35 - Allison Weiss

I feel like the apologies are coming across as hollow. Maybe I should move the publishing day to Fridays. Although, there is then the issue of clashing with That’s Not Metal podcast but hey, it’s not like I’m even in the same league as them anyway, eh? Thoughts on this would be appreciated. Moving the day that is, not on the other podcast thing. They’re in a league of their own.Interviews have been falling on Thursday’s a lot of late – I actually have another next week – but the fact still remains: I should be more prepared and have stuff ready in advance.Foot is coming off the gas. Let’s put it back on and plant it on the floor.On this episode I have a wonderful chat with Allison Weiss, whose album ‘New Love’ was one of my favourite records of 2015. I had great fun chatting to her. She’s very accommodating, warm and friendly which is always a relief.To this day I still get nervous in the run up the interviews but Allison’s easy going demeanour helped put me at ease pretty quickly. I think the conversation comes across as very natural which, in this podcast game, is something that everyone who interviews people should strive for.I worry that talking about feminism comes off as a little awkward. I mention it during the episode and I’ll mention it here too – I was brought up by my mum, as a single parent. Yeah, my dad was around and stuff but I lived with my mum, brother and sister. I was brought up to believe in equality for everyone, it’s perhaps why I still lean far left politically. Women’s rights were always in the background as I grew up, mostly because I saw how women were treated by men and found it abhorrent.In university during both film and literature studies I was introduced to feminist literary and film criticism. The concatenation was complete. I wouldn’t call myself a feminist (largely because I’m deeply suspicious of men who use that label), but I would definitely classify myself as an ally.Which leads to the point of this tangent – I feel awkward when I talk about it to women. Even talking my sister or girlfriend about these issues leaves me feeling weird. I’m passionate about them, but I can never fully understand what it’s like to be a woman, I can never fully experience the misogyny women experience. When I see it happening, I call it out but I can never be on the receiving end. Sometimes that makes me feel like an imposter. Is that common?After the interview Allison was glad that I brought it up, which is somewhat reliving but I still feel it may have been slightly awkward. I hope you don’t find it off putting.Please enjoy this episode – it’s one of my favourites.

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