This is Rape Culture: The Cosby Mistrial
Katie Breen
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June 8, 2016

By now, you are likely familiar with the news that the Cosby case has ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury.

58 women give the same account of Bill Cosby raping them. 58 women said that they were drugged and sexually assaulted by a beloved celebrity with a then-sterling reputation, and many of them didn't come forward until years after the incident because they didn't think anyone would believe them. 58 women had their privacy invaded by the press and defense team, their credibility called into question by the public at every turn, and their every life's decision, sexual or otherwise, laid bare and analyzed in a courtroom and in the press, because many people didn't believe them. The accounts of 58 women were called into question because the account of one famous man contradicted these accounts.

Cosby admitted on the stand that he bought sedatives with the intention of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.

Yet the jury just cannot reach a conclusion on his guilt or innocence. Because it's not clear whether these 58 women are going through brutal public dissection for attention or money, or to bring down a beloved celebrity. Who admitted to buying drugs with the intention of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.

This is rape culture. This is why women don't report sexual assault.

#15: Empowering High-Achieving Women to Be Their Own Beyonces at Work
Katie Breen
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June 8, 2016

In this episode, Katie interviews Chris Dalton of Empowered Achievers, a career development coaching practice for professional women. In the episode, they discuss ways that high-achieving women can combat burnout and love their jobs (hint: boundary-setting!!!), how women (AND men) can support other women at work, how we can raise the next generation of strong girls, and what leadership skills men can learn from women in the workplace. Because the world is waking up to the fact that the masculine style of leadership sho' ain't the end-all-be-all. 

Listen here or on iTunes (please leave a rating and review!), SoundCloud, Overcast, or wherever else you get your podcasts!

Femtastic can also be found on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

#14: Cannabis and Women's Health
Katie Breen
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June 8, 2016

In this episode, Katie interviews Tony Tarbox, a cannabis educator who works in Colorado's legal cannabis industry. 

Think cannabis is only good for getting high? Think again. You might be surprised to know that not all cannabis products get you high, and can in fact be extremely useful in treating both common and uncommon medical ailments and pain. Katie and Tony cover a ton of topics, including but not limited to:

- the difference between THC and CBD

- how CBD works to treat pain in the body

- the types of cannabis products that cause a psychoactive effect (read: get ya high) versus types that do not (and how to pick a product for your desired effect)

- the various mediums through which you can consume cannabis, like edibles, vaporizers, oils, and topical ointments (TL;DR: smoking is so high school)

- the complex legal environment surrounding the industry

- what to look/ask for when visiting a dispensary

- the racist history of the word "marijuana" 

- how cannabis can be used to treat anxiety or conditions that cause pain, nausea, or movement issues (like menstrual pain, endometriosis pain, joint pain, migraines, chemotherapy-induced nausea, epileptic seizures, or Parkinson's-induced muscle tremors). 

- AND MORE!

It might just be the most educational conversation about cannabis you've ever heard.

This podcast can be heard via the SoundCloud player above, or at iTunes, Overcast, or wherever else fine podcasts are found.

Links to resources mentioned in the episode:

The Cannabist

Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)

Marijuana Policy Project

NORML

Mary's Medicinals, best known for their award-winning Transdermal Cannabis Patch. Mary creates natural pain-relief products in various forms (patches, creams, tablets, tinctures, etc.).

#13: The Untold Stories of Women Changemakers
Katie Breen
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June 8, 2016

In this episode, Katie interviews Julia Carpenter, Washington Post writer/editor and creator of daily email newsletter A Woman to Know. Every day, A Woman to Know tells its subscribers the story of an impactful woman from history that they've probably never heard of. Katie and Julia discuss why the newsletter was started, some of Julia's favorite unknown women history figures (you know Paul Revere but do you know Sybil Ludington, people?!), recommendations for fantastic books about women, why we've heard so few of women's stories in history class, and how we might change that in the future. Listen via the SoundCloud player above or head to iTunesOvercast, or wherever else fine podcasts are found.

To subscribe to A Woman to Know, click here. To follow Julia on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr, find her @juliaccarpenter.

As promised in the episode, here are some links about the books and women discussed in the episode!

People:

  • Phryne, the Greek prostitute who was a total body-pos badass
  • Caresse Crosby, the inventor of the first US-patented modern bra, who was also a serious writer in 1920s Paris
  • Sybil Ludington, the female counterpart to the more famous Paul Revere
  • Jane Heap, a queer woman who started a literary review highlighting modernist, feminist, queer voices as early as 1914(!!)

Books:

Julia's Picks

A Jury of Her Peers: Celebrating American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx (Elaine Showalter)

Writing Women's Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Narratives by Twentieth-Century American Women Writers (Edited and Introduction by Susan Cahill)

When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present (Gail Collins)

Women's Letters: America from the Revolutionary War to the Present (Lisa Grundwald and Stephen J. Adler)

Katie's Picks

My Own Words (Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with contributors Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams)

Notorious RBG (Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik)

My Beloved World (Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor)

Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World (Linda Hirshman)

America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation (Elaine Tyler May)

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape (Peggy Orenstein)

About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in 21st Century America (Carol Sanger)

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, contributor Christina Lamb) - We didn't actually mention this one but it's another amazing book about an important woman in history! 

#12: Mother and Daughter: A Tale of Two Veterans
Katie Breen
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June 8, 2016

In this episode, Katie had the privilege of interviewing Debbie Johnson and her daughter, Lauren Halloran. Debbie is a retired U.S. Army colonel who served as a nurse in the Gulf War, when Lauren was just a little girl. Lauren is a former Air Force lieutenant who served in Afghanistan. Both mother and daughter talk about the difficulties not only of deploying to a war zone, but of reintegrating into civilian life upon their return. They touch on the stigma surrounding mental illness in the military, the experience of being women in male-dominated environments (both the military and the Middle Eastern countries they deployed to), how little we talk about the struggle of coming home from war, and how sharing their experiences with one another brought them closer together and helped them both heal from the traumas of war. The beautiful, heartfelt, and often tearful interview, which lasted about 90 minutes, is a powerful testament to the bond between mothers and daughters, and to the healing power of sharing our stories, no matter how difficult.

Listen via the SoundCloud player above or head to iTunesOvercast, or wherever else fine podcasts are found.

And scroll on for great pictures of Lauren and Debbie's military experiences (including a super cute pic you don't wanna miss of Debbie returning home to her three small kiddos).

Debbie with her kids, fresh off the plane post-deployment.
Lauren saluting Debbie while Debbie reads the oath at her swearing in ceremony
Lauren in Afghanistan

Lauren taking photos at a groundbreaking ceremony
Traditional Afghan dress gifted by interpreters
Lauren in Africa
Lauren with her parents at her ROTC awards
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