7 episodes

Every Wednesday The Maiden Myth podcast challenges myths about single women of a certain age. Here we remind the world of the immeasurable value of single, child-free women (whether by choice or happenstance). Our mission is to spotlight and honor single women who are navigating this world against the grain in divinely feminine ways. Sometimes all it takes is for us to see that it can be done, to believe it is possible and that we can get it done too.
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The Maiden Myth The Maiden Myth

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

Every Wednesday The Maiden Myth podcast challenges myths about single women of a certain age. Here we remind the world of the immeasurable value of single, child-free women (whether by choice or happenstance). Our mission is to spotlight and honor single women who are navigating this world against the grain in divinely feminine ways. Sometimes all it takes is for us to see that it can be done, to believe it is possible and that we can get it done too.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/themaidenmythpodcast/support

    Maiden Myth #6: Jesus - my savior, my friend, ...my husband?

    Maiden Myth #6: Jesus - my savior, my friend, ...my husband?

    In the first half of this episode we are discussing ways God has met us in our loneliness and how these intimate moments have transformed the way we see ourselves and our situations. Sophia talks about Immanuel Prayer (7:00) and Jennifer learned the power of stillness (21:00).  

    In the second half Lynneise J. joins the conversation (30:45). We discuss church community (34:05) and the phrase that was once quite popular, “Jesus is my husband” (45:00). Before we close out, Lynneise sets the record straight! (1:02:15)

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    Creator, Writer, and Host: Sophia Stephens

    Co-Host: Jennifer Edison

    Guests: Lynneise J. ( IG - @lynneise )

    Producer: Philosophia Productions

    PA: Imani Luluknu

    Special Thanks to Selena Moshell


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Maiden Myth #5: God doesn't care about your singleness.

    Maiden Myth #5: God doesn't care about your singleness.

    This episode is for the single woman who feels her prayers for a husband have been in vain, to the woman who is struggling with bouts of loneliness, and to the woman who feels - or has been told - she is being punished by God. When your loneliness and/or singleness begins to negatively impact your spiritual life it can alter the way you see God, yourself, and others around you. We are talking about how to get back to a place of true intimacy with your Creator, even in your anger and as you grieve.

    Sarah Benibo, my sister and worship pastor of Embassy City Church in Dallas, TX,  joins me on a call. We begin the conversation to discuss the concept of lament and why it isn't explored more in Christian communities (5:45). Sarah shares a powerful definition of lament by theologian N.T. Wright (11:10) that gives us a healthy way to express anger and pain to God. Sarah answers why it is difficult for us to be honest with God about how we feel and how we come out of hiding and enjoy eternal life right now (16:40).  You may be surprised to learn how we practice intimacy with God (26:15) and how loneliness is a morally neutral emotion - and even gift. Sarah gives us a series of questions to take inventory of where we are (33:12).

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    Creator, Writer, and Host: Sophia Stephens

    Guest: Sarah Benibo IG - @sarah_benibo

    Producer: Philosophia Productions

    Managing Producer: Life Creative Group

    Sound Engineer: Sonca Nguyen

    Sound Design: Johnie Steele


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    • 41 min
    Maiden Myth #4: Single women are too desperate... no, too picky!

    Maiden Myth #4: Single women are too desperate... no, too picky!

    Desperate or Picky: The two most common categories single women get thrown into by society. If she refuses to settle, she's picky. If she compromises, she's desperate. Today we are discussing if there is validity to this and where we believe we sit on the spectrum.   

    We have a special guest, Tryphena Wade, actress and writer (00:00). We begin by recapping Episode 3 (03:48) and explore our new standards now that we're older (09:00). Sophia shares the craziest thing she had on her "desired man" list (16:10) and how some things may not be standards but simply preferences  (32:05).  But if you don't know the difference does that make you too picky? (37:45) Maybe us singles (women and men) who desire a mate are just looking the wrong way? (41:58) We end with the infamous question, "Who should pick up the tab?" (51:10)     



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    Creator, Writer, and Host: Sophia Stephens 

    Co-Host: Jennifer Edison 

    Guests: Aliha Strange (when she's back on IG @aliha.strange) 

    Producer: Philosophia Productions 

    PA: Imani Luluknu 

    Sound Engineer: Miguel Castellanos 

    Special Thanks to Selena Moshell


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    • 59 min
    Maiden Myth #3: You should be married by a certain age.

    Maiden Myth #3: You should be married by a certain age.

    Do you suffer from marital FOMO? Do you fear that if you don't get married by a certain age it will never happen? Or maybe, like me, you have wondered, what would even be the point of marriage after a certain age? Today we are examining the Goldilocks Theory for Marriage and how - against logic and data - a country is successfully making women over the age of 27 feel like expired goods for marriage.

    Our first interview is with a woman who married at 21 (04:10), the next with a woman who married for the first time at 62 (6:56), and finally a woman who married at 33 (19:09).  I introduce Abdi Zelaya, sex therapist, to briefly help me sort out the purpose of marriage (32:25).



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    Creator, Writer, and Host: Sophia Stephens

    Guests: Joyce S., Jennifer W., and Abdi Zelaya, MA, LPC

    Producer: Philosophia Productions

    Managing Producer: Life Creative Group

    Sound Engineer: Sonca Nguyen

    Sound Design: Johnie Steele

    Special Thanks to Aspen Haus Associates


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    • 39 min
    Maiden Myth #2: No woman wants to be single.

    Maiden Myth #2: No woman wants to be single.

    When people speak of single women - it is often assumed the women are unhappy with their status and would prefer to be coupled. That is not always the case, in fact, Psychology of Women Quarterly published a study conducted by Wayne State University assistant professor Jessica D. Moorman that showed many women - to be specific, Black women - are actually choosing to be single. And why? Agency. When singlehood is approached in this way, Moorman refers to it as strategic - Strategic Singlehood.

    We briefly recap on the previous episode (03:09) before asking the infamous question of ourselves, "Why are you single?" (07:23). This ushered in the topic of Strategic Singlehood (11:56) and us challenging another myth, "Something must be wrong with you if you are single" (19:33). But wait! Is there a double standard? (24:22). Nevertheless, I ask the final question (30:58), "What is the best thing about being single?".



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    Creator, Writer, and Host: Sophia Stephens

    Co-Host: Jennifer Edison

    Guests: Aliha Strange

    Producer: Philosophia Productions

    PA: Imani Luluknu

    Sound Engineer: Miguel Castellanos

    Special Thanks to Selena Moshell


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    • 42 min
    Maiden Myth #1: You can't be happily single and looking for love.

    Maiden Myth #1: You can't be happily single and looking for love.

    Welcome to the 1st episode of The Maiden Myth! I am so happy you are here. 

    Have you ever wondered how some women manage to live full and joyful lives in spite of unmet desires? I surely have. Maybe you know women who truly want to be in a relationship but it seems to never get in the way of them fully living and enjoying life. I became curious on how to get to that place - a place where my desires for a spouse didn't jeopardize the joy that was being offered to me every day. 

    As you listen to this episode, I want you to keep these questions in mind: How do you continue to hope in the face of disappointment? Do you give yourself grace to grieve intangible things like hopes and dreams deferred? Do you believe you can grieve and be hopeful at the same time? We are exploring all of these questions - in a playful but honest way before examining  3 topics: hope, honesty, and grief, and how they relate to our unmet needs.   

    My good friend Theresa shares with us a hope deferred (03:06) before I reminisce on how my anxieties of never attaining marital blissed were birthed (06:14). Theresa shares what holds her together (12:48) before I share what broke me down (17:33). We introduce Kandace Cade (23:44), a licensed therapist to the conversation and explore 3 topics: hope, honesty, and grief and how they relate to unmet needs.   

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    Creator, Writer, and Host: Sophia Stephens

    Guests: Theresa Bradley and Kandace Cade, MS, LMFT- Associate 

    Producer: Philosophia Productions

    Managing Producer: Life Creative Group

    Sound Engineer: Sonca Nguyen

    Sound Design: Johnie Steele

    Special Thanks to Jenna Mountain, PhD (ABD), LPC, CST and Aspen Haus Associates


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

ThirtyGreat ,

So good!

Love this podcast! Thought provoking, funny, and relatable!

Love Raisins ,

Golden!

The Maiden Myth podcast is golden! 😊 Sophia pulled on all of her creative gifts to produce a professional, authentic and informative space for singles to find communion and comfort in their diverse single experiences. The podcast, while not “Therapy” in nature, has therapeutic benefits!

Its gentle comedic/theatrical touch is clever and stands in its own podcast lane.

Tryphena ,

A void has been filled!

In the cacophony of voices offering their opinions on singleness in this age, Sophia has created a podcast that is equal parts refreshing, thought provoking, and hilarious. There are a lot of voices telling single women why we’re single and what we should do to “fix it”. This podcast affirms us, challenges us, reminds us that God loves us, validates our experiences, and reminds us that our relationship status is not our value. Do yourself a favor and listen in!! You won’t be sorry!

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