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The online magazine by women for women takes to the internet airwaves with its much-loved blend of opinion and humour. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/standardissuespodcast

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The online magazine by women for women takes to the internet airwaves with its much-loved blend of opinion and humour. Support this show at http://supporter.acast.com/standardissuespodcast

    SIM Ep 501 Pod 154: High hopes, low take-up and driving off a cliff at the end

    SIM Ep 501 Pod 154: High hopes, low take-up and driving off a cliff at the end

    The old world slowly returns, so Hannah's been on the blower to Standard Issue fave and new comedian Vix Leyton to chat about how she's salvaged a good year from a very bad one and our gradual reset to "normal". With Covid vaccine take-up still low among black and ethnic minority communities, Jen's been chatting to the Runnymede Trust's Halima Begum to find out why, as well as what the proposed Covid passport (er, no thanks) might mean for those groups. There's maternity rights in Jenny Off The Blocks, and in Sexism of the Week, Mickey's got some startling figures about how harassment affects women while jogging. We're all about last week's election, and reactions to it, in the Bush Telegraph and in Rated or Dated, we watch one of the boss's favourite films, Thelma and Louise. No pressure.

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    SIM Ep 500, Chops 205: In the picture with Dr Catherine McCormack

    SIM Ep 500, Chops 205: In the picture with Dr Catherine McCormack

    For millennia, men have written the narrative around women's bodies and sexuality, and this applies to visual representations too, says Dr Catherine McCormack, art historian, independent curator, and author of the new book Women In The Picture: Women, Art And The Power Of Looking. Jen caught up with Catherine to talk about just that, as well as the debate around censorship and whitewashing history, the difference between liberation and exploitation, and errrr, Nuts magazine.


    Catherine refers to historic allegations of abuse made against film director and actor Woody Allen. Allen has vehemently and consistently denied these.

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    SIM Ep 499 Pod 153: Slugs, space and the need, the need for speed

    SIM Ep 499 Pod 153: Slugs, space and the need, the need for speed

    Masturbation, owed orgasms, shame, grief and the word 'moist': all of them get a look-in during Mick's wide-ranging chat with excellent poet Hollie McNish, whose brilliant new book, Slug is a bona-fide gem. Hannah catches up with Julie Gearey, writer and creator of new SkyOne sci-fi series Intergalactic, to chat the joys of a feminist Con Air in particular, and women in sci-fi in general.


    In Jenny Off The Blocks, Jen's loving the work of Katie Taylor and Emma Hayes, and there’s a need for greater respect the American taxpayer in this week’s Rated or Dated, Top Gun. Plus there’s dodgy ‘dos, dodgy deeds, and generally too much news in the Bush Telegraph.

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    SIM Ep 498 Chops 204: Magic, pum-pums and the glory of fuck

    SIM Ep 498 Chops 204: Magic, pum-pums and the glory of fuck

    Leone Ross’s incredible third novel, This One Sky Day (published as Popisho in the US), is a joyous magic realism adventure into self-acceptance and the power of people. 
    It led to Leone and our Mick having a wide-roaming natter, which covers self-discovery, self-acceptance, the joy of sauce, the food we need, workaday magical powers, the power of pum-pums (vulvas, if you’re wondering), transformative sex, politics with a big and a small ‘P’, imagining an island with no colonial history and the evergreen glory of the word ‘fuck’. 
    Before you dig in, an apology: at the time of the interview, Mick didn’t notice Leone’s jewellery jangle, which you will hear throughout the chat (despite her best editing). You will get used to it though, promise.

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    • 41 min
    SIM EP 497 Flicking #13: Airplane!

    SIM EP 497 Flicking #13: Airplane!

    This month Mick takes us on a nostalgic voyage as the team revisits one of her childhood favourites, 1980's Leslie Nielson comedy vehicle, Airplane! Daft as you like and full to the brim with gags, but just how recently has Mick watched it and how will her Millennial co-pilots, Yosra and Jen, feel about it?

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    • 25 min
    SIM Ep 496 Pod 152: Embracing sadness, overturning assumptions, and Big Billy Two Dicks

    SIM Ep 496 Pod 152: Embracing sadness, overturning assumptions, and Big Billy Two Dicks

    How do you feel about being sad? It might be hard to feel good about it, but journalist Helen Russell has some excellent reasons to stop fearing it, as she chats to our Jen about her new book, How To Be Sad: Everything I've Learned About Getting Happier, By Being Sad, Better. 
    Mick’s been on the Zoom with Lara Parmiani, artistic director of Legal Aliens Theatre Company, to chat about Things I Am Not, a ten-part series of podcasts turning assumptions around migrant women on their head. 
    There are super-leagues, mega-bucks, and Red Roses in Jenny Off The Blocks; dodgy dealings, hope, hard work, and great knobs of the ocean in The Bush Telegraph, and modern girls, modern boys, but no sports bras in Rated or Dated, as the team watches 1981’s Gregory’s Girl.

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    • 1 hr 20 min

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