Episode 5: Femme Noir, Flappers & Funny Feminism

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Here it is! Our June podcast episode is our last one until September, but don’t despair: it’s still full of all usual literary LOLz, feminist fun and enough reading recommendations to keep you going all through summer.

This time, we’re getting the lowdown on Cars & Girls, the femme-noir collection from independent writers’ collective Pankhearst, plus an exclusive audio excerpt of Tee Tyson‘s story from it, Road Runner.

Then, we’re time-travelling back to the roaring twenties for Gatsby-themed reading reccs galore, from Sarah Churchwell‘s Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great GatsbyZ: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Ann Fowler, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain and Bobbed Hair & Bathtub Gin by Marion Meade, plus The Bodice Ripper‘s favourite fictional flappers.

Afterwards, hear the sharpest soundbites from our latest interviews with all sorts of contemporary authors, from Leanne Shapton talking about exes and embarrassment to Diana Souhami‘s books about “deep-thinking, deeply attractive, and ever so deeply transgressively sexy” women including Greta Garbo, Gertrude Stein and Vita-Sackville West, as well as Hadley Freeman on feminism, fashion and her controversial stance against animal hats.

Then Beulah and Becki battle it out on the subject of academic feminist writing versus the more accessible ‘funny feminists.’

Is it the end of stuffy feminism? How do the likes of Female Chauvinist Pigs, How to be a Woman and Be Awesome measure up against iconic feminist texts like The Feminine Mystique, The Female Eunuch, The Beauty Myth and Fat is a Feminist Issue?

There’s all this and more in our latest episode, so click above to listen online or download, and let us know what you thought in the comments section!

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