Mamamia Out Loud

Mamamia Out Loud

Australia

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 Mamamia's Holly Wainwright, Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens as they cover what everyone's talking about this week.

Episodes

It's Okay To Vote Yes To Watching The Bachelorette  

Can changing your social media profile picture get you fired? For one Canberra woman, the answer was yes. She changed hers to say she's voting NO and her boss was not impressed. Plus, why is the nation so smitten with Sophie Monk? Is it okay to get a Melania Makeover? And, should we all be moving to New Zealand, where everyone can get married and the politicians are kick-arse?

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Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Your producer and editor is Elissa Ratliff

The Director of Podcasts is Rachel Corbett

Jessie recommends The Dry by Jane Harper

Mia and Coco recommend Grace Vanderwaal

Holly thinks you should watch Marc Maron's Netflix 

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This episode of Mamamia Out Loud is brought to you by The Natural Chip Company.

 

 

Two 40-Year-Old Eggs Walk Into A Bar  

It’s the topic that’s dominating home pages across the country... should you have babies in your 40s? Are women unnecessarily living in fertility fear or do we need to have real, honest conversations about aged eggs? Plus, Prince George started school but isn’t allowed to have a best friend. Cruel, or kind? And the new iPhone is about to be released, but is it worth your dollars or should we all need to stop queuing up around the block for every update?

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Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Your producer and editor is Elissa Ratliff

The Director of Podcasts is Rachel Corbett

Jessie recommends Crabtree & Evelyn's Espresso & Lavender scrub. 

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This episode of Mamamia Out Loud is brought to you by The Natural Chip Company.

 

Royals Don't Have Loos In The Bedroom  

Conscious re-coupling is a thing. Brad and Angelina are doing it, and so are Roxy Jacenko and Oliver Curtis. But how do you know if a relationship is really worth saving? And does your boss 'leave loudly'? One of the world's biggest head honchos says that they should. Can we ever really 'love' our bodies? Jessie doesn't think so. And it has been a big week for the Royal family. Kate got pregnant again and Meghan Markle is on the cover of Vanity Fair. What does it all mean? And does it prove the point that Royals have pulled off the best PR move in 20 years? Plus, Jessie has the most problematic issue she’s ever come across. And it involves a toilet.

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Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Your producer and editor is Elissa Ratliff

Holly recommends rewatching Game of Thrones from the start. 

Jessie recommends reading 'Under The Influence' by Jacqueline Lunn. Find it at apple.co/mamamia

Mia recommends three things. YES THREE. The first is Jessie's article on Why women should stop hating on other women. Find it on our Facebook page. The second is sitting down and watching The Queen on Netflix. And the third is working out to a playlist called '90s Workout Beats on Spotify.

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This episode of Mamamia Out Loud is brought to you by the new WOMANKIND bra by Berlei. It’s time to be kind.



Look What Taylor Swift Made Us Do  

We need to talk about Taylor Swift. Because she's everywhere. On Friday we heard the lyrics to her new song. On Monday we watched the video clip. And by Wednesday it would seem the internet has fallen in love with hating on Taylor Swift. But, why? Plus, we need to talk about the statues that sit in our parks across the country. Should they be pulled down? Should their inscriptions be changed? Should we just put up some different ones of, you know, women? Also, did you know that you are probably suffering from a condition called nomophobia? Yup, you are. And, is a dirty-eating Instagram account problematic? Jessie has some feelings...

Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Your producer and editor is Elissa Ratliff

Holly recommends Mogul the podcast on Gimlet

Jessie recommends working out what exercise regime works for you

Mia recommends watching ATypical on Netflix 

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This episode of Mamamia Out Loud is brought to you by the new WOMANKIND bra by Berlei. It’s time to be kind.

There Are Four Types Of People In The World  

Yup. Only four. And you can tell which one you are by asking yourself what you do with your office coffee mug when no-one is looking. Thank you for that, happiness guru Gretchen Rubin. Also, Australia is going through the worst flu season it has ever seen, and people are dropping like flies. But is it ever okay to text your boss to tell them that you’re sick? And, is the "singles' list" the new "singles' table" at weddings? Join Mia, Jessie and brand new host Holly Wainwright to discuss all this, and to tackle a listener dilemma about what to do about an unemployed spouse...

Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Your producer and editor is Elissa Ratliff

Holly recommends watching Top Of The Lake: China Girl on Foxtel

Jessie recommends Holly's new book The Mummy Bloggers - available at apple.co/mamamia

Mia also recommends The Mummy Bloggers and the fashion label Erin Lousie

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This episode of Mamamia Out Loud is brought to you by #TeamGirls powered by Suncorp.

Taylor Swift, Bachelor Breakups and Rules for Open Plan Offices  

This week, the details of former Bachelor star Alex Nation’s alleged new relationship with a woman were splashed across every major news site in the country. But, is it actually true? And if it is, is it any of our business?

Taylor Swift won a big court case so why did she only receive $1?

There’s a mistake you’re making with your work email that could be damaging your career.

How can you survive an open plan office when you're an introvert?

Want to know how you can trust someone? There are four questions you need to ask yourself.

Are you a bad feminist if you constantly tell your friends how pretty they are?

We've finally got a man on a TV ad getting stains out of kids clothes.

And three amazing recommendations for your life, including the genius crayon that can get rid of grey roots in 60 seconds flat.

Show notes

Your host is Monique Bowley with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Your producer and editor is Monique Bowley, blame her for any sound errors. 

Monz recommends the female ride sharing app, Shebah

Mia recommends the 1000 hour hair colour stick

Jessie recommends this article on The Atlantic : Have smartphones destroyed a generation?

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This episode of Mamamia Out Loud is brought to you by Steptember. A brilliant way to get fit, and a wonderful cause.  You can register by going to Steptember, or even cooler,  SMS the word “Podcast” to 0499 002 222.

And you can stay in touch with Monique Bowley via Facebook, Instagram, or sign up to her random thoughts via the newsletter here.

Plebiscites, Gym-Shaming And The Problem With Comedy  

Lick your stamp and prepare the glitter. Because just when you thought the marriage equality debacle couldn’t be more ridiculous, we might be voting for it via Australia Post. Chris Lilley is in hot water after a social media bungle, which has a lot of people asking; is what we found funny from ten years ago seem very tone deaf today? Does your gym tell you “Summer bodies are made in Winter”? We call bullsh*t on that. A listener dilemma: If a friend is lying about her gastric-banding-induced weight-loss; should I call her out on it?
Messy house? We have the “House Rules” that will turn you tidy. And there are six great background TV shows to put on when your brain is Netflix-fried.

Show notes

Your host is Monique Bowley with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Your producer and editor is Monique Bowley, blame her for any sound errors. 

Monz recommends Luxury Escapes if you want to feel like a millionaire.

Mia recommends Friends From College for brilliant background TV. It's on Netflix 

Jessie recommends Pantene's 3 minute miracle conditioner for hair that is so shiny and soft you will want to curl up into it for a good nap.

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This episode of Mamamia Out Loud is brought to you by Steptember. A brilliant way to get fit, and a wonderful cause. 

Bad Bosses, Midults and the Politics of Sex Robots  

Are you over 35? Did you know that you are officially 'middle-aged'? If that title doesn't sit well with you, we have good news, there’s a new word for your stage of life, and it will make you feel cooler. What do you do when you don’t get along with your boss? It’s the listener dilemma we’ve all wondered about. Jessie doesn’t like saying Hello or Goodbye, so Mia and Holly decide to give her some hard and fast etiquette rules. Plus, is it problematic to spend $15,000 ona life-size, eerily realistic, silicone sex robot named Harmony? Holly’s answer may surprise you.

Show notes

Your host is Holly Wainwright with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Your producer is Elissa Ratliff

Monique Bowley is on holidays

Holly recommends Double X Gabfest Podcast on the 150 Greatest Albums made by women.

Mia recommends The Incredible Jessica James on Netflix and buying a longer charging cord for your phone.

Jessie recommends forcing your kids into debating at school.

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This episode of Mamamia Out Loud is brought to you by Air Wick V.I Poo pre-poo toilet spray.

Confessions of Bachelor-Watching Feminists  

Order the pizza, and pass the wine; it’s Bachelor week. This week thousands of intelligent feminist women will sit down and objectify, judge and gossip about a show with some of the most overtly sexist notions and standards about women you’ll ever see on TV. So today. The question. Can you be a feminist and still love The Bachelor? Also if you have disordered eating, Netflix’s latest movie To The Bone is not an easy show to watch. Experts say it’s triggering and irresponsible. Should Netflix be starting conversations about eating disorders? And in life hacks, if you’re the kind of person that loses your car and house keys every five minutes we have the weird thing that will reform your key-losing habits, and Mia Freedman has an idea that will transform your morning routine. 

Show notes

Your host is Monique Bowley with Mia Freedman and Jessie Stephens

Monique recommends getting a hairy ball, and Growing Up Gracefully on ABC, Wednesday nights at 9:30pm and also on iview

Mia recommends laying your clothes out

Jessie recommends The Rogue Bachelorette, which we will share on the facebook page

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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

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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

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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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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.

Host: Monique Bowley

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

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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

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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

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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

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BONUS: Correspondence # 2  

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

Pod phone: 02 8999 9386

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