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Feminist Folklore

29 EpisodesProduced by Skylark MediaWebsite

Feminist Folklore examines fairy tales, myths, and legends from around the world through a feminist lens, asking the question: how do the stories we tell about girls and women inform our attitudes about gender, sexuality, and more?

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26: Feminist Folklore's Farewell

July 17th, 2019

The final episode of Feminist Folklore is a two-fer. Rachael, and Carlea both share stories of women's enduring supernatural rage: the Banshee, and …

25: Crafting for Princesses

July 10th, 2019

A woman's work is never done! Especially when she has to take a vow of silence and make shirts for six years straight to free her brothers from an evil spell.  Sounds like a Project Runway challenge from hell!

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24: Legs! She's Got 'Em!

July 3rd, 2019

This week, Rachael shares a classic tale from our back catalog, with all new discussion. It's The Little Mermaid, the tale of a spunky sea lass who …

22: Not a Girl, Not Yet a Monster

June 26th, 2019

This week, Carlea and Rachael lead with a sad announcement, but there's still a story to share: Medusa. This classic monster's backstory is more disturbing than you might remember, and she's more sympathetic villain …

21: Cinderella But Not

June 19th, 2019

This week, Rachael shares an early version of Cinderella you may not have heard of. Actually, Cinderella is a version of this story. It's got all the toxic beauty standards and challenging family dynamics you know and …

20: Goldilocks' Life of Crime

June 12th, 2019

This week, Carlea shares a version of "The Three Bears" that may not be quite as familiar as the tried-and-true story. What if the person who stole …

19: The Interspecies Bachelorette

June 5th, 2019

This week, Rachael shares a story about a humble man in search of a wife, and the fabulous mouse who must prove herself worthy of his affections. If …

18: Who's The Vainest Of Them All?

May 29th, 2019

This week, Carlea shares a story you know and love: Snow White! It's got all the murderous jealousy and necrophilia you remember, plus child brides and poison hair accessories. Ahh, a true classic! Thanks, patriarchal …

17: Sleeping Beauty But Worse

May 22nd, 2019

This week, Rachael shares a version of a classic story that’s so much worse than you remember it. That’s right, it’s “Sun, Moon, and Talia””, now with more 100% rape, infidelity, and cannibalism than the “Sleeping …

16: Scheherazade's Clickbait Technique

May 15th, 2019


You won't believe what story she tells the sultan next! This week, in honor of the upcoming release of Disney's Aladdin, Carlea shares another story …

15: Law & Order: Arabian Nights

May 8th, 2019


This week, in honor of the upcoming release of Disney's Aladdin, Rachael shares a story from The Thousand and One Nights: "The Three Apples." It's …

93: Introducing Earth Break!

May 7th, 2019


Out now, Earth Break is the latest scripted series from Skylark Media. Jenny Slate stars as Lynn Gellert, the last person left on Earth. Her constant and only companion is the voice recorder she managed to salvage from …

14: Springtime, Brought to You By the Patriarchy

May 1st, 2019


This week, Carlea shares the myth of Persephone and Demeter, an ancient Greek explanation for the seasons. Because, as everyone knows, winter is caused by the abduction and forced marriage of a goddess by the king of …

13: Thor's Family Needs Therapy

April 24th, 2019


This week, Rachael shares a story from Norse myth about the death of Thor's brother Baldr, their mother Frigg's deadly oversharing, and, of course, everyone's favorite trickster, Loki. Oh, and let's not forget, the …

12: Meet La Llorona’s German Cousin

April 17th, 2019


This week, Rachael shares a story that may sound familiar to fans of La Llorona: The Woman in White. She’s a tanner’s daughter, he’s a knight pretending to be someone else so he can hook up with her . . . This can't end …

11: Morgan Le Fay Leans In

April 10th, 2019


Move over King Arthur, Morgan Le Fay is the baddest bitch in town! This week, Carlea shares a much-requested story, Morgan Le Fay, and it sure is a …

We'll Be Right Back!

April 3rd, 2019


Feminist Folklore is taking a quick break this week! But Rachael and special guest Aaron (!!!) have something to tell you anyway:

We're looking for …

10: The Girl with the Horse's Head

March 20th, 2019


This week, Carlea shares a myth from China about the goddess of silk worms, who has a more upsetting origin story than you might expect. It …

9: The Twa Sisters

March 13th, 2019


This week, Rachael shares a story about two royal sisters who don't get along so well, and a traveling musician who could give Hannibal Lecter a run …

8: The Princess and the Pea

March 6th, 2019


This week, Carlea shares a story from Hans Christian Andersen about a picky prince and a very sensitive princess. Is it a celebration of ladies' delicacy, or a send-up of the nobility's oversensitivity? Who knows! Maybe …

7: Boo Hag

February 20th, 2019


This week, Rachael shares a Gullah story about a beautiful woman who's not all she seems, much to the peril of her new husband. But hey, who hasn't …

6: The North Wind and the West Wind

February 13th, 2019


This week, Carlea shares an Italian story about a breeze who just wants somebody to love. Yeah, anthropomorphic wind is a weird one, we know. But if people insist on gendering the wind, you better believe we're gonna …

5: The Goose Girl

February 6th, 2019


This week, Rachael shares a listener suggestion (thanks, Mandy!) about a princess and her scheming maid. It's almost like a non-voluntary Parent Trap …

4: The King and the Clever Girl

January 30th, 2019


This week, Carlea shares a story from India about a young woman who's really playing the long con. If you liked The Emperor's New Clothes but always wanted more feminism in it, this one's for you!

Audio engineering and …

3: The Girl and the Snake

December 12th, 2018


This week, Carlea shares a story about an adventurous girl and a snake who respects her autonomy until a no become a yes. Kind of some mixed messages in terms of respecting women's choices, to say the least.

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2: The Owl Women

December 5th, 2018


This week, Rachael shares a Yakama Native American story about superhuman sisters on the hunt for a man, but not in the way you might think. There's intrigue, deer blood, and deadly tricks. And, surprise surprise, the …

1: An Abenaki Witch Story

November 21st, 2018


This week, Rachael shares a story from the Abenaki people about a dead witch in a tree, and a husband who just won't listen to his wife . . . and pays the price!

Audio engineering and story music provided by Aaron …

Introducing American Hysteria

November 12th, 2018


Feminist Folklore is excited to tell our listeners about a new podcast from Skylark Media: American Hysteria!

American Hysteria is a podcast …

Introducing Blackwood

October 24th, 2018


Feminist Folklore is excited to tell our listeners about a new podcast out now from Wondery and Skylark Media: Blackwood!

Five years ago, three …

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