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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: S2E7, Feat. Karen Pickering

    Big Sister Hotline: S2E7, Feat. Karen Pickering

    CONTENT NOTE: This episode contains discussion of men’s violence against women, sexual assault, rape, historical allegations, and reference to suicide


    I’m joined this week by one of my friends and Hotline alum, the marvellous Karen Pickering! Karen is a feminist organiser, an author, host of the feminist salon Churchez La Femme and all round excellent human. We had a frank and candid chat in my kitchen about the disastrous state of affairs with misogyny in Australian politics right now. Imagine you were overhearing our angered conversation in a cafe, discussing all the ways Scott Morrison fails to represent the women of this country, how sexism exists on both sides of the political spectrum and what it means to see rape culture expressed so brazenly in the highest office in the land - that’s what this conversation is.


    But it’s also good humoured, warm hearted and funny, just like your big sisters should be! It’s a conversation we need to keep having, because nothing will change unless we make it.


    You can follow Karen here:


    Instagram: @karenpickering
    FB: @karenpickering
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KarenPickeringFeminist


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    HELPLINES:


    ACT — Canberra Rape Crisis Centre 6247 2525
    New South Wales — NSW Rape Crisis Centre 1800 424 017 or NSW Health Sexual Assault Services (visit web page to find the number in your local area)
    Northern Territory — Department of Health, Sexual Assault Referral Centres
    Queensland — Sexual Assault Helpline 1800 010 120
    South Australia — Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service (08) 8226 8777 or 1800 817 421 freecall
    Tasmania — Sexual Assault Support Service 1800 697 877
    Victoria — Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1800 806 292
    Western Australia — Sexual Assault Resource Centre (08) 6458 1828 or free call 1800 199 888

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Big Sister Hotline: S2E6, Feat. ADA CONROY

    Big Sister Hotline: S2E6, Feat. ADA CONROY

    CONTENT NOTE: This episode contains discussion of men’s violence against women, domestic abuse, domestic homicide and men’s behavioural change


    In this week’s episode, my wonderful friend Ada Conroy welcomed me into her kitchen to discuss men’s behavioural change, domestic abuse, working in the family violence sector and how our own shame can be confronted to create meaningful change and accountability.


    Ada does incredibly important work in the family violence sector, and shares some of her nuggets of wisdom with me. My favourites from this episode are:


    - Sorry is a behaviour, not a word
    - We are planting seeds in a forest we may not get to spend time in
    - If you’re going to bang your head against a brick wall, try to do it where there’s a crack


    We also talk about Buffy and its toxic creator Joss Whedon, asking what does it mean to separate art from the artist.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    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
    Follow Cara on TikTok: @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. 


    Follow Kirsty on Instagram: @quirkykirkyruthers
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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

Customer Reviews

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39 Ratings

39 Ratings

LeahDaly ,

I’ve laughed, cried & shouted out loud in agreement!

Throughout lockdown I’ve been getting really into podcasts so when I realised my new fave author and instagrammer had a podcast I nearly peed my pants. Absolutely love the honesty, emotion and love poured into and out of these podcasts. All of Clementine’s work is an absolute must for *all* women... actually, for anyone & everyone tbh! And this podcast is no exception. You’ll laugh, cry, feel less like a ‘weirdo’ and want to reach through your headphones to hug absolute strangers asking the most touching, raw and sometimes heartbreaking questions. A safe, fun, informative space for all.

RowenaM1991 ,

Life changing

Every woman needs to listen to this podcast. Really, everyONE needs to listen to this podcast. It will truly open your eyes.

anzbowz ,

An absolute MUST for any feminist!

I am constantly baffled by how much I am STILL learning every episode from Clementine and her guests on Big Sister Hotline (as well as her Instagram). From ways to answer dumb questions aimed to derail the feminist agenda, to shared experiences letting me know I’m not alone, to just plain great advice. Thank you so much for this unapologetic, funny and informed listening experience. Count me in as a lifelong fan! 💘

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