Written by Melinda Wittstock.
“I’m a feminist, but…” – Deborah Frances-White
If feminism were a competitive sport (and perhaps it is), how would you rate it? Where do well-intentioned feminists let the side down, and how can women “improve” as feminists?
The best comedy is often hatched from spoofing those who take themselves too seriously, and British comedian Deborah Frances-White finds a way to make feminism hilarious in her podcast, The Guilty Feminist—named by Apple as one of their Best Listens of 2019.
The 2016 Writers’ Guild Award Winner for Best Radio Comedy for her hit BBC Radio 4 series, Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice, Frances-White is also an Edinburgh Fringe regular, a screenwriter, and in huge demand for her corporate seminars.
Recorded in front of a live audience (before the Coronavirus lockdown, that is), Frances-White and her guests “from various homes across the UK discuss topics all 21st-century feminists agree on” while confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies, and fears that underlie their lofty principles.
In a recent episode, Francis-White jokes about getting her husband to set up the computer for Zoom calls with a more flattering angle of the “chin area.”
Nothing is sacred in this podcast, and what a great tonic it is for all of us who fall into the trap of taking ourselves a little too seriously.
May 2020 Issue