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Writer and musician Mica Lemiski interviews women and non-binary artists about a range of topics (gender! politics! love! literature!) in a podcast best-suited to bitches, witches, and anyone who's ever been called "hysterical."

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Writer and musician Mica Lemiski interviews women and non-binary artists about a range of topics (gender! politics! love! literature!) in a podcast best-suited to bitches, witches, and anyone who's ever been called "hysterical."

    A Bunch of Women Talk About Important Things

    A Bunch of Women Talk About Important Things

    Over the past 2.333 years there have been some amazing and super sweet guests on Fainting Couch Feminists! This episode is an audio highlight reel, featuring snippets from some of the best convos had on the show—like, ever! We've got insight from: Anne T. Donahue, Lisa Taddeo, Vivek Shraya, Alexandra Bischoff, Soraya Chemaly, Morgan Brayton, Jen Sookfong Lee, Stacey May Fowles, Mozhdah Jamalzadah, Anna Mehler Paperny, Megan Jones, and Jocelyn Tennant. They talk about bodies, anger, grief, politics, men, love, depression, pop culture, sex...and obviously lots more! Tuning in is A+ highly recommended.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Love Episode feat. Mandy Len Catron and Carrie Jenkins (Re-release)

    The Love Episode feat. Mandy Len Catron and Carrie Jenkins (Re-release)

    We went back into the archives for an oldie but greatie! Join Mica as she chats with love experts Mandy Len Catron and Carrie Jenkins about love sweet love. Together, they answer questions from listeners about prioritizing (or not prioritizing) romantic love, how love and violence are linked through language, divorce, and relationship contracts that have nothing to do with marriage! Also please enjoy Mica's opening monologue, in which she roasts her former self and divulges details of her romantic past.

    • 59 min
    Love & Death & Magic feat. Cara Nelissen

    Love & Death & Magic feat. Cara Nelissen

    Poet Cara Nelissen's writing explores desire—but not the grand, romantic, gotta-have-you-now kind. She's more interested in pining, unrequited wanting, and the kind of bleeding love that makes us all feel kind of...pathetic. In this episode, Cara and Mica talk about queer pining, why Cara likes to discuss death on a first date, what *might* happen when you die, MAGIC, and why crows are kind of spectacular. Enter 2020 with a healthy does of love and death and magic! Also please buy Cara's chapbook, Pray For Us Girls (Rahila's Ghost Press), because it's beautiful and it will fill your soul with hope and longing and crow facts.

    • 50 min
    Have Yourself a Merry Little Whatever.

    Have Yourself a Merry Little Whatever.

    In this seasonally-driven solo episode, Mica lays on the table all her varied feelings about the holidays and attempts to charm you with stories of Christmas magic and mayhem. She discusses the very awkward encounter that proceeded the purchase of a new piece of furniture, examines the trope of horny old women in Holiday Baking shows, and explains why she believed in Santa Clause for an unfathomably long time.

    • 30 min
    Powerful, Terrifying Brains: Brandi Bird Talks Psychosis and OCD

    Powerful, Terrifying Brains: Brandi Bird Talks Psychosis and OCD

    Three years ago, Brandi Bird began experiencing some terrifying delusions. They believed their neighbour was building a bomb, their step-mom had been replaced, and people everywhere were out to harm them. Only recently did Brandi realize that what they experienced was psychosis—a highly stigmatized mental illness, and one we rarely talk about. In this ep, Brandi chats with Mica about what may have triggered their psychotic break, how they sought treatment in the psych ward, and the link between OCD and eating disorders. Brandi also discusses poetry, Indigeneity, the problem with words like "resilience." Also: buy Brandi's chapbook. It's called "I Am Still Too Much" (Rahila's Ghost Press) and it will knock your socks RIGHT OFF!

    • 47 min
    I'm Still Processing: Saffron A Talks Trauma, Songwriting, and Shaving Her Head

    I'm Still Processing: Saffron A Talks Trauma, Songwriting, and Shaving Her Head

    Musician Saffron A has always been an outsider. A songwriter with a clear sense of self, Saffron's clarity of purpose has often isolated her from the "in-crowd" but left her with a ton of creative fuel. She uses music to process and open conversations on tough stuff—sexual assault, trauma, and what it means to be truly resistant and resilient. In this ep, Saffron and Mica chat about why music has proved to be a more effective vehicle for justice than the actual justice system, how Saffron balances faith with feminism, and why a shaved head is a powerful thing!

    • 55 min

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