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On the Rag: Women can wear suits and men can wear skirts

On the Rag: Women can wear suits and men can wear skirts

March 8, 2019

Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michèle A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

A very late February episode of On the Rag appears, complete with Michele's pitch perfect Jordan B. Peterson impersonation, outrage over gender fluid clothing and some scary truths about a world built for men. Why is the office air con always too cold for women? Why would an architect make a glass-floored balcony? And why are iPhones just too damn big for our lady hands?

Beyond that, we look at how to decorate your home to appeal for men. Get rid of that cactus! Prints! And definitely no women in your art! We also look at a few stories which allegedly sparked outrage, backlash and hellfire this month and ask: are feminists actually as angry as the media is making us out to be? Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win Womankind: New Zealand Women Making a Difference by Margie Thomson from The Women’s Bookshop, and enjoy their bestsellers for February:

  1. The Book of Knowing: Know How You Think, Change How You Feel  by Gwendoline Smith
  2. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  3. Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi
  4. Becoming: Michelle Obama
  5. Milkman by Anna Burns
  6. Hello Darkness by Peter Wells
  7. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  8. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  9. Tin Man by Sarah Winman
  10. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: In Her Own Words edited by Helena Hunt

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On the Rag: In which January has felt 40,000 years long

On the Rag: In which January has felt 40,000 years long

January 31, 2019

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michèle A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

It began with a Gillette razor and it ended with a whole week of New Zealand rape culture under a microscope. January was a rough one for sure, so join us in our extremely hot studio as we try to figure out what in the hell is going on around us. Why give The Roast Busters a voice? Why should a woman be ordered to pay her abuser in court? And what in the hell does Piers Morgan have to be angry about NOW?

We also look at the rise of body dysmorphia thanks to social media and selfie filters, ask The Pope himself to apologise for ruining the pill for decades, and atone for our feminist sins of the month. Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win What You Wish For by Catherine Robertson from The Women’s Bookshop, and enjoy their bestsellers for January:

1. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
2. The Flame by Leonard Cohen
3. Happiness by Aminatta Forna
4. Less: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer
5. Normal People by Sally Rooney
6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
7. Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi
8. The Fast 800: How to Combine Rapid Weight Loss & Intermittent Fasting for Long-term Health by Michael Mosley
9. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
10. Becoming by Michele Obama

Pour yourself a glass of strong something and get involved with the official hashtag #otrpod, or click here to like us on Facebook.

On the Rag: So this is Christmas, and what has 2018 done?

On the Rag: So this is Christmas, and what has 2018 done?

December 19, 2018

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Madeleine Chapman tackle the past YEAR in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

We made it everyone! It's last episode of On the Rag for the year, and we are more than ready to say goodbye to 2018. But first, we must look back. December was a time of hurt for women across New Zealand, as the murder of Grace Millane brought violence against women into the spotlight once more. So what do you say to the #notallmen? And how did the relentless media circus make us women feel? We also look at our often unspoken personal safety measures, and the tyranny of taxis.

But where there is shade, there is also light. We nominate our Yas Queens of the year, and cast an eye back to the highlights of 2018 including abortion reform, Jacinda, and the cool women who have infiltrated mainstream media. Also, if you need hot tips for Christmas stress and present-buying, we've got it in spades. Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win an amazing books package from The Women’s Bookshop, and enjoy their bestsellers for December.

Pour yourself a glass of strong something and get involved with the official hashtag #otrpod, or click here to like us on Facebook.

The Spinoff SuperPod 2018: the official New Year’s honours and dishonours list

The Spinoff SuperPod 2018: the official New Year’s honours and dishonours list

December 19, 2018

In the now-annual event of the year, five of our podcasts' hosts join forces like a mighty end of year podcast rat-king.

Join Gone by Lunchtime, On The Rag, The Real Pod, Pod on the Couch and Dietary Requirements in regurgitating the highlights and lowlights of the year that was, and pondering the year that will be.

In this special Christmas episode hosted by Leonie Hayden, we talk about the The Beths, amassing a Cornie army, and we also add our entries to the 2018 Honours and Dishonurs list.

On the Rag: Everything you’ve ever wanted to ask Clementine Ford

On the Rag: Everything you’ve ever wanted to ask Clementine Ford

November 27, 2018

A very special episode with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

They said it couldn't be done. They said we couldn't get Clementine Ford back to do another pod. But we did, and here it is. Promoting her new book Boys Will Be Boys, Clementine spends an hour in The Spinoff studio to answer everything you've ever wanted to know about feminism, the patriarchy, and dealing with goblins and/or trolls.

What is toxic masculinity? How does she feel about ACT kicking up a stink about her? And what does "boys will be boys" really mean in 2018? Pour yourself a glass of strong something and get involved with the official hashtag #otrpod, or click here to like us on Facebook.

On the Rag: Man meatballs, royal greetings and hairy legs

On the Rag: Man meatballs, royal greetings and hairy legs

November 2, 2018

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Madeleine Chapman tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

This month Madeleine Chapman steps in for Michele A'Court as we dissect the October in womanhood. The fancy royal couple were here for a bit, the government is finally pushing abortion reform along and one Otago girls' school is finally wearing the pants. In sporting news, Black Ferns merch is still incredibly hard to come by – unless you are Trevor Mallard.

Beyond that, we share our favourite things to watch and read this month, confess to our feminist sins and talk about the perils of shaving our legs for the summer months. Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford and enjoy The Women’s Bookshop bestsellers for October below.

For even more literary goodness, snap yourself up a ticket for Ladies Litera-tea in November. We might see you there!

On the Rag: September was a month of suffrage and sins

On the Rag: September was a month of suffrage and sins

October 2, 2018

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

September was a huge month for women both in New Zealand and elsewhere, as we celebrated 125 years of suffrage and watched our Prime Minister hold her baby in the UN's general assembly. There were also things that weren't so great – Leighton Smith whinged a lot and the Brett Kavanaugh saga ripped open some painful wounds once more.

Beyond that, we share our favourite things to watch and read this month, confess to our feminist sins and look at the best Twitter clap backs by our favourite women. Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win The Sound of Breaking Glass by Kirsten Warner, and enjoy The Women’s Bookshop bestsellers for September below.

On the Rag: How do TERFs get to call themselves feminists?

On the Rag: How do TERFs get to call themselves feminists?

September 3, 2018

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

On the Rag: A bloody good month for women

On the Rag: A bloody good month for women

July 30, 2018

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

On the Rag: Remember how our Prime Minister had a baby?!

On the Rag: Remember how our Prime Minister had a baby?!

June 29, 2018

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop