Episode 1 – Meet The Shrews 


“Historically, dissenting women have been labelled unnatural, witch, man-haters, harridans, viragos…fish wives, spinsters, thorn-backs, sluts and whores, hysterical, shrill, and lest we forget – SHREWS…” 

Women are still living with the hangover from hell of this misogynistic legacy. And we are not ok with that.

It’s been at least a couple of years since Jay and Jen’s friendship was forged by a mutual fiery love of feminism and the power of wordsmithery. It took a global pandemic and things generally going to hell in a handbasket for them to throw all the right ingredients into a pot and birth the Shrews Untamed podcast.

Episode 1 is an ‘origins’ minisode. The Shrews Untamed collective of 2 tell you the story of why we’re doing this thing – and why whip-smart women like you will love to listen in. Because if there’s one thing we know, it’s that the patriarchy wants all of us dissenting women to shut the heck up – and we are NOT ok with that. 

Consider this episode an appetiser…or a warning fairly given – we actively stir the pot and draw attention to the things we think matter for any woman who considers herself untamed.


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Show Notes 


Things we mentioned:

The Taming of the Shrew, (1590-1592) William Shakespeare

The copyright has long run dry on this, so it’s available from many publishers in many book stores. In these days of social isolation, read it free via Project Gutenberg.

If you’d like to hear a fun and impassioned discussion about why The Taming of the Shrew is classed as a ‘problematic play’, and hear moderate fanfare for the movie Ten Things I Hate About You (1999), check out the Hurly Burly Shakespeare Podcast.

If you’d like to see Ursula Beanstead’s ‘checklist’ to help prevent victims of domestic violence be revictimized, or read more on The Shark Cage metaphor, click here.

If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic/partner violence, please call 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732 or visit their website. 


Aboriginal Family Domestic Violence Hotline: 1800 019 123

OR access a range of services via

DV Connect.

The Cackle Of Sisterhood 

It’s been at least a couple of years since Jay and Jen’s friendship was forged by a mutual fiery love of feminism and the power of wordsmithery. It took a global pandemic and things generally going to hell in a handbasket for them to throw all the right ingredients into a pot and birth the Shrews Untamed podcast.

When they’re not yelling, “I know, RIGHT?” at each other on FB Messenger, Jay is an award-winning copywriter and copy coach and Jen is an author with her first book in the works. They are also mothers, sisters, daughters, and both fans of the C word. 

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Disclaimer on historical and literary references, and views expressed on Shrews Untamed 

Unless we say otherwise, the history sources Jay and Jen mention on Shrews Untamed are from the dominant Western scholarly tradition. (That means Western history and literature was written by white men, for white men, and about white men – and a few very ‘good’ and very ‘bad’ women.) Through Feminist scholarship, the achievements, stories, and voices of women are slowly being ressurected from the past; some are lost forever. 

We acknowledge that for First Nation women and Women of Colour, the history books have been closed for much longer, and the pursuit of Herstory has not been equitable, or free of Western/colonial bias.

Unless we say otherwise, most of the literary references are made to Western literature. Western literature, poetry, and artistic tradition are all filled with the names, images, and stories of women – and of course, Western patriarchal bias which has dictated our history bleeds into literature and the arts. Whether writing based on Near-Eastern historical figures like Cleopatra, the Virgin Mary, and including Western fictional characters like our dear Kate from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew – each were envisioned and written by white men, and shown as white women, or fetishised exotics, for a largely white male audience.

The literary, cultural and artistic traditions, as well as current views of First Nation women and Women of Colour, or any non-binary person, should be told by people who have with lived that experience and/or tradition. And they are.

As we say in the outro, all opinions on content expressed on Shrews Untamed are our own. Jay and Jen are both white, CIS-het women; we can only speak with authenticity of our own white, CIS-het experience of Western culture and our world, and we do so without apology.

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