Episode 2.21 KITTIES!

When I sat down to record this episode, I was thinking about travel and family visits and how they take a toll on my mental health. I didn’t know that by the time I finished editing it, Doug Ford would have won a conservative majority in Ontario that threatens the livelihood, health, and safety of many people I love. And in that light, the need for forms of security and tenderness in our own lives feels only more urgent; we’ve got work to do, my friends, but we can’t do that work if we don’t care for ourselves as well. And so, this week, we’re talking about kitties.

  • This is where you can see my friend Rosa’s beautiful photos featuring her dog, Emilia!
  • Here’s the article I quote from on cats and mental health.
  • Oh and if you don’t already follow me on Instagram YOU SHOULD because it’s a lot of pictures of my good good kitties.

 

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 on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 2.20 Justice for Our Stolen Children with Robyn Pitawanakwat, Richelle Dubois, Satin Denny, and Gaylene Henry

Content warning for discussions of violence and death.

Satin Denny, Richelle Dubois, Gaylene Henry, and Robyn Pitawanakwat at Camp: Justice for our Stolen Children

This week I had the tremendous pleasure of sitting down in Regina, Saskatchewan with four of the women at Camp: Justice for Our Stolen Children.  Robyn Pitawanakwat, Richelle Dubois, Satin Denny, and Gaylene Henry, along with their communities, are working  to bring attention to the injustices facing Indigenous families in Canada, who are losing their children to violence, an unjust legal system, and child protective services. In this episode, they talk about the work the camp is doing, and why, in the wake of Raymond Cormier’s and Gerald Stanley’s acquittals, they’re demanding justice.

 

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. Robyn, Richelle, Satin, and Gaylene’s theme song is “That’s Alright” by Laura Mvula and please promise me you will go watch the video RIGHT NOW.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. This episode was also recorded on Treaty 4 Territory, the traditional territory of the Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota, Lakota and Dakota peoples, and is the homeland of the Métis people.

Episode 2.19 Growing Up

Content warning for discussions of death and family loss.

HI IT’S MY BIRTHDAY! Listen, I know a lot of adults don’t like to make, like, a THING out of their birthdays, but I am not one of those adults. Let’s just blame it on my Leo Rising, which likes attention. Don’t worry though, this episode isn’t just about me and why everyone should pay attention to me, it’s mostly about this complex business of growing up / getting old(er), and how it intersects with all kinds of other messy things like the normative timelines of adulthood and our shifting relationships to our bodies and the ongoing legacy of family loss. PLUS Kaarina follows up with some strategies for anti-capitalist self-care. Really, this episode is an all-around winner.

And here’s the episode!

 

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 on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 2.18 Landwhales and Fat Liberation with Jes Baker

Content warning for discussions of diet culture, mental health, and suicide.

Jes bakerThis episode is a real Momentous Occassion for me because I have been a fan of Jes Baker‘s work for YEARS. She was probably the first body positive activist who crossed my radar, and her “Attractive & Fat” campaign felt revolutionary to me. So it was a goddamn joy to talk to her about the release of her new book, Landwhale, the ongoing journey of activism, what it means to be an ally, and more. ALSO FEATURED is an invitation to the first ever #SecretFeministAgenda meet-up, in Regina on May 27. Be there!

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. Jes’s theme song is “Secrets” by Mary Lambert which honestly should probably be the whole podcast’s theme song.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 2.17 Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Look at that I dyed my hair

This episode is late because I am so so tired and couldn’t think of anything to talk about and then Fox cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine and my task was clear.

  •  Did you know Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a Youtube channel and it’s great if you want to waste hours of your life watching clips? DO THAT HERE. Probably start with just ten solid minutes of cold opens:

And here’s the episode!

 

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 on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 2.16 Feelings Are Dumb (but poetry is cool) with beni xiao and Tin Lorica

We’re officially done the “play” miniseries and so it’s time to put away childish things and focus on Very Serious Topics like Poetry jk poetry is hilarious and this episode is very funny. Join Beni Xiao and Tin Lorica as we talk about poetry and feelings and also feelings and also poetry. Oh, and also community and mentorship and genre and, briefly, a cat. Here are some things to read / mostly just a list of poets!

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. Beni and Tin’s theme song is “Run Away With Me” by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Episode 2.15 Complaining About Your Crummy Week with Friends

One time Kaarina and I ate vegan ice cream bars on a beach in Victoria

I don’t know about you but I’m having a crummy week and I really didn’t feel like recording a minisode and Kaarina suggested that we could just chat about our crummy weeks instead so we did that. We talk about complaining, and cats, and roller derby, and barbershop, and teaching, and mentorship, and Glow, and just a whole bunch of things, and here are some links:

  • We talk a little bit about the pleasures of complaint, but did you know that brilliant feminist scholar Sara Ahmed has written extensively about the feminist complaint? I’ll probably do a whole minisode on this at some point, but in the meantime, you can start reading here.
  • Read this if you want to know more about the Toronto attack and the ideology behind it. Content warning for violence and misogyny.

  • If you would like to see my enormous chorus in action, here are our semi-finals and finals packages from Internationals in Vegas last year.

  • Kaarina mentions Notes from a Feminist Killjoy, which you should definitely read if you haven’t yet!

  • Great job. Now let’s all watch this trailer for Unfinished Song and cry.

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 on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.