Episode 5: Lifestyle Leading Ladies

November 9, 2018

Was Julia Child a very tall spy?*

In this episode, we share stories about our favorite lifestyle TV leading ladies. Misty schools us on just how hardcore Julia Child was, Allegra may change your mind about how important and inspiring Martha Stewart is, and we take turns celebrating Oprah.

How did these three follow their interests and passions into high-profile careers? How have they used their power and influence to be of use to other women (and to give them free cars)? Are Martha and Oprah always on the covers of their own magazines?

Cooking, decorating, and interviewing become platforms for advocacy, doing it yourself, and health. (With a shout out to runner-up Rachael Ray, and apologies for how Oprah unleashed Drs. Oz and Phil upon the world).

*Kind of, but not really

Written by Misty Wilson-Mehrtens and Allegra Davis Hanna

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Episode 4: Women of TV Through Time

November 2, 2018

How did we get from June Cleaver to SVU? What does Friends get right in its representation of women, gender roles and sexuality, and which scenes make us cringe? Why hasn't Mariska Hargitay won every Emmy ever?

We’re going to dig into some of the golden girls of TV in every decade - from the 1950s through the present. We highlight landmark shows from every era and discuss their representations of women and how they reflect social progress. Misty takes us through the history of consensus culture, reasons to love Lucy, and what Mary Tyler Moore did for all the women who just wanna wear pants. We also talk about Roseanne, Friends, the Golden Girls, and Law & Order: SVU.

We promise there are more TV episodes to come: Handmaid’s Tale, Grey’s Anatomy, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Kristen Bell everything, Orange Is The New Black, plus lots more.

Profess-Hers is a podcast written and presented by Misty, a History professor, and Allegra, an English professor, both of whom are here for having a serious, fun conversation about looking at literature, history, current events, pop culture, and media through a feminist lens.

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Episode 3: The Haunting Prose of Female Authors

October 26, 2018

Monsters, Hitchcock, psychological horror, hauntings, cults, vampires or the hunt for a killer: female authors are killing it in horror and suspense writing.

Expect many ghastly puns and lots of literary criticism in this episode, our second Halloween special, about women writers who can really scare us: featuring Mary Shelley, Charlotte Perkins Gillman, Shirley Jackson, Joyce Carol Oates, Gillian Flynn, Tana French and many others. 

What kinds of achievements are female authors making in the genre? How well are their characters developed? How did these authors use literary works to create, emphasize or reflect social messaging on women’s issues and women’s movements? Are the best female horror and suspense writers already gone, girl? Or are there some great new voices writing Power-ful books? Do any of these books not have the words “girl” or “woman” in the title?

Written by Misty Wilson-Mehrtens and Allegra Davis Hanna - Guest host Cristina Martinez Sullivan

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Episode 2: Scream and Other Queens

October 19, 2018

What's your favorite scary movie?

In this episode, Misty and Allegra talk about the representation of women in horror movies. Are there movies that have accurate, fair or progressive representations of women? How do horror movies mirror the progress of women’s movements? We’ll also talk about common problems of female representations, films that get it right (or at least get it a little right-er) and the difference between final girls, scream queens, and damsels in distress. We also discuss the Scream movie franchise and how it gets some things right in its satirical series. Like most things from the 1990s, though, Scream represents progress and not perfection in its representation.

Profess-Hers is a podcast written and presented by Misty, a History professor, and Allegra, an English professor, both of whom are here for having a serious, fun conversation about looking at literature, history, current events, pop culture, and media through a feminist lens.

Written by Misty Wilson-Mehrtens and Allegra Hanna; produced by Austin Haynes and Scott January.

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Episode 1: As Tough As The Times

October 3, 2018

Spice Girls feminism or Twitter feminsim? To Kill A Mockingbird or Carrie?

In this first episode, Misty and Allegra introduce themselves, their podcast, and the history of that dirty "F" word... Go through a quick (and funny) history of feminism, which includes notable acheivements by the women's movements, and literature that reflects the social progress.

Profess-Hers is a podcast written and presented by Misty, a History professor, and Allegra an English professor, both of whom are here for having a serious, fun conversation about looking at literature, history, current events, pop culture, and media through a feminist lens.

Written by Misty Wilson-Mehrtens and Allegra Hanna; produced by Austin Haynes and Scott January.  

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