Shrews Untamed
Fat Shaming & Thin Privilege

Fat Shaming & Thin Privilege

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. 

 

Toxic Positivity

Toxic Positivity

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.

 

Women In Leadership

Women In Leadership

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. 

The Hustle - An Episode Where Shrews Disagree

The Hustle - An Episode Where Shrews Disagree

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. 

Feminism In The Land Down Under

Feminism In The Land Down Under

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.

What’s In A Name? Is Taking Your Husband’s Last Name Unfeminist?

What’s In A Name? Is Taking Your Husband’s Last Name Unfeminist?

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.

Unspeakable - The C Word and The M Word

Unspeakable - The C Word and The M Word

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. 

Mother’s Day (And Its ‘Firebrand Feminist’ Roots) + The Emotional Load

Mother’s Day (And Its ‘Firebrand Feminist’ Roots) + The Emotional Load

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. 

All Eyes On COVID-19 - What Does It Mean For Women?

All Eyes On COVID-19 - What Does It Mean For Women?

April 9, 2020

Here in the House of Shrew, we believe the crisis management of the coronavirus is highly gendered. Right now, women are affected by the repercussions of isolation, job loss, school closures, not to mention domestic and financial abuse.

With such strong focus on the virus, staying home, and social distancing, we found ourselves asking about the elephant in the room: what this means for women. 

 

 

Meet The Shrews

Meet The Shrews

April 9, 2020

We are Jay Crisp Crow and Jennifer Zeven - Shrews Untamed and this is episode 1 of the Shrews Untamed Podcast – welcome, welcome, welcome to the House of Shrew. 

Over the course of our season we will be actively stirring the pot and talking about issues which affect women today; just saying it now - some of them may challenge you. But we hope we can cover all of our topics with a sense of fun, if not a sense of sensibility and sensitivity.

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