March 15, 2016
by Neil Turner
Hi, I’m Neil, and I’m a feminist.
A cursory search of my previous blog posts suggests that I haven’t really talked about feminism on here in the past (this bit about one of Caitlin Moran’s books was all that I could find), but both myself and Christine strongly believe in the equality of the sexes. With this in mind, last night I went to a recording of The Guilty Feminist, a weekly podcast hosted by stand-up comedians Sofie Hagen and Deborah Frances-White.
The Guilty Feminist is a relatively new podcast with the sixth episode due to be posted this week. Each episode is recorded in front of a live, fee-paying audience, and focusses on a particular topic. Last week was advertising, and this week will be about exercise. Last night’s recording, at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, near Manchester, was for two episodes, on womens’ magazines and on self-worth. There’s always a special guest and Sarah Millican, one of my favourite stand-up comedians, was at the recording I went to. She founded an online womens’ magazine called Standard Issue (which I read from time to time) and she explained her reasons for setting it up on the show.
I’ve been listening to The Guilty Feminist since it started, having been aware of Sofie Hagen from some other projects – she has her own podcast called Comedians Telling Stuff and she’s won a couple of prestigious best newcomer awards over the past couple of years. It’s a good show – around 45 minutes, with a mixture of stand-up and discussion around the topic of the week with the special guest. Because the audience pays to see the recordings, there’s no advertising or plugs for Audible or Squarespace, or requests for donations, which is refreshing. And there were free macaroons for the audience too, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out why.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to bring Christine with me to the recording. We weren’t able to arrange any childcare for Elizabeth and, as the show was being recorded, it wouldn’t have been appropriate to bring her with us in case she became disruptive. So, it was just me, on my own, in a predominantly female audience. Still, I had a good time and was really pleased that I went.
The shows that were recorded yesterday will go out at different times – the first in a few weeks and the second in the summer. I’ll tweet about them when they’re up, but in the meantime, you can listen to the other episodes on iTunes. There are further recordings coming up – one tonight in London, and then some in Denmark and Australia – and I’d recommend checking them out.