Stuff Mom Never Told You

Stuff Mom Never Told You

Through an intersectional feminist perspective, hosts Anney and Samantha dive into science, history, and culture to make sense of the everyday and unpack the stories that brought us to where we are today. This podcast aims to better understand the challenges facing women and marginalized folks all over the world and highlights the tools we can use to tackle them head on.

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May 25, 2024 20 mins

SMNTY continues our conversation on women and happiness, digging into the happiest countries in the world in this classic episode.

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In part two of our look at Hugh Hefner and Playboy, we chat with Bridget Todd about packaging the controlling of women's liberation and empowerment, and what it means to take in the true scope of this legacy.

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Are there some women who are all about bringing down other women? That is the question at the center of this episode of our Sex and the City watch series. We have thoughts.

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May 22, 2024 69 mins

The legend and legacy (and lies) of Hugh Hefner and Playboy loom large to this day and left an undeniable impact - and caused a lot of harm, largely centered on exploiting women. Friend of the show Bridget Todd joins us in breaking down the history, the PR behind the public image and the damage behind it all.

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Rose Tico's loyalty, skills and love was vital to the Resistance in the 2017 Star Wars film The Last Jedi. However, when the character was introduced, she was met with a lot of online hate and criticism that had major consequences. We break down the character and the reaction to her.

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May 20, 2024 18 mins

Even in one of the most isolated places in the world, women cannot escape sexism and harassment. Recent whistleblower accounts of women's experiences in Antarctica serve as a grim reminder of this.

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As we continue our mini-series on women and happiness in this classic, we ask the question: who is happier? Are queer couples happier than straight couples?

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May 17, 2024 41 mins

Recently, online dating service Bumble went viral for all the wrong reasons with an ad campaign. We break down what went wrong, why people were so angry, and the company's response.

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May 16, 2024 16 mins

Weddings can be beautiful expressions of love and a place for reunions and celebration. They also can sometimes bring out questions about singlehood, in yourself and in strangers.

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This is a big year for bug science as two broods of cicadas are set to emerge. We connected with Emma Grace the entomologist to learn about women in entomology, bug science, cicadas and Star Wars.

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We highlight some of the Hawaiian women making waves in the surfing world. 

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May 13, 2024 17 mins

What is hyper independence? What does it have to do with women, trauma and relationships? We explain.

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May 11, 2024 37 mins

The 2023 film Past Lives is a beautiful, critically acclaimed look at diverging paths and identities. We talk destiny, true love, childhood sweethearts and wondering about the path not taken.

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We continue our watch of Sex and the City, chatting about dating politicians, politics and figuring out who you want to date. 

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Mentors and role models can be hugely empowering for women. In this classic, Anney gushes about her mom, and we discuss the value of having strong women in our lives.

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The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Vietnamese-American author lê thi diem thúy is a poetic look at immigration, memory, trauma, identity and loss. 

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In the first part of our look at Hawai'ian women surfers and history, we delve into the work of surfer and writer Mindy Pennybacker. 

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Recently, Nike got in some hot water after debuting a very revealing women's uniform for Team USA's track and field competitors. We chat about the internet firestorm that ensued, the company's response, and why it is (and has been) an issue.

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In this classic, Anney and Samantha talk crop tops, space politics, forbidden love and Padmé Amidala. We hope we're not breaking your heart and going down a path you can't follow. Also all who hate sand are welcome.

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In honor of the 25th anniversary of the film 10 Things I Hate About You, we take a look back at the popular retelling of The Taming of the Shrew.

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