristen investigate whether or not gender affects a judge's effectiveness in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Dec 2nd, 2009 • 23:29
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen ponder baby technology of the future -- from designer babies to robot children.
Nov 30th, 2009 • 29:31
To breastfeed or not to breastfeed? That is the question. Join Molly and Cristen as they sift through numerous studies and anecdotal information in search of the answer in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Nov 25th, 2009 • 26:16
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen discuss the origins, history, practices and stereotypes of the debutante tradition.
Nov 23rd, 2009 • 20:34
In recent decades, pantyhose were ubiquitous, but plenty of women still wear them today. Tune in as Molly and Cristen investigate where pantyhose came from, who wears them and what they're made of in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Nov 18th, 2009 • 25:39
In this episode, Molly and Cristen take a closer look at the controversial topic of female circumcision, alternatively known as female genital mutilation or female genital cutting.
Nov 16th, 2009 • 29:47
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Cristen and Molly explore the differences between marriage and civil unions from a legal perspective.
Nov 11th, 2009 • 22:54
Most modern women wear bras on a daily basis, but why? How did these breast-supporting garments become so common? What purpose do they serve, exactly? Tune in to this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You to discover some surprising facts about the bra.
Nov 9th, 2009 • 27:52
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen discuss attachment parenting and weigh the pros and cons of co-sleeping.
Nov 4th, 2009 • 23:03
Studies suggest that women and men do sometimes experience pain differently. Join Molly and Cristen as they explore male and female experiences of pain -- and the implications of this gender difference -- in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Nov 2nd, 2009 • 31:04
Since cheerleading first appeared on the scene, it has morphed from simple cheering into an extremely athletic activity. Does that make it a sport? In this episode, Molly and Cristen delve deep into the history and practices of cheerleading to find out.
Oct 28th, 2009 • 32:01
In popular culture, witchcraft is commonly associated with women, but in fact, men can be witches, too. In this special Halloween episode, Molly and Cristen discuss the history, practices and many different definitions and conceptions of witches.
Oct 26th, 2009 • 30:12
Unless you've been hiding under a rock lately, you've probably noticed that there's a vampire craze afoot, especially among women. Why? Tune in as Molly, Cristen and a very special guest weigh in on vampire fiction and women's attraction to vampires.
Oct 21st, 2009 • 29:23
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen tackle a "sensitive" topic -- male circumcision. Listen in as they discuss circumcision in detail, from ancient and modern procedures to the pros and cons of the practice.
Oct 19th, 2009 • 25:21
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Cristen and Molly take a closer look at statistics and stereotypes related to women and crime. Tune in as they attempt to answer the question: Is there a gender gap in crime?
Oct 14th, 2009 • 30:45
Join Molly and Cristen as they take a fun-filled romp through the history of menstrual products -- from ancient Egyptian papyrus products to reusable menstrual cups -- in this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You.
Oct 12th, 2009 • 21:17
Female baldness isn't as common or as well-researched as male hair loss, but it does affect a surprisingly large number of women. Learn more about the various types of female baldness and their causes in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Oct 7th, 2009 • 29:35
Women and hair have always had a complicated relationship. Tune in as Molly and Cristen take a look at cultural perceptions of women's hair, women's emotional attachment to their locks and bad hair days in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Oct 5th, 2009 • 22:39
There's been a lot of buzz recently about the "hook-up culture" and whether or not it has an effect on women and traditional dating. Tune in for Molly and Cristen's funny, thoughtful take on the topic.
Sep 30th, 2009 • 28:18
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen discuss the pros and cons of women's magazines and explore their origins in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Sep 28th, 2009 • 30:26
In this episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, Molly and Cristen discuss how to recognize dating violence, tips for dealing with abuse and why it's a topic that should be addressed.
Sep 23rd, 2009 • 28:50
American women have a wide range of options when it comes to forms of address. Where did all these honorifics come from? How do women decide which one to adopt? Discover the fascinating story of Ms., Mrs. and Ms. in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Sep 21st, 2009 • 24:57
Since 2002, there's been a resurgence of interest in burlesque, an old-fashioned form of striptease. But is burlesque just another form of stripping? Explore the the fascinating history and practice of burlesque in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Sep 16th, 2009 • 29:43
These days, you'll find lots of comediennes and female comedy writers, but that hasn't always been the case. Join Molly and Cristen as they discuss past and present ideas about women with a sense of humor in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Sep 14th, 2009 • 33:48
Menstruation is a fact of life for women, but there is still a reticence to discuss the topic, even in modern society. Join Molly and Cristen as they have a frank, humorous discussion of an "unmentionable" topic in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Sep 9th, 2009 • 26:43
Long before that little tube of lip color became ubiquitous, women found ways to brighten their lips. Get the scoop on lipstick's ancient origins, controversial history, bizarre ingredients and symbolism in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Sep 7th, 2009 • 26:31
Current studies report that a majority of American women adopt their husband's surname upon marriage, while a minority do not. Learn more about the origins and implications of this alternative tradition in the following podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Sep 2nd, 2009 • 17:58
Due in part to their accomplishments in recent conflicts, women's role in the U.S. military is expanding. Learn more about the changing role of women in the military -- and the challenges they still face -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Aug 31st, 2009 • 22:43
Today, the majority of couples choose to live together before marriage, but some studies suggest that this may increase their chances of divorce. Tune in as Molly and Cristen take a closer look at this topic in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Aug 26th, 2009 • 25:50
Planned Parenthood is a controversial organization that provides reproductive healthcare to women and men. Join Molly and Cristen as they examine Planned Parenthood's history, controversies and services in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Aug 24th, 2009 • 21:30
Brides in countries like America and Britain often opt for white dresses, but where did this trend get its start? Discover the origins of white wedding gowns -- and the quirky history of the veil -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Aug 19th, 2009 • 26:38
Negative stereotypes about sororities abound, but are they deserved? Molly and Cristen explore the history, practices and reputation of modern sororities in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Aug 17th, 2009 • 16:45
Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, get a bad rap in the United States, but they're starting to make a comeback. Find out why these devices became unpopular in the first place -- and why that's starting to change -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Aug 12th, 2009 • 21:52
Polygamy isn't a legal practice in the United States, but it's fairly common in other parts of the world. Join Molly and Cristen as they weigh the pros and cons of this practice, both for women and men, in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Aug 10th, 2009 • 23:49
High heels are a popular fashion accoutrement for modern women, but they also cause foot and knee problems. So why do women still wear them? Learn more about high heels -- including their surpising origins -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Aug 5th, 2009 • 23:45
Online dating is an increasingly popular way of meeting people, but does it really work? Molly and Cristen discuss how online dating compares to regular dating in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Aug 3rd, 2009 • 22:03
Nancy Drew is a classic heroine from literature who has inspired generations of girls and women. Molly and Cristen take a closer look at literature's beloved female detective -- including her surprising origins -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jul 29th, 2009 • 18:26
With their acute sense of smell, sharks can detect minute quantities of blood from miles away. Does this mean that female swimmers who are menstruating should be wary or avoid swimming? Tune in to this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to find out.
Jul 27th, 2009 • 21:03
Traditional video games have always attracted more male players than female, but why? Tune in as Molly and Cristen discuss possible reasons for this trend -- and what's changing it -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jul 22nd, 2009 • 16:21
Shistosomiasis is a parasitic infection that significantly affects HIV transmission in Africans, particularly females. Find out how prevention of this "snail fever" could impact the spread of HIV in Africa in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jul 20th, 2009 • 21:29
As gender tests reveal, determining physical gender isn't as clear-cut as you'd think. Discover why and how gender can be ambiguous in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jul 15th, 2009 • 16:54
A recent theory about human hairlessness cites parasites as the cause. Find out how parasites relate to hair -- and some fascinating facts about shaving habits -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jul 13th, 2009 • 15:37
Studies show that women tend to outlive men. But why? Molly and Cristen explore the many factors that might contribute to female longevity in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jul 8th, 2009 • 19:44
Surrogacy involves carrying a child for a woman who cannot conceive, but there's a lot more to it than that. Tune in as Molly and Cristen explore the intricacies of surrogacy in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jul 6th, 2009 • 23:05
Chick lit is a term used to describe literature geared toward female readers. Tune in as Molly and Cristen take a closer look at this popular -- and oft-maligned -- genre in the following podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jul 1st, 2009 • 19:12
Organic foods have been touted as more nutritious for you, but they're also more expensive. Are they really healthier? Are they worth the cost? Molly and Cristen weigh the pros and cons of buying organic in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jun 29th, 2009 • 20:11
Women shopping for clothes often find that sizes are less than standard. Why the confusing system? Learn more about the history -- and future -- of women's clothing sizes in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jun 24th, 2009 • 17:29
In this podcast, the SMNTY crew explores what's in anti-aging cremes marketed to women -- and whether any of them actually work -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jun 22nd, 2009 • 16:42
The ACLU recently filed a lawsuit against a company that holds a patent on two breast cancer genes. Find out why the patent is controversial and how it affects women's health in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jun 17th, 2009 • 20:00
Renewable resources can have a major impact on the developed and developing worlds. Find out how renewable resources particularly affect women around the world in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jun 15th, 2009 • 20:58
The initial phase of a romantic relationship sizzles with attraction, but inevitably, those overwhelming feelings start to fizzle. Why? Explore the neurochemistry of love in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jun 10th, 2009 • 19:03
Studies say that male athletes are more likely to use anabolic steroids than females. Why? Tune in to explore possible reasons for this difference -- and some disturbing trends in female steroid use -- in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jun 8th, 2009 • 20:01
These days, recycling goes way beyond glass and paper. How about old shoes? Prom dresses? Join Molly and Cristen as they discuss some of the surprising things you can recycle in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jun 3rd, 2009 • 22:25
An objective measure of happiness is difficult to come by, but researchers say there are definite trends. Sometimes men are happier, and sometimes women are. Explore the science of happiness in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
Jun 1st, 2009 • 17:39
Birth control is an effective contraceptive, but it may also dampen a woman's sex drive. Tune in to find out what studies and anecdotal evidence have to say about birth control and side effects in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
May 27th, 2009 • 24:17
One study reports that women cry roughly four times as often as men, and historically women are often depicted as more prone to weeping -- but why? Learn more about crying in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
May 25th, 2009 • 24:53
Barbie is an extremely popular children's toy, but her origins aren't so innocent. Uncover Barbie's dark, secret past in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
May 20th, 2009 • 19:05
Westerners have often misunderstood the role of the geisha in Japanese culture, but these women are neither prostitutes nor concubines. Find out what a geisha's job description entails in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
May 18th, 2009 • 11:05
A study from the University of Texas has identified what is being called the 'Marilyn Monroe' hormone. Find out what this new hormone suggests about female mating habits and body type in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
May 13th, 2009 • 15:20
More men than women have lost their jobs due to the recession, and male participation in the domestic sphere has increased as a result. Tune in to learn how the recession is affecting domestic dynamics in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com.
May 11th, 2009 • 14:28
Lather-rinse-repeat is a common mantra for Americans, but all that shampooing can be bad for your hair. Tune in to this podcast from HowStuffWorks.com to uncover past hairwashing trends and a new movement to cut back on the 'poo.