31 episodes

A Lesbian Podcast Social brought to you from a basement somewhere in London. ​Each episode features autobiographically informed conversations with women from all walks of life who discuss everyday topics, share anecdotes or reflect on their individual experiences and values. No flannel shirts were harmed in the making of these recordings.

A Lesbian Affair Jess W.

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

A Lesbian Podcast Social brought to you from a basement somewhere in London. ​Each episode features autobiographically informed conversations with women from all walks of life who discuss everyday topics, share anecdotes or reflect on their individual experiences and values. No flannel shirts were harmed in the making of these recordings.

    #0030 - Hannah

    #0030 - Hannah

    How do sledges enhance a lesbian wedding? What is it like to navigate adoption procedures in the UK? Also, what does 'losing and finding oneself' entail in the aftermaths of a marriage break-up? Meet Hannah, a professional photographer and friend of mine who lives to tell the tale. Topics discussed in this episode touch on the notions of 'co-dependency', 'destiny', as well as what it means to re-enter the community again after having been in a long term relationship for 20 years. This episode...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    #0029 - Liza Cowan

    #0029 - Liza Cowan

    How do pitch forks, a bunch of woman during apple harvest, and a LP vinyl cover make history? And what's it like to travel the world in the name of music and feminism?Meet Liza Cowan, an artist, former radio host, producer, magazine editor, and lesbian activist from New York City who lives to tell the tale. She happens to be the confidant and former partner of the late singer Alix Dobkin, who is also featured heavily in this episode. Listen in if you'd like to hear more about Liza's life, her...

    • 1 hr 18 min
    #0028 - The 'Lezmas Special' with Jane Traies

    #0028 - The 'Lezmas Special' with Jane Traies

    For this year's 'Lezmas Special', we are joined by author, academic, and oral history expert Jane Traies, who tells us about her relationship to Christmas, Christmas routines but also Christmas taboos. She generously opens a window into her journey and work with lesbian refugee communities. There are reflections on the notions of shame and pride, citizenship, legal discrimination, what it takes to do oral history work, and the ethics of being a conduit for voices of the usually 'unheard'. She...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    #0027 - Alice Frick & Lauren Karl

    #0027 - Alice Frick & Lauren Karl

    What's it like to spend a night in a jail in the US and still see the humour in it? And what does it take to stay friends with your ex and maybe even work with each other professionally? Meet Alice Frick and Lauren Karl who, in this episode, share insights about their careers in comedy and entertainment, talk about their autobiographic and cultural backgrounds, and deliberate on what it means to navigate differences and language barriers within the industry and community. Both al...

    • 1 hr 36 min
    #0026 - Osazeme

    #0026 - Osazeme

    What's it like to identify as a 'dyke' and live and work in Bamako, Mali? How do women's co-operatives work and how does resource scarcity impact local economies and peace?Meet Osazeme who, in this episode, helps shed some light on these questions. She spends most of her time developing agricultural businesses with local women and is also a jewellery designer on the side.There are discussions about her relationship to labels, religion, the aftermath of break-ups and toxic relation...

    • 1 hr 35 min
    #0025 - Elaine Chambers

    #0025 - Elaine Chambers

    Once upon a time, homosexuality was treated as a criminal offence within the UK military. Elaine Chambers unfortunately lives to tell the tale as she faced serious allegations that were hinged on her 'lesbian tendencies' and led to the abrupt ending of her career. In this episode, Jess and her talk about the horrifying and heartbreaking treatment she endured and also discuss what led to her becoming a 'reluctant activist'. Elaine reflects on her early lesbian crushes, how she came to enlist w...

    • 1 hr 59 min

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4 Ratings

Cynthia the Shy Fox ,

A Gift of Artful, Curious, Compassionate Conversation

I discovered this beautiful podcast a couple of weeks ago and have been so grateful for the experience of learning about and connecting with guests who are so held and cared for by Jess, the most present of hosts you will ever find in podcastland of any genre.

The authentic conversations are so raw and inspiring and like balm for the lesbian soul during these days of social isolation. The tone is open, welcoming, at ease, thoughtful, witty, philosophical, creatively assumption-challenging, and fun.

The Lesbian Affair has created a platform for coherent, non-linear thinkng on what it means to be a lesbian from the perspectives of international women of diverse backgrounds across generations: social justice, human rights, identity, culture, books, community, history, gender, food, and some bits of well-deserved podcast-form education on Dusty Springfield.

In its essence, the authentic humanity of these conversations is as powerful as they are full of warmth and tender nurturing. Jess brings her guest’ histories out so sensitively and with such humble appreciation, I feel so fortunate to have found this lesbian heartspace and look forward to many more episodes.

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