A new, weekly women's health podcast brought to you by HuffPost. This podcast is a frank, honest conversation about women's bodies, health and private lives. Fearless, inclusive and empowering, we cover under-reported issues and tackle the topics you're too squeamish to talk to your friends about.
Stop Policing Our Body Hair, With Rhyannon Styles And Aisha Mirza
Why does body hair make us so uncomfortable? Because it’s about so much more than the decision to remove it or let it grow. (Although waxing is uncomfortable, I’ll give you that.)
Body hair is political. It’s also social and cultural. For some women – particularly trans women – the absence or presence of body hair can even be a safety issue. Messaging around body hair is insidious and the policing can begin at a young age, perpetuating narrow beauty standards and an even narrower understanding of gender identity.
It’s been a hotly debated topic for decades, but there are voices and experiences that still go unheard. We are joined this week by two great guests: trans writer and performer Rhyannon Styles, as well as self-described “mental health nerd” Aisha Mirza, who has been writing about body hair for over a decade from the perspective of a queer, non-binary person of colour.
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‘I Stood In A Puddle On The Kitchen Floor’: Talking Incontinence, With Luce Brett And Tiffany Sequeira
Incontinence is not an “old lady problem”. It’s thought to impact one in three women in the UK, although the actual number could be even higher, as shame stops many from seeking help. In this episode, we hear from author Luce Brett, who’s been dealing with “the wet-kickered wilderness” for over a decade. We also chat to pelvic physio Tiffany Sequeira, aka Gynaegirl, about the need for accessible, inclusive incontinence support that helps all women. Join in the conversation by using the hashtag #AIMYU.
Why Women Cheat, With Miranda Christophers, Audrey Indome And Tolani Shoneye
The cheating gap has closed, with women just as likely to cheat on a long-term partner as men. But why?
Everything Nobody Tells You About Perimenopause, With Dr Nighat Arif And Tillie Harris
The perimenopause impacts millions of people every year, but we rarely hear about it. To change that, we chat to Dr Nighat Arif, who specialises in women’s health, and author and researcher Tillie Harris, who experienced perimenopause as a new parent.
Best Friends Forever? We Talk Friendship Breakups And Makeups, With Aminatou Sow and Dr Miriam Kirmayer
We’re joined by Aminatou Sow, who co-hosts the hugely popular Call Your Girlfriend podcast, with her long-term, long-distance friend Ann Friedman. They’ve also written a new book called Big Friendship.
Who Am I Without My Job? With Ama Quashie And Emily Liou
Work forms a key part of our identities, so what happens when it’s suddenly taken away? In this episode, we explore why our self-worth is often entangled with our jobs – and how to break free from those societal pressures.
We speak to Ama Quashie, a celebrity manicurist who discovered her true passion after being made redundant, and career coach Emily Liou, who provides some great tips for rediscovering your mojo if your job has been affected by the pandemic.