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Women Lead Network Podcast Episode 4: Barbie Joy and the Menemies of Fun (Let’s Talk about Barbie!)

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Resources we used and you can use to think about this topic

Bennett, Jessica. “Opinion | I Saw ‘Barbie’ With Susan Faludi, and She Has a Theory About It.” The New York Times, July 25, 2023, sec. Opinion. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/25/opinion/barbie-movie-faludi-feminism.html.

Treisman, Rachel. “Is Barbie a Feminist Icon? It’s Complicated.” NPR, July 27, 2023, sec. Culture. https://www.npr.org/2023/07/27/1189987314/barbie-movie-feminist-history.

Gopal, Priyamvada. “Is Barbie Feminist? Not for All Women.” Accessed September 22, 2023. https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2023/8/4/sorry-american-liberals-barbies-feminism-isnt-for-all-women.

Cox, David. “Barbie’s Muddled Feminist Fantasy Still Bows to the Patriarchy.” The Guardian, August 4, 2023, sec. Film. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2023/aug/04/barbies-muddled-feminist-fantasy-still-bows-to-the-patriarchy.

Marris, Emma. “Barbie and Body Image: A Scholar’s Take on the Research — and the Blockbuster Film.” Nature 620, no. 7973 (July 27, 2023): 254–55. https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-023-02433-8.

Midla, C. L. (2021). Marketing identity: Barbie, lil miquela, and social influencers (Order No. 28542756). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection. (2546593731).

Kolhatkar, Sonali. “Barbie Remains a Problem,” August 19, 2023. https://www.thestarnews.com/barbie-remains-a-problem/.

mirkin, harris. (1984). the passive female the theory of patriarchy. American Studies, 25(2), 39–57. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40641862

Barton, & Huebner, L. (2022). Feminine Power: A New Articulation. Psychology and Sexuality, 13(1), 23–32. https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2020.1771408

Hennefeld. (2021). Affect Theory in the Throat of Laughter: Feminist Killjoys, Humorless Capitalists, and Contagious Hysterics. Feminist Media Histories, 7(2), 110–144. https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2021.7.2.110

Naylor, Robert Luke. “Why Barbie and Not Oppenheimer: A Film Review of Barbie, Directed by Greta Gerwig. Warner Bros. Pictures, 2023.” Endeavour 47, no. 3 (September 1, 2023): 100873. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.endeavour.2023.100873.

Kain, Erik. “The ‘Barbie’ Movie Isn’t Feminist Propaganda, It’s A Two-Hour Mattel Commercial.” Forbes. Accessed September 22, 2023. https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2023/08/05/the-barbie-movie-isnt-feminist-propaganda-its-a-two-hour-mattel-commercial/.

Garber, Megan. “Barbie Is Everything. Ken Is Everything Else.” The Atlantic, July 28, 2023. https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2023/07/barbie-movie-ken/674852/.

Women Lead Network Podcast Episode 3: Feminist Rage: The Women are Unwell (Let’s Talk About Wellness and Consumerism)

Women Lead Network Podcast: Feminist Rage-The Women are Unwell

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Resources you can use to think about this topic:

Wellness Industry is Led by Women: Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/daniellebrooker/2019/03/08/wellness-women-mental-health/?sh=6058c0767338

Wellness is not women’s friend: Conversation


How the Wellness Industry Preys on Women and Why we Fall for it: Healthy Women https://www.healthywomen.org/content/article/how-wellness-industry-preys-women%E2%80%94and-why-we-fall-it

The Gospel of Wellness: Gyms, Gurus, Goop and the False Promise of Self Care (Book) Rina Raphael (substack link: https://welltodo.substack.com/)

The Wellness Industry is Not Gender Inclusive (byrdie.com) https://www.byrdie.com/wellness-industry-gender-inclusivity-5181834

Wellness Doesn’t Belong to White Women: The Cut https://www.thecut.com/article/wellness-doesnt-belong-to-white-women.html

Adding Color to Wellness: Wellness Summit 2021 https://www.globalwellnesssummit.com/trends-2021/adding-color-to-wellness/

The Dark Side of Wellness: The overlap between spiritual thinking and far right conspiracies (https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/oct/17/eva-wiseman-conspirituality-the-dark-side-of-wellness-how-it-all-got-so-toxic)

“Conspirituality” Journal of Contemporary Religion: https://www.iser.essex.ac.uk/research/publications/publication-520482

Alt Health Influencers: European Journal of Cultural Studies https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/13675494211062623

Examining the “Wellness to Far Right Conspiracy Pipeline” Brown Political Review https://brownpoliticalreview.org/2021/11/examining-the-wellness-to-far-right-conspiracy-pipeline/

The Startling Truth About the Commercialization of Mental Health


Mental Health as a Basic Human Right and the Interference of Commercialized Science


The digital mental health market is booming. Here’s why some experts are concerned


Emotional Wellness Toolkit


Self-Help Therapy: Recent Developments in the Science and Business of Giving Psychology Away



Women Lead Network Podcast Episode 2: Let’s Talk About Reproductive Justice

Women Lead Network Podcast: Let’s Talk about Reproductive Justice

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Resources Used in Episode 2 :

Reproductive Justice: Ramjohn, Rhea. “Reproductive Choice and Reproductive Justice” November 2, 2020, in Hormonal, produced by Kassandra Sundt, podcast, 35:18 https://open.spotify.com/episode/4ZgFlCsLn5S2pAWyXsVa0e

Ross, Loretta J. “Teaching Reproductive Justice: An Activist’s Approach” in Perlow Olivia and D. Wheeler (eds.) Black Women’s Liberatory Pedagogies: Resistance, Transformation, and Healing Within and Beyond the Academy (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) 159-180.

Various authors. “We Remember: African American Women Are for Reproductive Freedom” in Springer, Kimberly. Still Lifting, Still Climbing: Contemporary African American Women’s Activism. (New York: New York University Press, 1999) 38-41.

“Brazil’s Abortion Debate: Gov’t Imposes New Rules for Rape Victims” reported by Monica Yanakiew for Al Jazeera, September 1, 2020, video, 2:55, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4trR8ggE2YE

Corporate Greed and Abortion:

Links: https://www.marketplace.org/2022/07/01/companies-scramble-to-figure-out-abortion-travel-benefit-privacy-protections/


Governmental Role in Abortion Protections:



Mutual Aid Resources:




https://janesdueprocess.org/about/ (pausing operations)

https://fronterafundrgv.org/ (pausing operations)

Women Lead Network Podcast Episode #1: Let’s Talk About Women and Labor

Women Lead Network Podcast Episode #1: Let’s Talk about Women and Labor

Women Lead Network Podcast Episode #1 Playlist

Resources used in Episode #1:

What is Work? Formal vs. Informal Labor

UN Women: Women in Informal Economy


Informal Work and Sustainable Cities: From Formalization to Reparation – PMC

Addressing the Gender Dimension of Informality

Are women in formal sector more empowered? Revisiting empowerment | UNICEF Global Development Commons

Joy To Pain: Hustle Culture and Its’ Impact on Women

What You Love is Killing You…Absher Thesis

Hustle Culture

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Exploitation in Women’s Organizations


Passion Exploitation

Additional Resources on this Topic:

Cahuas, M. C. (2019). Burned, Broke and Brilliant: Latinx Community Workers Experiences Across the Greater Toronto’s Non-Profit Sector. Antipode Vol. 51 No. 1, 66–86.

Chen, C. W., & Gorski, P. C. (2015). Burnout in Social Justice and Human Rights Activists: Symptoms, Causes and Implications. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 1-25.

Data USA. (2019). Social and Human Services Assistants. Retrieved from Data USA: https://datausa.io/profile/soc/social-human-service-assistants#:~:text=77.6%25%20of%20Social%20%26%20human%20service,of%20Social%20%26%20human%20service%20assistants.),

Evans Robino, A. (2019). Global Compassion Fatigue: A New Perspective on Counselor Wellnes. The Professional Counselor Volume 9, Issue 4, 272–284.

Gouin, R. R., Cocq, K., & McGaven, S. (2011). Feminist participatory Research in a Social Justice Organization. Action Research 9(3), 261–281.

Jenkins, K. (2009). “We have a lot of good will but we still need to eat…”; Valuing Women’s Long Term Voluntarism in Community Development in Lima. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations , Vol. 20, No. 1, 15-34.

Silva, C. (2020, August 10). Black Activist Burnout: You Can’t Do This Work if You’re Running on Empty. National Public Radio, pp. https://www.npr.org/2020/08/10/896695759/black-activist-burnout-you-can-t-do-this-work-if-you-re-running-on-empty.

Timm, J. (2016, August 24th). The Plight of the Overworked Nonproët Employee; Do mission-driven organizations with tight budgets have any choice but to demand long, unpaid hours of their staffs? The Atlantic, pp. https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/08/the-plight-of-the-overworked-nonprofit-employee/497081/.