The Profess-Hers Podcast
Summer Movies | 37

Summer Movies | 37

September 17, 2019

Our episode about Summer Movies is here! We discuss Wine Country, Spider-Man: Far From Home, It Chapter Two, The Kitchen, Toy Story 4, and Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Plus Aladdin, John Wick 3, and The Lion King.

We also get into this summer’s biggest winners and losers at the box office, and which of this year’s movies inched us forward in their discussions of gender. Misty shares some summer movie history - from the first season of summer hits to the origins of the terms “Blockbuster” and “Nickelodeon.”

We have a lot of fun discussing gender, representation, progress and problems in this summer’s biggest movies. Was Bo a feminist icon or just a token character in Toy Story? Which movies would we recommend, and which would we never watch again?

Want some extra reading? Here are the sources we used or mentioned in this episode:

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

Summer TV | 36

Summer TV | 36

August 26, 2019

We have a lot of fun discussing summer TV: reality shows, Stranger Things 3, OITNB, Handmaid’s Tale, Euphoria, and lots more. What did these shows tell us about gender? How well are they reflecting us? Which ones made us laugh? What makes a show “prestige TV”?

We also discuss some random summer competition shows, like Holey Moley, Blown Away, and Ink Master, what Fall shows we’re looking forward to, and why summer TV is so different. 

Want some extra reading? Here are the sources we used or mentioned in this episode:

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

Getting a Job, Part 2 | 35

Getting a Job, Part 2 | 35

August 20, 2019

Getting a job is hard for everyone - but can it be harder for women? Why are women less likely to apply for jobs, and what can workplaces do to make applying, interviewing, and hiring more equitable?

This is Part 2 of our 2-episode series on the challenges women encounter in job ads, in interviews, and sometimes even when building their resumes. We have stats, personal experience, advice (good and bad), and some good news, too. We'll discuss applying, interviewing, negotiating salary, promotions, and hiring committees.

As college faculty, something we think about all the time is preparing students for their future studies and careers, making sure they get both our content and the skills they need to be successful in a place where they can thrive. So, how can we make sure that everyone gets a chance to do that?

Want some extra reading? Check out these sources, which we used for this episode:

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

Getting a Job, Part 1 | 34

Getting a Job, Part 1 | 34

August 13, 2019

Getting a job is hard for everyone - but can it be harder for women? Why are women less likely to apply for jobs, and what can workplaces do to make applying, interviewing, and hiring more equitable?

This is Part 1 of our 2-episode series on the challenges women encounter in job ads, in interviews, and sometimes even when building their resumes. We have stats, personal experience, advice (good and bad), and some good news, too. We'll discuss gendered language in job ads, what makes women want to apply, and how employers can make smarter choices about recruitment.

As college faculty, something we think about all the time is preparing students for their future studies and careers, making sure they get both our content and the skills they need to be successful in a place where they can thrive. So, how can we make sure that everyone gets a chance to do that?

Want some extra reading? Check out these sources, which we used for this episode:

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

The Books Were Better | 33

The Books Were Better | 33

August 5, 2019

We get to recommend some great books with female lead characters, relatable story lines and realistic development, plus compare them to their on-screen counterparts. We also discuss the success of female authors, and the rise of women-written books being adapted into successful movies and shows.  

In this episode, Allegra celebrates three women-led books: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, and Big Little Lies  by Liane Moriaty, and gets into the strengths and drawbacks of their TV or movie adaptations. Misty shares her take on Orange is the New Black  by Piper Kerman, and compares it to the popular Netflix show. 

We also talk about both the rising success of female authors, and an industry that’s still trying to hold them down. We also get to revel in Reese Witherspoon’s support of women-written books through both her production company that focuses on adapting those into shows and movies (including Gone Girl, Big Little Lies, Little Fires Everywhere, Where the Crawdads Sing, and lots more), and through her book club.

We also do a quick call out to a show that was much better than the books: True Blood.

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

Guide to a Feminist Wedding | 32

Guide to a Feminist Wedding | 32

July 30, 2019

Take his name (or hers) or don't, throw bouquets or keep them forever, toss garters or never wear them: it's all up to you. 

This one is about feminist weddings, the history of weddings and Western wedding traditions, and some literary weddings you might love (or hate). 

In this episode, we each get to share some details about our own weddings and the choices we made about dresses, decor, and being “given away.” Misty gets to talk history, but promises not to stay in the Middle Ages too long, and Allegra shares some literary weddings - including, well just about every Jane Austen novel, and the pitiful story of Miss Havisham. 

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale | 31

Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale | 31

July 22, 2019

We’re very excited to discuss the influences, context, and legacy of one of our favorite books, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Misty gets to talk about history, Allegra gets to discuss literature, and they both share what they think the book means, and why it’s still so important.

We include what we know about how and why Atwood wrote this book, what literary and historical influences helped shape the novel, and what its themes are. We also discuss why the book resonates with so many who read it, why it was set in America, and how it has impacted literary works that came after it.

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

Women in WW2 | 30

Women in WW2 | 30

June 17, 2019

In our 30th episode we talk about women during WW2, their service, work, and achievements. Women were helping to win more than one war, as they made contributions to the nation’s efforts abroad, while also moving women closer to equality and fair treatment.

Misty schools us on Rosie, rationing, Victory Gardens and the AWVS (American Women’s Voluntary Service). Allegra recommends some great books about women during WW2, including Code Girls, a nonfiction book researched and written by a woman about the hundreds of women who helped write and decrypt codes during the war.

A lot changed for American women during the 1940s, including how many women worked, and what kinds of jobs women were (finally) able to hold. If you are able to uncover the stories that have been overlooked, you’ll see the progress toward equity and inclusion these women were able to make, while helping the Allies win the war.

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

29 | Girls Who Game

29 | Girls Who Game

June 10, 2019

Girls are gamers, too. How far have we come since Ms Pac-Man? How many women play video games, and why don’t all women feel welcome? In this episode, we talk about female players of all ages, from the 80s until now.

We get into all-female esports team, Overwatch leagues, tournament play, barnacle characters in WOW, and whether Candy Crush counts.

Links and extra credit reading:

Blackgirlnerds.com blog entry on WOW:

More info on GamerGate:

More about the Frag Dolls:

The “Insights into Sexism” research article abstract and media coverage:

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

28 | Warrior Women in Real Life

28 | Warrior Women in Real Life

June 3, 2019

Women warriors have always been pretty common, and women have played major roles in historical combat and modern special operations command forces. In this episode, we’ll talk about some women whose stories you (probably) haven’t heard, including gladiators, a short-term warrior queen, and someone nicknamed “angel of death.”

Misty gets back to history - ancient history! - and Allegra shares stories from more recent women at war.

To see the statue we discuss, click this link and scroll down: http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/gladiators/amazones.html

More reading for those who want extra credit:

https://www.ancient.eu/article/35/female-gladiators-in-ancient-rome/

https://www.cnas.org/publications/commentary/dispelling-the-myth-of-women-in-special-operations

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/08/us/shannon-kent-military-spy.html

https://www.cfr.org/article/demographics-us-military

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 Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.