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Episode 16: Dumbledore’s Army – Women’s Rights in Austria

Happy International Women’s Day!!! After a bit of a break, we’re back to kick off Women’s Month and International Women’s Day with a discussion about women’s rights in Austria. Join Liz and Bea as they talk about the history and current issues facing women in Austria.

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Episode 15: Happy Feministmas!!

Are you ready for Feministmas? It is a wonderful time of year that celebrates some pretty kickass ladies from history and myth! From saints to goddesses and trees to mistletoe, grab your holiday chocolate and cookies and join Beatrice, Elizabeth, and Heather as they celebrate the origins of the holiday and a few of the many important women who helped make the season what it is today! In keeping with holiday spirit, this episode only features a bit of stomach slitting and burning on stakes, far less then usual. Happy Feministmas, Nasties!


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Episode 14: Sick and Tired – Women as Patients

The ladies of SWP sat down to talk about sexism and how women are treated by healthcare professionals. Spoiler alert: it’s not great. Grab some chocolate and settle in for a frank conversation about pain, hepeating, medical testing, and trusting your gut. Lesson for the episode: be an advocate for your own health and body!!


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Episode 13: Wating for Gadot – Feminism and Superheroes

With the Justice League movie coming out this Friday, 17 November, Beth, Liz and Bea discuss the topic of female superheroes (a.k.a. every woman in existence ever). We look at Wonder Woman, Supergirl and the new Doctor Who. Get ready for a lot of girl power and ass-kicking.

Episode 12: Sexy, Sexist Costumes – A Special Halloween Minisode

What are you dressing as for Halloween? Chances are, if you’re a woman, your options range from sexy nun to sexy goldfish and we deserve better. So…..head down your local store, grab whatever remains of their halloween candy selection, and settle in for a special Halloween minisode where the She Who Persisted team discuss one of the worst parts of our favorite holiday – sexism.

Check out some of the worst offenders in sexist Halloween costumes.

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Episode 11: Life Lessons from Witches Around the World

Join Beatrice, Heather, and Elizabeth on their final installment of their October witch series. From Baba Yaga and Jenny Greenteeth to the Bell Witch and the Raven Mocker, witch-like figures from folklore around the world are discussed. The conversation turns from creepy to chilling as Elizabeth sobers the conversation with a look into women persecuted for witchcraft in South America.

Really, though, we at SWP see this episode as a how-to, real-life guide on navigating the dangers of the world. Just a few words of wisdom include: always beware of Bigfoot, don’t open the door you were told to ignore, and, as always, never enter a hut that stands on chicken legs.


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Episode 10: Foxes, Magic, and Persecution – Non-European Witches

Today on SWP, join Beatrice, Heather, and Elizabeth as they discuss witchcraft and magic from a non-Eurocentric stance. From Appalachia to Australia, Africa to Japan, we cover everything from the brutality of modern-day witch hunts to Okabe the cat witch and everything in between. We have plenty of resources for you to peruse as well if you want to check out our citations. Enjoy the next installment of our witch series, and, as always, stay nasty! 😉


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Episode 9: Witches in Pop Culture – Interview with PerSister Allene Nichols

Grab some Halloween candy and listen to Liz talk with our special guest PerSister Allene Nichols about pop-culture depictions of witches and witchcraft. The conversation spans from good vs. evil witches and how that is connected to gender, Charmed, Hermione and the significance of cauldrons. This time, we won’t be talking about persecution, burning and castration, so enjoy it while you can and get ready to binge-watch some witchy shows on Netflix.