Month: November 2018

What We’re Doing and Who We Are

What we’re doing. 

We’ve got an intern!

We are finalizing the on-boarding for an intern to start August 21st. This position will lighten the load in social media presence and audience engagement. This is part of our effort to expand, reach, and nurture our audience. She will be running campaigns, building content, curating a media library, and helping to put your shows into the ears of more people. 

We’ve been dipping our toe in Media Outreach. 

September will start a campaign to get featured by influential publications, blogs, newsletters, and digital outlets. As we build our contact database, please let us know of anyone who might be interested in taking a pitch. 

Who we are. 

Recently, in reaching out to other podcasters and audio journalists, we’ve received some feedback on our language as a company, specifically regarding gender identity. 

My intention was always to emphasize that our production team would be made up of women, because media companies rarely are. We believe that the message and voice of a podcast can be affected by who produces it. We wanted our behind the scenes to mirror the voices of our Creators to provide a safe space to say whatever we wanted.

These are all things I’m sure you already know. However, because our company up to this point has been made up of cisgender women, we have never really asked the question of who we are we actually excluding? When it comes to non-binary, trans, and non-cisgender voices, we realized might not be creating a safe space, even if we think we are. 

We have recently set out to tackle this issue by consulting with an awesome gender educator, AC Dumlao, and will focus on being a better space for trans, non-binary, and non-cisgender communities. If we’re going to be allies, then we plan to back it up with action.

However, the uncomfortable answer is that we are, in fact, we’re a network of no men. Men have voices everywhere. And while there is definitely a discussion of race, sexuality, and ability that affects the impact of men’s voices, we made the strong choice early on that our intention was to uplift and promote the impact of women’s voices in our content. It’s nicer to say “all women’s network” in the positive, than “no men allowed,” but it’s very honestly the cause that we have chosen. And so, we’re not backing down from it. 

To this end, our tagline for More Banana has changed to “Women’s Voices, Uninterrupted.” 

It backs up how we feel. When I look at Welcome To My Vagina, or Awkward Sex And The City, or any other podcast on the More Banana roster, I do not see shows that are playing it nice and appealing to everyone. We are speaking out about what we believe matters and what others might not think is proper to talk about. I want to clarify that this doesn’t mean “no men as guests or collaborators,” this just means that the decision-makers and the Creators (you guys) represent women’s voices. 

We’ve got company.

The work you’re all doing IS wanted. We know that, because recently, another “all-women’s” podcast network emerged out of LA. 

Earios, has launched a Kickstarter, as a “women-run podcast production network.” I will not lie to you that my first thought was “Damnit! They’re doing what we’re doing AND they got Jack Black to endorse them.” But, the reality is they’re answering the same need we are. And fuck yea! We should be supporting them as much as possible, because there’s PLENTY of men-run podcast networks. I encourage you to share their story and this article about their launch.  “Three Women Are Launching A New Podcast Network”

They don’t have any shows yet, but you can bet More Banana will be subscribing, listening, and promoting their work when they do. 

This does lead me again to thoughts on the change to our tagline and really how we think of ourselves as a network. Earios’s mission statement is “by Women, for everyone. No creeps allowed.”  This is so necessary to recognize, because “women’s content” should be for everyone, and not regulated to women’s interest only. Also never any creeps, boy bye. 

That being said, More Banana is not “for everyone.” 

Not to say that we’re not for men, but we’re not as palatable as other networks. We are making shows that challenge the podcast standard. We make shows that have a point of view. 

We don’t release two hour long rambling conversations between comedians about nothing. We bring topic and structure. 

We don’t quiet our discussions on taboo or controversial topics. We bring research and perspective. 

We edit, we ask questions, and sometimes we get weird. 

And I will push for that everyday, because I believe it makes us different. I believe our audience will be grateful for that level of care in what we put out there. 

Please reach out to me with any thoughts on this. We are constantly evolving as a network and I want everyone to play a part in it. It’s important that we’re all proud of what we make and I’m here to make sure that happens. 

There are more releases, creator news, and logistics to come soon, but holy crap that would make this email so much longer! In the meantime, just know that you’re all kicking ass. 

Your anxious, people-pleaser, HBIC,
Cait

The First Network Update

Hello Creators, Friends, and Champions,

Things are getting hot and heavy in the studio, because so much work is getting done and sometimes we have to turn off the AC when recording. These last few weeks have seen the release of a NEW show, the adoption of THREE new Creators, the launch of our Media Outreach strategy. 

First, we want to take the time to introduce two new Creators bringing their genius to the More Banana family. Jamie (Odd Acidy) and Chelsea (Ragna Rök), Roller Derby HBICs, have started production on a show that merges the experience of Roller Derby with mental health, social justice, gender issues, etc. The first interview, at Kill Room Studios, revolved around managing depression, and sounded amazing. 

Also, just this week we’ve brought on the hilarious Ayanna Dookie, to help produce her show “Who Does The Baby’s Hair?” which will focus on “stories of growing up bi- and multi-racial, and discussing current events that apply to the multiracial experience.” Pre-production will begin in the next few weeks, growing our podcast roster to 8 SHOWS!! 

We’re excited to see what will emerge from these new corners of More Banana. Please send along any ideas, questions, or just general encouragement.

ICYMI, we released the first episode of Awkward Sex And The Citythis last Tuesday, with More Banana amazing-lady-and-premiere-show-host Anita Flores! Give the first episode a listen and subscribe here. And look out for a new episode out Tuesday July 17th. 

For the next few months, Liz and Meredith will be leading up our Media Outreach strategy. The goal is to get your shows on the media radar and in the earholes of your audience. This also includes advertisers, which yay money! More importantly, we’re aiming to appear in your news alerts as the “First all women and female identifying podcast network.” As of right now, we’re gathering lead sources, so please reach out with any contacts or ideas for the team. They can be reached directly at liz@morebanana.com and meredith@morebanana.com.

The expansion of More Banana has been incredible. Since launching in January, we never really expected the network to reach this size so quickly or to gain this kind of momentum. I personally think it’s very telling of the industry that we’re trying to influence. In light of that I want to highlight two podcasts that are growing in the same tradition as More Banana. Hysteria, which managed to reach the iTunes Charts at #1 as an all-lady news podcast. As Meredith has been saying a lot this week, “I just can’t listen to men talk anymore,” so we’ve obviously found this new show refreshing. Also, Zig Zag, which tells the story of two women who leave WNYC in response to the sexual harassment allegations coming out of the studio, and tell the story of trying to launch a woman owned production company. Make sure you give both a listen. They are great examples of when there’s no place for you, then you gotta just name your own town and steal running water. That’s a Caitlyn original that you can put in front of a sunset on Instagram, if you’re feeling frisky. 

Thank you all again for your hard work and contribution. Talk soon,

Cait

Cait & Murda Hate Ron Jeremy – “Amanda By Night” (1981)

Cait & Murda spend another week as best friends sitting through a vintage porn in this episode of There Will Be Porn podcast. One by one they watch the AVN’s The 101 Greatest Adult Tapes Of All Time counting down to the best porn of them all.

Cait & Murda watch Amanda By Night, a movie about a crime circle of drugs, sex work, the vice squad, and MURDER! Again. So many porns have murder at the core of their story.

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Links

There Will Be Drinking Podcast (the origin of the Murda and Cait dynamic)

AVN’s The 101 Greatest Adult Tapes Of All Time

Music Credit

“There Will Be Porn Theme Song” Dejen Tesfagiorgis : bit.ly/funnyreel

Making a Change and Knowing Your Sh*t with Crunch [Kirsten Bunch]

Odd and Rags Interview international best selling author and Roller Derby goddess, Crunch (Kirsten Bunch) about making a change in your own community and rethinking your life when it’s time to make that change.

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Don’t Get Me Started [Calling Everything Basic]

Odd and Rags get into how calling everything basic is so annoying! And more importantly, how it’s a method of cultural appropriation that no one acknowledges.

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The Funky Internet Boys: Baby Scams w/ Adrienne Cooper

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s time for a tasty little baby scam. Adrienne Cooper tells us about the time she was scammed via email. If you even THINK of dark-webbing her, she’ll sic the FBI on ya. Plus, a few more yummy baby scams to complement your Thanksgiving feast. Enjoy!

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Why Did I Get Abandoned In Vietnam? – Jessy Caron of Welcome To My Vagina

Host Natalie Wall (@gnatalieeee) and Jessy Caron (@welcometomyvagina) talk about hate fucking, the importance of travel, tilted uteruses, and getting dumped in a foreign country.
 
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Awkward Sex & The City with Natalie Wall

In this episode, Jessy and Rebekah interview Natalie Wall of Awkward Sex and the City fame. It’s a stand-up show AND a podcast in the MoreBanana family and you should all give it a listen. As soon as you’re done listening to this episode, of course. We start out with a rousing game of “Would You Rather” sent to us by Rebekah’s friend Noelle. Thanks, Noelle!

  • 02:00: We play a game of “would you rather” during which we basically solve all the  quandaries plaguing society.
  • 03:00: Botox is, in fact, used to treat people with chronic migraines! Science is great!
  • 04:35: Gwen Stefani is actually 49 years old and she looks DAMN good. Also, she’s 5’6”. For some reason we thought she was a lot shorter than that.
  • 06:30: Check out Natalie’s AMAZING podcast here! Binge it! It’s great!
  • 10:00: The Anita who Natalie is referring to is none other than Anita Flores of the MoreBanana produced podcast “I’m Listening: A Frasier Podcast with Anita Flores.” It’s badass!
  • 11:00: “Sex and the City” premiered on June 6th, 1998.
  • 22:45: Oh my god here is a story about *69 from The Washington Post that was published on July 5, 1996. It is called “NOW, ANYONE’S GOT YOUR NUMBER,” and yes the title is written in all caps.
  • 25:14: The quote that Jessy read is from Ernest Becker’s book The Denial of Death.
  • 27:44: It isn’t a crane, it’s a stork. Although it would be really funny to think about cranes used at construction sites being the means by which babies are delivered in big cities…
  • 28:00: If you haven’t listened to our episode with Leigh, what are you waiting for?! It is so good. So informative. And you can find it by following this link!
  • 39:00: It is confirmed: Natalie and Rebekah actually have the same dad.
  • 41:15: Here is a link to Natalie’s article about semen.
  • 43:30: It is a Callery Pear, or Pyrus calleryana if you prefer the Latin, that smells like semen. It’s really common throughout North America.

Here’s where you can find Natalie!

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The Comfort Of Frasier

Comedian and actor Gianmarco Soresi (@gianmarcosoresi) stops by to chat about the most comforting episodes of Frasier. From ‘My Coffee With Niles’ to ‘The Innkeepers’, there’s a lot to choose from. Anita and Gianmarco also get into their experiences with finding a good therapist, it’s almost as difficult as finding a good gynecologist.

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Cait & Murda Love A Feminist Murderer – “Looker” 1998

Cait & Murda spend another week as best friends sitting through a vintage porn in this episode of There Will Be Porn podcast. One by one they watch the AVN’s The 101 Greatest Adult Tapes Of All Time counting down to the best porn of them all.

Cait & Murda are watching #89, Looker, from 1998. Possibly one of the best noir detective movie to ever be made, Looker tells the tale of a terrible homicide detective surrounded by incredibly competent women.  

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Links

There Will Be Drinking Podcast (the origin of the Murda and Cait dynamic)

AVN’s The 101 Greatest Adult Tapes Of All Time

Music Credit

“There Will Be Porn Theme Song” Dejen Tesfagiorgis : bit.ly/funnyreel

Scammed by Leggings & The First Feminist Gangster : LulaRoe and Marm Mandelbaum with Sue Smith and Caitlin Brodnick

Caitlin Brodnick and Sue Smith are obsessed with scams. Caitlin confesses she was a child con artist and Sue gets scammed by leggings! They could be getting scammed during this podcast! Who knows!?

Sue reports on the thousands of stay-at-home moms trapped into a leggings-peddling pyramid scheme. This multi level marketing scam is leaving women broke with a garages full of paper-thin leggins, unfortunate tunics, with a side of fat shaming. Caitlin shares an old-timey pick-pocketing lesson from Fredricka “Marm” Mandelbaum. Marm is considered one of America’s first feminist by helping to bing women and children out of squalor. She invented the fence scam, created the first school for thieves, and is Caitlin’s new hero.

More on the LulaRoe scam
LulaRoe Fails!
Mama Marm Mendelbaum, the Queen of Fences

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Helping The Most Ignored Population with Joygantor

Rags and Odd speak with Joygantor, derby queen and friend, who works in occupational therapy helping those with mental illness readjust to the community. They discuss the process and realities of institutions in America and geek out over research and great books on the subject.

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Get Me Started [Day To Day With Anxiety]

Rags and Odd talk about their own struggles with anxiety and how they manage the really hard days.

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Yea, I Literally Worship Women – Veronica Garza

This week on Awkward Sex And The City Podcast with Natalie Wall, guest Guest Veronica Garza (@veronicagotjokes) sits down with Natalie to discuss religion, loving women, and Texas.

Follow the podcast on Instagram at @awkwardsexandthecity on Twitter @awkwardsexcity  and at awkwardsexandthecity.com

 

Don’t Put That In Your Vagina, A Love Letter to Dr. Gunter

In this episode, Rebekah introduces everyone to her new dog, Goose. Then your two favorite hosts in Vaginaland get into the nitty gritty of the women’s hygiene market. They tell you all about what you should, and what you should not, stick in your vagina. Stuck something weird in your vagina and want to know if it’s okay? Well, short answer is it probably isn’t but listen to find out! Or send us an email at welcometomyvagina@gmail.com for any specific questions. And, in true WTMV fashion, Jessy and Rebekah finish off with something a little lighter – this week it’s weird state laws. Wow! Give it a listen! And, as always, C U Next Tuesday!

  • 00:30: Jessy and Rebekah propose changing the way we talk about voting and rather than calling it Election Day, it should be Voters Day! Because it is our day goddamnit!
  • 01:00: Rebekah got a dog!
  • 05:15: Here is our first episode, Vulva Shame! You can learn so much! And also see how much we have learned about podcasting. We have all come so far. Go team.
  • 06:15: The inventor of the douche was indeed a man. We know, SHOCKING. His name was Anthony E. Magoris and was awarded a patent for what he called the “combined syringe and speculum” on March 29th, 1892. He also held the patent on the tampon which he was granted on May 18th, 1901. Figures.
  • 07:00: This article from The Guardian, “The Vagina is self-cleaning – so why does the ‘feminine hygiene’ industry exist?” is well worth the read.
  • 07:30: Here is our hero and yours Dr. Jennifer Gunter taking down the Teen Vogue article on her website. It’s informative. And also fucking hilarious.
  • 10:30: Here is a whole history on douching. It is SUPER interesting.
  • 11:30: If you haven’t listened to our episode on body hair, well, what are you waiting for?! We do a deep dive into the capitalist roots of hair removal! It’s totally fucked. But also entirely predictable.
  • 14:30: If you want to follow Dr. Jennifer Gunter (and why in the world wouldn’t you?!) you can find her here, @DrJenGunter. Seriously, she is an ocean of vaginal knowledge.
  • 17:30: Here is an entire article from Forbes, called “The Mystery Behind Ancient Vaginal Jade Eggs Has Been Cracked,” that tells you everything you didn’t realize you needed to know about jade eggs and how dangerous they are.
  • 25:45: And again, here is the link to Body Hair Don’t Care! It’s good and funny and informative and you should listen. Okay bye.
  • 26:30: Here is an article that runs through the history of glitter bombing. It is magnificent.
  • 29:30: Here is our girl Jen Gunter telling you not to put a wasp nest in your vagina. Here is Women’s Health Magazine telling you not to put a wasp next in your vagina. And here is Forbes. FORBES!! Forbes is also telling you not to put a wasp nest in your vagina.