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Each fortnight, hosts Lauren and Alicia delve into a ‘deviant’ woman from history, fiction, mythology and the contemporary world: those who aren’t afraid to break the rules, to subvert the system, to explore, to seek and to challenge the status quo.

Deviant Women Lipp Media

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    • 4.8, 75 Ratings

Each fortnight, hosts Lauren and Alicia delve into a ‘deviant’ woman from history, fiction, mythology and the contemporary world: those who aren’t afraid to break the rules, to subvert the system, to explore, to seek and to challenge the status quo.

    Jeanne de Clisson

    Jeanne de Clisson

    At the beginning of the Hundred Years' War, well before Joan of Arc led her army, another French woman was making men tremble. On the volatile English channel, Jeanne de Clisson was seeking vengeance. The target of her wrath was none other than the King of France, Phillip VI, himself. As leader of the Black Fleet, she carved a name for herself as a violent and unwavering leader, unafraid to hack the heads from her enemies with a swing of her trusty axe. But it wasn't always this way. Born into nobility, Jeanne was destined for a very different kind of life. So what kind of callousness could have turned this mother of seven to a life of treachery?


    Grab your axe and join us as we discover the violent lives and violent ends of Jeanne de Clisson, The Lioness of Brittany, and the noblewomen who led and took up arms in the War of the Breton Succession.


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Gladys Deacon

    Gladys Deacon

    When wealthy American socialites Florence and Edward Deacon moved to the vibrant playground of Paris in 1879, they had come to join the artists and intellectuals of the haute bohème. Born into this world of decadence, their daughter Gladys would soon have her childhood shattered by a shocking scandal that pitted her mother and father against each other for the rest of their lives. Despite this, Gladys would go on to be educated in the best schools, growing into an intelligent, witty, and beautiful young woman. After reading about the marriage of an American railroad heiress to an English Duke, Gladys decided that she too should find herself such a man.


    Across Europe, Gladys's feminine wiles attracted the crème de la crème of society, from painters, sculptors and poets to princes and kings. In 1902, a shift to London serendipitously found her moving in the same circles as the English Duke of her childhood crush, and Gladys finally had the world in the palm of her hand. But when her desire to become even more beautiful led her to make a horrifying mistake, Gladys turned away from the limelight, and the once shining star retreated to the shadows.
    So join us as we - yet again! - journey to the fabulous and frivolous world of the Belle Époque to examine the life of a woman who would eventually go from the dizzying glamour of high society to the quiet and solitary life of a recluse.
     
     Michael Mosley: A History of Surgery - Fixing Faces. Season 1, Ep. 4, BBC, 2008.
    Vickers, Hugh. 'What happened to Gladys Deacon, Duchess of Marlborough?' BBC Oxford. 17 February, 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/oxford/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_9398000/9398406.stm
    Vickers, Hugo. The Sphinx: The Life of Gladys Deacon - Duchess of Marlborough. Hachette, 2020.


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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Hilma af Klint

    Hilma af Klint

    In the 1960s, vice-admiral Erik af Klint opened a crate of art. It had been left to him by his aunt with strict instructions that it should remain sealed for some twenty years after her death. What Erik found was a remarkable cache of work that would throw into question everything we believe about the beginning of abstract art. You see, five years before Kadinsky and Mondrian began their forays into abstractionism, a Swedish woman named Hilma af Klint had received a special commission: to create a remarkable collection of work that would adorn a spiral temple. But who was this great benefactor? It was no businessman or high-ranking official, but rather the High Master Amaleil, who communicated the missive to af Klint in a séance she held regularly with her closest friends, a collective of women known as 'The Five'. Af Klint went on to create an extraordinary body of boldly colourful, geometric and highly symbolic art, all guided by the spirtual masters with whom she regularly communed.
    So light some candles and settle in as we delve into the fascinating world of Theosophy, Rosicrucianism and Hilma af Klint's astonishing proto-abstractionism!


    Af Klint, Johann and Hedvig Ersman. “Inspiration and Influence: The Spiritual Journey of Artist Hilma af Klint” Guggenheim. 11 October, 2018, https://www.guggenheim.org/blogs/checklist/inspiration-and-influence-the-spiritual-journey-of-artist-hilma-af-klint
    Ferren, Andrew. “In Search of Hilma af Klint, Who Upended Art History, But Left Few Traces” The New York Times. 21 October, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/travel/stockholm-hilma-af-klint.html
    Schjeldahl, Peter. “Hilma af Klint’s Visionary Paintings”. The New Yorker. 18 October, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/22/hilma-af-klints-visionary-paintings
    Smith, Roberta. “’Hilma Who?’ No More”. The New York Times. 11 October, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/arts/design/hilma-af-klint-review-guggenheim.html
    Utkan Özden, Hatice. “What Did the High Masters Tell Hilma af Klint?” border_less.https://www.border-l-e-s-s.com/new-page-63
    Yao, John. “Hilma af Klint, Outlier for the Ages”. Hyperallergic. 25 November, 2018, https://hyperallergic.com/472426/hilma-af-klint-paintings-for-the-future-solomon-r-guggenheim-museum/


    Notable Exhibitions:
    The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Painting 1890–1985, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA. November 23, 1986 – March 8, 1987.
    Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, USA. October 12, 2018 – April 23, 2019


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Lipp Selects: All Bases Covered

    Lipp Selects: All Bases Covered

    Brand new on Lipp Media, All Bases Covered is a weekly podcast helping you navigate the beauty industry to cut through the bullsh*t. Lauren, Lisa and Alex use their backgrounds in beauty, science and business to cover all bases in discussing the latest beauty news, trialing new products, breaking down ingredients and plenty more.


    In this episode, the girls discuss animal testing & China - can the people’s favourite brand stay true to themselves or are they selling their ethics for money?


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    Rosa May Billinghurst

    Rosa May Billinghurst

    By the turn of the twentieth century, the fight for women's suffrage in the United Kingdom had already been raging for nearly forty years. Suffragists everywhere had been calling for changes that would allow women the right to become part of the political life of the nation, but their pleas had persistently been denied. Frustrated and angered, a new generation of activist women rose up, and the suffragette was born. With the motto 'deeds, not words', these fierce women were through asking nicely and, turning to militant tactics, they literally put their lives on the line to demand change. Among them was a woman who rarely escaped attention. With her modified tricycle for mobility, Rosa May Billinghurst threw herself into the fray alongside her sisters, suffering at the hands of mobs of angry men and a cruel and ruthless legal system. Ultimately they would be successful, but in a world where so many rights are still for the few rather than for all, their struggle for equality resonates as deeply today as it did over a hundred years ago.


    So get ready to take to the streets (not literally! Stay home! Stay safe!) and join us as we venture into the protest marches and picket lines of suffragette city!


    Andrews, Maggie, & Lomas, Janis. Hidden Heroines: The Forgotten Suffragettes. Crowood Press Ltd, 2018.
    Purvis, June. ‘The prison experiences of the suffragettes in Edwardian Britain’, Women's History Review, 4 (1995), 103–33.
    Trueman, H. ‘Billinghhurst, (Rosa) May (1875-1953). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 2004.
    Van Wingerden, Sophia A. The Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain, 1866-1928. Palgrave McMillan, 2002.


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Bonus Episode - Deviant Travel Heroines

    Bonus Episode - Deviant Travel Heroines

    For one last Women’s History Month celebration, we teamed up with Steph and Andrea from ‘All the Shit I’ve Learned Abroad’ to share tales of our favourite travel heroines. All four of us are avid solo female adventuresses, but perhaps we wouldn’t be if it wasn’t for the women who paved the way. From Isabelle Eberhardt’s cross-dressing nomadic life in North Africa, to Aloha Wanderwell’s seven-year road trip, Robyn Davidson’s solo trek through the Australian desert, and Jeanne Baret’s circumnavigation of the world, these are some of the most bad-ass, intrepid and inspiring women around. So strap on your metaphorical boots and imagine the world outside your window in this special bonus episode.
    And, if you want some travel reading to keep you occupied or distracted – whichever you need in these times, we’ve got you covered!


    Robyn Davidson (1980) Tracks: A Woman's Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback. Vintage. 


    Isabelle Eberhardt (1995) Prisoner of Dunes. trans. by. Sharon Bangert. Peter Owen Publishers. London & Chester Springs PA.
     
    Isabelle Eberhardt (2003) Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt. ed. by. Elizabeth Kershaw. Interlink Books (first published in English as The Passionate Nomad: The Journals of Isabelle Eberhardt, 1987, Virago Press)
     
    Isabelle Eberhardt (2003) In the Shadow of Islam. trans. by. Sharon Bangert. Peter Owen Publishers. London & Chester Springs PA.
     
    Jeff Moag (2019) Jeanne Baret The First Woman to Sail Around the World Was a Cross-Dressing Botanist, Adventure Journal
     
    Aloha Wanderwell (1939, re-released 2016) Call to Adventure! True Tales of the Wanderwell Expedition, Nile Baker Estate & Boyd Production Group Publishing
     
    Additional essayists/writers mentioned: Rebecca Solnit, Joan Didion, Mary Shelley, Simone de Beauvoir, and Virginia Woolf


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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

Amanda from LJ ,

Fantastic

Really love these women!

lovefromhawaii ,

Fascinating and novel

I haven’t been able to stop listening. It’s really great to learn about history from a women’s perspective, presented by intelligent and educated hosts. The history that is taught in schools is incredibly one-sided and exclusive to men; inclusive history is something everyone should seek out. I especially enjoy the interpretations and thoughtful inputs given by the hosts. Very glad this exists!

Bratgod ,

Great stuff

Love the stories! Does get a bit tiring hearing one interrupt the other constantly (and by constantly I mean every ten seconds or less). But if you can stand those constant impact/distractions its really great stuff.

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