Feminist Frequency Radio

Feminist Frequency Radio

Feminist Frequency Radio is coming for your media. Each week, Anita Sarkeesian, Carolyn Petit, and Ebony Aster bring you dispatches from the pop culture wars and invite you to listen in on their entertaining, stimulating, take-no-prisoners conversations about the latest films, games, and tv. They’ll be bringing their distinctly different feminist perspectives to the mix as they celebrate and critique it all. With special guests from all over the feminist media sphere, an assortment of great bonus segments, and your questions keeping them on their toes, Feminist Frequency Radio is there to help you dig deeper into the things you love. Warning: Feminist Frequency Radio may significantly enhance your media experience. Join our community at Patreon.com/femfreq Feminist Frequency Radio is powered by Simplecast

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May 18, 2022 60 min

We’re kicking off our Hollywood by Decade series with the inception of filmmaking in the 1910s and 20s. Specifically, we’ll be looking at director Lois Weber’s film, Shoes. Released in 1916 at the height of Weber’s power and popularity as one of the top filmmakers of the time, the film tackles poverty, prostitution, and gender pay inequity. Ebony pops in, and she and Anita are joined by Dr. Shelley Stamp, writer and professor of fi...

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For our 200th(!!) episode of Feminist Frequency Radio, Anita, Ebony, and Carolyn reunite to discuss the Coen brother’s infinitely quotable, The Big Lebowski. Since its 1998 release, the film has earned cult classic status, spawning festivals, conferences, and even a religion: Dudism. Does our original FFR trio abide? Listen in as we revisit The Dude on his hapless, meandering odyssey through LA to find out.

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6:00 - Main d...

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On the heels of the recent release of director Robert Eggers’ Viking epic The Northman, Kat Spada and special guest Dr. Kishonna Gray—Associate Professor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky—step back to 2015 to consider Egger’s first film, The Witch.

CW: This episode contains discussion of film portrayals of supernatural or historical violence against woman and children, including infanticide. 

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Anita and new cohost Kat Spada start off the season strong with an episode all about the allure of toxic masculinity onscreen. Special guest Dave Proctor returns to discuss why male characters embodying cisheteronormative values can be so obviously problematic, but often still manage to be attractive and compelling to us a viewers.

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54:36 - What’s your Freq Out?

  • Kat on the movie Aline (2020) directed by and starring Valéri...
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    We finish Women’s History Month and this season of FFR with Eliza Hittman’s critically-acclaimed, profoundly affecting 2020 film, Never Rarely Sometimes Always. Joining us for this emotionally intense discussion is returning special guest, writer and podcaster, Kat Spada.

    CW: This episode includes discussion of suicide, abuse, sexual assault and other sensitive topics. If you need help please reach out to organization like RAINN.org...

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    Next in our series of works by women filmmakers is director Joanna Hogg’s loosely-autobiographical 2019 film, The Souvenir. Joining us to talk about the film is FemFreq Favorite and Managing Editor at Kotaku, Carolyn Petit! We’ve missed our former co-host and know you have, too; a good discussion is all but guaranteed when Caro’s in the house, and today is no exception as we tackle the film’s themes of addiction, power, art, self-d...

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    Today on the Bonus, we welcome Patrons and non (future?) Patrons alike for a special public episode. Carolyn Petit is here to reunite our original FFR trio for a deep-dive discussion on the utility of rating systems and subjectivity vs. “objectivity” in criticism.

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    Written by Diablo Cody, directed by Karyn Kusama, and starring Megan Fox, Jennifer’s Body is the next in our series featuring women filmmakers. The film struggled to find an audience in 2009, but has earned a reappraisal in recent years. It’s new to Anita and Ebony, but luckily we’re joined by writer, producer, podcast host, returning FFR guest, and notably, “America’s Foremost Scholar on Jennifer’s Body”, Jordan Crucchiola. Opinio...

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    We’re kicking off a month of episodes dedicated to the work of pioneering female directors, and to get us started, we’ll be talking about Jane Campion’s 1993 Oscar-winning film, The Piano. Writer, raconteur, podcast host, and our special guest, Kat Spada, joins our discussion as we grapple with an undeniable masterpiece of a film that is simultaneously racist and which presents a deeply troubling “love” story built upon coercion. C...

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    Remember when we promised to take the podcast in some new and interesting directions this year? Well, you’re in luck because today we’re talking: visual art, global feminisms, resistance, anti-capitalism, and more through a focus on graffiti, and to do so, we’ve got a pioneering and interdisciplinary scholar and activist in the field to join us. Dr. Jess Pabón is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SUNY...

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    Talking all things Black and games this week, Dr. Kishonna Gray hosts a full-faceted conversation with Latoya Peterson and Shawn Alexander Allen.

    Links Mentioned:
    Treachery in Beatdown City
    The Come Up Game
     

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    This week, we’re diving into literature with Toni Morrison's incredible Song of Solomon. Joining Ebony is Dr. Tai Coleman and our very own Jae Lin.

    CW: This episode includes discussion of incest, abuse, and sexual assault. If you or someone you know is suffering with these issues please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to get the support you need.

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    This week, we’re adding to our collection of conversations on iconic 90s Black cinema by delving into the aesthetics and atmosphere of Kasi Lemmons’ 1997 directorial debut, Eve’s Bayou. Joining us to discuss this gem of a film is Dr. Taiyon Coleman, who last joined our podcast for our I Am Not Your Negro episode.

    CW: This episode includes discussion of incest, abuse, and sexual assault. If you or someone you know is suffering with t...

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    An episode for Tim Curry fans, and Tim Curry fans only! Today on the FFR podcast we are revisiting one Ebony’s childhood favorites, Ridley Scott’s 1985 glorious, florid, Baroque banquet of a film: Legend. Writer Charlie Jane Anders returns as special guest for this fantastical trip down memory lane. Does Legend hold up after all these years?

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    43:43 - What’s your Freq Out?

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    For over 20 years, both Anita and Ebony have successfully refused to watch James Cameron’s 1997 mega-blockbuster Titanic, but today they’ve finally relented in order to have a discussion with returning guest and Titanic super-fan Caitlin Durante. Can Caitlin’s sincere love of this disaster movie/period romance warm the waters of Anita and Ebony’s icy reception? Or are two decades worth of parody, memes, and replays of “My Heart Wil...

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    In our final episode of 2021, we welcome a very special guest: Carolyn Petit herself! Along with Anita and Ebony, the original FFR trio are discussing Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta—the premiere of which faced protests by Catholics upset with the film’s depiction of illicit attraction between 17th century nuns. Does this ecstatically portrayed story of Sister Benedetta—a fervently devoted Renaissance nun consumed by the force of her tr...

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    Along with their special guest—Caroline Heldman, chair of critical theory and social justice at Occidental College and the executive director at The Representation Project—Anita and Ebony are taking on the entirety of the Terminator franchise. From the 1984 original and “T2” a decade later, to the (perhaps less memorable) follow-ups from the two-thousands and beyond, the Terminator franchise catalyzed the careers of Arnold Schwarze...

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    This episode of the podcast was originally meant to be a look at the Terminator franchise as a whole, but there’s only two things that can stop a podcast: (1) the fall of civilization at the hands of our robot overlords, or (2) laryngitis. We’ll let you guess which took down this week’s attempt.

    Our Terminator meta-take will be out in a few weeks, but in the meanwhile we’re re-releasing our episode on 2019’s Terminator: Dark Fate. B...

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    Today on a special episode of the podcast, Anita is joined by director and co-writer of the film Unpregnant—Rachel Lee Goldenberg—as well as Lizz Winstead, co-creator of The Daily Show and founder and executive director of the non-profit Abortion Access Front. Together we’ll be discussing abortion and reproductive rights both as portrayed in media and in the US today.

    Episode Photo Credit: aafront.org

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    47:48 - What’s your ...

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    If you’re a regular listener, you may remember us expressing careful optimism at the news that Chloé Zhao was set to direct an entry to the MCU. Well, Eternals is finally here and you can consider our hopes dashed. Two special returning guests are joining Anita on this episode of the podcast: game designer, director, and musician, Teddy Dief;  and CEO of Sweet Baby Inc, Kim Belair. Together Anita and our guest try to answer: In a f...

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