The Story of Woman

BONUS: Woman and Subcultures: Lucy Leonelli, A Year in the Life

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In this episode, I talk with Lucy Leonelli about her book, A Year in the Life.

Feeling stuck in her career and suffering from a very bad case of FOMO, Lucy quit her 9-5 and spent one year living with 26 different British subcultures: aristocrats, battle re-enactors, circus performers, naturists, zeitgeist political activists and more, experiencing first-hand their social rituals and customs, leading to lessons about herself, the world and what it means to be human.

But wait, there’s more! Lucy also flips the scripts and asks ME questions like she did these subcultures… starting with the question: is feminism a subculture?

Some topics of discussion include:

  1. What led to this year-long adventure and if Lucy cured her FOMO
  2. The importance - and flexibility - of one’s identity
  3. When values and identity turn into prejudices and tribalism
  4. The common thread that runs through us all: human connection, community


  1. Is feminism is a subculture?
  2. My experience with imposter syndrome as a new podcaster
  3. Subcultures within feminism

And more!

Become a Patreon to hear 21 minutes of bonus content, including how Lucy compares your comfort zone to stretchy pants, and me answering the recurring questions - what does feminism mean to me, what does the the story of woman, and what’s my earliest memory of gender !

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