The Weekly Cheek features co-hosts Hannah Ferguson and Kristin Perissinotto chatting about politics, the things politics influences, and the things that influence politics. The Weekly Cheek aims to make politics more accessible by breaking down purposefully confusing systems, critiquing the media outlets that report irresponsibly, and discussing the issues that we should all be talking about. We’ve covered prominent women in politics, the mental load, the failings of women’s media, and the importance of transparency in the pursuit of progress.
52. What is your anti-feminist confession?
32:46In this episode, we read our Instagram followers' anti-feminist confessions and divulge our own. Kristin made a questionable voting decision when she was 18, and Hannah refuses to change a lightbulb. Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco
51. Would Australia vote in another woman prime minister?
41:18In this episode, we talk about the idea of trickle down feminism, the status of women in federal politics, our trailblazing queen Julia Gillard and how far away the next woman PM is, diversity (or lack of) in the Liberal party and national politics in general, and the glass cliff analogy. Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco
BONUS: Van Badham on conspiracy theories and democracy
44:12In this bonus episode, we speak with author and Guardian coloumnist Van Badham about her new book, Qanon and On that explores conspiracy theories. Van talks about internet hate, conspiracies (of course), and democracy. Enjoy, and come back on Tuesday night for our regularly scheduled episodes! Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco Buy Qanon and On: http://www.indies.com.au/non-fiction/qanon-and-on-a-short-and-shocking-history-of-the-internet-conspiracy-cults
50. Is sexualising yourself a feminist act?
36:31In this episode, we're talking about the recent parody post Celeste Barber made of supermodel Emily Ratajkowski, or Em Rata, which has been heavily scrutinised online over the past two weeks. Can sexualising yourself be a feminist act? What's the patriarchal bargain and is it okay? Can we tell women to stop posting provocative images? Let's DISCUSS. It's a spicy one. Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco
49. What are the opinions you didn't ask for?
32:18In this episode, we talk about the things we tolerate as women, and some of the unwanted opinions we've gotten on our Cheek content over the past year. We discuss the times we didn't say anything when we should have, being polite to mitigate uncomfortable situations, and outlawing kisses on the cheek ;) from men we don't even know. Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco
48. Who's happier: progressives or conservatives?
32:42In this episode, we're discussing a New York Times opinion piece that prompted us to wonder whether political progressives or conservatives are happier people. Is ignorance bliss when it comes to political and social issues and inequality? How do people on either side of the political spectrum celebrate success? Are conservatives happier when the Liberals are in government? Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco Read the NYT piece: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/opinion/conservatives-liberals-happiness.html
47. Is the antivax movement inherently political?
31:38In this episode, we're talking about everyone's least favourite topic... Anti-vaxxers! Is the antivax movement inherently political? How has it grown in the wake of COVID? How has wellness and natural health turned into far-right, extremist political action this year? Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco
46. Grace Tame will not be silenced by the Murdoch media
34:42In this episode, we discuss the recent critiques of Australian of the Year Grace Tame, which included a scathing article in The Australian this week. Rather than applying sound critiques, the journalist of the piece used condescending language and belittlement in an attempt to bully Tame into silence. Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco
45. Is the progressive left an exclusive club?
31:43In this episode, we're talking about what we think are the downfalls of the progressive left. Is the left exclusionary? Should we be making progressive content more accessible? Does the left get in its own way? Should we be more empathetic to those who don't align with us politically? Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco
44. Is Scott Morrison or Tony Abbott the worse Prime Minister?
36:51In this episode, we compare Scott Morrison to Tony Abbott in a showdown for who was the worse Prime Minister. We're currently in the most divisive and volatile political climate in our lifetimes - but would things be 'worse' if Mr Abbott was still around? Which PM has the biggest ego? Let's discuss. Find us online at cheekmedia.com.au and on socials @cheekmediaco