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Episodes of our podcast will be posted regularly.

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.

Episode 8: The Old and The Ugly – Witches in Fairy Tales and Myth

We at She Who Persisted strongly oppose luring people into huts and eating them. We do, however, support dancing naked in woods. So, grab your chocolate and listen to Heather, Liz, and Bea talk about witches from folklore and myth. No matter if it’s Hekate, Baba Yaga, or Ursula from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”, we’ve got you covered with all your witchy needs.

Because, as you all know: b/witches get stuff done.

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Episode 7: Witches’ Herstory – the persecution, the burning, the killing.

Grab your Halloween chocolate and listen to Heather explain all the things about the fun parts of being a woman in the early modern era (like not being allowed to do or say anything ever because anything can be suspect and you’re gonna get killed). Featuring merry tales of persecution, killing, burning and castration anxiety. (Yay)

Also: fitting the theme of castration anxiety and misogyny, you’ll learn a binding spell against trump, which should be part of anyone’s magical survival kit, so listen to this.

You’re welcome.

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Episode 6: Asèxuale – the (not so) new fragrance for YOU

Grab your chocolates, nasties, cause Beth and Bea discuss the ‘A’ in LGBTQIA and how it doesn’t represent allies, but rather the ever-mystifying ‘asexuality’. Full of witty one-liners and phrases you’ll want a button of, Beth and Bea unpack all the shades of grey within asexuality, as well as look at some of the other closely-related ways that people may identify – all while inventing their own perfume line (you’re going to want it, trust us!).

Stay tuned for our next exciting new series soon!

Episode 5.3: LGBTQIA* in Academia – PerSister Nancy Matthews

On this episode of the SWP podcast, Elizabeth interviews Nancy Matthews. Nancy talks about life in academia and how to create a safe space for students.Now in her thirteenth year of teaching at Cal State Long Beach, Nancy Matthews talks to She Who Persisted about how to create safe spaces and foster environments within which students can grow and learn, and can feel accepted within their local community.

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Episode 5.2: LGBTQIA* in Academia – PerSister Jessye Cohen-Filipic

On this episode of the SWP podcast, Heather interviews Jessye Cohen-Filipic. Jessye shares details about her life as an academic, a mother, and a part of the LGBTQIA* community.

A bit of information about our wonderful interviewee:

Jessye Cohen-Filipic is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at a liberal arts college. Jessye has been involved in social justice work related to HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities since she was a high school student in the late 1980s. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She has worked as a teacher, researcher, and therapist. She has worked in many settings, including a jail, community mental health clinics, VA hospitals, and a primary care medical clinic in a hospital. Her primary research is in the area of health psychology and chronic illness. She also works in the area of pre-professional and professional training in psychology and related professions. Jessye has presented and published papers related to training students to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients and other specific groups. Jessye and her wife have been foster parents for several years and have a four-year-old daughter.

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This is a link to a project Jessye worked on through the American Psychological Association about training graduate students to work with diverse populations: http://www.apa.org/ed/graduate/diversity-preparation.aspx
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