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By women. For women. About everything. Standard Issue is a podcast championing women's voices, and packed with interviews, news, film, opinion and humour.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 945 Ratings

By women. For women. About everything. Standard Issue is a podcast championing women's voices, and packed with interviews, news, film, opinion and humour.

    Rated or Dated: Gaslight (1944)

    Rated or Dated: Gaslight (1944)

    Mickey, Hannah and Jen are asking all the big questions this week. Such as, when a film's plot is so famous its title is now a verb, how's that going to affect three first-time viewers? And what would 1940s audiences have thought was going on? Also, were any Victorians called Paula and Brian? 
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    • 30 min
    Scarlett Thomas and a honeymoon from hell

    Scarlett Thomas and a honeymoon from hell

    A cursed wedding, a honeymoon meltdown, a gaslighting hotelier, and some pretty dodgy goings on: Scarlett Thomas’s latest novel, The Sleepwalkers, is a gripping tale of catastrophe from the contents page on. 
    Scarlett chats to Mick about finding inspiration on a holiday from hell, the chain of blame in Big Patriarchy, trusting women, judging women, a love of wrong things, and big lash action.
    The Sleepwalkers is published by Simon & Schuster, out now, and a brilliant, very dark, very funny read.
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    • 23 min
    Tabitha Barber on seeing women in art

    Tabitha Barber on seeing women in art

    Hot on the heels of Women in Revolt!, Tate Britain is hosting another huge exhibition dedicated to professional women artists, spanning 400 years from the early 16th Century. Now You See Us: Women Artists in Great Britain, 1520-1920 puts paid to the notion that women couldn’t make a living from art, and only ever pursued it as a cute leisure activity. Jen caught up with Tabitha Barber, Tate Britain's Curator of British Art, 1550-1750, to talk about what women artists were up to, why misconceptions around them exist and why art is *sort of* like football when it comes to ideas about the sexes.
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    • 29 min
    Flicking: Theater Camp

    Flicking: Theater Camp

    This mockumentary comedy flew under the radar when it was released last year. But our Yosra’s excited to make a song and dance about Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman’s big-hearted tale of a musical theatre camp, struggling to save itself after its beloved founder falls into a coma.
    It’s well charted that we love a mockumentary, but will there be enough gags for Hannah? Or too much singing for Mick? You know what to do.
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    • 31 min
    The Bush Telegraph: Who calls their kid “Stonewall”, anyway?

    The Bush Telegraph: Who calls their kid “Stonewall”, anyway?

    Jen and Hannah are on Bush Telegraph duty this Thursday 23 May. They’re talking about how the only thing the UK doesn’t seem to be in short supply of these days, is court rulings against its own Government. Meanwhile the wait for a wheelchair hits frankly ludicrous levels. Harrison Butker (you heard) has his say on a woman’s worth, and with any luck it’s his balls Serena will be hitting in the near future, as Jen chats about a possible comeback in JOTB.
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    • 29 min
    Rated or Dated: Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)

    Rated or Dated: Earth Girls Are Easy (1989)

    Jeff Goldblum, people! Turns out, the big fella isn’t necessarily a lure for Hannah and Jen, so will they find anything else to like in Julien Temple’s American-science-fiction-musical-romantic comedy? And yes, of course it was Mick who picked it.
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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
945 Ratings

945 Ratings

NSD101 ,

A bit sweary but so interesting

The podcast is full of so much info it often requires a rewind. Also loadsa jokes, even with the serious stuff but leaves you reflective,

I think Jenny has single handedly pushed women’s sports to the forefront and actually left me with a bit of eye fog when talking about the inspiration for young women in sports.

If everything else is a miss for you, try “Rated or Dated”, or whatever else fills the film slot. Basically there’s something for everyone, if you can get past the sweary bits,
which, to be fair, is usually influenced by specific subjects 🫣

Cheapthrills! ,

Always a great listen!

Great pod-hosts and so many interesting interviewees, and it covers everything : sport, entertainment, history, literature, politics etc. This is the podcast I listen to as soon as it drops!

NicolaBK ,

Recommended To All Women

I’ve been listening since the beginning, and before that, I read it as an online magazine. I love it! It’s so informative.
I love the fact that each episode something for everyone, no matter what your taste.
For example: I don’t have any interest in sport and fast forward through that bit (sorry Jen). Even so, there are plenty of other really really interesting bits.
I’ve found many great films and tv shows to watch, books to read and plays to look out for, whilst listening to this podcast. As well as being made aware of so many social issues I may never have learned about.
I look forward to every episode.

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