Upcoming Shows

December 8

Part 2: Carissa Ropponen and Pragya Esh speak with Kalamity Hildebrandt of Fat Panic! about intersectionality and fat politics

December 15

The F Word features spoken word poetry by Dominique Christina.

Recent Blogs

Stealthy Freedoms and the Colonial Gaze

“As Western feminists we have a responsibility too: to be critical about the kind of struggle that is brought to our attention and reflect upon the reasons behind the publicity they receive. As coloured feminists, we should be alert about the colonial relations that appropriate our movements and not hesitate to denounce them, as Amina Taylor did so bravely and in doing so exposed the racism engraved in certain Occidental feminist movements.”

Who gets to talk about the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver?

“If I could feel myself so angered by the voyeuristic gaze of social scientists and the like, what right do I have, as someone who has neither lived nor worked in the DTES, to take up space with my own voice?”

Vegetarianism & feminist food autonomy: Why I don’t care what you ate for dinner.

“For many, feeling good about eating is hard enough – we don’t need to shame each other about what we’re eating too.”

Romance and Representation in “Insurgent”

“That it is Tris and Four’s relationship that I focused on in this post, and not Lynn and Marlene’s, speaks volumes to where power structures continue to play an enormous role in the production of popular culture. We’re going to need to rock the boat a lot harder if we want that to change.”

An Ode To Killjoys

“Killing joy is kick ass. It’s the kind of truth we deserve. I will always love you, honour you, and cherish you for all the joy you kill because that is what is required for us to led authentic and whole lives. We kill joy and space is made for our experiences to be validated. That is space we are all deserving of.”





We are the F Word Media Collective, a feminist media collective based in Vancouver, BC on unceded Coast Salish Territories.

The F Word  is a syndicated show, produced at Vancouver Co-op Radio.  Contact us for information on how to broadcast our weekly show on your station or website.

You can hear us live, every week on Vancouver’s Co-op Radio CFRO 100.5 FM on Mondays from noon-1:00 pm PT! You can also listen online from any location at www.coopradio.org.

The F Word is also part of the rabble Podcast network. Listen to past shows at rabble.ca or check out our Archives page.

We are seeking contributors to the F Word Feminist Media Collective!  Find out more.

Recent Shows

December 1

Fat Politics Part 1: Fat Politics 101 and Health

Part One of a two part series on Fat Politics: The F word explores fat politics, fat oppression, the relationship between fat and health, healthism, and much more. This show features the first half of a conversation between collective members Carissa Ropponen and Pargya Esh, and guest Kalamity Hildebrandt. Kalamity Hildebrandt is a fat activist based in Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories, who started the group Fat Panic!, an alliance of people of all sizes who are committed to ending the oppression of fat people, and to working towards a society in which no one is taught to hate their own or anyone else s body, for any reason. They are also the Director of Research & Education at the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) at Simon Fraser University.

November 24

Seeing Red: Examining sexualized violence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer 

The F Word explores the portrayal of sexualized violence on the iconic t.v. show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Despite airing its last episode in 2003, Buffy remains a cultural icon. What we’ve learned from Buffy is not only is the show still hotly debated on pop culture sites including Buzzfeed and Pop Matters, but also explored in feminist media making, including Bitch magazine and Jezebel. Collective member Pragya Esh and Melanie Lintott, from Adamant Eve, a feminist radio program in Edmonton Alberta, focus on the Buffy episode, called Seeing Red, in which the vampire, Spike, attempts to rape the vampire slayer with whom he s been having an illicit sexual relationship.

****Content warning for audio of scenes describing and portraying sexualized violence, as well as discussions of sexualized violence and its media portrayals.****

November 17

Rebroadcast: Interview with Julia Serano, author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive.

The F Word rebroadcasts Carissa Ropponen’s interview with Julia Serano, author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. They discuss how social justice movements can become exclusive and shut out folks who are different and strategies to make our activism more inclusive.

November 10

Hoopla: Women’s Health Carnival

The F Word airs two of the talks from the recent Hoopla Women’s Health Carnival organized by Positive Women’s Network alongside Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) Rape Crisis Centre and Options for Sexual Health in Vancouver, BC.

November 3

Discussing Community Responses to Violence Against Women with Julia Payson

The F Word’s Pragya Esh speaks to Julia Paysen, Executive Director of the John Howard Society of BC, about what we can do as communities when we witness violence against women and about ways to move forward with violent men outside of a flawed prison system. They discuss how we can build community so perpetrators can take accountability for their violent behaviour and work to change their behaviour.


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