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Join Alex Casey, Michèle A’Court and Leonie Hayden as they wrestle with some big issues in The Spinoff’s feminist web series On the Rag.PeriodsHold onto your tampon strings, the first episode of the On the Rag webseries is here! Join Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michèle A’Court from the On the Rag podcast as they […]

Join Alex Casey, Michèle A’Court and Leonie Hayden as they wrestle with some big issues in The Spinoff’s feminist web series On the Rag.


Hold onto your tampon strings, the first episode of the On the Rag webseries is here! Join Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michèle A’Court from the On the Rag podcast as they dive into the hilarious, messy, stressful, hidden world of periods. What is a period exactly? What’s the blue stuff in the ads? Who has the best period horror story of all time? And why all the shame?

Body hair

Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michéle A’Court sharpen their secateurs and trim a path into the prickly world of body hair. Why do we have hair in certain places and not others? Who is hair removal really for? And how painful is a first time Brazilian? We are also joined in the studio by Nikolai Talamahina aka Brown Boy Magik to chat about how body hair can play a crucial part in gender identity.

Being online

In episode three of our On the Rag web series, we explore the ways that the promised utopia of the internet turned into a flaming hellfire for women, people of colour and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Alex Casey visits a high school to see how teen girls are coping with the pressures of Instagram, Leonie Hayden talks to Golriz Ghahraman and Meg de Ronde about the trauma of online abuse, and Michéle A’Court meets her online pal Caitlin Spice, who was able to forge her identity online before taking it IRL.

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This episode of On the Rag is all about ageing. Time ravages us all, of course, but there’s no denying that women bear the bigger burden of keeping that fact a buried, Botoxed secret. With a whole industry built around smoothing laugh lines, stomping out crow’s feet and doing whatever we can to slow the sag, it can be hard to resist the pressure when every woman we see in the media is flawless, ageless and entirely gravity-free.

Hilary Barry doesn’t seem to give a fuck about any of that. The Seven Sharp co-host and ex 6pm newsreader has dealt with decades of people talking about the way she looks, what she wears and how she talks. In an industry where men are allowed to wither and grey behind the news desk while the women tend to get swapped out for someone younger, she’s also been the older woman in the hosting relationship twice over.


In the fifth episode of our mana wāhine series On the Rag, Alex, Michèle and Leonie look at the possible changes to abortion legislation in New Zealand and the current law which has classified the procedure as a crime since 1977 (the same year Chris Martin from Coldplay was born, if you were wondering).

Alex busts some myths with the help of Abortion Rights Aotearoa president, Terry Bellamak, and an itchy orange beard; Leonie heads to her local Family Planning to find out how to get an abortion and legendary reproductive rights campaigner Dame Dr. Margaret Sparrow joins the team in the studio.

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Sex positivity

Light some candles and slip into something more comfortable for the sixth episode of the On the Rag webseries. Today, we’ll be stripping bare all of our hang-ups about sex in an attempt to become more sex positive. Leonie talks to Takatāpuhi activist Elizabeth Kerekere about pre-colonial attitudes to sex, Alex attends a solo sex toy party and Bang! host Melody Thomas joins us in the studio to tell us what she’s learned from yarning to New Zealanders about their sex lives.


Fasten your seatbelts and hold onto your tits, the seventh episode of On the Rag is all about safety. What did we learn about safety when we were growing up as young women? What key pointers should everyone know about workplace harassment? And who the hell are the men who shout at women from cars? We also enjoy a safety demonstration from Vivian Chandra from the women’s self defence network, who teaches us to turn fear into anger and ballet moves into lethal blows.

Climate change

In episode eight of The Spinoff’s feminist web series On the Rag, Michele, Alex and Leonie go looking for hope amid the climate crisis.

Michele does the unthinkable on behalf of all boomers, Alex discovers the joys of saving the world while shopping, and a group of agenda-setting indigenous climate activists beam in from the COP25 climate conference in Spain.


Dust off your jade eggs and crank the salt lamp, On the Rag is back for another season to talk all things wellness and self-care.

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We’ve got more content choices than ever before, so why is it that so many people still aren’t represented in the media? In this episode, On the Rag looks at what we are putting in our eyes and ears as media consumers in Aotearoa.


On the Rag takes a long hard feminist look at weed ahead of the cannabis referendum – what exactly are we voting on, what do green fairies think about it, and what does science have to say on the matter?


Have you ever been called a bitch? Hysterical? Stroppy? Do you find yourself suppressing warranted anger to appear more likeable? Mad as hell and don’t want to take it anymore? This episode of On the Rag is for you.

Imposter syndrome

For some it appears as a constant whisper, for others it’s a screeching megaphone at the most inopportune moments. How do you deal with imposter syndrome, that voice in your head saying you aren’t good enough?


On the Rag examines the topic of boobs from every possible angle.


On the Rag looks at how the world around us has been built by men, for men.

On the Rag was made with the support of NZ On Air.

Source: The Spinoff

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