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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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    • 4.8 • 42 Ratings

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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    Big Sister Hotline: S2E9, Feat. YVES REES

    Big Sister Hotline: S2E9, Feat. YVES REES

    CONTENT NOTE: This episode contains discussion of gender dysphoria, transphobia and a brief reference to eating disorders.
    Hello, and welcome to the Big Sister Hotline! We’re coming to you from Melbourne, home of lockdowns, riots and earthquakes! It is a very strange time to be alive!!!
    What has made it easier this week is reading the BEAUTIFUL new memoir “All About Yves: Notes From A Transition”, by the extraordinary Dr. Yves Rees. At the age of 30, Rees became aware that they were trans. Their memoir is a stunning journey through identity, self awareness and how one can strive to ‘live the questions’ in their life. 
    In this episode, we talk about the power of trans narratives, trans joy and how disrupting regressive ideas of gender is liberating for humanity as a whole. We also address a question from a listener who is questioning their gender identity, and how disrupting hierarchies of power is reflected in gender diverse and non conforming people. This is a joyful episode!
    You can follow Dr. Rees here:
    Instagram: @yves_rees
    Twitter: @yvesrees
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Big Sister Hotline: AJA BARBER

    Big Sister Hotline: AJA BARBER

    Hello, and welcome BACK to the Big Sister Hotline! I’ve been on hiatus for a few months, partly because I was taking time off to finish my book (out on November 3!) and partly because of lockdown fatigue. But here we are, launching back into the hotline with enthusiasm and vitality! 
    In this first episode back, I’m joined by the phenomenal AJA BARBER. She’s a writer, an activist and a content creator using her platform to campaign for true change in the fashion industry and its deplorable oppression of the global south, or as she would have it, the world’s ‘traditionally pillaged’ countries. Her Instagram video, ‘Why performative allyship is triggering’, which called out brands and influencers for monetising the BLM movement, has accumulated over one million views. In her debut book, “CONSUMED: On colonialism, climate change, consumerism and the need for collective change, she lays out an unimpeachable argument against supporting fast fashion and the brands who clog up the world’s waterways and landfills with it. It’s a horrifying and absolutely necessary read, and in this conversation we talk about the social imperative we face to undo the impact of this industry.
    Some facts discussed:
    * It takes 5000 gallons of water to make just one t shirt and pair of jeans - so how much water is wasted every year churning out clothes that are worn once or twice before being thrown away?
    * The millions of clothes we discard every year in op shops and recycling bins largely end up in landfill in the backyards of people in the Global South, or as she calls it, “traditionally pillaged countries”.
    * In 2018 alone, H&M recorded $4.3 BILLION of unsold stock. And to put that in perspective (and as Aja told me) the length of one billion one dollar notes laid out end to end would wrap around the earth four times - meaning the cost of unsold stock for just one fast fashion company in one year alone would wrap around the earth SIXTEEN TIMES.
    This is before we even talk about the inhumane abuse of garment workers, none of whom see even a smidge of the profits billionaires at the top accrue.
    You can follow Aja here:
    Instagram: @ajabarber
    FB: @karenpickering
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/ajabarber
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Introducing Everybody Knows

    Introducing Everybody Knows

    In November 2020, an Instagram account began to publish anonymous stories of harassment, abuse and
    assault in the Australian music industry.These were stories that journalist Ruby Jones had heard whispers about
    before. But when she started looking into them, she found that the allegations were much worse than she had
    thought, and that they were an open secret in the music industry. Everybody Knows is a new five-part podcast
    series from the makers of Australia's number one daily news podcast, 7am. Follow Ruby as she investigates
    what has held back the MeToo Movement in Australia, and whether this new wave of women speaking out could
    be the start of a true reckoning. 
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    • 2 min
    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
    Feedback/Question submission: bigsisterhotline@gmail.com
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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 wordWe are planting seeds in a forest we may not get to spend time inIf 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
    Feedback/Question submission: bigsisterhotline@gmail.com
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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Jessicaglen ,

Incredible women

I love this podcast. If you feel like you need some virtual emotional support, or validation that you’re not losing your mind, come and listen to some women who have your back, 100%

Poppyspopp ,

Love it

I look forward to the podcast dropping every week, for me it’s a way to keep in touch with feminist ideas and ways of thinking

HanfMc ,

Just what I needed !

An amazing combo of two of my favourite woman . Another amazing job Clementine , thank you for everything you do 💖

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