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Podcast: The Feminist Present

Welcome to The Feminist Present, the first podcast from the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Hosts Adrian Daub and Laura Goode welcome a range of feminists from academia, journalism, activism and more.

Please join us as we use the gift of feminism to figure out what’s going on right now.



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Adrian Daub — In fall 2019, Daub became the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Clayman Institute. A Stanford professor of comparative literature and German studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Daub has been Stanford’s director of the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies since 2016. 


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Laura Goode — A lecturer in Stanford's Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Goode is Associate Director of the Graduate Humanities Public Writing Project. She writes about feminism, intersectionality, female friendship, motherhood, and culture in TV, film, and literature; she is especially interested in the contemporary feminist first-person essay, the female gaze in image-making, critical whiteness studies, and performances of gender in "prestige" television.


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Megan Calfas — A journalist, playwright, and podcast producer, Calfas currently is completing her masters in journalism at Stanford University. She’s written about environmental justice in the Bay Area, investigated maternal mortality in Zanzibar, and once convinced Stanford University President Marc-Tessier Lavigne to perform in a musical alongside personified, dancing peanuts.



June 11: Evette Dionne

In our inaugural episode, we are proud to welcome Evette Dionne to discuss her new book about Black women's fight for equality and suffrage, Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box. Known across the internet as “free Black girl,” Dionne is a Black feminist culture writer, editor, and scholar: she’s the editor-in-chief of Bitch Media and the author of another 2020 book, Fat Girls Deserve Fairytales Too: Living Hopefully On the Other Side of Skinny. Laura and Adrian speak to Evette about Black women and the battle for the ballot box, about writing and teaching erased chapters of history, and what equitable coalition building could look like now. 

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June 17: Tressie McMillan Cottom

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an academic and writer whose work has been recognized nationally and internationally for the urgency and depth of her incisive critical analysis of technology, higher education, class, race and gender. McMillan Cottom’s columns have appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Dissent Magazine.  She is also the author or co-editor of four books. Her most recent book, THICK: and Other Essays, is a critically acclaimed best-seller that situates Black women’s intellectual tradition at its center. Laura and Adrian speak to Tressie about the protests that engulfed the United States following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, about writing and thinking on the fly in unsettled times, and about why it all feels different this time.

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June 24: Jia Tolentino

 Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at the New Yorker whose recent work includes an exploration of youth vaping and essays on the ongoing cultural reckoning about sexual assault. Previously, she was the deputy editor at Jezebel and a contributing editor at the Hairpin. Her criticism has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Grantland, the Awl, Pitchfork, The Fader, Time, and Slate. Her first book, the essay collection Trick Mirror, was published in 2019. Laura and Adrian talk to Jia about eating and cooking during a pandemic, about food as a means to create and project self-image, and  about what it means to be "lucky" in the age of COVID.

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July 1: Danny Lavery

In addition to his advice-giving role as Slate’s Dear Prudence, Danny M. Lavery is a co-founder of the Toast and the author of Texts From Jane EyreThe Merry Spinster, and Something That May Shock and Discredit You. Danny talks to Laura and Adrian about giving advice, about respect and respectability, and above all about biological and chosen families. [NOTE: This episode contains material that may be disturbing to some listeners.]

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July 8: Moira Donegan

Moira Donegan is an opinion columnist for Guardian US whose work has also appeared in the New Yorkern+1, the New Republic, and in the viral The Cut essay, “I Started The Media Men List," in which she describes her creation of (and the fallout from) the "Shitty Media Men" list that outed sexual harassers in media and journalism. Laura and Adrian talk to Moira about Jane Fonda's classic workout tapes, exercising at home, about what our new domesticity does to the male gaze, the institution of the gym and why one should mourn it, and whether there is a way to disinentangle self-improvement from capitalism.

July 15: Anthony Christian Ocampo

Anthony Christian Ocampo is a scholar and writer who focuses on race, immigration, and LGBTQ issues. He is a sociology professor at Cal Poly Pomona and a Ford Foundation Fellow. His groundbreaking book, The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino-Americans Break the Rules of Race, was called “essential reading not only for the Filipino diaspora but for anyone who cares about the mysteries of racial identity” by José Antonio Vargas. Laura and Adrian talk to Anthony about Filipinx identities, about racialization, about queerness in the academy, and about how one studies the ways in which race and gender are perceived and experienced.