Town Halls

Fabulously Feminist Town Halls begin as a conversation between Fab Feminist writers, community members, activists and academics, which takes place entirely online. Although the format shifts a bit each time, depending upon the topic and needs of the group, the purpose is always the same: to open up a conversation around a feminist issue, where people can share their opinions, experiences, resources and knowledge. There are no right or wrong answers here.

Participate in the upcoming Town Hall: Feminist Podcasts

In the last Town Hall we discussed sexual assault activism during the trump administration (see link below). This time around I want to do more of a resource share and discuss our favorite feminist (& feminist adjacent) podcasts and why we love them so much! Also, for anyone who runs a podcast, I’d love to know more about how and why you do what you do! Finally, anyone who is starting or thinking about starting a podcast, what’s motivating you to start on your journey? What are you worried about? What excites you as you’re taking those first steps??

How to participate:

  1. Pick one or several of the questions below to answer.
  2. Compose your answer in an email to calliegarp @ gmail.com
  3. Be sure to attach a photo of yourself or an avatar, as well as a brief bio and a link to your website or social media

Questions for people who are starting & running a podcast:

  1. What motivated you to start a podcast? What is it about this medium that excites you enough to put in the time and energy?
  2. How much time do you put into running your podcast every week?
  3. Does your podcast have a structure; are there certain ways you run your episodes; do you have a planned season; do you know when your podcast will end?
  4. Do you earn money from podcasting? Is that something you’ve thought about?
  5. How do you feel about ads, sponsorships and/or patreon/donations?
  6. What surprised you about running a podcast?
  7. What stage of podcasting are you in? Are you just starting, well-established, still trying to find your audience, moving to the next level, podcasting royalty?
  8. What equipment and software do you use? Did you invest a lot of money up front, or did you bootstrap it?

Questions for people who listen to feminist podcasts:

  1. What makes this a feminist podcast?
  2. What’s your favorite episode?
  3. Why did you start listening?
  4. If you could ask the podcaster a single question, what would it be?
  5. What are you typically doing in your day when you listen to this podcast?
  6. Why is this podcast interesting, entertaining and informing? (Or isn’t it?!)
  7. How might this podcast be improved and/or be more intersectional?

Read past Fab Feminist Town Halls:

Sexual Assault Activism During A Trump Presidency

“We have recently seen a young, rich, white college student basically receive a slap on the wrist for assaulting a young woman, a president who has admitted on tape that he doesn’t require consent to grab a woman […] a prominent TV host who has a string of sexual harassment allegations hovering over his head, but who just seems to be able to laugh them away […]. Everywhere I look I feel like sexual assault is being normalized and glazed over. What worries me a lot is that this environment makes it harder and harder for women to speak up and talk about what has happened to them, because whenever we see yet another dismissal of rape and another crime go applauded rather than punished, it creates an extra circle of fear and shame, and the feeling that no one will believe us anyway, so what’s the point?” – Jade Hughes


Language Matters

“The activist circles I’ve encountered consist mostly of academic people, like students, professors — people who do well in academic settings. And I think the common language used in these groups reflects this lack of diversity, to the point that it often feels cliquey to me.

The words that are considered respectful are continually changing, which makes it hard for newcomers to feel comfortable engaging in the conversation. For instance, a lot of people might not know what word to use when talking about a transgender person, and might avoid talking about it (or putting themselves in activist spaces) because they’re afraid of being called offensive.

I would love to see activist communities find ways to be more welcoming to people from different backgrounds who don’t already know the “right” words to use, while still encouraging people to respectful language.” – Nicole Mazzeo


The Election Of Donald Trump

“We are organizing. We are fighting back. We are stepping in. We are protesting. We are taking care of one another. We are holding space for each other. We are cooking dinner for one another. We are baking cookies for ally organizations doing social justice work together. We are donating $10 of our last $20 to indigenous activists at Standing Rock or Transgender Support funds or Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name. We are loving one another, despite the hate. Despite the bigotry. Despite the never-ending fight that we know all too well.” – Darci McFarland