#30: A Gymnast's #MeToo Moment and Her Journey to Justice
Katie Breen
November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Torey Ivanic, author of the forthcoming book "No Big Deal," a tale of surviving and overcoming childhood sexual abuse. In the episode, Torey shares her story of being sexually abused by a trusted gymnastics coach while she was in her teens. She discusses the aftermath of the abuse, her experience bringing her perpetrator to justice, and the lessons for parents and survivors she hopes we can take away from her story.

Check out Torey's coaching work at OpenSpace4, and look out for her book "No Big Deal" on Amazon on July 31, 2018!

Katie's TEDx Talk is Live!
Katie Breen
November 2, 2017

Katie recently spoke at TEDxBoulder. Check out her talk on privilege, activism, and allyship, by clicking here or on the photo below.

#29: What is a Sex Coach?
Katie Breen
November 2, 2017

Katie interviews Brianna Rader, founder of Juicebox, a company whose mission is to get people talking about sex, dating, and relationships. 

In the episode, they discuss what a sex coach is, who can benefit from working with one (hint: EVERYONE), and the types of topics they help people contend with. As Brianna discusses, you don't need to have a "problem" or be in a crisis to use a sex coach - even if your sex life, dating life, or relationship is great, you can always make it better, improve communication (inside the bedroom and out), deepen your intimacy or pleasure, and explore new things! It's like having a personal trainer - you might already be in great shape, but there's always more improvement to be had. 

They also discuss Juicebox's iOS app, a platform that offers free resources for people who want to learn more about sex, dating, and relationships from experts (and peers), as well as an extremely AFFORDABLE service that connects you with a professional coach you can chat with on demand, 7 days a week. Listeners of Femtastic can even try out coaching for FREE. Listen to the episode to learn more!

Follow Juicebox on Twitter (@juiceboxit), Facebook or Instagram (@juiceboxapp).

About Brianna:

Brianna Rader is the Founder and CEO of Juicebox, an app that provides 1-on-1 sex, dating, and relationship coaching anonymously. She has worked in sex education for 6 years and started her career providing sex education to college students in the state of Tennessee. Her first experience was quite controversial--leading to the state defunding her organization and legally condemning her. She received an MSc. in Global Health from UC-San Francisco. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @BriRader.

Listen to Femtastic at the player above or on Apple PodcastsOvercastSoundcloud, or another podcast app of your choice!

What I've Read So Far: Q2 2018
Katie Breen
November 2, 2017

We're back! At the end of the first quarter of 2018, I detailed in the post, "What I've Read So Far: Q1 2018," the back-story on why I'm posting what I've read this year, and the list of books I read in the first three months of 2018. 

Here's the list of what I've read in the second quarter of 2018 (March through June)!

If you read just one of these books, I'd pick "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond for a better understand of how poverty in America works, particularly in the area of housing. Truly eye-opening.


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond (top pick of the quarter, top pick in non-fiction)

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J.D. Vance (runner-up of the quarter, runner up in non-fiction)

Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead-My Life Story, Cecile Richards (by the outgoing, long-time president of Planned Parenthood and daughter of Texas Democratic governor Ann Richards)

About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in Twenty-First-Century America, Carol Sanger (reads like an academic text, but is amazing)

Historical Fiction:

Caleb's Crossing, Geraldine Brooks (1660s Martha's Vineyard)

Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan 1930s-40s New York City) (top pick in historical fiction of the quarter)


The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah (set in 1970s Alaska but I don't think that counts as historical fiction)

Academic texts:

Epidemiology: An Introduction, The Open University

Introducing Public Health, The Open University

(both super-short, free or nearly free little primers that I personally think would be interesting to anyone who wants to learn more about what public health, epidemiology, infectious disease control, etc., is all about)

From the Archives: A Tale of Two Veterans
Katie Breen
November 2, 2017

In honor of Mother's Day, we are re-releasing this amazing mother-daughter podcast interview! Get your tissues ready!

Mother and Daughter: A Tale of Two Veterans

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
Looking for more? Check out our Archive...