Mamamia Out Loud

Mamamia Out Loud

Australia

It's the kind of show you'd never hear on commercial radio: that is, women. Lots of women. This is the weekly podcast that's smart, often silly and sometimes surprising. Absolutely everything is up for discussion: from pop culture to politics, body image to motherhood, feminism to fashion. Join Monique Bowley, Mia Freedman and a range of guests as they cover what everyone's talking about this week.

Episodes

It's Sex. It's The Constitution. It's The Vibe.  

Two AFL executives have resigned over workplace affairs. What does this mean for the office romance?  Can you now lose your job for moral infractions? If you’re planning to run for politics you better get your paperwork in order first. Senator Larissa Waters, the first woman to breastfeed on the floor of Parliament, this week discovered she’s actually a dual citizen of Canada and Australia, which means she's out of politics. Terrible news for her but I guess now she's closer to Justin Trudeau. After a CEO devised a sneaky "text test" for employees, we ask; if your boss texts you after hours, should you respond?  Can the 5:2 diet work for other parts of your life? Another diabolical bridesmaid story broke this week so we ask: is it time to ditch bridesmaids all together? And from bridesmaids to Handmaids: we talk more about our latest TV obsession, and we discover Elisabeth Moss has more in common with her character than we realised. 

Show notes

Your host is Monique Bowley with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Your producer is Monique Bowley

Jessie recommends The Handmaids Tale and watching Ben Shapiro on YouTube

Monique recommends The Handmaids Tale and teaching your partner about the gender wage gap by playing "Patriarchal Connect 4"

Mia recommends Rabbit Proof Fence, on iTunes, and this article from Julia Baird

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

And if you can spare a second, leave a review and rating in iTunes; it helps us massively.

 

Pillow Germs, Pink Bits and a Kardashian in Crisis  

How do you know if your pink parts are "normal"? There's no such thing, which is why the labia library exists. Also, did you know that your hair has as many germs as a dirty mop? No, us neither. Also on today's show, why what Rob Kardashian did to Blac Chyna was NOT "revenge porn", how can we keep young backpackers safe in Australia and why none of us can stop talking about The Handmaid's Tale. Under his eye, people.

Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens. 

Your producer is Elissa Ratliff

Jessie recommends 1000 Hours eyebrow kit

Mia recommends Share The Dignity's Handbags

Holly recommends The Handmaid's Tale on SBS on Demand

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

And if you can spare a second, leave a review and rating in iTunes; it helps us massively.

Broflakes, Infertile Fashion and The Wonder of Miranda Hobbs.  

Today, Mamamia Out Loud has so many questions: What is a 'broflake', and are they in any way okay? Is Australia kidding itself that we are a classless society? Twenty years on from Sex And The City, who is the character we still want to be? And, is it ever okay to ask a woman in a job interview if she has children, even if you're just making small talk? Plus, the listener question about a bare-chested statue that we can't stop looking at...

Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Gemma Garkut and Jessie Stephens. 

Your producer is Elissa Ratliff

Jessie recommends the Casefile podcast episode about Daniel Morcombe

Gemma recommends dancing to Earth Wind and Fire's September

Holly recommends Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

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And if you can spare a second, leave a review and rating in iTunes; it helps us massively.

Serena Williams, Female Tradies and Other Kick-Arse Women.  

Does anyone want to see Serena Williams Vs John McEnroe on centre court? We'd pay to see that. After the former tennis tantrum-thrower said Williams would get beaten by men, we ask; is it even fair to compare women and men's sport? Ed Sheeran put his girlfriend to the test and we’re not sure how to feel. Female Tradies have been slammed by people saying their service is sexist, and we have the perfect response. And is putting rich CEO's in "homeless" situations poverty porn? Plus, if you missed the Census, good news about those pesky census fines, and this tax time, claim what's rightfully yours, including a new handbag. (And if you're a footballer, rest easy, your on-field altercations are all tax-deductible). Plus - we are living in the age of anxiety. What the hell is going on? And what can you do if someone you love is in crisis?

Show notes

Your host is Monique Bowley with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens and 

Your producer is Monique Bowley

Jessie recommends getting your iron tested at the Chemist

Monique recommends Jockey Parisienne Boyleg undies

Mia recommends the app TunnelBear

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BONUS: Correspondence #3  

Your thoughts about what was discussed on our podcasts over the past few weeks.

Pod phone: 02 8999 9386

Who Let The Dogs In?  

It's the middle of the year which means two things; your social media feed is about to be taken over with shots of friends on holidays, and to rub salt into the wound, it's time for your yearly performance review. Don't worry, we got you. Jessie has a solution for the non-holiday blues, and if you're sniffing around for a pay rise we speak to Shark Tank's Janine Allis about what bosses really want to hear. 
Plus, mothers who regret becoming mothers. The unspoken reality for some women has this week bubbled to the surface. Is it a necessary conversation, or should it remain unsaid? The 16 year old who will remind you of that time when you felt invincible. And dogs in public. Dogs in shops, in hairdressers, in cafes, at the gym, and in the workplace. When did dogs become equal to humans in public spaces?

Show notes

Your host is Monique Bowley with Holly Wainwright and Jessie Stephens

Mia Freedman is away this week. 

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley

Head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright

Jessie recommends the Tim Ferris podcast episode with Esther Perel

Holly recommends saying no to straws

Monz wants someone to drink an Aperol Spritz in a KeepCup

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Thanks for your support.

Pass the Pina Colada.  

What are women talking about this week? Us. Mia Freedman addresses her podcast interview with Roxane Gay. Meanwhile, controversy abounds over charity beanies and Gwyneth Paltrow is running a $1500-a-ticket wellness seminar where we can drink bone broth and talk about our churning guts. Melania Trump has moved into the White House, where she's about to find out that the reno restrictions are tougher than The Block. We have a fascinating listener question from a woman who, when she sold something on Gumtree, accidentally made a new friend, but she isn't sure she really wanted to. Jessie Stephens has an airport purchase that you'll actually want, and grab your shower pouffe and take a deep breath, Monz has the essential Spotify playlist for crappy times. 

Show notes

Your host is Monique Bowley with Holly Wainwright and Jessie Stephens

EP of podcasts at Mamamia is Monique Bowley

Head of Entertainment is Holly Wainwright

Jessie recommends Aiport Lounge tickets for the best money you'll ever spend on a layover

Holly recommends Orange Is The New Black on Netflix

Monz recommends Spotify's 'Songs to Sing in the Shower' playlist

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

And if you can spare a second, leave a review and rating in iTunes; it helps us massively.

Thanks for your support.

UPDATE: Welcome back, Monz. A story about miscarriage.  

Regular listeners to Mamamia Out Loud will know that our glorious host and Executive Producer, Monique Bowley, has been away from her usual seat. On this episode update ahead of tomorrow's "normal" show, she talks about where she has been. Monz, Mia and Jessie discuss the reality of going through such an "ordinary" tragedy, one that thousands of women can relate to, but no-one wants to discuss. Monz talks about the guilt she can't shake, what has helped her through the last few weeks and what really hasn't. And please, just join us in giving Monz the biggest audio hug you can muster.

Show notes

You are listening to Monique Bowley with Jessie Stephens and Mia Freedman

Your producer is Elissa Ratliff

If you or anyone you know needs help coping with pregnancy loss or depression, contact PANDA on ph: 1300 726 306

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

And if you can spare a second, leave a review and rating in iTunes; it helps us massively.

 

Men Don't Light Scented Candles  

If you light your scented candles with a regulation 'man match', you're doing it all wrong...a company has invented a female only lighter, and Mia needs one right now. In the wake of the terror attacks in London, Sydney, and Paris, we're all asking ourselves: are we suffering from terror fatigue? And the outrageous image of Kathy Griffin holding Donald Trump's severed head has been littered across our news feeds all week long, but did the US comedian really cross a line?

Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Jessie Stephens and Mia Freedman

Your producer is Elissa Ratliff

Jessie recommends The Keepers on Netflix

Holly recommends Master of None on Netflix

Mia recommends Active Truth active wear

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

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This podcast was brought to you by Barbie, because you can be anything

Margaret, Schapelle and the Mile High Club.  

Have you heard? Schapelle Corby is home. She’s even on Instagram. And possibly has more followers than you. While the media go into a frenzy to find her, it begs the question - should we leave Schapelle alone? Plus, there’s a Baywatch movie, (yes, we know - Baywatch) starring Zac Efron but all anyone can talk about are his ginormous muscles. Are men subjected to the same ridiculous body standards as women? And should Margaret Court’s name be taken off the arena in Melbourne?

Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Jessie Stephens and Mia Freedman

Your producer is Elissa Ratliff

Jessie recommends JBronze tan

Holly recommends Four Corners

Mia recommends Unwind '80s and Unwind '90s playlists on Spotify

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

And if you can spare a second, leave a review and rating in iTunes; it helps us massively.

BONUS: Correspondence # 2  

Your thoughts about what was discussed on our podcasts over the past few weeks.

Pod phone: 02 8999 9386

Open Marriages, Instagram Sins and The Hell of Workplace Gift Giving  

In 2017, is monogamy overrated? Open Marriages are on the rise, but can it work or is it too much effort? Is Cassie Sainsbury the new Schapelle Corby? And what does her being a sex worker have to do with anything? “Imposter syndrome” is the new buzzword for career women, but is it the new humblebrag? A theory that everyone is making the same Instagram moves but no one wants to admit it. Should cafe’s and restaurants have “soft rooms” for people who just want to be comfortable and have a conversation? And the politics of gift giving at work: how much? How often? And can you just say 'How about no'? 

Show notes

Your host and producer is Monique Bowley with Jessie Stephens and Mia Freedman

Jessie recommends 7 Types of Ambiguity on iview 

Monz recommends The Barefoot Investor

Mia recommends The Well 

And the Tell Me It's Going To Be OK facebook page

Thanks to The Lott for sponsoring today's show. – the home of Australia’s Official Lotteries by Tatts, New South Wales Lotteries, Golden Casket and SA Lotteries.

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

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We Need To Talk About Manchester.  

Yesterday the world got a little darker. Twenty-two people lost their lives at an Ariana Grande pop concert in Machester, England. The majority of those murdered were young girls. And ISIS has claimed responsibility. Mamamia's Head Of Entertainment Holly Wainwright, a born and bred Mancunian, joins Mia, Monz and Jessie to discuss about how we talk about this attack.

Show notes

Your host and producer is Monique Bowley with Jessie Stephens and Mia Freedman.

With thanks to Holly Wainwright

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We Don't Wear Skirts To Work  

No one tell John Laws, but in this workplace, women actually wear pants. This week, we take a look at some other casual sexism from the week. But don't get your frilly knickers in a knot; because it's alllll just a joke.

Earlier this year it was Bernard Salt who said Millenials can’t afford houses because they spend too much on smashed avo. Now a millionaire property tycoon says it's our addiction to lattes and the finer things in life that is stopping us stepping onto the property ladder. Does he have a point? There's a new slow-dating app but not everyone is convinced.  Bill Gates has answered the all-important question; What's the best age to give your child a smartphone? Plus, we need to talk about the post-baby selfie. You know the one; a bikini shot just days after your placenta plopped out.  Is it empowering, or a punch in the guts to other women?

Show notes

Your host and producer is Monique Bowley with Jessie Stephens and Mia Freedman

Jessie does not recommend the movie Snatched

Monz feels strange about Big Ballet on Netflix. Is she crazy?

Mia recommends new winter PJ's from Cotton On.

Thanks to Marie and Aaron, our live studio audience of two. 

And to The Lott for sponsoring today's show. – the home of Australia’s Official Lotteries by Tatts, New South Wales Lotteries, Golden Casket and SA Lotteries.

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

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The Not-The-Budget Edition  

While everyone was distracted by the budget, there were two great things that happened in Parliament for women this week. Meanwhile, all the parents in the world are wringing their hands over the stress of NAPLAN but do kids just need to suck it up? There’s a list of 101 ways to destress …..but it’s making us stressed. Can you ever comment on someone's weight? Plus, we take a look at the Luke Lazarus case that made so many people uncomfortable this week. Plus, the hairiest modern dilemma: when you’ve had your bush lasered off completely, how do you explain to your feminist teenagers going through puberty that mummy well...mummy is as bald as Peter Dutton?

Show notes

Your host and producer is Monique Bowley with Jessie Stephens and Mia Freedman

Jessie recommends the movie Get Out if you want to scare the living daylights out of yourself.

Monz recommends Losing Sight of Shore on Netflix

And the Samuel Johnson No Filter podcast 

Mia recommends Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

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Bonus: Work Strife Balance  

There are many, many books written by many successful women who talk about how wildly successful they are.

Mia Freedman's book is not one of them. 

In typical Mia style, it's her life laid bare: the mistakes, setbacks, and slip ups. The kind of life lessons you won't see in an Instagram quote.

It's helpful, honest, a tome for women who thinks 'am I the only one who feels like this'? 

Join Mia in conversation with Mamamia's Monique Bowley, Jessie Stephens, and Holly Wainwright. Three women in their 20's, 30's and 40's, who each took something entirely different from the book.

Show notes:

You can order the book here

The Facebook page for the book is here

Contact the show: 02 8999 9386

Or send an email or a voice message recorded on your phone to podcast@mamamia.com.au

 

Colombian  Prisons, Cougars and Facebook Shame.  

One minute, Cassie Sainsbury was a 22-year-old who was buying headphones for her wedding. The next, she's in a Colombian prison under drug charges. Why are we so obsessed with this story? The AFL has made history again, with Hawthorn hiring their first female CEO. Is it cynical to think it's another glass cliff situation? Vogue have announced the Wedding Trends That Are Sooooo Over For 2017 and we can't help but dissect. Is it still taboo for women to date men significantly younger than them? Does age in relationships really matter all that much?  Everyone loves Masterchef, (including us), but does it need a female judge quota introduced or are we cooked in the head? And if Facebook's targeted ads are making you feel bad about your life, join the club.

Show notes

Your host and producer is Monique Bowley with Jessie Stephens and Holly Wainwright

Mia Freedman will be back next week! 

Holly recommends listening to Alec Baldwin on Death, Sex and Money podcast

Jessie is all about these 36 Questions to make you fall in love

Monz recommends adding a kick arse woman to Wikipedia to balance the gender imbalance.

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

BONUS: Correspondence for the week  

Your thoughts about what was discussed on our podcasts this week.

Pod phone: 02 8999 9386

 

Molly, Maternity Leave and The Trouble With ANZAC Day  

There are a few things that remain sacred in the Australian landscape. ANZAC day is one of them. So when commentator Yassmin Abdel-Magid suggested that Australians should instead spare a thought for those on Manus Island and in Syria, it went down like a lead balloon. But isn't this the freedom of speech that our ANZAC soldiers fought for? What’s the right amount of Maternity leave to take? Anne-Marie Slaughter, former advisor to Hillary Clinton, says 12 months of maternity leave is too long and it will damage your career. Plus, the Logies moment that divided option: we need to talk about Molly.

Show notes

Your host and producer is Monique Bowley with Jessie Stephens and Holly Wainwright

Holly recommends watching No Offence on iTunes

Jessie is all about investing in a new mattress

Monz recommends baking the best ANZAC biscuits known to mankind.

Leave us a message on the Podcast phone: 02 8999 9386 or join the conversation on the Facebook page: Mamamia Out Loud 

Meghan Markle, Mr Vogue and the First Lady Of Hell.  

Meghan Markle is one step closer to being a Royal Princess, and she's just what the world needs right now. Should Asma al-Assad, Syria's First Lady, have her British citizenship stripped for war crimes? The new editor of women's mag British Vogue is a man and not everyone's pleased. Are you carrying an "obligatory friend" in your life, and is it time to ditch them? Please, TV, can we have a trigger warning on televising gruesome sports injuries, vibrators, and any more "dating experiment" shows because we've almost had enough. And there's  a listener dilemma about teenage sleepovers, and two awesome shows to add to your 'watch' list. 

Show notes

Your host and producer is Monique Bowley with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Mia recommends Mike Birbiglia on Netflix

Jessie is all about Louis Theroux documentary on Autism: it's on iview and Netflix

Monz recommends online florists for brightening someone's day:

Melbourne and Sydney have Daily Blooms / Little Flowers 

Melbourne has The Little Market Bunch

Adelaide has Sophies Posies

Brissie: Poppy Rose or Poco Posy

Perth: The Flower Run

For Questions, comments, and general chitty chat: facebook.com/mamamiaoutloud 

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