Bring out yer balms!!!

We got such joy out of the Balms and Gender Traitors over the past three months, we wanted to put them all in one place. Whether you need a pick-me-up, some inspiration, or a kick in the ass you can find it somewhere in this list. We also listed some of the books we reference during the season. We probably missed a couple but these were the main ones. 

Blessed be, Bitches! 

Holly, Erin, and Heather


A HANDMAIDʻS TALE PODCAST - S2:E1-2 "June” & “Unwoman”

Balm of Gilead

  • Erin - Janelle Monae is Erin's Balm of Gilead. Basically, this has been the soundtrack of Erin's life for the past 48 hours.

  • Holly - Bombshell Podcast

Gender Traitor of the Week

  • Erin - Janelle Monae ... again.

  • Senator Tammy Duckworth gave Holly life this week.

A HANDMAIDʻS TALE PODCAST - S2:E3 "BAGGAGE”

Balm of Gilead

Gender Traitor of the Week

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2:E4 "OTHER WOMEN"

GENDER TRAITOR OF THE WEEK

BALM OF GILEAD

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2:E5 "SEEDS"

GENDER TRAITORS OF THE WEEK

BALMS OF GILEAD

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2E6 "FIRST BLOOD"

GENDER TRAITOR OF THE WEEK

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BALM OF GILEAD

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2E7 "AFTER"

BALM OF GILEAD

GENDER TRAITORS

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2:E8 "WOMEN'S WORK"

BALM OF GILEAD

GENDER TRAITORS

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2E9 "SMART POWER"

BALM OF GILEAD

  • Holly - @ava ‘s twitter, and Season 2 of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

  • Erin - Fruit season in Hawaii

  • Heather - Funny women on Twitter

GENDER TRAITOR OF THE WEEK

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2E10 "THE LAST CEREMONY"

BALMS OF GILEAD

  • Erin - The Richmond School Board renames J. E. B. Stuart Elementary School renamed as Barack Obama Elementary School after students vote on the name change.

  • Holly - Getting out in nature. Because as Rachel Carson reminds us, “those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”  

  • Heather - Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) gets angry over family separation at the border because sometimes there is comfort in anger.

GENDER TRAITOR OF THE WEEK

  • by Hannah Gadsby explores how we can own our own story and reclaim our voice. "Nannette" Holly - Also it's a stand-up comedy set.

  • Erin - MJ Hegar is a veteran running for office in Texas.  

  • Heather - Shirley Chisolm: the first African American congresswoman, the first African American to run for president, the first woman to run for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

BONUS NOTES:

WHY ISN'T JUNETEENTH A HOLIDAY!?

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2E11 "HOLLY"

BALM OF GILEAD

  • Heather - Paying attention to the things you love when the world feels like it’s going to shit.

  • Erin - Oprah!

  • Holly - Keep families  together protests.

GENDER TRAITOR OF THE WEEK

  • Erin - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) who started the LGBT equality caucus and is a total badass.

  • Holly - The journalists of the Capital Gazette. Dedicated community journalists who showed up and put out a damn paper the day after their office was attacked by a gunman.

  • Heather - Maxine Waters refuses to stand down or back off.

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2E12 "POSTPARTUM"

BALM OF GILEAD

  • Holly - Ursula Le Guin’s short story “The Flyers of Gy: An Interplanetary Tale”

  • Erin - Lizzo Radio on Spotify is the GAYEST thing ever and amazing.

  • Heather - Discovery of Canopy - Netflix for cinema and film lovers

GENDER TRAITOR OF THE WEEK

  • Erin - Amy McGrath who is running for Congress in Kentucky.

  • Holly - Aura Bogado @aurabogado is a reporter for @reveal covering immigration on the border and doing really important work covering the child separations.

  • Heather - #SecondCivilWarLetters on Twitter

HANDMAID'S TALE PODCAST - S2E13 "THE WORD"

SHOW NOTES

We couldn't remember the name of the bakery that sells the poi mochi doughnuts, it's Liliha Bakery and you should go there if you ever find yourself on O'ahu.

Balms of Gilead

  • music podcast on NPR is an amazing music and culture from Central and South America as well as the broader Alt LatinoHolly - latinx diaspora.

  • Heather - Libraries are beautiful, nurturing, and enriching spaces.

  • Erin - And YOU! Our amazing listeners and friends who have come on this crazy ride with us.

Gender Traitor of the Week

  • Heather - Trump protestors in Great Britain  

  • Holly - Jasmine Garsd is an incredible reporter covering women's stories across the world.

  • Erin Lupe Valdez is an inspiring woman running for Governor of Texas.

Three Busy Lady Book Club - Most of the books that we talked about in the podcast.

  • “The Cancer Journals” - Audre Lorde

  • All the books by Audre Lorde

  • “The Power” - Naomi Alderman

  • “The Traitor Baru Cormorant” - Seth Dickinson

  • “Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince” - J. K. Rowling

  • The Dark Tower series, Stephen King

  • Anything by Octavia Butler. Holly started with Lilith’s Brood, but really pick up anything of hers.

  • “The Sea Around Us” - Rachel Carson

  • “Lucy: A Novel” -  Jamaica Kincaid

  • “Jane Eyre” - Charlotte Bronte

  • “Wide Sargasso Sea” - Jean Rhys

  • “To Kill a Mockingbird”  - Harper Lee

  • “The Unreal and the Real” - Ursula K. Le Guin