The Guilty Feminist

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The Guilty Feminist
The Guilty Feminist Logo.png
Hosted byDeborah Frances-White + guest co-host
Starringe.g. Aisling Bea, Rachel Parris, Felicity Ward, Sindhu Vee
GenreComedy, Feminism
Created byDeborah Frances-White
Sofie Hagen (2015-September 2016)
ProductionThe Spontaneity Shop
Theme music composed byMark Hodge
No. of episodes179
Original release15 December 2015 – present

The Guilty Feminist is a feminist comedy podcast hosted by Deborah Frances-White. Created by Frances-White and Sofie Hagen in 2015, the podcast features guests on a panel to discuss topics on and related to feminism, and is recorded in front of a live audience.


The podcast was created by Deborah Frances-White and Sofie Hagen in December 2015.[1] The idea for the podcast came from the pair having lunch together and often sharing their hypocrisies and double standards with each other.[2][3] Hagen and Frances-White co-hosted the podcast until September 2016 when Hagen left. Since then a range of guests have co-hosted each episode. The podcast is recorded in front of a live audience and each episode lasts approximately 45 minutes.[4][5]

Each episode begins with short stories starting with the words "I'm a feminist, but...", with the episode's hosts admitting to moments where they have done or thought something that an ideal feminist wouldn't.[1][6] Episodes are based around a theme, and topics of discussion have included stereotypes, hair removal, periods, not having children, or purchase of cosmetics.[3][7][8][9][10] The presenters set themselves weekly challenges,[10] and at the end of each episode audience members are invited to ask the panel questions.[2]

The show has featured guests such as Shappi Khorsandi,[2] Gemma Arterton,[11] Dawn O'Porter, and Aisling Bea.[7] Frances-White aims to create diverse and inclusive panels of guests.[2]


The podcast was shortlisted for an Internet Award in the 2017 Chortle Awards and nominated for Best Podcast in the 2017 Audio & Radio Industry Awards.[12][13] In The Guardian's 2017 list of best podcasts, Kathryn Bromwich listed The Guilty Feminist as one of her six favourite podcasts in the 'sex, life and relationships' category.[10]

The podcast has been downloaded over 70 million times.[14]


  1. ^ a b Sahlender, Julia (29 August 2017). "Feministisch, schwarz, queer: Podcasts abseits von Verbrechen oder Geschichte". Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Tuxworth-Holden, Charlotte (28 April 2017). "Feminism to the fore in hit comedy podcast". The Argus. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b Gupta, Alisha Haridasani (2020-02-22). "Are You a Guilty Feminist?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  4. ^ Bruton, Louise (27 July 2017). "Feminism has become one more thing to feel guilty about". The Irish Times. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Girl power: the best podcasts for women". Daily Telegraph. 17 September 2016. p. 50. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  6. ^ Harrison, Ellie (30 December 2016). "Why 2016 has been a great year for women in comedy". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  7. ^ a b Fetherston, Sinann (6 July 2017). "5 Feminist Podcasts for a Woke Commute". RTE. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  8. ^ May, Naomi (6 June 2017). "These 5 Podcasts Celebrate Female Empowerment". Observer. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  9. ^ Verdier, Hannah (3 November 2016). "The Guilty Feminist: is it OK to watch Beauty and the Beast in your wedding dress?". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  10. ^ a b c Bromwich, Kathryn (30 October 2017). "From Dirty John to Mogul and the Guilty Feminist: best podcasts of 2017 part 2". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  11. ^ Mumford, Gwilym (22 August 2017). "Gemma Arterton reveals studio filmed her exercising to make her lose weight for role". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  12. ^ "And finally... best show". Chortle. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Audio & Radio Industry Awards 2017 nominations". Radio Today. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  14. ^ "A feminist podcast where actions speak louder than words". Stuff. 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2020-09-01.

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