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Isn't it weird how often the horrors in our favourite scary stories tend to look a lot like, uh… ladies? Join me as I dig up the social and cultural contexts behind classic ghost stories and legends to challenge the often one-dimensional portrayal of women in horror. 

Paranormal Pajama Party Steph Summar

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Isn't it weird how often the horrors in our favourite scary stories tend to look a lot like, uh… ladies? Join me as I dig up the social and cultural contexts behind classic ghost stories and legends to challenge the often one-dimensional portrayal of women in horror. 

    "What Happens Next?": Are Reproductive Rights Human Rights?

    "What Happens Next?": Are Reproductive Rights Human Rights?

    Send me a text message!Paranormal Pajama Party is pro-self-care. I mean, come on. Pajamas are right there in the name.To be kind to myself this week, I'm not releasing a new episode. Instead, I'm sharing an episode I wrote and produced for the other podcast I make – the one people actually pay me for.This is Monash University's What Happens Next?, episode 79: "Are Reproductive Rights Human Rights?". You'll never guess what the answer is. (You will, they are, please vote this November if you'r...

    • 41 min
    Beautiful Dead Women: “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Part 1

    Beautiful Dead Women: “The Fall of the House of Usher”, Part 1

    Send me a text message!When you think horror, you think of Edgar Allan Poe. His stories go hard on the eerie atmosphere, intricate plots, and unhinged characters.But it’s important to note that most of those characters are men. And among Poe’s female characters, two recurring traits stand out prominently: they’re usually beautiful, and they’re usually dead.This episode explores Poe's fixation with beautiful dead women, tracing it back to his tumultuous life and personal losses, including thos...

    • 56 min
    “Malleus Maleficarum”: Incels and Modern Witch Hunts

    “Malleus Maleficarum”: Incels and Modern Witch Hunts

    Send me a text message!The dark history of witch hunts has some unsettling parallels with modern misogynistic violence. Tonight’s episode continues our discussion on Heinrich Kramer’s witch-hunting manual, the “Malleus Maleficarum”, with a critical look at its legacy, especially as it relates to incel culture and the manosphere.We’ll examine the parallels between Kramer's misogynistic beliefs and the 2014 Isla Vista killings by Elliot Rodger, exploring the roots of violent ideologies in both ...

    • 26 min
    Malleus Maleficarum: Hammer of Witches

    Malleus Maleficarum: Hammer of Witches

    Send me a text message!Tonight we’re burning books! Well. Just one book. And it started it.We’re opening the pages of the “Malleus Maleficarum”, or Hammer of Witches, a 15th-century treatise on identifying, trying, and punishing witches. We get into the origins of the book and its misogynistic zealot of an author, Heinrich Kramer.I’m not saying Kramer's obsession with women's sexuality and his book's endorsement of torture and execution led directly to the deaths of tens of thousands of women...

    • 29 min
    Monster Girls of Video Games

    Monster Girls of Video Games

    Send me a text message!Last week on Paranormal Pajama Party, we met the monster girls of Greek mythology. This week, in part two of our monster girls series, we’re considering the representation of monstrous women in horror video games.Monster girls are female-coded creatures that blend human and monstrous elements, often portrayed as both alluring and terrifying. This duality reflects male anxieties about female sexuality and autonomy.We’ll explore the origins of monster girls in various myt...

    • 31 min
    Monster Girls of Greek Mythology

    Monster Girls of Greek Mythology

    Send me a text message!This week on “Paranormal Pajama Party”, we’re kicking off a two-part series on the fascinating and often unsettling “monster girl” trope. These characters are more than just staples of horror media and anime; they are complex symbols that reveal deep-seated societal fears and fantasies about women.Monster girls have long embodied dual roles as both objects of desire and figures of dread, reflecting and reinforcing patriarchal views about femininity and power.In today’s ...

    • 28 min

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