On the Rag: Rugby ads, menstrual cups and delving into the world of incels

Listen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Madeleine Chapman tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture, with thanks to our friends at The Women’s Bookshop

This month on On the Rag, we tackle a Rebel Sport ad with a secret message, delve into the terrifying online world of incels and fill our moon cups with some very serious questions. Why are all changing rooms hell on Earth? Why do Black Ferns have to work fulltime jobs outside of rugby? And is it okay to swap intense feminist literature every once in a while for some Roald Dahl?

Beyond that, we make our own bad feminist confessions, explore the perils of hotel room kettles, and share some other very cool tips for making life easier this month. Head to our Facebook page for a chance to win Go Girl by Barbara Else, and for further Book Club suggestions please enjoy The Women’s Bookshop top 10 bestsellers for April.

1. Go Girl: A Storybook of Epic NZ Women – Barbara Else
2. How We Met: The Ways Great Love Begins – Michele A’Court
3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
4. Dear Oliver: Uncovering a Pakeha History – Peter Wells
5. Tin Man – Sarah Winman
6. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee
7. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Vol. 2 – Francesca Cavallo & Elena Favilli
8. All the Beautiful Girls – Elizabeth Church
9. We are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
10. Mazarine – Charlotte Grimshaw

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