Episode 3.24 Trauma Queen with Jimanekia Eborn

This episode is the beginning of a mini-cluster or mini-arc that will conclude season three of Secret Feminist Agenda. The coming episodes will focus on other feminist podcasters and/or public scholars, starting with this week’s incredible guest, Jimanekia Eborn, creator and host of the podcast Trauma Queen. We talk about podcasting, sex education, respecting your guests, paying artists, and a whole lot more. Actually, we mostly talk about the silent meditation retreat Jimanekia was about to go on, which I found completely terrifying. It’s a real emotional journey. And here are some links!

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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.  Jimanekia’s theme song is “Pursuit of Happyness” by Kid Cudi.

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.

Episode 3.23 Pain

taking deep breaths through the pain

Content warning for discussions of chronic pain and illness, drug addiction, and cancer.

I jokingly tweeted a screenshot of the audio file for this episode with the caption “The telltale shape of a hard-to-record minisode.” I was referring to the long, conspicuous gaps that betray how hard I find it to talk about some topics. Episode 2.3 “On Being Seen” had a similar shape, pre-edit. The hard episodes, for me, are usually the personal ones. And this is a personal one. I’m talking about pain and how it links to trauma; and I’m talking about the incredible work of disability studies scholars and disability justice activists. And because I’m talking about a bunch of really great writing, here are a bunch of links:

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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. Follow me @hkpmcgregor, follow Kaarina @kaarinasaurus, and tweet about the podcast using #SecretFeministAgenda.

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.

Episode 3.22 Interfering with the Legitimacy of the Settler State with Chelsea Vowel

Hold onto your hats it’s a LIVE EPISODE! This one was recorded at the University of Alberta, as part of the Canadian Literature Centre’s Brown Bag Lunch series. I’m talking to the brilliant Chelsea Vowel, aka âpihtawikosisân. The ostensible topic of the conversation is Refuse: CanLit in Ruins (which I co-edited and to which Chelsea contributed), but we also talk about Indigenous futurisms and social media and lawsuits and  how hard it is getting onto high chairs. And here are some links!

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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.  Chelsea’s theme song is “Back in Black” by ACDC.

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.

Episode 3.21 Citing Your Sources

This minisode topic is very close to my heart, not just because part of my job is teaching students how to properly cite their sources, but also because I think sound citational politics are both the cornerstone of what’s good about academia and the potential site of massive transformations in how we do our work. And just in case you think citation is only for academics, I *also* think citational politics have a lot to do with how we unevenly attribute authority to different voices. Don’t believe me? Well good thing I made a whole podcast episode about it! Also, links:

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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. Follow me @hkpmcgregor, follow Kaarina @kaarinasaurus, and tweet about the podcast using #SecretFeministAgenda.

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.

Episode 3.20 A Trojan Horse of Radical Values with Zena Sharman

For this episode I sat down with the brilliant and luminous Zena Sharman to talk about her work as an LGBTQ+ health advocate (seriously click on that link and look at that website, it is a testimony to femme web design and I am in love). We talk about thinking strategically, changing systems, editing anthologies, and casting spells, plus what it means to be one small person working on great big problems. Talking to Zena always makes me feel better, and I hope some of that comes through in this episode. Here are some links!

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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.  Zena’s theme song is “We Are Circling” by Buffy Sainte-Marie.

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.

Episode 3.19 Dealing With Criticism

Oof! This week Kaarina and I are bringing you a minisode with many feelings in it, as we both process difficult aspects of being a human in the world: I’m talking about dealing with criticism, and Kaarina is talking about holding friends accountable when they’ve hurt you. Hopefully these experiences will resonate with some of you, and we’d love to hear your thoughts about dealing with similar circumstances. Also: links!

  • For the academics in the crowd, Laura Moss, long-timed editor of the journal Canadian Literature, has written a fantastically useful editorial on how to increase your chances of getting published in an academic journal. It includes advice for processing peer review that is different and yet kind of the same as mine. Check it out!
  • All of the articles I could find on dealing with criticism are gross self-help-type things so instead I’m going to recommend that you go watch Kitbull, the new Pixar animated short about a kitten and a pitbull becoming friends. YOU ARE WELCOME.
  • Finally, Kaarina would like to enjoy this excellent meme on the theme of her self-care corner!

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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. Follow me @hkpmcgregor, follow Kaarina @kaarinasaurus, and tweet about the podcast using #SecretFeministAgenda.

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.

Episode 3.18 The Monáe Test with Taylor Crumpton

Content warning for discussions of police violence.

This week I’m talking to journalist and totally-not-a-bot Taylor Crumpton. We talk about how Taylor went from grad student to freelance journalist, how Twitter is a platform for both highlighting marginalized voices and exploiting Black women’s labour, and why it might not be a good idea to burn the flag (hint: the reason might surprise you). In fact, we touch on so many topics that I’m anticipating an extra-long list of links. And here it is!

  • First off, go read everything Taylor has written and then share it online. If you want a link straight to that piece about a girl fighting off an alligator, here it is.
  • Taylor talks about getting her start as a writer through The OpEd Project, which is dedicated to “increas[ing] the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world.”
  • Taylor also talks about being told in grade school that she couldn’t write, which reminded me of lawyer, writer, and podcaster Hadiya Rodrigue’s incredible essay “Black on Bay Street,” which recounts similar experiences of being gaslit and discouraged as a student.
  • I tried to find you a good piece about Beyonce’s pregnancy photoshoot and the symbolism of the images and the misplaced critique of her fetishizing pregnancy, but everything I found was so absolutely terrible that I’m going to link to Taylor’s piece on Medium instead!
  • You probably already know Zoé Samudzi‘s work but just in case, here’s her latest piece on why facial recognition technology doesn’t work on Black people and how that might actually be a good thing.
  • I actually didn’t know about Wear Your Voice magazine, which (it turns out) is an incredible platform for intersectional feminist work and I immediately read like five articles so you should go check it out.
  • Just in case you aren’t familiar with Black Twitter, here’s a good intro to its importance and influence.
  • This article is probably my favourite piece on paying women (i.e. #GiveWomenYourMoney). I couldn’t find the original invoice for emotional labour that I mentioned to Taylor, but while I was looking for it I found this website that will help you calculate how much the patriarchy owes you, and it is very satisfying. It accounts for menstrual products and wage gap!
  • Last link! (Told you this list would be long.) This article explains how racism impacts people’s ability to call cabs, and how services like Uber and Lyft improve access to vehicles for people of colour.

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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.  Taylor’s theme song is “Learned from Texas” by Big K.R.I.T. 

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.