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Welcome to the Big Sister Hotline! Presented weekly by Clementine Ford, this is your place to ask all the questions you STILL don't know the answers to about sex, friendships, relationships, family and life stuff, with the kind of frank advice you could expect to get from the person who loves you most - your big sister. 

Because life isn’t easy, and sometimes we all need a big sister to call on. 
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Welcome to the Big Sister Hotline! Presented weekly by Clementine Ford, this is your place to ask all the questions you STILL don't know the answers to about sex, friendships, relationships, family and life stuff, with the kind of frank advice you could expect to get from the person who loves you most - your big sister. 

Because life isn’t easy, and sometimes we all need a big sister to call on. 
Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/clementineford-bigsisterhotline

    Big Sister Hotline: S2E5, Feat. CARA MACB

    Big Sister Hotline: S2E5, Feat. CARA MACB

    CONTENT NOTE: This episode contains discussion of fatphobia, eating disorders and disordered eating, sexual experiences involving men’s desires that may be triggering for some people


    Hurrah! This week’s episode features the amazing Cara MacB, creator of the brilliant “OBCC Helpline”. As Nanny MacB, she uses TikTok and Instagram to call out fatphobia in an hysterically funny way. We have an incredible conversation in this episode about how people end up co-opted into internalised systems of hatred: internalised fatphobia, misogyny and adherence to patriarchy. Cara and I discuss the choices we can make as parents to change the patterns we both learned about food and bodies when we were growing up and the concept of loving the inside of your body as well as the outside. What does it mean for our relationships with other women - and in particular, our mothers - when we make the (sometimes scary!) choice to walk away from diet culture.


    From little sisters, we answered questions about what makes a ‘decent’ man (for those of us unfortunate enough to be attracted to them lololol) and what to do if your new boyfriend’s sexual repertoire is not just out of a porn handbook but how self care extends to the kind of sex we’re willing to tolerate. 


    I really love this episode and I know you will too!


    Follow Cara on Instagram: @nannymacb
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Big Sister Hotline: S2E4 Feat. KIRSTY RUTHERFORD

    Big Sister Hotline: S2E4 Feat. KIRSTY RUTHERFORD

    This week, I’m proud to welcome to the Hotline an incredible educator, anti-racism activist, mother and friend KIRSTY RUTHERFORD! Kirsty is a passionate anti racism activist who educates people daily on Instagram, and she joined me to talk about all these things. 


    From little sisters, we answered questions about how to deal with the mad that you feel and channel it into something healing, and also how to set boundaries from the get go with potential partners who have experienced a lot of cis-het male privilege in their lives. 


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Big Sister Hotline: S2E3 Feat. APRIL HELENE HORTON

    Big Sister Hotline: S2E3 Feat. APRIL HELENE HORTON

    APRIL HELENE HORTON aka THE BODZILLA returns to the hotline for her second appearance! April has recently become the face of Curvy Swimwear, the first plus size bikini model to feature on a billboard in Australia. What a win! She joined me to talk about what young April would think of this, finding joy in life and how to drown out the haters. 


    From little sisters, we answered questions about how to deal with your friend’s loser boyfriend and how to move on from a relationship where you experienced gaslighting, emotional abuse and a lack of support from friends.


    Follow April on Instagram: @thebodzilla
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Big Sister Hotline: S2E2 Feat. KOA BECK

    Big Sister Hotline: S2E2 Feat. KOA BECK

    This week, I'm joined by KOA BECK, author of the incredible new book, "White Feminism". The book is a blistering examination of how white feminism aligns with capitalism, individual ambition and, ultimately, patriarchy in order to secure some version of liberation for the minority while ignoring the masses of women whose labour and subjugation is required to maintain those systems. I found myself writing notes furiously throughout it but also feeling deeply uncomfortable in parts, which is what any good book should do!


    In this wide ranging conversation, Koa and I discuss the roots of white supremacy in the suffragette movement how white feminism and capitalism have always been bedfellows invested in the same end goals; how heteronormativity and homophobia have worked to placate patriarchal ideals of womanhood even within a movement supposedly invested in women’s liberation; and how all of this supposed “freedom” women enjoy now actually comes at the expense of women still marginalised by race, class, body politics and economics.


    One of the resounding things I walked away with both after reading this book and speaking to Koa was the urge to think more consciously about truly collective liberation versus a collective “we” of whiteness that ensures capitalist success for some at the expense of the whole. 


    I’ll be thinking about this book for a long time and urging everyone I know to read it. It’s comprehensive and uncompromising, and it’s also profoundly hopeful and visionary. I really hope you enjoy this episode, and if you are white like me I encourage you to discuss it with your friends!


    Buy Koa Beck's "White Feminism": https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/O6PaP


    Follow Koa on Twitter:@koalani


    Follow Koa on Instagram: @koabeck


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Big Sister Hotline: S2E1 Feat. LAURA BATES

    Big Sister Hotline: S2E1 Feat. LAURA BATES

    Welcome to the very first episode of the hotline’s SECOND SEASON!


    My guest this week is the extraordinary Laura Bates. She’s a writer, activist and educator based in the UK, and her latest book “Men Who Hate Women” is a blistering take on misogyny and how it proliferates in men’s groups both online and off. She joined me for a very special episode (no listener questions on this one I’m sorry - there was too much to discuss!) to talk about incense, men’s rights activists, pick up artists, misogyny and how all of these things are weaponised against women. We also discuss how these groups specifically work to target men for radicalisation into terrorist ideology - and why this kind of violence against women should be labelled as such.


    It’s an intense conversation with moments of levity, but please go gently with it as we discuss some very triggering content.


    Laura Bates will be speaking at All About Women this year. You can buy tickets to that here: https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/events/whats-on/all-about-women/2021/laura-bates-men-who-hate-women.html


    You can purchase “Men Who Hate Women” here: https://booktopia.kh4ffx.net/k7xQV


    Follow Laura on Instagram: @laura_bates__
    Follow Laura on Twitter: @everydaysexism 


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    REPLAY! Big Sister Hotline, with SAYOMI ARIYAWANSA

    REPLAY! Big Sister Hotline, with SAYOMI ARIYAWANSA

    Replaying this amazing episode from season 1, with human right lawyer and all round excellent person, SAYOMI ARIYAWANSA! We talk about Sayomi's work, migrant women and colonialism and answer questions from little sisters.


    Season 2 of Big Sister Hotline back on Jan 30!

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    • 1 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
911 Ratings

911 Ratings

EmmaBoothby ,

Excellent!

I enjoy listening to Clementine and her guest exploring topics with such awareness, sensitivity, compassion and insight. Learning lots, at 56! Thank you!

al1982 ,

The best podcast I’ve ever listened to.

I love this! Clementine is always on point and is very knowledgeable. This is essential listening for any woman who needs a confidence boost or encouragement to end a dead-end relationship.

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It has evolved into something really special.

Clementine opens up conversations in a delicate and meticulous way.

If you don’t know how to proceed with ‘difficult’ topics of the day, start here.

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