Stuff Mom Never Told You

Stuff Mom Never Told You

United States

Hosted by Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin, Stuff Mom Never Told You is the audio podcast from HowStuffWorks that gets down to the business of being women from every imaginable angle.


The Good In Goodbye  

Cristen and Caroline bid a fond farewell to Stuff Mom Never Told You with a hopeful eye toward future independent feminist media.

Do Women's Marches Matter?  

Cristen and Caroline explore the history of women's marches, the whitewashing of activist history and what it takes to maintain a movement's momentum.

Man Haters  

Cristen and Caroline unpack the etymological root of misandry and the chilling effect of crying man hater.


Cristen and Caroline explain long-acting reversible contraception (IUDs and implants) and how stigma and sterilization fears have slowed their spread.

Maternal Mental Health  

Cristen and Caroline explain antenatal and postpartum anxiety and depression, where the gaps are in treatment and how culture factors into care.

The Politics of Adoption  

Cristen and Caroline decode the underlying messages of how we perceive orphaned children, adoption stereotypes and the meaning of family.

Retail Hell  

Retail is America's largest employment sector that often treats its low-wage workforce worse than an H&M sales rack. Cristen and Caroline explain why.

The Cost of Fast Fashion  

Cristen and Caroline stitch together fast fashion's implications not only for the environment, but for women's and children's rights around the globe.

Bury Your Gays  

Cristen and Caroline unpack the Bury Your Gays trope, how it affects offscreen culture and whether the Lexa Pledge will make a difference.

Weather Girls  

Why does the forecast for women broadcast meteorologists often call for sexism? Cristen and Caroline track the origin of the Weather Girl stereotype.

Thank a Social Worker  

Cristen and Caroline trace social work's intersectional origins, celebrate unsung black social workers and examine the prevalent issue of burnout.

Charitable Burnout  

Cristen and Caroline donate an episode to nonprofit's not-so-generous gender dynamics and burnout-prone working conditions.


Mansplaining is patronizing overconfidence with a penis attached. Cristen and Caroline womansplain its origin, meaning and why anyone can do it.

Boy Geniuses  

Is genius a guy thing? Cristen and Caroline unpack creative misogyny and why scientists today are rethinking what brilliance looks like.

Election Hangover  

The day after the 2016 election, Cristen and Caroline what it all means, what's left to celebrate and why nasty women must keep fighting.

Election Hangover  

The day after the 2016 election, Cristen and Caroline what it all means, what's left to celebrate and why nasty women must keep fighting.

Madam Presidents  

With history as their guide, Cristen and Caroline forecast how a gender revolution in the Oval Office will affect long-term equality at large.

Buffy the Feminist Vampire Slayer  

Cristen, Caroline and HowStuffWorks galpal Lauren Vogelbaum dive into the Hellmouth of Sunnydale to assess how Buffy slayed the patriarchy.


Cristen and Caroline mine pop culture for what villainesses like the Wicked Witch, Ursula and Maleficent can tell us about views of real-world women.

Oprah Wasn't Built In a Day  

Oprah Winfrey is a phenomenal example of why if at first you don't succeed, it's important to try again. But that's easier said than done for girls.

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