A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Listeners will learn about some news events, such as reproductive health care and abortion legislation, as well as women's rights movements in different countries.
Positive themes center around feminism, activism, and being comfortable in your identity. Examples of being a female fan or creator in historically male-dominated genres (comics, Star Wars, horror).
Positive Role Models
There are spotlight episodes about women activists around the world. Some episodes focus on women breaking stereotypes in their fields, whether it's mountaineering or shark science. Other episodes feature fictional characters who are strong women.
Stories about activist women of different ethnicities and nationalities and the work they are doing in their fields. There are episodes about disability rights and the Paralympics. Issues affecting queer communities are addressed, including anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.
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Violence & Scariness
Episodes about sexual harassment, hate groups, and incels. Discussions and accounts of violence against women, including assault and rape. These episodes have content warnings.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of discussions about adult sexual relationships. Topics include safe sex, consent, eco-friendly sex toys, and kink.
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Mild language like "hell." Stronger words are bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
Numerous ads throughout each episode. Advertisements for cars, food products, shopping apps and cybersecurity.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Happy Hour episodes feature cocktail recipes and the hosts enjoy drinks while chatting. There are episodes about alcohol and gender stereotypes based on beverage choices.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stuff Mom Never Told You is a long-running podcast that offers a conversational, feminist take on news and pop culture. The current hosts, Anney and Samantha, discuss topics including reproductive rights, female activists around the world, fandoms, and Star Wars. There are mature themes and episodes about sex, which are sex-positive and discuss things like enthusiastic consent and environmentally-friendly sex toys. Some episodes address gender-based violence and rape, and these do have content warnings at the beginning. There are also "Happy Hour" episodes in which the hosts share favorite cocktail recipes and drink during the conversation. Stuff Mom Never Told You is best-suited to mature teens and adults.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast has been around since 2009, and with so many episodes available to listen to it can be a mixed bag in terms of quality. An older episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You from 2012 about gendered toys references multiple studies and sounds well researched and articulated. Some of the newer episodes could benefit from additional time and preparation. A current episode on women protesting in Iran is well-intentioned but very rushed, and leaves out some important historical context. Another episode about Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars skips over one of the most interesting stories about her: how she went from a hated to a beloved character. It would have been great if they'd really delved into this as promised in the episode description.
The current hosts Anney and Samantha each have their own topics they're passionate about, so sometimes there's less interaction than you'd expect. Still, the podcast addresses some important subjects and profiles groundbreaking women that listeners may have never heard of otherwise. Stuff Mom Never Told You covers everything from Sex and the City to politics, and with over a decade of episodes to choose from you're sure to find some you'll enjoy.
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