The Waves: Gender, Relationships, Feminism

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The Waves is a weekly conversation about news and culture examined through the lens of gender and feminism. Slate staff writer Christina Cauterucci, Marcia Chatelain of Georgetown University, Thirst Aid Kit's Nichole Perkins, and Slate Podcasts' June Thomas conduct frank discussions about the ways gender shapes everything. Our name reflects generations of women from the various waves of feminism, the sound waves that carry us to your ears, and the waves we intend to make.
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This is not the interesting cultural commentary that I thought it would be. It's so much more conservative that I expected! I used to listen to this podcast back when it launched as Double-X, but I unsubscribed at the height of Hanna Rosin's "The End of Men" nonsense (turns out, women did not take over and force men into underpaid exploitative jobs, wow). I decided to try it out again because I like Christina Cauterucci's writing. Not much has changed, and it's still not really a feminist podcast. Mostly, the hosts are just bringing Slate-brand contrariness to topics that are considered to be of interest to women. That's fine, and I'm not the kind of person who requires everyone to hold the same opinion about anything, but it's important to remember that contrariness when applied to feminist theory is just social conservatism. That's a trap this show does not take pains to avoid, and most of the time they pile onto something that is not important to most people (most recently: Gwyneth Paltrow, the least relatable feminist issue ever), and it comes off feeling like they are just not impressed by anything any woman ever does. I will admit it's 100% better since Hanna Rosin left, though.
I anticipated this podcast to be a rationally based commentator on feminism , but I find this Slate produced podcast to be biased and defensive in their narrative. I understand and support podcasts that empower females in all fields but what is the point of such podcasts that don’t address criticism. I listened to 2 episodes, both of which were recently released which left me disappointed.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Slate Podcasts
Podcast Status
May 17th, 2012
Latest Episode
Apr 23rd, 2020
Release Period
2 per month
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
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