Strong Opinions Loosely Held
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Refinery 29's award-winning podcast is back for a five-part capsule collection on feminist memes. This season we find out what happened to Peaches Monroee after she coined On Fleek, dive into the reaction GIFs selection on Giphy and talk to meme maker Quinta Brunson. Hosted by Executive Producer Elisa Kreisinger and sponsored by Spotify. All episodes drop 3/30!
||CleanS3E5: Mind Behind The Meme: Quinta Brunson||Quinta Brunson became obsessed with comedy as an undergrad at Temple University. She initially felt like the internet wasn't for her until her friend uploaded what would be Instagram's first viral video, Butt Won't Clap. From there she went to BuzzFeed to make memes on a large scale. Quinta tells us what it's like when your face is a meme and how she's crafting a career out of all of it. Follow Quinta: youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/quintabvideos Instagram: @quintab Twitter: @quintabrunson Share your strong opinions with us: Instagram: @popculturepirate Twitter: @popcultpirate Hashtag: #SOLHpod #StrongOpionsLooselyHeld||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E4: The Great Firewall of China||Memes in China are silly, they're based on puns, and they're driving the government crazy. Chinese memes are flourishing under the country's censored internet and despite the risks, memes are used to communicate political dissent. Harvard researcher and technologist An Xiao Mina explains how the more censored the internet, the more important the meme and how the internet in US isn't that much different than China's. Share your strong opinions with us: Instagram: @popculturepirate Twitter: @popcultpirate Hashtag: #SOLHpod #StrongOpionsLooselyHeld||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E3: Minds Behind The Meme: Woke Charlotte||Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni run the very popular Every Outfit on Sex and the City Instagram account. But after rewatching SATC for the clothes, they realized how the show focused on the stories of privileged white women. So they created Woke Charlotte - a meme within a meme account that allows Charolette to call out the problematic moments in the iconic show. The duo pair real scenes with re-written dialog from Woke Charlotte so that whenever Carrie, Miranda or Samantha say something offensive, Woke Charolette is there to hilariously point out how behind-the-times they are. Carrie referring to her jewelry as "ghetto gold"? Yeah, not cool. Follow Woke Charlotte: Chelsea and Lauren: @everyoutfitonsatc Share your strong opinions with us: Instagram: @popculturepirate Twitter: @popcultpirate Hashtag: #SOLH #StrongOpionsLooselyHeld||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E2: Peaches On Fleek||Peaches, a young women of color, uploads a video of herself to Vine. She's impressed with her eyebrows. They're on fleek. The Vine goes viral. Everyone from Ariana Grande to Kim K starts using the word. IHOP uses it to sell pancakes. Denny’s uses it to sell hash browns. Peaches doesn’t make a cent. She doesn't hear from beauty companies. In an era of influencers, Peaches has to start her own Kickstarter to fund a cosmetic line. Who determines who makes money off of memes? And if memes are meant to be remembered, will anyone remember Peaches? Elisa talks with Wired reporter and digital producer, Emma Gray Ellis to find out. Share your strong opinions with us: Instagram: @popculturepirate Twitter: @popcultpirate Hashtag: #SOLHpod #StrongOpionsLooselyHeld||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS3E1: Digital Black Face||Even though Tiffany Pollard's appearance on VH1's Rock Of Love was 12 years ago, GIFs of her grandiose reactions are still used to respond to everything from an email about the broken copier at work to a group text about bad Tinder dates. GIFs that feature the reactions of black women from reality TV shows seem to be especially popular with white and non-black users. Elisa talks with cultural critic Lauren Michelle Jackson and UC Berkeley Center for Technology Fellow, Kate Miltner about why that be. Share your strong opinions with us: Instagram: @popculturepirate Twitter: @popcultpirate Hashtag: #SOLH #StrongOpionsLooselyHeld||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Season 3!||Welcome to the world of memes. Where nuance mean nothing and images are everything! This season we find out what happened to Peaches Monroee after she coined On Fleek, dive into the reaction GIFs selection on Giphy and talk to meme maker Quinta Brunson. In this trailer, Elisa talks with UC Berkeley Center for Technology Fellow, Kate Miltner fills us in on some history and why memes are pretty, pretty, pretty cool. Special shout out to our Season 3 sponsor, Spotify. We love you and use you all the time! Share your strong opinions with us: Instagram: @popculturepirate Twitter: @popcultpirate Hashtag: #SOLH #StrongOpionsLooselyHeld||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E10: Why Male Bosses Don't Get It||You #LeanIn. You #AskForMore. You #SideHustle. Yet you still feel like an imposter, even though you're pretty sure you know more than your male boss. How do you survive being manterrupted, passed over, and side-eyed at work when even Senator Kamala Harris and Arianna Huffington have to put up with it at the office? Elisa talks to “Feminist Fight Club” author and New York Times journalist, Jessica Bennett about how to combat subtle sexism and why being a bitch is A-OK. Director and Head of Product at Wirecutter and feminist husband David Bloom provides a male bosses perspective. Bennett's book is now out in paperback. This is our last episode of the season. *crying emoji* We’d love to come back for a season 3! Tweet at my boss @Emmerschmidt and @refinery29 and let them know you want one too! You can follow Elisa on Twitter (@popcultpirate) and Instagram (@popculturepirate) in the meantime.||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Conversation with Aubrey Plaza||Elisa talks with comedian and actress Aubrey Plaza about her latest film and how Instagram has influenced her in new role and in real life. This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience after the LA screening of Plaza's latest film, "Ingrid Goes West".||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E9: When Your Pop Culture Doesn't Match Your Politics||What do you do when you love the beat but the lyrics aren't quite....liberating? If you're ashamed of your music choices, don't be. Elisa talks with "Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear and Why" author Sady Doyle and "Call Your Girlfriend" podcast host Aminatou Sow about enjoying popular culture in a problematic culture. This is our second to last episode for season 2! We'd love to come back for another season if you'll have us. Let us know by tweeting at my boss @Emmerschmidt and @refinery29.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E8: Why Are We Still Not Happy?||The main consumer of self-help products in the US are women living in coastal cities. So how have decades of encouragement to find "our best selves" and "live our best lives" affected us? And why are we still looking for happiness in self help books when the world’s happiest countries don’t sell many of them? Elisa talks with lawyer-turned-journalist Jill Filipovic about her new book, The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. In it, Filipovic suggests that our biggest roadblocks could be toppled by a feminism and politics that focus on a woman’s happiness and pleasure.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E7: How HGTV Explains America||HGTV is known for its unique audience that intersects millennials, feminists, queers, conservatives and Christians. That’s because the one thing we can all agree on is homeownership. But while HGTV’s homeowner-focused programming unites us, it also plays a role in dividing us. Elisa talks with “No Place Like Home” author and Georgetown professor, Brian J. McCabe to get to the bottom of how and why HGTV explains America.||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E6: Selling Squad Goals||Can you sell female friendship after you've put women down? Who did Taylor Swift vote for? Did she vote? Why does she represent our general distrust in well-intentioned white women? Elisa talks to "Stuff Mom Never Told You" podcast host Bridget Todd and BuzzFeed's senior culture writer Anne Helen Petersen to track the evolution of Taylor Swift from putting women down to embracing them. Petersen's book,"Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman" can be found wherever you get your books.||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E5: Teenage Girls Are Magic||Historically young women have set trends: the Beatles, Instagram and Snapchat just to name a few. But these are always discounted as silly, cute, or frivolous. Why do we discount young women but embrace "early adopters"? Elisa talks to Muhlenberg College professor Dr. Francesca Coppa and New York Times journalist Amanda Hess to unpack how teenage girls have all the power in the world and at the same time, no power at all.||8/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E4: Little White Lie||How do we come to terms with the lies our families tell us? Are we really an extension of our parents? How do we define our identities if we aren't? This week’s episode is dedicated to finding personal truth, inspired by the film "Little White Lie" by director Lacey Schwartz. The film is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and the power of telling the truth. Schwartz was accepted to college as a Black student, a decision based solely on a photo she submitted with her application. Lacey didn’t openly acknowledge her black identity with her white family until her biological father's death forced her to confront her mother about the past. Elisa talks with Lacey about family secretes, dual identities and the power of being honest with yourself and those around you.||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E3: Please Exit Through the Feminist Gift Shop||Hold onto your pussy hats. Tuck in your Future is Female T-shirts. We are doing a deep dive into the buying and selling of feminism! Beyonce, Emma Watson and Taylor Swift have all come out as feminists while feminist themes sell everything from wireless plans to cigarettes. Are these empty signifiers of "empowerment" or are they helpful reminders that women are actually human? What happens when shopping becomes a political act? Elisa talks to "We Were Feminists Once" author Andi Zeisler about the mainstreaming of feminism and what it means, if anything, for us.||7/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E2: Why the F*$% Are We Still Having Kids?||Having kids seems like the worst career move a woman could make: the US lacks paid parental leave, working moms are less likely to be hired and when they are, they make 4-6% less than women without kids. The motherhood penalty is real. But don't worry, what's lacking in social and political support is made up for in platitudes. After all, it's still the "most important job". Elisa talks to sociologist Dr. Kathleen Gerson, Senators Gellibrand and Heitkamp and "Why Have Kids" author Jessica Valenti to ask: why are we still doing this?||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToo good to cut: More with Ashley Ford||There was so much in Elisa's interview with Ashely Ford that we couldn’t let it go to waste. Here’s their full conversation on Ashely's love of Roxanne Gay, her best full time job and how her mentee mindset failed her.||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS2E1: Famous on the Internet, Broke IRL||Welcome to Season 2! The creative entrepreneurs we see across social media may have a ton of followers but are they making any money? Should they? How do you maintain your creativity while still supporting yourself? Is selling out such a bad thing? Elisa talks to popular YouTuber and podcaster Gaby Dunn, "Art Thinking" author Amy Whitaker and senior features writer-with-a-huge-following, Ashely C Ford to get answers to these age-old questions.||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCelebrity (Activist) Industrial Complex: SOLH @ SxSW||Who's woke and who's just an opportunist trying to stay relevant? How can we tell and where's the line? And who did Taylor Swift vote for? It's our 1 year anniversary and to celebrate, we are airing Elisa's conversation with Medium's Bridget Todd, NPR's Glen Weldon and BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen about celebrity culture and activism at this year's SxSW. Season 2 returns on July 10.||5/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurviving a Post-Election Thanksgiving: Easing out of the bubble||This election opened deep-seated wounds in ourselves and our country. Add family and the holidays to that open wound and it can be a recipe for disaster. Elisa Kreisinger talks to "Man Enough" author and pioneer of gender violence prevention education in sports culture and the military, Jackson Katz to unpack WTF happened two weeks ago and how we can proceed sharing a table with people whose strong opinions aren't so loosely held. Also, who are the women who voted for Trump? Glad you asked. Elisa talks to two who explain their perspectives in an effort to ease us out of our collective bubble.||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E10: Lipstick Isn't a Sign of a Declining Mind||Fashion is often dismissed as frivolous, superficial, shallow, and in the age of global warming, even irresponsible. Yet when we look in the mirror, we still want our outside to reflect what's inside. Refinery29's co-founder Christene Barberich talks about how clothing connects us when you find your style, you find yourself.||7/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E9: Childish Games||How far would you go to be a kid again? And why do we miss the 90s so much? Our special report on nostalgia dives into what Dream Phone taught us about dating and why some memories aren't worth reliving. This is our second to last episode of this season. Next week will be our final episode.||7/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E8: Faith Filled Feminist||How do you negotiate feminism and faith? Linda Sarsour talks about being a Muslim feminist and how the two aren't mutually exclusive.||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E7: No Shame In A Selfie||Selfies were responsible for more deaths in 2015 than shark attacks. And 75% of those deaths were men. So why are selfies seen as an inherently narcissistic, overly feminine activity, and generally met with disgust? Can you find yourself in a selfie? Amy Jones, a therapist who knows Elisa very, very well weighs in.||6/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E6: Picking Up A Pick Up Artist||Angela Washko is a feminist artist who tried to find common ground with the internet's most infamous misogynist. To say they occupy different corners of the world would be an understatement. How do you find commonality with someone who is the antithesis to your beliefs? And if you needed another reason to love Denmark, we have one.||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E5: Shiny Happy People||Is virality a science or a spiritual connection? And what role do women play it? Leading virality scholar and Wharton associate professor Katherine Milkman, PhD, and Soul Pancake’s Correy Stoner O'Neal offer two different perspectives. Does positivity go viral because we want to seem like good people or because we actually are?||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E4: Worst Place To Be A Woman||Michelle Byrom was on death row for 15 years. Hours before her execution, her conviction was overturned. Refinery 29’s Vanessa Golembeski talked with Byrom weeks after her release and questions the bias baked into a system that’s supposed to protect women.||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E3: Just Shut Up||Vocal fry. Upspeak. Overuse of qualifiers — it seems like we can’t open our mouths without being criticized. Elisa Kreisinger talks to public radio journalist Sally Herships and politics writer Amanda Marcotte and asks: If a woman is saying something intelligent and all you hear is the way it’s being said, is that her problem or yours?||5/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E2: Instagram Insecurities||Women are now more likely than men to have bachelor's degrees. And childless women in their 20s currently out-earn men. So why are our Instagram feeds filled with images of date nights, engagement rings, cat eyes, cupcakes, and waist-trainers? Are we becoming Betty Draper 2.0, or are we using the illusion of perfection to escape the reality that relationships are hard? New York Times Journalist Hannah Seligson and Stone Fox Bride founder Molly Guy weigh in.||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS1E1: The Kardashian Industrial Komplex||Sales are down on magazine covers that bear their faces. Ratings are low on their reality tv show. Seemingly no one cares about the Kardashians. So why are they everywhere, including our site? Ann Helen Peterson has a her Phd in celebrity and explains and digs into the role celebrity plays in post modern american popular culture.||5/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Preview||Here's a preview of what to expect this season!||4/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Rounded, well spoken, and entertaining. Oh, and self aware.
Breath of Fresh Air
Just listened to the K fam episode and it was well done. Anne Helen Peterson is so insightful--I've been reading her historical celebrity analyses for a while and I appreciate you bringing her into this podcast. I look forward to next week's episode!
Really enjoyed the first episode and looking forward to more from my favorite site, Refinery29.