July 1, 2021
The school dress: if you have ladyparts and have finished your education in Australia, you've most likely worn a school dress - whether you wanted to or not. In this episode Jen chats with Dr Amanda Mergler - psychologist, career advisor, author, mother, and kick-arse feminist co-founder of the Girls Uniform Agenda (GUA). Amanda tells us how she came to co-found the GUA, and why ALL girls should be given the option to wear shorts and pants.
Find out more about the GUA at: http://girlsuniformagenda.org/
March 8, 2021
In this episode Jen talks to Stasha Washburn: International speaker, Period Coach, period activist, bad-arse feminist, and author of The Revolution Will Be Bloody. Get cosy or take us for a walk with you, as we have a monster chat about what Stasha considers to be the last taboo: menstruation and our menstrual blood.
A study conducted by Libra showed that 3 in 4 Australian women say there is a stigma attached to having a period, and almost 70% of young Australians would rather fail a subject or class than have their peers know they are on their period.
There’s a knowledge gap filled with shame around our menstrual blood. Listen in and join us in breaking that shiz down.
October 27, 2020
Despite the rise and rise of the Body Positive movements, the pervasive thin (female) body aesthetic still reigns supreme in media, advertising, and our society's subconscious. Today Jen talks about Fat Shaming, Thin Privilege, and how these constructs benefit the patriarchy - not women and girls.
August 21, 2020
Listen, I don’t mean to break it hard to you, dear listener. But bad stuff happens. To bad people, yes, but to good people and middling people too.
And so what we’re exploring today is the damaging power of toxic positivity, especially to people who simply cannot wish themselves out of the existence they’re in.
August 3, 2020
Outspoken Harridans, School Marms, Bad Mothers, bad fashion and Conspicuously Empty Fruit Bowls - that's right, today we’re talking about Women Leaders.
We’ll discuss why there aren't more, what barriers they face, what female leadership looks like, and why there *should* be more.
June 29, 2020
"Everybody's hustlin'"... not in the House of Shrew they're not.
Join Jen (anti-hustle) and Jay (pro-hustle) as we dissect and dismember this pervasive term in the Australian women's vernacular. Learn where it came from, how it's used, if it has evolved, or why we should drop it altogether.
Is it good, bad, or does it just need a rebrand?
Bonus: you get to hear us debate. Hint: Jen's better at it.
June 9, 2020
You'd better run, you'd better take cover.
From suffrage to second-wave feminism, from Greer to Ford, from Vida Goldstein - the "darling" of the cause to Gillard's misogyny speech, meet Ellen van Neerven and hear how First Nation's women's roles were overlooked from Marcia Langton, we explore why Penny Wong seems to have more of a voice outside a political party and learn Edith Cowan said, "I belong to no party in this house...I shall be responsible only to my constituents”.
You'll also hear us say "what a f**king legend!" quite a bit. This is a tiny slice of feminism in Australia.
May 29, 2020
Yes, we know Unfeminist isn't a word. We're breaking the rules.
We're also showing you a little of what it's really like to record a podcast when kids - young and old - are home due to COVID-19. Water bottles are stolen, and a 19-year-olds are stopped from making life-saving coffee.
In between, we're discussing why we change our last names when we marry. How it started, why we do it, and how it's all the bloody patriarchy.
May 6, 2020
Disruption is as easy as lock, stock and three smoking syllables.
Make sure your earphones are on for this dangerous episode. Jen is unleashing the 'worst word in the world', digging into the patriarchal foundations to uncover why the C word is the most offensive utterance someone can slang, and how women can reclaim it and Jay is demystifying the M word, why it's taboo for women to want it, why we need it, and why we might be afraid to claim it.
April 26, 2020
Welcome to the House of Shrew. It is Mother's Day on May 10 so we thought we’d give the celebration the Shrews Untamed treatment and see how it looks after a bit of pot-stirring. Wait until you hear about the 'feminist firebrand' involved in Mother's Day as we (somewhat) know it now!
And we couldn't tackle Mother's Day without discussing the concept of the Emotional Load. Prepare your ears, Shrews.