Feminist Killjoys, PhD

Feminist Killjoys, PhD

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Podcast by Feminist Killjoys, PhD


118: Goodbye
Apr 9 • 58 min
In this episode, we say goodbye. We are ending FKJ, PHD. It’s real. We take the time to end our podcast with a discussion about what we loved and didn’t love about this project. Thank you for your continual dedication to this project. We will miss you.…
117: Political Organizing Reflections with Alex Boutrous!
Mar 21 • 75 min
In this episode we talk to Alex Boutrous, the Operations and Events Coordinator at Voices for Racial Justice, the Board Chair of the Women For Political Change Education an Advocacy Fund, and the President of the Minnesota Young DFL (MYDFL), and…
115: Working Under Late Capitalism
Mar 5 • 52 min
In this episode we dig into a listener requested topic on labor/work, late capitalism and Marx. We discuss capitalism theory, worker alienation, the gig economy, and the various uses of the term “hustle.” Plus our personal experiences in the (elder)…
114: Ariana, J. Lo, & Critical Race Theory
Feb 19 • 53 min
Today we discuss buzz around J. Lo’s Motown Grammy performance in relation to theories of cultural appropriation, Arianna Grande’s performance of race in relation to the notion of black fishing, and also use our critical race theory skills to unpack…
113: The “Crazy” Women of the 90s
Feb 6 • 48 min
In this episode we talk about the “crazy women” narratives perpetuated by the news media in the 1990s (Lorena Bobbit, Marsha Clark, Tonya Harding, Monica Lewinsky, Amy Fisher, etc.). Inspired by the new Lorena documentary by Jordan Peele and accompanying…
112: Capitalist Realism
Jan 22 • 56 min
In this episode, we chat about “Capitalist Realism” by Mark Fisher. It’s like a two-person book club that you can listen in on? More seriously, we talk about Fisher’s argument about mental health and its direct correlation with capitalism. **trigger…
111: 2019 Headlines (including R. Kelly and Kevin Hart & Ellen)
Jan 8 • 50 min
In this episode, we discuss Kevin Hart and the Ellen Oscars interview, the new “Surviving R Kelly” documentary, the death of Jazmine Barnes, and how about some light stuff too? A look at Raechel’s Golden Globes picks. Also a shout-out and connection to…
110: Smart phones, mental health, & capitalism
Dec 18, 2018 • 60 min
In this episode, we discuss research by Dr. Jean Twenge that show a striking correlation between smart phone use and depression. This research focuses on Generation Z, or what Twenge calls the “iGen” generation. Of course, we have our critiques. You can…
109: Women’s Woodshop
Dec 4, 2018 • 58 min
In our finale of Shop Local month, we share an interview with Jess Hirsch, the founder of Women’s Woodshop. We talked with Jess about owning a business in a male-dominated industry, making wood craft accessible and welcoming to women of color and…
108: Building Intentional and Intersectional Community in a Local Latinx Bakery
Nov 19, 2018 • 64 min
We talk with Dulce of Dulceria Bakery in the second episode of our Shop Local month. This interview ended up being about so much more than running a bakery. We talked about getting burnt out in the activism-education world, creating safer spaces, and the…
107: Witch-District-Making & Anti-Capitalist Business Owning with Lacey Prpić Hedtke
Nov 8, 2018 • 54 min
It’s November and this month’s theme is SHOP LOCAL. This month we will be talking with small business owners around Minneapolis about how they got started and their feminist intentions within their spaces. This week we talk with Lacey of The Future. The…
106: Narratives, Call Out Culture, and Identity Politics with the Firebrand Witch
Oct 30, 2018 • 62 min
In our final installment of this year’s Witch Month, we talk with The Firebrand Witch. They are a brilliant, cyborg witch with so much to say about the power of our narratives, toxic social justice spaces, identity politics, and much more. This episode…
105: Labor organizing with witches
Oct 16, 2018 • 50 min
Witch Month is here! All this month, we are talking with witches and bringing you our conversations. In this episode, we talk with Casey Wait about their path to being a witch, how religion played a role in their transformation, and why it is important…
104: Trans* Resilience, Pedagogy and Methods with Dr. Z Nicolazzo
Oct 8, 2018 • 58 min
(Hey it’s a bonus ep! Witch Month returns next week!) In episode 104, we talk to Dr. Z Nicolazzo about her research on trans* students in higher education. We talk the methodology behind ethnographic work, the importance of affirmative and…
103: Magic is Political (& it is Yr Birthright) an interview with cityxwitch
Oct 2, 2018 • 58 min
Witch Month is back! All this month, we will be talking with witches and bringing you our conversations. In this episode, we talk with Tess, otherwise known as City Witch (@cityxwitch on instagram). Tess//City Witch is a a folk tarot reader, city witch,…
102: Riding a bike to a prison (Nola2Angola)
Sep 25, 2018 • 54 min
In Episode 102, we talk with Rinna and Jesse about the Nola2Angola bike ride and fundraiser that aims to connect families to incarcerated loved ones. We talk about the way the bike ride provides an embodied form of activism that demonstrates the struggle…
101: Prison Abolition
Sep 11, 2018 • 57 min
In Episode 101, we talk about prison abolition. This is a topic we have touched on before and interviewed people about. Today Raechel dives in and explains the history, theoretical framework, and what prison abolition can look like in a better version of…
100: The State of the Killjoy
Aug 28, 2018 • 48 min
Melody and Raechel are back! In Episode 100, we talk about The State of the Killjoy: where we’ve been, where we’re at, and where we’re headed. Primarily we talk about our stance on things that sometimes create division among feminists: sex work, trans…
99: Borderlands, Immigration and Mobility
Jun 28, 2018 • 58 min
In our final episode before summer break//gearing up for episode 100, we chat back y forth acerca de los theories of la frontera y applications of this theoretical framework. There are a lot of resources we reference so make sure to check out our…
98: Veganism, Puerto Rico, & Storytelling with Alicia Kennedy
Jun 19, 2018 • 56 min
This week we sit down with Alicia Kennedy, a very fuckin’ cool vegetarian food writer, activist, and former vegan bakery-owner. Alicia talks about her relationship to veganism and vegetarianism, her ties to Puerto Rico (her grandmother is from there, she…
97: Travel, Culture and Self-Care
Jun 12, 2018 • 52 min
It’s that time of year again where we chat about our complicated feelings around vacations and trips to far out places. In this episode, we talk about our respective trips to rural Wisconsin and Alaska. It’s a pretty relaxed show with lots of random…
96: Rural Queer Worldmaking with Queer Appalachia/Electric Dirt
May 29, 2018 • 62 min
CN: Discussions of suicide and addiction We talk to Mamone of the Queer Appalachia/Electric Dirt collective about the joys and struggles of rural queer life. Mamone discusses how QA/ED was born as a memorial zine project for Bryn Kelly and grew from there…
95: News You Can Use
May 22, 2018 • 53 min
In this episode, Raechel and Melody talk to each other about all sorts of current events including recent Trump legislation moves, most famous incel Jordan Peterson, and most seriously Palestine. No commercial this week so take that 2 minutes to tell a…
94: Intersectional Long Distance Hiking with Carrot Quinn
May 15, 2018 • 68 min
In this episode, we talk with Carrot Quinn, a long distance hiker who is utilizing her time in nature to support the work of Defend the Sacred AK. This organization is fighting to save the Arctic Native Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)from unnecessary oil drilling…
93: Kinky Theory with Dr. Timothy Oleksiak
May 8, 2018 • 53 min
This episode features a discussion with Dr. Timothy Oleksiak on his essay, “Composing in a Sling: BDSM, Power, & Non-Identification” (forthcoming in Pre/Text). He talks to Raechel about the importance of bringing sex back into theory, the ways in which…
92: Makeup Shaming, Feminism, Misogyny, and Cosmetics
Apr 24, 2018 • 55 min
Today we talk makeup shaming and changing shape of the policing of femininity-via-cosmetics. Using the essay “Beauty as an act of political warfare: Feminist Makeup Tutorials and Masquerades on Youtube” by Dr. Michele White as a guide, we talk agency,…
91: Reproductive Justice with Shireen Shakouri
Apr 18, 2018 • 47 min
Shireen Shakouri, a reproductive justice advocate, talks with Raechel and Melody about what reproductive justice (RJ) means, why the movement matters to prisoner rights, how RJ is inclusive to trans people, and how we all can get involved in the movement.…
90: Roseanne & Representations of the Working-Class on Television
Apr 10, 2018 • 62 min
Raechel and Melody discuss the controversy surrounding the new Roseanne re-boot, but first contextualize Roseanne as a working-class icon and the history of working-class representation in television. We unpack racial codings of white and non-white…
89: Is the Answer Really Gun Reform?
Apr 3, 2018 • 64 min
In this episode, Raechel and Melody nuance current discussions over “sensible gun reform,” the politics of March for Our Lives, listening to youth, and review the history of gun reform in the United States. *** Time stamps: 00:02:33 Chit-chat 00:11:50…
88: Black Wellness & Community-Building with Rachael & Jaylee of You Good, Sis?
Mar 27, 2018 • 44 min
Rachael and Jaylee sit down with Raechel to talk about reclaiming wellness spaces for black and brown communities. They share their experiences of being black yogis in predominately white yoga spaces, building a black/brown-centered wellness organization…
87: Teenage Rebels with Dawson Barrett
Mar 13, 2018 • 51 min
In this episode, we talk social movements and youth protests with scholar Dawson Barrett. Dawson is an assistant professor of US History at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is the author of two books: Teenage Rebels: Successful High School…
86: Who is the working-class?
Mar 6, 2018 • 65 min
Content Note: Discussion of car accident-related death of a student Tech Note: We are working on the echo thing that’s happening! echo-free audio coming asap! Today we discuss the complex definition of working-class and our own complex experiences with…
85: queer advice
Feb 27, 2018 • 50 min
In our final installment of Sex & Love month, we discuss research about LGBTQA+ advice columns and offer up some queer advice of our own (cribbing from existing columns, for fun). *** Intro: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY Spliced in: “Gold Mine Gutted” Bright…
84: Asexuality & Ace Spectrum with Molly Woodstock
Feb 24, 2018 • 51 min
**Second upload of this episode—the original got taken down by Soundcloud. Apologies for the clutter on your feed!** Molly Woodstock (host, Gender Reveal) joins us to talk about asexuality and the ace spectrum. They talk different kind of attractions…
83: Thinking Sex, Radical (Queer) Theory and Politics
Feb 13, 2018 • 62 min
For our second episode of Sex & Love month, Melody and Raechel talk about the essay “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality” by Gayle Rubin. Topics of discussion include marginalized sex, children and sexuality, and…
82: Queer, Black, Political Sex Work with Zea Kendall
Feb 1, 2018 • 57 min
For our first episode of Sex & Love month, Melody and Raechel talk to sex worker Zea Kenall about doing BDSM work as a queer, black woman. We address the politics of kink, the freedom of sex work labor, how Zea sometimes demands her subs to read Audre…
81: Hot Takes with Melody & Raechel
Jan 23, 2018 • 57 min
Melody and Raechel take time to address the Aziz Ansari article (and the responses that followed), and answer listener questions about reconciling potentially-conflicting political ideologies (militant Marxism and transformative justice), feminism and…
80: Inclusivity in Salons with Sica Dawn
Jan 18, 2018 • 65 min
In this episode, we talk with the owner and creative director of Fox Den Salon (Minneapolis), Sica Dawn. Sica talks about how her salon works to accommodate people’s sensory needs and what she did to cut the gender binary out of her services. Timestamps:…
Introducing: Gender Reveal
Jan 14, 2018 • 46 min
We are so excited to use this episode as an opportunity to share friend-of-the-show Molly Woodstock’s new podcast, Gender Reveal. Gender reveal is “a queer podcast that centers non-binary, transgender, and gender nonconforming folks.” Molly and their…
79: Youth Media Production - Youtube, Branding, & DIY Girl Culture
Jan 9, 2018 • 58 min
Partially inspired by the Girls Rock Campaign Boston after school BEATS program, Raechel and Melody talk youth media production. Using Sarah Banet-Weiser’s essay Branding the Post-Feminist Self: Girls’ Video Production and YouTube,” as a guide, Mel and…
FKJPHD New Year’s Resolutions
Dec 29, 2017 • 18 min
Today we have the pleasure of closing out 2017 with some intentions, resolutions, and revolutions from our FKJPHD family. We gathered voicemails from killjoys who want to practice radical self-love, go on more dates, engage with transformative justice, do…
77: Mediated Images of Violence
Dec 19, 2017 • 58 min
In this episode we talk about images of violence in the media—from war footage to police shootings. We discuss our views on this phenomenon through critical race theory, journalism, and critical media studies lenses. “We made love on the living room…
76: Yay!* The Best/Worst of 2017
Dec 12, 2017 • 58 min
In this episode, we are back! We also discuss our best/worst lists but really we are just happy we made it through 2017. Our categories include activist efforts, news events, books, and podcasts. Thanks for sticking around while we did some magic behind…
75: Selfie-Culture
Nov 8, 2017 • 55 min
Raechel and Melody talk selfie culture through a critical, cultural studies lens. Specifically, they work through Henry Giroux’s essay “Selfie Culture in the Age of Corporate and State Surveillance.” Before that, M & R check-in about their weekends (R…
74: Third World Feminisms with Aqdas
Oct 30, 2017 • 56 min
In this episode, Raechel and Melody chat with Aqdas, is a PhD student at the University of Maryland, studying postcolonial literature and queer of color critique. We specifically talked with them about Third World Feminisms and how anti-imperialism and…
73: Shannon & Claire on magic, gender, ancestors, and more!
Oct 23, 2017 • 68 min
Raechel is joined by two of her fave queer Boston witches, Shannon and Claire! Shannon and Claire share their experiences being teenage witches, their thoughts on queerness and witchcraft, the role of our ancestors and chosen family in relation to with…
72: Feminism, Gyms, & Tarot with Hannah Wydeven
Oct 17, 2017 • 57 min
In our third episode of Witch Month, we welcome Hannah Wydeven, an improviser, weightlifter, business owner and witch. Melody and Hannah chatted about all our mutual friends and interests, being rad, and—of course—tarot! Be sure to check out her…
71: Witch Month Continues with Brianna Suslovic!
Oct 9, 2017 • 63 min
WITCH MONTH CONTINUES! Brianna Suslovic is a witchy social work student and recent college grad who’s interested in the way that intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, and ability affect our personal and interpersonal psychologies. She’s…
70 with Black Witch
Oct 3, 2017 • 50 min
IT IS WITCH MONTH! Black Witch starts off the month by talking with us about Paganism, the importance of Black Pagan spaces, cultural appropriation by white people in Paganism, and much more. Check out her work at thisblackwitch.com. Interview starts at 6…
69: Interview with Lacy Davis & Jim Kettner on Ink in Water
Sep 26, 2017 • 65 min
Raechel and Melody are joined by Lacy and Kett to talk about their new memoir, Ink in Water. We talk eating disorder recovery, the painstaking labor of illustration, small press publishing, love stories, and more. Kett and Lacy also join us for our RWLs!…
68: #DACA + WTF Activist Faves
Sep 11, 2017 • 62 min
Raechel and Melody talk #DACA (how fucked it is that it’s ending, but also the shortcomings of #DACA itself). They also surprise each other with their Most Inspiring Activist picks, providing background on some amazing women, past and present, who have…
67: Whatever We Want
Aug 29, 2017 • 53 min
Melody and Raechel are back 2gether again! In this episode they catch up on what they’ve been up to since they last recorded together. Kendrick Lamar and averted cultural appropriation, White Lady Feminism (TM) a la T. Swift and T-Fey, and witch stuff!…
66: Stand Up & Fight Back - An Interview with Redneck Revolt
Aug 19, 2017 • 36 min
Raechel has the privilege of talking with a member of Redneck Revolt, “a national network of community defense projects from a broad spread of political, religious, and cultural backgrounds. It is a pro-worker, anti-racist organization that focuses on…
65: Feminist Roundtable with Smash Everything and Flex Your Heart Radio
Aug 15, 2017 • 48 min
This week we are joined by friends-of-the-podcast, Lacy Davis (Flex Your Heart Radio) and Molly Woodstock (Smash Everything). We united in this feminist-podcaster roundtable to answer listener-submitted questions about fitness and ED recovery, witch and…
64: Feminist Media Studies with Dr. Elana Levine
Aug 7, 2017 • 72 min
Melody sits down with Dr. Elana Levine, a professor in the Dept of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Melody and Elana discuss the feminist history of soap operas, abortion legislation, contemporary…
63: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Aug 1, 2017 • 47 min
TW: detailed descriptions of sexual harassment *** In this episode we talk with Lacy O’Brien, founder of ReVoice, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources to stop sexual harassment in the workplace. Lacy discusses her own experience of harassment and…
62: Fast Fashion Labor with Madion Van Oort
Jul 25, 2017 • 68 min
In this episode we chat with Madison (she/her they/them), a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, who studies labor, worker surveillance, and the politics of resistance. Her dissertation is on fast fashion retail work. Episode breakdown:…
Bonus Episode: Beyond Police
Jul 21, 2017 • 22 min
In this bonus episode, we talk about the BLM & community activist responses to the police killing of Justine Damond and visions of a future that includes less policing and more community resources.
61: Embodied Feminism with Jennifer Pray
Jul 18, 2017 • 56 min
“Even though a space is female-dominated doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a space where it’s about female empowerment.” -J. Pray In this episode, Melody talks with Jennifer Pray, a Twin Cities-based dance artist and yoga teacher. Jennifer discusses how…
60: Marxism with SAL(T)
Jul 11, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode, we speak with Stella (she/her) and Maga (she/her or they/them) of SAL(T). SAL(T) is a multimedia project designed to produce critical inquiry about social and cultural issues from a Marxist Xicanismx perspective. We also talk with them…
59: What to the Slave is the Fourth?
Jul 4, 2017 • 23 min
In this episode, our friend John joins us to read from the famous Frederick Douglass speech, “What to the Slave is Fourth of July?” The speech was written in 1852 but still resonates today. John reads a brief section but we encourage everyone to read…
58: Queer Body Love with Elizabeth Cooper
Jun 27, 2017 • 67 min
“How do we love ourselves, our bodies, and each other in the face of oppression?” - Elizabeth Cooper In this episode, we talk with Elizabeth Cooper of the annual Queer Body Love Speaker Series. Cooper also coaches people (via Queer Body Love Coaching),…
57: Dark News & Supporting Loved Ones
Jun 21, 2017 • 65 min
In this episode, we discuss our reactions to and analysis of the Yanez verdict (killer of Philando Castile), the Grenfell Tower fire, and a discussion on how to (not) be supportive to a partner or loved one with mental illness. Strength to all those…
56: Intersex Activist Pidgeon Pagonis
Jun 13, 2017 • 68 min
*TW: Discussion of non-consensual genital surgery is discussed starting at the 18 min. mark* In this episode, we are honored to speak with the ultra amazing intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis. They are a leader in the intersex justice movement, bringing…
55: Stonewall, Pride & Summer S.A.D.
Jun 6, 2017 • 56 min
In this week’s episode we are celebrating the first week of Pride month by talking about the history of Pride (it wasn’t always corporate floats!). We also discuss the killjoyful and hopeful takeaways from our country’s reversal on the Paris Climate…
54: White Woke Wrongs & News You Can Use
May 31, 2017 • 69 min
TWs: white processing, discussions of terrorism, brief mentions of sexual assault In this week’s episode, Raechel & Melody are in the same room (!!!) to talk about being together, process some deep call-out issues around being a bit too heavy on our “woke…
53: Feminist Business, Art and More with GRL TRBL Founder Emerald Pellot
May 23, 2017 • 54 min
*soundcheck note: our interview with Emerald brings some city grit to your ears as Emerald was calling in from Harlem and Mel was on location outside a Lynx game in St. Paul, MN* In this episode, we talk with Emerald, founder of GRL TRBL (grltrbl.com).…
52: Call Out Culture
May 17, 2017 • 67 min
This week we bring you a listener-requested topic prompted by the Hypatia journal scandal, in which the feminist journal published an essay written by a scholar arguing in defense of transracial identity (aka, what Rachel Dolezel claims). In response,…
51: Radical Left Politics 101 with Elias of The New England Unsettler
May 9, 2017 • 74 min
TW: brief mention of rape as a definition of porn (24-ish min), slight references to suicide (59 min) *** In this episode, we welcome Elias as he talks with us about anarchism, communism, and why communist memes are not totally worth your eye rolls. Elias…
Bonus Ep! Newsletter Update!
Apr 19, 2017 • 3 min
Hi bbs! We miss you! We’re hard at work during this hiatus, and Raechel is particularly excited about the newsletter she’s been putting together. The newsletter will be sent weekly, in addition to our weekly podcast episode. It will include: behind the…
49: Self-care
Apr 5, 2017 • 59 min
In this episode, we talk about self-care. What it means to us, why we came to a practice of self-care, and what we do for self-care. Plus RWLs and the usual jabber.
50: Get Out and Mind Your Own White Business
Apr 3, 2017 • 61 min
In this episode, we talk about the film “Get Out” and all of its glory (code words: TSA, racism, brains).* Plus a discussion about how horrible white women are (Editor’s note: there is a substantial amount of white feelings later in the episode, if you ‘d…
48: “Negro Hour” with John of Blackout, Black and Funny, & HUGE
Mar 20, 2017 • 80 min
In this episode, we talk with special return-guest John Gebratatose, who will talk to us more about comedy, diversity, and the upcoming Black and Funny Improv Festival. John is the diversity and inclusion director at HUGE Improv in Minneapolis and the…
47: LGBT Politics, Disgust, and Transgender Justice with Dr. Logan Casey
Mar 13, 2017 • 39 min
Today Raechel talks about how her flight to Portland got canceled and how sad it was. Fortunately she also gets to talk to Dr. Logan Casey, a PhD in Political Science, to discuss his research on LGBT politics and emotion. Also, how to be an…
47: Pop Culture, Marxist Cultural Wars, and the Oscars
Mar 6, 2017 • 64 min
In this episode, we discuss pop culture, Marxist cultural wars, the Oscars, and our own relationship with celebrity and Hollywood. You might want to take notes because we are SMRT. Our dinner is ruined by fashion designers. And, of course, we engage in…
46: Justice in the Prison System
Feb 27, 2017 • 64 min
TW: Discussion of sexual harassment and assault, acknowledgement of violent crimes, overall argument of restoring the lives of people in the prison system In this episode we are so grateful to speak with Natalie Holbrook about her work in the prison…
45: Grammys and Reductress
Feb 20, 2017 • 61 min
In this episode, we are so lucky to have Sarah from Reductress join us to talk about satire news, feminism, and media literacy! *Nerd alert* shaaaawing! More seriously, we do an “accountability corner” on Melody’s opinion about pregnancy and go though our…
44: Love Letters to Each Other
Feb 14, 2017 • 19 min
In this mini-episode, Melody and Raechel record love letters to each other (without hearing each others! Maximum vulnerability!). Later this week, Melody will (finally) release her long-form interview with David Frenk (a much shorter version was released…
43: Boo NFL, Yay Astrology
Feb 6, 2017 • 51 min
In this episode, we are laid back in our killjoy manner. Just kidding. We killjoy the F out of the Superbowl and the NFL. But we end on a lighter note with some discussion about moons in Aquarius and our love of Chance the Rapper (no, we aren’t done…
Episode 42: The Black Bloc, women’s march, and Violent vs. Non-Violent Resistance
Jan 31, 2017 • 70 min
The title says it all! Plus special guest J on her thoughts as a POC and observer of the U.S. women’s march *** Intro: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY Outro: “All of It,” P.O.S. (also spliced in) *** Subscribe on iTunes & leave a review! Follow us on Instagram!…
41: Social justice and yoga with David Frenk
Jan 23, 2017 • 74 min
This week we are thrilled to have David Frenk join us to talk about yoga, social justice, and the work that he does with the police. David co-owns Your Yoga, a studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Your Yoga’s social justice work includes its Dancing with…
40: Fake news
Jan 16, 2017 • 62 min
In this episode, we talk about what fake news is and is not, we share some resources to figure out which online news is actually credible, and we talk about some current events that have involved fake news. PLUS a cool mini-lecture on feminist theory and…
39: Disability Justice with Angela Carter
Jan 8, 2017 • 62 min
In this episode, we talk with Angela Carter about her research and lived experience with disability justice and crip theory. Angela cites numerous artists, academics and activists who do amazing intersectional work—so grab your notepad! We also chat about…
38: Holiday Stress, Burnout, & Self-Care
Dec 19, 2016 • 66 min
Today we discuss stress, burnout and self-care. How do we, as activists/educators/family members, get through intense bouts of work and/or time with family during the holidays? We have some advice but the goldmine of the episode comes in voicemails left…
37: Best of 2016
Dec 12, 2016 • 61 min
*TW* This episode may not be suitable for those who are impacted by alcoholism In this episode, we unveil our Best of 2016 list that will be coveted and repurposed by feminists around the world. Categories include Best Podcast, Most Kick Ass Activist…
36: Mishmash of Current Events
Dec 6, 2016 • 61 min
We are baaaaack. HOLLA! Hi. It is the end of the semester and there is a lot going on in our world right now. We are about to make our social studies teachers proud. Up for grabs this ep :: the Fight for 15 campaign and working class responses, Castro and…
35: Lessons from GWB-Era Activism
Nov 21, 2016 • 65 min
Melody and Raechel talk about the possible resurgence of George W Bush-era activism. Including: the return of militant street protests, Not My President rhetoric, Critical Mass, and sad songs about the state of our country(plus the incredible whiteness of…
34: Post-Election Emotions and Where We Go From Here
Nov 14, 2016 • 55 min
Melody and Raechel reflect on how to navigate emotions (and judgement about emotions)in these early post-election days. Also a discussion of how we organize and move forward to build a stronger progressive/leftist/radical movement for the future. Plus…
33: Media Coverage of Terrorism, Sexual Harassment, & More with Dr. Ruth Defoster!
Nov 7, 2016 • 65 min
TW: discussions of sexual assault and suicide *** Melody and Raechel will be in Philadelphia TOGETHER this week, November 9-12! Do you have a great vegan place to recommend? Do you know a photographer who could take some pics of us (we will pay or…
Episode 32: Being a Pregnant Feminist, Analyzing Online Harassment, & more with Dr. Dana Schowalter!
Oct 31, 2016 • 68 min
Melody and Raechel are joined by dear friend of the podcast, Dr. Dana Schowalter! Dana discusses her experience being a pregnant feminist, as well as her past and current research (about philanthrocapitalism and global aid for women and girls, and sexist…
31: Debate with de bae - real-time reactions with Raechel & Logan
Oct 24, 2016 • 39 min
Join our Facebook group to discuss and connect with fellow FKJ listeners! Search Feminist Killjoys Community! On today’s ep, you get to join Raechel and her partner in their living room as they watch the final presidential debate. (Don’t worry, it’s been…
30 Classroom Convos
Oct 17, 2016 • 73 min
In our 30th episode (!!!) we are discuss views on trigger warnings and personal stories/strategies for teaching controversial and difficult topics in the classroom. This convo is also useful for how to engage with anyone about topics like racism and…
29.5: FKJPHD Technical Difficulties
Oct 11, 2016 • 5 min
We are having some technical difficulties, but will be back next week! xo ❤ Subscribe on iTunes & leave a review! Follow us on Instagram! And Facebook! And Twitter! Check out our Feminist Killjoys, PhD Mixtape on Spotify! Have some extra dollars and want…
29: Growing Up with Melody & Raechel (and why we’ll never say “adulting”)
Oct 3, 2016 • 73 min
Today Melody and Raechel discuss the challenges of growing up as feminist, punk, queer rebel grrrls. How do we navigate embracing things we once cringed at (like buying a house or thinking seriously about children)? Can we do normal adult milestone things…
28: Stop Slut-Shaming! An interview with NYC Girl Scout Lizzie Karpen
Sep 26, 2016 • 64 min
Today Raechel and Melody sit down with 15-year-old NYC Girl Scout Lizzie Karpen to discuss her social campaign project designed to put an end to slut-shaming. Lizzie talks about the devastating impact of slut-shaming on women and girls of all ages, and…
27: Melody Hoffmann on Bikes, Racism, Gentrification, & Resistance
Sep 20, 2016 • 52 min
Today, Raechel interviews Melody about her dissertation-turned-book, Bike Lanes are White Lanes: Bicycle Advocacy and Urban Planning. The book is a collection of three city-based case studies (Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Portland) that explore how bicycle…
26: Transgender on the Academic Job Market (& more with Dr. Alex Hanna)
Sep 11, 2016 • 65 min
Today, Melody and Raechel have the pleasure of talking to Dr. Alex Hanna, an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology and the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Alex is also a transgender…
25: News Roundup (Kaepernick, Turner, Parker, Drizzy, & more!)
Sep 7, 2016 • 69 min
Subscribe on iTunes & leave a review! Follow us on Instagram! And Facebook! And Twitter! Check out our Feminist Killjoys, PhD Mixtape on Spotify! Have some extra dollars and want to support feminist media-makers? Consider donating to our Patreon or as a…
24: The SEX WARS
Aug 29, 2016 • 63 min
In Episode 24, Melody and Raechel bring you a brief history and discussion of THE SEX WARS! What are the roots of the debate amongst feminists about pornography and sex work? How have these debates influenced in our contemporary feminist landscape? Who…
23: Melody and her partner, Robert, on Eaux Claires Music Festival & Disability Access
Aug 22, 2016 • 55 min
Melody sits down with her partner, Robert, to discuss their experience volunteering at Eaux Claires music festival and what they learned about disability access in festival spaces. You will also get to hear Melody cover Chance the Rapper and Bon Iver, so…
22: Current Events Roundup + 7-year-old Jacob on Video Game Ratings
Aug 8, 2016 • 65 min
Melody and Raechel are finally back 2gether again, ready to discuss some quick thoughts on recent headlines: the Olympics, the GOP, the DNC, Syria, and Jessica Williams’s birthday. PLUS, Mel brings us an interview with seven-year-old Jacob, who has some…
21: Timothy Oleksiak: On Listening, Facebook Debates, & Throwing Shade
Aug 1, 2016 • 68 min
Friend and colleague of the podcast, Timothy Oleksiak, joins Raechel to discuss his research on listening as a rhetorical act. How can we listen differently during Facebook “fights” in a way that allows for social and/or political transformation? Who is…
Rerun: Grrrrls with Tattoos
Jul 25, 2016 • 63 min
***Mel & Raechel will be back next week with a new episode, but for now enjoy a replay of episode 2! *** In this episode of Feminist Killjoys, PhD, Raechel and Melody discuss being women with many large, visible tattoos. How does having tattoos impact our…
20: Clean [&Black] Comedy: Interview with John Gebretatose of Blackout Improv
Jul 17, 2016 • 65 min
In episode 20 (!), Melody and Raechel had the pleasure of sitting down with John Gebretatose, a charming man of many titles: he’s a comedian with Blackout Improv, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Huge Improv Theater, and the Founder of the Twin…
19: On Allyship (& Accomplicing, Solidarity, & Accountability)
Jul 10, 2016 • 67 min
Today, Melody and Raechel talk about what it means to be an ally (or, the more preferred term, “accomplice”). What does it mean to be accountable when you’re called out? How can we break through “white fragility”? How do we communicate with fellow…
18: On Brexit - Interview with Elena Hristova-Benge
Jul 4, 2016 • 35 min
Melody sits down with scholar & UK/European citizen Elena Hristova-Benge to discuss her views on England’s vote to leave the European Union. She offers insight into problematic media coverage surrounding Brexit and also contextualizes the decision in…
17: AOL Survey Throwback!
Jun 26, 2016 • 68 min
Melody and Raechel needed a break from the heaviness of the state of things, so they decided to travel back to the late 90s for some AOL-era survey questions! Admittedly, they still manage to talk about some heavy stuff—(CN: brief discussion of Michael…
15: Reflections on Orlando, Queer Latinx Lives, Queer Grief & Resistance
Jun 20, 2016 • 74 min
Today Melody and Raechel reflect on the tragedy in Orlando when 49 queer, mostly Latinx, lives were lost and 53 more injured. In the discussion they talk about the problems with the media representation of the event, specifically the erasure of Latinx…
15: Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein, & Building the Left - Interview with Keegan O’Brien
Jun 12, 2016 • 71 min
In today’s episode, Mel & Raechel talk about their responses to the news that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for President and what it would mean to vote for Jill Stein instead. Joining them to discuss this is Keegan O’Brien, an organizer…
14: Current Events Roundup (AKA Rage Fest)
Jun 6, 2016 • 71 min
13: Melody on Being a White, “Ugly Tourist” in Guatemala
May 31, 2016 • 33 min
In this episode, Melody talks about her trip to Guatemala. In true killjoy fashion, Melody delves into issues of white privilege, white wealth, and the “ugly tourist.” Her analysis is rooted in Jamaica Kincaid’s essay “A Small Place.”
Episode 12: On Media & (Fat) Bodies - Interview w/ Media Studies Scholar Melissa Zimdars!
May 23, 2016 • 50 min
Episode 11: An intentionally delayed response to the responses to LEMONADE
May 17, 2016 • 69 min
Today Melody and Raechel invite you to not listen to this episode of the podcast in favor of instead listening to the podcasts hosted Black women who have discussed Beyonce’s Lemonade, as their perspectives are more important than ours. That said, if you…
Episode 10: Lifestyle Politics
May 9, 2016 • 66 min
Today Melody and Raechel talk about lifestyle politics. What are they, how we do/don’t participate, and whether or not it’s an effective way to create social change. (TLDL: the revolution will not be purchased….But, maybe we should try to live more…
Episode 9: Yoga, Cultural Appropriation, & Decolonizing Our Practice
May 2, 2016 • 70 min
In today’s episode, Melody and Raechel discuss their relationship to yoga. Raechel is a teacher and student of yoga, and Mel is a devoted student as well. But as critical scholars and activists, both struggle with being white Westerners participating in a…
Episode 8: Prince, Collective Mourning, & Public Space
Apr 25, 2016 • 64 min
In episode 8, Raechel and Melody reflect on the death (and life) of Prince and what it means to collectively grieve (and celebrate) a star with whom so many people have a connection. What does it mean to lose someone we didn’t know personally, but who…
Episode 7: Things We Have in Common/Things We Don’t
Apr 19, 2016 • 75 min
Today Melody and Raechel play the “Things We Have in Common/Things We Don’t” game, and reflect on being vegan, activist Beliebers who have differing opinions on gluten and high heels. Also, a lengthy discussion about being Aquarians and our relationship…
Episode 6: Vulnerability in the Classroom
Apr 10, 2016 • 64 min
Today, Raechel and Melody get a bit more serious to talk about vulnerability and emotion in the classroom. We discuss navigating our personal feelings on heavy, and sometimes triggering and/or highly difficult, topics in front of our students. How do we…
5: Our love of Drake
Apr 4, 2016 • 68 min
Melody and Raechel discuss all things Drake. Also a discussion of power bottoms, cultural appropriation, Jamar Clark, plus What We’re Listening To & What We’re Reading!
4 Fkj Basics
Mar 28, 2016 • 61 min
In episode 4, Raechel and Melody define terms and concepts that may be unfamiliar to some audience members, including: queer, cisgender, neoliberalism, among others. Also a discussion of recent transphobic bathroom bills and our Feminist Pick of the Month!
Episode 3: Unpacking ‘Feminist Killjoy’
Mar 21, 2016 • 59 min
Episode 3: Unpacking ‘Feminist Killjoy’ by Feminist Killjoys, PhD
Episode 2: Grrrls with Tattoos
Mar 14, 2016 • 60 min
Episode 2: Grrrls with Tattoos by Feminist Killjoys, PhD
1 FKJphd
Mar 7, 2016 • 63 min
Ep 1 FKJphd by Feminist Killjoys, PhD