Have yourself a very feminist Christmas

November 30, 2017

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the age-old conundrum: how do you cope with Christmas without exploding?

As we roll into December on a one-horse open sleigh, the Christmas stress is beginning to set in. So we asked our listeners for their own festive conundrums, tips and gift ideas, in an attempt to save the holiday season.

How do you buy a feminist gift without looking like a fun-killer? How do you avoid doing all the chores? What do you say to your racist family member when he drops a clanger during charades?

Beyond that, we shout out Gal Gadot for putting her Wonder Woman wedge down hard on Brett Ratner and bask in the glory that is the office compliments box. All this, thanks to our glorious sponsors at twenty-seven names.

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That’s no Pink Princess, that’s the Prime Minister

November 2, 2017

As the stardust settles and the chicky-babes stop cheeping, the On the Rag team assemble to talk about what Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern means to them. Is she a Red Queen? Is she a Pink Princess? Or could it be that... nobody really knows how to refer to women in power without having a brain fart?

Beyond that, we look at the state of the post-Weinstein, #metoo world, and share our favourite tips, shows and books from the month, with help from our glorious sponsors at twenty-seven names.

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We’ve all got one of those gross taxi stories

October 6, 2017

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture.

This month the gang is back together to tackle the past month-ish in New Zealand media, news and general bullshit, with help from our glorious new sponsors at twenty-seven names. We dive deep into the horrific online response to Jay Jay Harvey's assault in a taxi, share our own travel horror stories and cool tips on how to get from A to B safely.

Beyond that, we also ponder the dark side of Twitter, freak out about soiled sex robots and encourage you all to stare deeply into the eyes of a cat. You'll have to listen to find out why.

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Watch club recommendations: Find Me a Māori Bride on Māori TV, Big Mouth on Netflix and The Deuce on Sky.
Book club recommendations: Hunger by Roxane Gay, Learn to Drive Like a Man, this article about the Las Vegas shooting  + bonus Tide app

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Clementine Ford takes us to feminist church

September 14, 2017

This month's episode of On the Rag is blessed with the presence of Clementine Ford, Fight Like a Girl author, proud feminist and dedicated "life-ruiner". Over orange juice and avocado on toast, the team dissect some of the big issues facing women in real life and online today.

When should you choose not to fight the trolls? Why do men keep interrupting women? Why are so many people still scared of calling themselves a feminist? Why is Australia so freaked out by marriage equality? The gang attempt to answer these questions and many more, topping it all off with some cool tips and recommendations for this month's watch and reading club.

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A special edition live podcast from the city of the future

August 22, 2017

In this special edition podcast, the On the Rag team do a roadie to the Spark festival in Hamilton to talk creativity and struggles. 

Arriving on a sugar high courtesy of Duck Island ice-cream and good vibes, Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A'Court hit the couches at the Spark Festival to chew over what they wish they had known before they delved into their creative careers.

What three books changed 18 year-old Michele's life? How has Leonie learned to cope with criticism? What sage writing advice did Alex wish she had followed? We share our thoughts over a glass of wine and somehow decide that Shrek is the only unproblematic film from yesteryear that's worth revisiting.

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Why is everyone obsessed with Jacinda’s womb?

August 8, 2017

This month the gang is back together to tackle the past month-ish in New Zealand media, news and general bullshit, with help from our glorious new sponsors at twenty-seven names. Why is everyone creepily obsessed with Jacinda’s womb? Why does Mark Richardson think the things that he does? Why does one man need a medal for loving his curvy wife?

Beyond that, we share some cool tips of the month including the perfect crispy chicken and how to stop doubting yourself thanks to this thread from Dr. Jess. Leonie gushes over interviewing Clementine Ford, Michele states the case for Midsomer Murders and Alex throws out all her things because Marie Kondo said so.

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On the Rag: Why no parade for the women’s rugby team?

July 5, 2017

This month Alex and Leonie are joined by The Spinoff's Madeleine Chapman, who also produces the podcast at the same time because women are notoriously good at multitasking haw haw haw. Together they chow down on some delicious Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts, and dissect some standout stories from the past month.

What was Alan Duff thinking when he spewed up 600 words about shrieking women? Why is everyone so mad that we pointed out that 7 Days is a sausage fest? Why is Leonie getting skewered for not liking Chris Rock anymore?

Beyond that, Madeleine shares some woeful tales of trying to get house painting work, Leonie glows for GLOW and Grace and Frankie and the team plan an exuberant three-person parade to celebrate all of the under-recognised women's sports teams in New Zealand.

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Wherein some women weep for Wonder Woman

June 7, 2017

Michele's back from drinking absinthe with Stevie Wonder, Leonie's swanned in on a wave of Kit Kats from the bustling streets of Tokyo, and Alex hasn't moved an inch either way. It's the latest episode of On the Rag, our monthly podcast which tackles women's stuff without the cringe.

This month the gang are amping on Wonder Woman finally storming into women-only screenings and upsetting men across the internet. Michele gets emotional about a particular fight scene, Alex tries to turn Waiheke into Themyscira, and Leonie laughs heartily at people who think comic book movies have never taken a gamble on an indie director before Patty Jenkins.

Beyond the wonders of Wonder Woman, the team tackle gendered toys at McDonald's, the spiritual experience of seeing Roxanne Gay in person and the amazing women who cleaned up every major award at the Comedy Festival this year.

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The women tell all… about bleeding

May 5, 2017

With Michele still elbow-deep in beignets in New Orleans, comedian and half of Boners of the Heart Alice Snedden joins Leonie and Alex to drink some bubbles and chat about the past month for women.

Although there were great plans to tackle multiple topics in a well-researched, informative, yet entertaining manner, the chat quickly divulges into a hilarious horror show tell-all about dealing with bleeding. Where does it come from? Where does it go? Where does the pad go cotton-eyed Joe?

Alice shares an oceanic tale that will make you never want to do Outward Bound (buy tickets to her comedy show here), Leonie has some sage advice for not clogging up your pipes and Alex confesses to some shady swimming sins. Have a listen, have a laugh, have a cry at a video of a dog being reunited with its owner.

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In which we must stick together like period glue

April 5, 2017

With a delicious box of Munchkins in the safety of The Spinoff podcast studio, the On the Rag team huddle together to reflect on the month of March (it's late, we know). Topics for this month include how Alex tracked down Dr Dan the period man, Michele's preparation for talking to Roxanne Gay and Leonie's tips for saying "no".

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