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Thirty-something life, honestly. Journalists and best mates Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Frankie Graddon talk about everything from imposter syndrome and pandemic pregnancy to bad dates and worse hair days. Love, money, frocks and spots: it's all up for discussion

The Wingwoman Charlie and Frankie

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 95 Ratings

Thirty-something life, honestly. Journalists and best mates Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Frankie Graddon talk about everything from imposter syndrome and pandemic pregnancy to bad dates and worse hair days. Love, money, frocks and spots: it's all up for discussion

    3.19 Heatwave high jinx, nipple flashing and JLo to JLa: the politics of changing your last name

    3.19 Heatwave high jinx, nipple flashing and JLo to JLa: the politics of changing your last name

    This week it's been hot, hot, HOT. While Frankie has decamped to the cooler climes of Devon, Charlie is sweating it out in London – that God she accidentally ordered a fridge full of fizzy drinks. But as the heatwave rages on we ask: why is it still ok for men to go topless, yet women get shamed for flashing a nipple (see Florence Pugh at the Valentino show)? And if baring your boobs is considered unacceptable, how come every summer dress this season has a cut-out back that prohibits wearing a bra?

    As Jennifer Lopez becomes Jennifer Affleck after tying the knot with her former ex Ben, we discuss the politics of taking – or not taking – your partner's name. Plus, what does the boom of Only Fans say about the modern workplace? Also on the agenda: dishy men in good outfits, paddling pools and knitwear in the freezer.

    We've off on a summer break and will be back in September for a brand new series. Until then – happy holidays!

    • 40 min
    3.18 Baby talk in bed, Casa Amor, and taxing the childfree

    3.18 Baby talk in bed, Casa Amor, and taxing the childfree

    This week, we're finally back in the same room - and a celebratory bottle in, since this episode was recorded following Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid's resignations (and not long before Boris Johnson's). Frankie has been lured in by the promise of the summer sales, and Charlie is swearing off men after watching the latest from Love Island. 

    Plus, we're talking about the idea of taxing the childfree (no prizes for guessing where we stand on this one), and whether it's ever acceptable to baby talk when you're dating. Also up for discussion are no-more-hangover pills, regional merch, and whether No.10 is right about Peter Andre's nap proposal...

    We'd love to hear from you - get in touch at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com

    Links from the episode:

    Should we tax the childless? - Paul Morland, The Sunday Times

    What's the deal with baby talk in relationships? - Darshita Goyal, Refinery29

    • 36 min
    3.17 Beyoncé's 9-5, isolation hot boxes and welcome to Side Character Summer

    3.17 Beyoncé's 9-5, isolation hot boxes and welcome to Side Character Summer

    This week Charlie has been recovering from a prolonged case of Covid – and finding some unexpected ways of keeping herself occupied in isolation. Two words: nasolabial folds. Meanwhile, Frankie's had too much caffeine following the purchase of a swanky coffee machine and hitting on a new business venture. 

    We're discussing Beyoncés new banger (and every HR department's worst nightmare) Break My Soul and asking, is it time to kick off our shoes and join the cult of Bey? Plus, forget Feral Girl Summer, this is the season of the side character. Think witty one-liners and a two demential personality. Sign us up. 

    Also on the agenda: friendship break-ups, hopeless hair and does milk really quench your thirst? 



    We'd love to hear from you - get in touch at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com



    * This podcast was recorded on Wednesday 22nd June, 2022, two days before the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.  



    Links from episode: 



    The pandemic has taken take its toll on our friendships. How do we fix them? – Claire Cohen, The Guardian  

    I can't shut up about side character summer - Mia Mercado, The Cut

    • 31 min
    3.16 Holiday horn, style snobbery, and the return of Love Island

    3.16 Holiday horn, style snobbery, and the return of Love Island

    This week, we've both been watching Love Island - and we're divided on one of the big talking points of week one. Are Crocs really a red flag? Charlie thinks we'll all give in to them soon, but Frankie's staying firm. We're also talking about dating age gaps, lap dances, and celebrity offspring.

    Plus, Frankie's back from her first holiday without a baby in 18 months (think chic city break meets pink prosecco on the plane) and Charlie's planning a train picnic for her own (soggy) holiday. 

    We'd love to hear from you - get in touch at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com

    Links from episode:

    Love Island: How have people already decided Gemma Owen has an 'attitude problem'? - Georgia Aspinall, Grazia

    • 37 min
    3.15 Big pants at Cannes, tiny wedding pasta and why don't we believe Amber Heard?

    3.15 Big pants at Cannes, tiny wedding pasta and why don't we believe Amber Heard?

    This week Frankie's binge drinking following an outbreak of chickenpox in her flat and the threat of a cancelled holiday (who said kids were a good idea?). Meanwhile, Charlie's contemplating the underwear situation on the Cannes red carpet and wondering when bagel bump dresses will hit the high street. 

    Is your Instagram feed negging on Amber Heard? As the Johnny vs Amber trial nears its conclusion, we explore how social media is playing a significant role in affecting public opinion and ask, why do we believe some women over others? Plus, what's up with the pasta portions at Kravis' wedding? This and more on the celebrity wedding of the moment. 



    To hear more from us every fortnight, subscribe to the podcast here. Get in touch at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com



    Links from the episode: 

    Which women do we choose to believe? - Claire Lampen, The Cut

    Amber Heard isn't a perfect victim and the internet has a problem with that – Sophie Wilkinson, Grazia 

    • 33 min
    3.14 Chat-free haircuts, gateway Crocs, and the sweet smell of eau de shag

    3.14 Chat-free haircuts, gateway Crocs, and the sweet smell of eau de shag

    This week the Wingwoman is on tour... in Frankie's flat. Since her husband is only in the next room, Charlie feels it's the perfect moment to ask if they're amongst the growing contingent of marrieds who never have sex. And speaking of sex - we're also talking about the sweet scent of nature in May, which is apparently something of a turn on.

    Plus, Frankie has booked in for a haircut - please, all think positive thoughts, as this usually ends in tears and a ponytail - and is considering trying the chat-free haircut trend. And Charlie's been dealt some karmic retribution...

    To hear more from us every fortnight, subscribe to the podcast here. Get in touch at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com

    Links from the episode: 

    It smells like sex out there - and we seem determined to ignore it - Nell Frizzell, the Guardian

    Silent Salons: why people are choosing to keep quiet at the hairdresser - Brittney Rigby, the Guardian

    Too busy to have sex? Here's what you're probably doing instead - Helen Rumbelow, the Times

    The Inside Man: buying are needn't be scary - here's where to go and how to do it = Jermaine Gallacher, the Evening Standard

    The woman who killed Roe: Marjorie Dannenfelser's single-minded pursuit of an end to abortion - Kerry Howley, the Cut

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

AmyWay26 ,

Like listening to a chat with your best mates

This was one of the podcasts that got me through lockdown and I always find it very funny & relatable.

zoenewsome ,

Never miss it

The wingwomen podcast helped get me through lockdowns. It’s like having a cocktail and chatting to your best friends. I’m single in my 30s and it’s rare to hear someone share their own stories like Charlie in such a fabulous manner. Would love to go for a drink with either but having them in my ear on a walk always brings smile.

imogen-alice ,

A warm hug of a podcast

I adore listening to Frankie and Charlie, it is like joining your best friends for a coffee and a catch up ( which as we all know has been difficult of late).

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