We’re Gonna Talk About It Podcast
Episode 14: Looking Back, Looking Forward
While 2021 continued to be a struggle for so many, maybe you struggled too. Rock What You Got™ continued to pivot and make new ways to elevate the voices of the marginalized, especially women. And, so much of it was fun (and funny)!
Realizing the dream of launching a feminist podcast was a lot of work, but getting to interview fabulous, funny, and knowledgeable guests was really amazing, plus talking openly and honestly about topics that are too often brushed aside for being “difficult” or “unbecoming” or even “too feminist”.
The final episode of 2021 re-caps the first season of “We’re Gonna Talk About It”. Here are just a few highlights…
The very first episode, “Gal Pal Love” was a humorous look at women’s friendships through the lens of the greatest holiday ever, “Galentine’s Day” made famous by badass lady icon, Leslie Knope, played by Amy Pohler on the long running NBC sitcom, “Parks and Recreation” Parks and Recreation (TV Series 2009–2015) – IMDb
The highlight of the podcast was the interview that spawned our favorite t-shirt, available here Feminist Graphic Tee : Hard to Handle – Rock What You Got™ (rock-what-you-got.myshopify.com)
After a few more lighthearted episodes including interviews with amazing women and highlights on female inventors and innovators through the ages, we got more serious on our fifth episode, “Get Your Laws Off My Body” where a frank discussion about abortion rights in America was led by two amazing women from Planned Parenthood and included action items to help keep women’s health care safe, legal, and accessible for all. Birth Control, STD Testing & Abortion – Saint Paul, MN (plannedparenthood.org)
If you also believe the government shouldn’t be regulating uteruses, this one is for you. Keep listening to discover episode 13, “Supreme Failure” where the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – Wikipedia Supreme court hearings are discussed. Buffie and Carolyn are just SO PISSED. This ruling has the potential to overturn Roe v Wade, and turn a woman’s right to choose into a straight up Handmaid’s Tale scenario.
Two episodes that were our most popular were “The Other Mother” and “But You Seem Fine” (episodes 7 and 8) these explored the ways some people become mothers outside of the traditional model, including adoption and blended families and mental health journeys. There’s so much to say about these two episodes, how moving the stories were, but also how candid the guests were telling their stories. If you missed it the first time around, listen here now Podcast | Rock What You Got™ (rockwhatyougotlive.com)
We partnered with MN Pride for a bunch of events this year, and the podcast featured a discussion on normalizing pronoun use, and why it’s so important. We also featured Renee Powers of Feminist Book Club in episode 11. For great gift ideas for the feminist in your life, consider pronoun pins from ProudAxolotl.com | Helping Everyone Feel Proud of Who They Are or a subscription to FBC Feminist Book Club a Complete Feminist Experience
Another ambitious endeavor was a three part series on body image. Partnering with several local influencers and The Emily Program, devoted to healing disordered eating, allowed for so many moving stories of the struggles people, especially women have around weight, size, body image, and self worth.
Interviews with women in STEM was also a memorable episode, and a subject that will surely be visited again.
None of this could happen without YOU. If you’re a listener, thank you. Tell your friends too, especially if you think they should listen to a specific episode. If you have ideas for upcoming shows, don’t hesitate to contact “We’re Gonna Talk About It” at Podcast | Rock What You Got™ (rockwhatyougotlive.com)
See you next season! First episode of season 2 will drop on January 6, available everywhere you get your podcasts.