45 episodes

Explore some favorite shows or movies through a female and feminist perspective. Learn about new books or ideas that succeed in realistically portraying women. Find out what was right and what was so wrong about Friends. Hear about some of our favorite ladies, important historical moments, and lady anthems. We take the subject very seriously and ourselves not at all.
Hosted by two college faculty members, Misty Wilson-Mehrtens and Allegra Davis Hanna.

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Explore some favorite shows or movies through a female and feminist perspective. Learn about new books or ideas that succeed in realistically portraying women. Find out what was right and what was so wrong about Friends. Hear about some of our favorite ladies, important historical moments, and lady anthems. We take the subject very seriously and ourselves not at all.
Hosted by two college faculty members, Misty Wilson-Mehrtens and Allegra Davis Hanna.

    Unstoppable Texas Women Part 1 | 45

    Unstoppable Texas Women Part 1 | 45

    In our first of three episodes about Unstoppable Texas Women, we discuss two women who were great friends, awesome political forces, and very funny Texas women: Ann Richards (our 45th governor) and Molly Ivins (reporter and writer). We’ll get into what made them unstoppable, some favorite quotes from each, ordeals they overcame, and their best barbs aimed at the Bush family.
    We’re inspired by Ann Richards and Molly Ivins because they told the truth, worked hard for others, and weren’t afraid to be themselves on a public stage. 
    We start the episode with a round-up of other women notable in Texas history, like Ma Ferguson and Clara Driscoll.
    Want extra reading? Here’s where we did our research:
    A Texas Monthly article about the legacy of Ann Richards: https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/the-renaissance-of-ann/
    Ann Richards’s bio from the Texas Politics Project: https://texaspolitics.utexas.edu/archive/html/exec/governors/31.html
    Info and photos of Ann Richards, from the Austin Public Library: https://library.austintexas.gov/ahc/ann-richards-54629
    Ann Richards’s Keynote Address to the DNC, 1988: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtIFhiqS_TY
    “The Price of Being Molly Ivins”: https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/the-price-of-being-molly/
    “Why We Need Molly Ivins’s Wisdom Now More Than Ever”: https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/molly-ivins-raise-hell-film-janice-engel-politics/
    Profile of Molly on “Americans Who Tell The Truth”: https://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/portraits/molly-ivins
    Profess-Hers is written and created by Allegra Davis Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. We produce the show ourselves, with help from Austin Haynes. 

    • 1 hr
    What We've Been Watching | 44

    What We've Been Watching | 44

    We’re back, and we’re ready to share what we’ve been watching (binging) and loving. We discuss the (possible) gains the TV + movie industries made toward better representation, what’s terrible about the Oscar nominations (basically everything), and lots of great shows and movies we’ve been watching and want to share. 
    We’ll discuss feminism, female representation, gender, sex, language, and why they can’t say “vagina” on a medical drama. 
    In this episode: Little Women, The Good Place, Watchmen, The Witcher, Grey’s Anatomy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Marriage Story, Greta Gerwig, Awkwafina, Jennifer Lopez, 911: Lone Star, Regina King + more.
    Want extra reading? Here’s where we did our research:
    Time Magazine thought the “era of female-run TV was coming to an end” last year: https://time.com/5511730/female-run-tv-shows-ending/
    The latest “Boxed In” study from San Diego State: https://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2018-19_Boxed_In_Report.pdf
    Variety’s comment on progress of female representation last year (“it’s not all good news,” they said): https://womenintvfilm.sdsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/2018-19_Boxed_In_Report.pdf
    Variety’s comment on that progress this year (it was better news): https://variety.com/2020/film/news/captain-marvel-little-women-female-protagonists-study-1203460436/
    An LA Times article highlighting that most gains for female representation were for white women: https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2020-01-08/women-film-hollywood-gender-study
    Den of Geek’s discussion of gender on HBO’s Watchmen: https://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/284399/beyond-silk-spectre-women-hbo-watchmen
    Den of Geek on fantasy and feminism in Netflix’s The Witcher: https://www.denofgeek.com/us/tv/netflix/282415/the-witcher-netflix-series-magic-feminism-fantasy
    Empire’s review of Little Women: https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/little-women-2019/
    NPR’s review of Little Women: https://www.npr.org/2019/12/20/789740628/little-women-again-greta-gerwig-s-adaptation-is-both-faithful-and-radical
    Published in the New York Times, “The Bearable Whiteness of Little Women”: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/13/opinion/sunday/little-women-movie-race.html
    Profess-Hers is written and created by Allegra Davis Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. We produce the show ourselves, with help from Austin Haynes. 
    Profess-Hers is presented by Misty, a History professor, and Allegra, an English professor, both of whom are here for having a serious, fun conversation about looking at literature, history, current events, pop culture, and media through a feminist lens.
    Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Frozen + Disney Princesses | 43

    Frozen + Disney Princesses | 43

    This episode is all about Elsa, Anna, and all your favorite (or least favorite) Disney princesses - Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Moana, Tiana, Merida, Mulan, Jasmine, Ariel, Pocahontas, and Belle. We discuss why folks love Disney, what princesses do to girls and girl culture, how to keep girls from being “eaten” by Cinderella, and the impact of Disney around the world. We get into unhealthy body images and relationship models, giving your voice away, and getting “princessified.” It’s not all bad news, especially once we get to Frozen and our hopes for Frozen II. 
    Want extra reading? Here’s what we consulted for our episode:
    Peggy Orenstein, Cinderella Ate My Daughter 
    Rebecca Hains, The Princess Problem: Guiding Our Girls Through The Princess Obsessed Years
    The Washington Post article that published findings about female characters in Disney movies: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/25/researchers-have-discovered-a-major-problem-with-the-little-mermaid-and-other-disney-movies/
    This Time magazine article defending The Little Mermaid: https://time.com/3586569/sexist-little-mermaid/
    This NPR story about how Disney affects girls around the world: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/05/24/726129132/how-disney-princesses-influence-girls-around-the-world
    This Bustle article with lots of love for Ursula: https://www.bustle.com/articles/155394-why-ursula-from-the-little-mermaid-was-actually-the-movies-hero
    Profess-Hers is a podcast written and presented by Misty, a History professor, and Allegra, an English professor, both of whom are here for having a serious, fun conversation about looking at literature, history, current events, pop culture, and media through a feminist lens.
    Written by Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    (W)itches vs. The Patriarchy, Part 2 | 42

    (W)itches vs. The Patriarchy, Part 2 | 42

    In our second episode about Witches, we talk about women who embrace the label of witch because they don’t accept typical gender roles, and women maligned as “witches” by others, including Hillary Clinton and AOC. Plus, WITCH protest groups, Lindy West, and pop culture witches that made a statement about gender and feminism, including The Craft, AHS: Coven, and Sabrina. We also discuss Disney witches, including Maleficent and Ursula. It won’t surprise you to know that most witches in film and TV are not great representations of women. Still - why are so many of us drawn to the idea, imagery, and symbolism of a witch? What is inherent to witches that leads feminists to identify with them?
    Want extra reading? Check our sources and recommendations:
    About Kristin Sollee’s book: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jul/05/witches-feminism-books-kristin-j-sollee
    About the 1960s WITCH protest group: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/43gd8p/wicked-witch-60s-feminist-protestors-hexed-patriarchy
    “The Real Reason Women Love Witches” by Annie Theriault: https://medium.com/the-establishment/the-real-reason-women-love-witches-647d48517f66
    Witch protesters from 2017: https://www.lifesitenews.com/pulse/witches-violent-protestors-show-up-to-support-planned-parenthood-at-pro-lif
    About AOC being accused of belonging to a coven: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2019/02/conservative-christians-claim-ocasio-cortez-is-a-witch-leading-attack-against-trump/
    Review of AHS: Coven from Mic: https://www.mic.com/articles/80723/let-s-talk-about-the-extreme-racism-and-sexism-of-american-horror-story-coven
    Review of AHS: Coven from Feministing: http://feministing.com/2013/12/04/american-horror-story-coven-is-getting-race-all-wrong/
    There’s a great article from Critical Studies in Media Communication (a scholarly journal), but you’ll need access through a library or institution, called “There’s Nothing I Hate More Than a Racist: (Re) Centering Whiteness in American Horror Story: Coven,” by Amanda Kay LeBlanc.https://doi.org/10.1080/15295036.2017.1416418
    Profess-Hers is a podcast written and presented by Misty, a History professor, and Allegra, an English professor, both of whom are here for having a serious, fun conversation about looking at literature, history, current events, pop culture, and media through a feminist lens.
    Written by Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

    • 54 min
    (W)itches vs. The Patriarchy, Part 1 | 41

    (W)itches vs. The Patriarchy, Part 1 | 41

    In our Halloween-themed first of two episodes about Witches, we’re both really in our elements - Misty gets to talk about history, and Allegra gets to talk about witches. We focus on historical witches and witch hunts, the Hammer of Witches, Salem, Macbeth, the Crucible, what made someone more likely to be seen as a witch (surprise: Being a woman! Being a marginalized woman! Not having a husband or children!), and a lots of modern pop culture references to witchery. 
    Want extra reading? Check out our sources and recommended books:
    The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege, Marilynne K. Roach
    In The Devil's Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, by Mary Beth Norton
    “Witchcraft and Old Women,” accessible on JSTOR: https://www.jstor.org/stable/3600840?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
    “Salem Witch Trial Victims” from Refinery 29: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/03/192115/salem-witch-trials-victims-date-history-march-1
    An article about Tituba from Smithsonian Magazine: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unraveling-mysteries-tituba-salem-witch-trials-180956960/
    From the University of Virginia Salem Witch Trials Archives, a list of important people in the historical records: http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/people/?group.num=G02&mbio.num=mb22
    From the University of Virginia Salem Witch Trials Archives, an entry about Sarah Good: http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/people/good.html
    From Newsweek on the increasing number of people who identify as witches and / or wiccans: https://www.newsweek.com/witchcraft-wiccans-mysticism-astrology-witches-millennials-pagans-religion-1221019
    From the LA Times, on wiccans in the military: https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2011-nov-26-la-na-air-force-pagans-20111127-story.html
    Profess-Hers is a podcast written and presented by Misty, a History professor, and Allegra, an English professor, both of whom are here for having a serious, fun conversation about looking at literature, history, current events, pop culture, and media through a feminist lens.
    Written by Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

    • 56 min
    Misunderstood 90s Women, Part 2 | 40

    Misunderstood 90s Women, Part 2 | 40

    Many women who became famous in the 1990s were and continue to be misunderstood. In the second of two episodes about these women, we’ll discuss Joycelyn Elders, Anita Hill, Monica Lewinsky, and Marcia Clark, and what why it seems like we’ve started repeating themes of the 90s in the last few years. 
    The 1990s were full of scandals and crimes that continue to grab our attention, including two political sex scandals that somehow publicly shamed the women and left the men relatively unscathed, and the trial of the century that made a woman prosecutor’s hair, make-up and clothing more important than her serious skills as a lawyer.
    Want extra reading? Check our sources:
    The book 90s Bitch by Allison Yarrow
    “How the 90s Tricked Women Into Thinking They’d Gained Gender Equality” by Time Magazine: https://time.com/5310256/90s-gender-equality-progress/
    “The Joe Biden and Anita Hill Controversy, Explained.” https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/3/27/18262482/joe-biden-anita-hill-2020-christine-blasey-ford-brett-kavanaugh
    “Here Are Some of the Questions Anita Hill Answered in 1991” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/here-are-some-of-the-questions-anita-hill-fielded-in-1991/
    “Maureen Dowd Smeared Monica Lewinksy. Now, She’s Undermining #MeToo” https://www.vox.com/2018/3/25/17159732/maureen-dowd-monica-lewinsky-metoo-barry-diller-interview-new-york-times
    “The Clinton Affair: How We Remember the Women” https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/11/clinton-affair-how-we-remember-women/576271/
    (From 1995) “A Good Hair Day” https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1995-04-12-mn-53816-story.html
    “The Devastating Truth Behind Marcia’s Clark’s Leaked Topless Photos” https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2016/03/marcia-clark-topless-photos-people-v-oj-simpson-american-crime-story
    “Marcia Clark: Stop Calling Women Ambitious Like Its a Bad Thing” https://time.com/4306010/marcia-clark-sexism-blood-defense-interview/
    “Was Marcia Clark’s Hair Really Such a Big Deal in 1995?” https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/was-marcia-clarks-haircut-really-such-a-big-deal-001903473.html
    “Marcia Clark’s Husband Cites Trial in Custody Fight” https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1995-03-02-mn-37861-story.html
    Profess-Hers is a podcast written and presented by Misty, a History professor, and Allegra, an English professor, both of whom are here for having a serious, fun conversation about looking at literature, history, current events, pop culture, and media through a feminist lens.
    Written by Allegra Hanna and Misty Wilson-Mehrtens. Find the Profess-Hers Podcast on Twitter and Instagram @Professhers.

    • 1 hr 8 min

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I got so sucked into the discussion, I didn't realize a hour had passed. And just like that, I was smarter and entertained. Thank you Misty and Allegra for this fun, but also necessary podcast.

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