Very Loose Women

Very Loose Women

United States

VLW is ResonanceFM’s female chat show. Its three lead presenters make their private conversations public.



With guests Soila and Camilla, we talk about how our lives are affected by the menstrual cycle and how we've sought adapt around it. We share the year we started our periods and our encounters with doctors on the topic. Camilla's website is here: You can find the article we discuss here:

All The Good Things with Clare Fisher  

We speak to author Clare Fisher about her book All The Good Things, published by Penguin. Clare talks about why she writes and how she researches her writing. We share tiny bad things we've done. Find out more about her book here:

Turning 30  

We have been making this show for over the decade, so we took a moment to chat about what we've learned from our twenties, and how we feel now they are gone (or for some, almost gone.)

Menstrual Rituals  

Marisa Carnesky speaks about her performance at Udderbelly. Carnesky first gained attention with performance collective Duckie's Olivier award-winning cabaret show. Her current show - Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman - approaches the theme of menstruation from new angles: reinventing rituals, with performances by amazingly skilled stars of the UK’s alt cabaret scene. Our twitter: @VLWRadio.

Our Carnal Hearts - an exploration of envy  

Very Loose Women discuss the world of "envy" with two Rachels: Rachel Mars and Rachel Weston. Rachel Mars is a writer and performer who is bringing her performance Our Carnal Hearts to the Southbank Centre's Chorus festival this July and to the Edinburgh festival in July. "Our Carnal Hearts is a celebration of envy, a joyous call for everyone we’ve ever wanted to be and everything we’ve ever wanted to own. A place to whoop at our own fragility and delight against our better nature. A toast to our competitive spirits and a rumbling dance for the ugly gutter-tramping parts of our souls. A show that seeks to prove that envy makes us better. That politicians are right: that its spirit runs through our hearts, lymph systems and bowels and it’s glorious and we wouldn't want it any other way." Rachel Weston is a singer and singing teacher performing in Our Carnal Hearts, as well as running radical Yiddish song workshops. @rachelofmars Please get in touch with us @VLWRadio or

Catherine Barter, author of Troublemakers  

Author and Hausman's bookseller Catherine Barter chats about her first published novel, Troublemakers, and how family dynamics and political activism have influenced her young adult fiction.

Social Housing and Cooperatives  

Elaine Willis joins to speak about social housing and joining the Women Speak Out project. With Florence Burton of the Women's Resource Centre, Paola Tamma speaking about living in a cooperative and an excellent social housing quiz

Clowns with Evie and Helen  

Helen and Evie trained as clowns. They talk about their clowning and explain to VLW what a clown is. For more info on Helen Duff:

On being a young carer  

Nyisha, who has participated in the Women Speak Out project, joins us to talk about her experience of being a young carer. Nyisha's twitter: @NyishaMacauley Find us on twitter @vlwradio and facebook.

English Collective of Prostitutes - Decriminalising Prostitution  

VLW are joined by members of the English Collective of Prostitutes who campaign for the decriminalisation of prostitution as well as for sex workers’ rights and safety. We'll be talking about the real effects that the current laws in the UK have on sex workers' safety and looking at alternative models of prostitution law reform. Featuring the music of Donna Summer and Jimmy Cliff and excerpts from sex worker testimonials from Make Mum Safer. For more information on decriminalisation and the work ECP does check out: @ProstitutesColl And pledge to support decriminalisation here:

Jenn Hart: punk and poetry  

Jenn Hart is a poet and punk fan. On the steps of a London pub where she is about to perform, she talks about writing, going to gigs and picking up a bass. The podcast has snippets from classic 90s punk bands - Sleater Kinney, Bikini Kill, The Gits and Heavens to Betsy. @jennhartyeah

Stop Charter Flights - campaigning against mass deportation  

Very Loose Women are joined by anti-deportation campaigner, Sarah Hop, to talk about the very real dangers facing migrants and asylum seekers in the UK, from detention centres to mass deportations back to places of persecution. We will be discussing what we can do to support asylum seekers and migrants. Featuring music from Sam Cooke, Beyoncé and Sultans of Ping.

Electric Indigo  

Ilia Rogatchevski, former guest and 6th Very Loose Women, interviews Electric Indigo, a musician, composer and DJ.

On not coming during sex  

We've spoken a lot about orgasms on VLW. But in this show we explore the opposite, sort of... We talk about not having orgasms. Kate Gould (, a PhD student, campaigner and writer tells us about her discoveries in looking at reporting around pink viagra and what it tells us about how female sexuality is viewed. Emma, Leo - and a surprising number of listeners - share their stories of what sex without orgasms means to them.

Yazidi women and girls  

We spoke to Roizin Khalil Hanjool, who made this petition: Roizin is a 19 year old living in Coventry. When she was 10 years old, she moved to the UK from Northern Iraq, where she grew up. At 17, she began speaking out about the fate of Yazidi women and girls kidnapped by Isis.

Trigger warning: references to genocide and rape.

Vivi Lachs and the Women and Music of The Yiddish East End  

VLW have an hour long show featuring Dr Vivi Lachs, Yiddish folk singer and historian of the Yiddish East End. We draw parallels with the issues Jewish women faced in London in the early 20th century that still affect women today; featuring music and poetry relating to immigration, poverty, sex work, exploitative working conditions and the pitfalls of marriage. With musical contributions from Kastsha'nes, Klezmer Klub and Polina Polina Shepherd and the Very Loose Women themselves.

The Psychopath Factory  

Theorist and writer Tristam Vivian Adams joins Leo and Katherine to discuss his book The Psychopath Factory: How Capitalism Organises Empathy, and how psychopathic behaviour and characteristics are rendered in filmic and televisual "femme fatales". Central to Tristam's writing is the argument that the modern, working world is conditioning our empathy to an alarming degree, whether in dialling up our empathetic response to excel at customer care or by putting empathy to one side in order to meet a quota or deadline. If you've ever told someone to have a nice day, and not meant it in the slightest, this is the episode for you.

Fast fashion  

Jo runs the website and will be taking part in Fashion Revolution, a week that aims to highlight the true cost of fashion. Emma, Leo, and Jo talk about where they buy clothes and how to avoid waste. Emma talks about a song she sang with Yiddish choir on textile workers in the early 20th century.

Plastic in the Oceans  

Lucy is a whale-enthusiast, and has been active around issues of plastic waste. She previews the documentary 'Plastic Ocean' at Whirled Cinema in South London on 13 February. Plus Jo, the founder of, and Helen from on their efforts to not buy any plastic.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder with Omari Eccleston-Brown  

Tutor and dancer Omari Eccleston-Brown joins Very Loose Women to share his personal story of living with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which he describes as a traumatising belief that you're abnormal and repulsive to others. BDD is estimated to affect 1 in 50 people. Although it has one of the highest suicide rates of any mental illness, it's still little understood. But Omari is raising awareness with a 365 day photo archive of his recovery. He's being open about his fears and inviting someone new - from friends and family to unsuspecting strangers - to snap his picture every day. Passionate about how dance and education can shape our relationships with our bodies, Omari is on a mission to help young people grow up with a positive body image. For more information on BBD Follow Omari's campaign on Instagram

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