This week’s episode is the first ever live Secret Feminist Agenda, recorded at the VPL as part of the Vancouver Podcast Festival. Don’t worry though, we all sound great and the sound of laughter/applause really adds something special. I’m considering having an audience at all future recordings. Anyway, I sat down in front of sixty of my closest friends to talk to criminal defence lawyers Gloria Ng and Colleen Elden about charter rights, feminist friendship, and whether the law is a tool that can be bent towards justice or is inherently aligned with the oppressive function of the state! Fun! Links!
- I’m just going to give you a bunch of potential reading about racism and sexism in the justice system, so here’s an op-ed about “the legal system’s response to murdered and missing Indigenous women”
- Here’s a super interesting piece about the racist history of marijuana laws, and something else about racism and marijuana decriminalization
- I just came across this super interesting piece about breast pumping in the courthouse, which is part of a six-part series about women in the law in Muskoka!
- And finally, here’s a piece about how the decriminalization of sex work failed to protect sex workers because it instead “places the criminal burden on the demand side and on third parties”
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The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Gloria and Colleen’s theme song is “Criminal” by Fiona Apple.
Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
One thought on “Episode 3.8 There’s Secret Feminism Under Everything (including lawyering) with Gloria Ng and Colleen Elden”
Very interesting and well-rounded subject this time around! Found it very interesting to hear them talk about the gendered expectation that people have for them in the courtroom. It’s sad that success and female gendered behavior are not synonymous. The fact that a woman has to change the way she speaks, the way she presents herself, and the way she carries herself to be taken seriously in a court of law where everyone is supposed to be treated equally is a sad state of affairs. Not surprising but still sad.