It should come as no surprise that some of the best content in pop culture has been—and continues to be—created, produced, written, and performed by women. Their experiences are uniquely their own yet simultaneously universal to self-identified women everywhere. It's no wonder that more and more people are demanding for women's voices to be heard.
One form of media where women are thriving is the wonderfully addicting world of podcasts. It's a great platform for people to share their stories & engage in lively discussions; some are serious while others are simply meant to entertain. Here are some female celebrity shows that are establishing themselves as podcast personalities. (Get read to hit that "subscribe" button).
Anna Faris is Unqualified
"Not-great-relationship advice from completely unqualified Hollywood types."
Where you've seen her: Mom (CBS), The House Bunny, Scary Movie 3
Why you should listen: Along with co-host Sim Sarna, the two invite super fun & funny celebrity guests onto the show to give (occasionally misguided) advice to their listeners. In the description for the show, Anna jokingly calls herself "agreeable and delightful" to which I would have to delightfully agree with her.
This podcast is basically Anna & Co. having an R-rated pow-wow in her living room before they get serious and give out surprisingly poignant advice. It's a perfect example of how podcasts can be a fly-on-the-wall experience where you feel like part of the gang; you just happen to be the quiet one in the group.
Updated: mostly on Mondays (or weekly)
Length: anywhere between 30 minutes and 1 1/2 hours
Don't be surprised if you're inspired to give out unqualified advice yourself.
"...a raw, honest, and hilarious look at what life is really like under the bright lights of Hollywood."
Where you've seen them: Keltie Knight (Omg! Insider, The Talk); Becca Tobin (Glee); Jac Vanek (jackvanek.com clothing & accessories, fashion blogger)
Why you should listen: Three successful women sit around a table with some mics & mimosas and share slice-of-life stories about working in Hollywood. Each co-host offers their own distinctive personality, pleasant voice, and unique anecdotes. It's everything you would expect and so much more—like grabbing brunch with your favorite gal pals once a week.
They also have celebrity guests on the show who are just as charming as they are down-to-earth. Each episode is more refreshing than the last and filled to the brim with laughter and light-hearted humor. If this doesn't lift your spirits, I'm not sure know what will.
Updated: every Tuesday
Length: between 40 minutes & an hour
Pour yourself a mimosa & get ready to giggle along with the girls.
Guys We F****d
"Corinne & Krystyna want to make the world a more sex-positive place...one candid story of intercourse at a time."
Where you've seen them: Corinne Fisher & Krystyna Hutchinson form the comedy writing duo "Sorry About Last Night." They also frequent a variety of comedy shows, from local NY dive bars to world famous comedy club chains.
Why you should listen: These two effortlessly funny stand-up comedians/ close friends come together once a week to produce yet another arousing episode of "the anti slut-shaming podcast." They do not censor themselves nor are they ashamed of their sexual history. In fact, both women fully embrace their sexuality and use this podcast as a way to celebrate it.
Each episode features either Corinne or Krystyna inviting a guest onto the show that they have slept with in the past. Their conversations are candid, off-the-cuff and, of course, comical. "Guys We F****d" is raw, entertaining, and equal parts addicting & binge-worthy.
Updated: every Thursday
Length: between 60 minutes and 1 1/2 hours
You've just found your next non-guilty pleasure.
Women of the Hour with Lena Dunham
"a podcast miniseries about friendship, love, work, bodies and more"
Where you've seen her: Girls on HBO
Why you should listen: As mentioned above, topics addressed within the podcast include our relationships with friends, our bodies, lovers, coworkers, and our spiritual selves. The show demands a reaction from its listeners and isn't white noise you can just put on in the background. These discussions are deeply emotional, incredibly honest, and heart-warming/heart-breaking.
Guests on the podcast range from famous folks to everyday activists. The theme that connects their experiences as women is how they embrace their womanhood in varying ways. This show gives each guest the opportunity to stand in the spotlight they so readily deserve.
Updated: Completed miniseries
Length: 55 minutes to one hour (5 full episodes); 15 to 20 minutes (3 bonus episodes); 3 to 4 minutes (2 mini/short episodes)
Be prepared to laugh, cry, and do a weird laugh/cry hybrid.
Which lady-led podcasts do you listen to?
I understand that these are all straight, white women (or at least I'm assuming they're straight from how they present their sexuality during these shows). If you listen to or know of other podcasts created by women, particularly LGBTQ women and/or women of color, please feel free to share.