I’m a feminist but… I once asked my boyfriend to help edit my women’s studies essay.

The Guilty Feminist is an award-winning podcast and now live show at this year’s Adelaide Fringe hosted by comedian Deborah Frances-White who was also joined on the evening by surprise guest, funny lady Claire Hooper (currently host of The Great Australian Bake Off).

The show acts as a supportive forum for discussing all the hard-hitting topics that impact on women’s lives today and this evening’s discussion was money. The subject opened the floor for dialogue around the reality of financial abuse, power and control and our feelings toward making money (having a lot or a little) as well as finance and romance.

The show mixed comedy with warm and fuzzies, candid truths and at times unsettling moments that hit on some harsh realities, but in saying that this show always relied on its sensibility and warm humour to guide us through when more serious discussion took place.

The crowd involvement was a real highlight of Deborah’s podcast. While the discussion was taking place on stage, much of the direction of the conversation was generated through audience participation which made you truly feel a part of the discussion.

A few members of the audience got to share some of their own lived experiences and stories with us, which was a real pleasure and a great indication of how relevant and honest these topics are as it was reflected in so many women’s own narrative.

We enjoyed a fun game of “I’m a feminist but…” which was a hilarious list of confessions of the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine our feminist principles – Are you having a feminist week or a guilty week?

I’m a feminist but… whenever someone refers to their boss I immediately think it’s a man (who looks like Don Draper).  

We were later joined by the very funny Tessa Waters who has two of her own shows at this year’s Fringe Festival Volcano and Glittery Clittery: a conSENSUAL Party both of which are hilarious. Tessa (who reminds me of Ilana from Broad City) managed to get a lot of laughs in her short time on stage.

The one and only thing for me that was a slight let down was that it would have been nice to have a woman of colour being represented in the conversation to include her experience and perspective.

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Listening to The Guilty Feminist Podcast is a feminist act!

5 stars

By Daisy Sumersford

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