What does it really take for self-identified women and girls to choose their choices and live with them, too?
Cultivating our best selves and dreamiest lives is un-equally accessible for women, girls and gender-nonconforming folks everywhere. But by better understanding our unique identities, diverse lived experiences and underlying injustices, we can claim our space and make more room for others as well. That's our Unladylike mission: To make inclusive, credible media that moves.
Co-founders Cristen and Caroline are journalistically trained, research-addicted feminists who make digital media about all things gender. As creator and former co-hosts of Stuff Mom Never Told You, iTunes’ first (or close to it) educational women's podcast, they spent the past seven years contextualizing constructs, debunking body myths and sourcing cultural stereotypes, along with overusing the term “problematic.” Over that time, they archived an encyclopedic vault of more than 1,200 podcast episodes and YouTube videos dishing out accessible, inclusive feminist edutainment from the unexpected history of abortion rights to women and zits.
C&C's blend of fact-finding rigor and wisecracking authenticity garnered credibility from fans around the world and more than 1 million monthly podcast streams. It also earned shoutouts from Hollywood Reporter, Buzzfeed, Refinery29, The Guardian, CBC Radio and more. Their forthcoming social justice self-help guide comes out in 2018 from Ten Speed Press.
Meet Cristen & Caroline
When they met years ago at their college newspaper, neither had an inkling it was Unladylike fate. Cristen shared the backstory of their unlikely podcasting partnership with Hot Pod:
"Caroline and I were never “supposed” to be podcast hosts. We were both printed word nerds, met at our college newspaper and hadn’t ever regularly kept in touch. HowStuffWorks (HSW) wasn’t even a podcast network when they hired me as a staff writer in 2008. Unbeknownst to me, Caroline was working as an editor at a mid-size newspaper . . . By happenstance, Caroline had left the newspaper job, moved back to Atlanta, and gotten in touch with me. We met up at a sports pub of all places, and it’s almost like we never stopped talking."
Not long after starting at HowStuffWorks, Cristen pitched and co-created the "Stuff Mom Never Told You" (SMNTY) podcast in 2009, and Caroline joined in 2011. Together, they grew SMNTY into a credible, entertaining and vocally feminist audio library of more than 750 episodes exploring the myriad manifestations of gender and sex. And for a measure of success impressive to no one, SMNTY slayed the iTunes Philosophy channel chart where the Apple algorithm quizzically parked the show on account of us yammering on about all sorts of "problematic" facts of life.
Greatest podcast hits include:
- The Queer Saint Who Invented Intersectionality
- The Menstrual Cups Revival
- Finding Lisa Frank
- The 'Career Woman's Disease'
- Anxious Women
In December 2016, C&C recorded their final SMNTY episode, "The Good in Good-byes." and in spring 2017, Unladylike Media was born.
An established voice on 21st-century women, gender and feminism, Cristen prides herself in educating, inspiring and making folks laugh at the same time. Whether on the page, on stage, on camera, or in the podcast studio, she sees no stereotype too superficial, no inequality too insurmountable, and no topic too taboo to confront with credibility and candor. Her favorite food group is La Croix.
Caroline is a research-driven feminist investigator always on the hunt for the hidden histories of women who’ve changed the world. An editor by training, Caroline employs her print journalism background in her new-media approach to educating audiences about health, history and pop culture through a gendered lens. She also loves Corgis, Otis Redding records and binge-watching Jessica Jones.