Feminism with Claire Swinarski

Episode 124 · January 12th, 2018 · 1 hr 10 mins

About this Episode


Claire Swinarski was raised near Madison by a feminist who taught her to love and value her femininity as well as the fight for women's rights. Then she converted to Roman Catholicism in college, but her feminism didn't die, it was transformed. Annoyed by what's being offered ("tea cups") to so many Catholic women, she launched her podcast to challenge this.

*Here are some great interviews:

Therapy, Waiting, and Sharing Yourself Online
ft. Christina Dehan Jaloway

Conversions and Comparison
ft. Sr. Miriam James Heidland

Living and Thriving on the Sexuality Spectrum
ft. Anna Carter

Eschewing Gender Stereotypes and Embracing Complementarianism
ft. Shannon Ochoa

Women's Healthcare and Natural Family Planning
ft. Leah Jacobson

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Episode Links

  • The Catholic Feminist Podcast — Welcome to the Catholic Feminist, a podcast for Jesus-loving women who want to be inspired, involved, and intentional. Each week, we speak with women who are living out their faith in a radical, real way. 
  • Women's Healthcare and Natural Family Planning ft. Leah Jacobson — The Catholic Feminist Podcast — There's a narrative going around right now that women's healthcare = Planned Parenthood, abortion, and birth control. But that narrative hurts young girls, puts unrealistic expectations on their beauty, and stifles the very natural process of ovulation. If you're thinking "huh?", then this episode is perfect for you. We go deep into why Leah started Guiding Star Centers, which are non-profit health centers for women, and how Guiding Star is working to change the narrative around women's fertility and healthcare. 
  • Eschewing Gender Stereotypes and Embracing Complementarianism ft. Shannon Ochoa — The Catholic Feminist Podcast — This week, I'm speaking with Shannon Ochoa, the mission leader of Brew City Catholic and the co-founder of the Eden Invitation. Shannon and I chat about Edith Stein, aka St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, and how her writings on gender influenced Shannon's outlook on womanhood. In a world where half the people tell you women belong in the kitchen and the other half tell you there are zero differences between men and women besides anatomy, Shannon provides a refreshing outlook on gender roles, a woman's "place", and what it means to be female. Enjoy! 
  • About Maria Johnson — In a nutshell, here’s my life. I was born in Cuba in the early 1960’s, at a time when, among other things, it was inconvenient to be Catholic AND have a conscience. My parents, lovers of freedom and no friend of the totalitarian regime still squashing human rights even as I type, came to the United States, as many do, in search of human dignity, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • My Badass Book of Saints — "I’m so excited to introduce you to my first book, published by Ave Maria Press. It has a tough title, and a scrappy cover (don’t you love it?), but for every punch thrown — or almost thrown — on the pages within, you’ll also find a little vulnerability and tenderness, too." *affiliate link
  • Super Girls and Halos - Maria Morera Johnson — What do Wonder Woman and St. Katharine Drexel have in common? How about St. Clare of Assisi and Rey, the ingenue from Star Wars The Force Awakens? All four women sought justice for the abused. *affiliate link
  • Mulieris Dignitatem (August 15, 1988) | John Paul II — The personal resources of femininity are certainly no less than the resources of masculinity: they are merely different. Hence a woman, as well as a man, must understand her "fulfilment" as a person, her dignity and vocation, on the basis of these resources, according to the richness of the femininity which she received on the day of creation and which she inherits as an expression of the "image and likeness of God" that is specifically hers.