The Femsplainers Podcast

Welcome to the Femsplainers with: Christina Hoff Sommers & Danielle Crittenden

Join our weekly girl’s night out with some of the most fascinating and fabulous women on the planet. We dish on everything from #metoo and sex to, well, doing the dishes. No topic is off-limits - unless it’s boring.

What is Femsplainers

It’s the gossipy, smart, witty conversation you’d have if all of your girlfriends (and some of your guy friends too!) were experts on the hot topics of the moment. High spirited and high minded, we don’t argue or whine but seek to get to the heart of the matter, over cocktails (or wine).

Meet the Femsplainers

Christina Hoff Sommers

Bubbly, sparkling, and inclined to speak French when tipsy, Christina is the human embodiment of her favorite cocktail, a Kir Royale. Christina counters tired doctrines and rigid political correctness with wit and charm – along with an arsenal of facts. Yes, she’s that friend who studied and did her homework before the party.

Author of 5 books, including Who Stole Feminism? and The War Against Boys—the latter a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year." Other books include Freedom Feminism, One Nation Under Therapy (with Dr. Sally Satel), and The Science on Women in Science.

Resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, where Christina studies the politics of gender and feminism, as well as free expression, due process, and the preservation of liberty in the academy. 

Contributor to  publications such as The Journal of Philosophy, The New England Journal of Medicine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, The Daily Beast, and The Atlantic

Host of the popular video blog, The Factual Feminist, which has garnered more than four million views.

Danielle Crittenden

When the party’s starting, Danielle’s the one throwing it. A master convenor of ideas, personalities, and lively conversation, Danielle is that party hostess who puts every guest at ease … and gets the dancing going. Her favorite cocktail is the classic side car: a smooth combination of tangy and sweet which packs an unexpected punch.

Author of four books, including What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman, which resulted in Vanity Fair describing her as “one of the most important new thinkers about women and family.” 

Other works include a novel, AmandaBright@Home, the first modern work of fiction to be serialized in the Wall Street Journal. She’s also the co-author of a cookbook, From a Polish Country House Kitchen, co-written with Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum.

A contributing editor to the Huffington Post, Danielle’s articles and essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Daily Telegraph. A former columnist for the New York Post, she has appeared on NBC’s Today show as well as CSPAN, MSNBC, PBS, CNN, and NPR.

Fun Facts

Christina's dog Izzy likes champagne as much as she does.

Danielle packs a wicked right hook.


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Season 5

When Good Women Fall for Bad Presidents

CNN's Amanda Carpenter, author of Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us, explores conservative women's fatal attraction to Donald Trump and more with Christina and Danielle. 

Regrets, We've Had a Few

A seemingly consensual, one-night sexual encounter would later destroy the life and career of Jonathan Kaiman. The Atlantic's Emily Yoffe reviews the events of that fateful evening -- and prompts a wider discussion with Danielle & Christina about whether such cases will erode the credibility of #metoo. 

Toxic Femininity

What is it and how does it manifest itself?  Danielle & Christina explore the mean sister to Toxic Masculinity in friendships, relationships, and sex. Meanwhile guest Ginny Hogan, author and stand-up comedian, argues we need more of it in the tech world.

Hollywood & Vino

Atlantic contributor Caitlin Flanagan joins Danielle & Christina in a sketchy LA studio to gossip about bad dates, crazy exes, #metoo excesses & her favorite party game: Which Valley of the Dolls "doll" are you?

Is There Still Sex in the City?

Candace Bushnell, bestselling author and creator of Sex & the City, regales Christina & Danielle with stories of the wilds and lows of dating after fifty, including getting naked and "cubbing."

Season 5 Debut:

Christina & Danielle catch up after a summer apart. While Danielle fled to Canada, Christina cops to becoming a shut-in Twitter addict. Now they’re back and ready to solve the world — over cocktails of course. 

Season 4

Season 4 Finalé

Podcast is getting ready to break for the summer! But not before Christina & Danielle dispute the women's soccer "pay gap," question millennial sex habits, and own up to being "white feminists." PLUS: Zoe bids a fond farewell by bringing up -- again! -- those private lady parts.

The Lost Language of Sexual Intimacy

Literary goddess Erica Jong joins daughter & journalist Molly Jong-Fast to discuss the growing cold war between men and women, celebrity child-rearing, famous mentors, and, well, everything else with Christina & Danielle.


Andrew Sullivan, legendary gay rights pioneer & journalist, explains why he is being driven out of the movement by extreme trans activists 50 years after Stonewall. PLUS: Christina & Danielle on beauty magazine "realism," the sex lives of "Furries" and more!

Sam Harris on Love, Marriage & Breaking Bad Habits

Yeah, we got the famed podcaster and neuroscientist off that metaphysical stuff and got him talking about his personal life. PLUS: Christina & Danielle tell you what not to put you know where. 

Confessions of a Former Playboy Advice Columnist

Writer and comedienne Bridget Phetasy earned her wisdom the hard way. After years of partying and blackout sex, she's now sober -- and wickedly funny and wise. She spills her journey to Christina & Danielle. PLUS: What does it mean to be "ready" for love?

Who Ya Gonna Call?

If your kid is accused of sexual misconduct, cheating, or worse, you better call crisis counselor Hanna Stotland. She tells Christina & Danielle how she's managed to help even the toughest cases get a second chance. PLUS a debate over "weed tampons" and more. 

Blissfully Blended B.S.

Bestselling author Rebecca Eckler spills on the dark side(s) of forming stepfamilies. PLUS: Christina's Twitter wars with celebrities, Danielle's decision to be honest about mucous, and more.


How do you survive a social media mob? Helen Andrews was a "pioneer" in having her life ruined online. She tells Christina & Danielle how she recovered and came back. PLUS: Where are the intellectual conservative women? And is a Snapchat filter anti-trans?

Not-So-Golden Couple

Bestselling author Vicky Ward takes us inside the ambitious and corrupt worlds of New York high society & family real estate empires as revealed in her new book "Kushner, Inc." PLUS: Take off your Handmaid's Tale costumes protestors! Christina & Danielle warn that recent extreme anti-abortion legislation isn't simply about gender warfare.


A star-studded array of Femsplainer guests, including Tina Brown, Emily Yoffe, Leah Mcsweeny, Mandy Stadtmiller and more return to celebrate our first birthday with Christina and Danielle and launch the fourth season.

Season 3

Can We Please Get a Life?

Why do we emphasize female success as measured in time spent at the office vs our own quality time? Danielle & Christina discuss this, "ecosexuals," and much more in the Season 3 finale.

Are you tight or loose?

Knowing which can solve your problems -- and the world's. Author Michele Gelfand joins Danielle and guest co-splainer Meghan Cox Gurdon to discuss her new book "Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World," over a cosmo (or three).

How to Talk to People You Hate

Take two breaths and listen to renowned activist Irshad Manji discuss her new book "Don't Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times" with Christina & Danielle. PLUS Fake Travel Warnings, "Jewel Stools" & more.

Good Sheila, Bad Feminist

Christina regales Danielle with tales of her travel Down Under debating Roxane Gay; meanwhile Danielle eats ant larvae in Mexico City. It was quite a spring break!

High & Low with David Brooks

The NYT's columnist and bestselling author reveals how to lead a better life to Christina & Danielle, previewing his new book, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life. PLUS man boobs, students demanding fabric softener, and more.

SJWs Called Me Racist and Destroyed My Career

But they didn't destroy me. Biologist Heather Heying reveals to Christina & Danielle how she and her husband Bret Weinstein are fighting back after they were forced to leave Evergreen State College by radicalized mobs. PLUS wife controlling apps & more.

From Russia Without Love

The incredibly journey of GQ's Julia Ioffe, from Soviet refugee to star journalist and scourge of Melania Trump. Meanwhile, Danielle worries that Christina is becoming a Twitter shut-in.

Burning Down the House

Olivia Nuzzi is on fire! New York magazine's Washington correspondent dishes to Christina & Danielle on what it's really like to cover the White House. PLUS Izzy disrupts the podcast, gross new emojis, and more.

The Alienated American Male

Why are so many men turning off, tuning out, and dropping out? Christina & Danielle explore this disturbing trend with Timothy Carney, author of the new book "Alienated America." PLUS men's revenge on VDay & more. 


Is it "New Year's Eve with nuclear weapons?" as surprise guest David Frum asserts to Christina and Danielle? Worst VDay fails, talking vaginas, walking penises, and much MUCH more.

Meet the Intellectual Blonde Web

Sure, we may have dark roots -- but Danielle & Christina have an otherwise stimulating conversation with Claire Lehmann, editor of the fabulous online journal, Quillette. PLUS what is the correct posture for, um, a dick pick?


Men identifying as women are challenging women's sports, women's organizations, women's spaces, and even the very definition of womanhood itself. Feminist Meghan Murphy tells Christina & Danielle how she was banned from Twitter for defending women who didn't want to give a trans woman a bikini wax.

How to Reconnect With Your Kids

The one FREE & best thing you can do for your children to set them up for life. Author Meghan Cox Gurdon reveals the miracle effects of reading aloud. Plus Christina & Danielle debate the new Gillette ad and more.


Did Farrakhan followers and other radicals kill the Women's March? Leah McSweeney discusses her explosive Tablet magazine article on the movement's meltdown. Plus, watch out, it's JanuHairy!

Season 2

Have Yourself a Very PC Christmas & a Woke New Year

Christina & Danielle discuss how we all seem to be getting the holidays wrong in the finale of Season 2.

The Jordan Peterson You Don't Know

The globally bestselling author of "The 12 Rules for Life" reveals to Christina & Danielle the secrets of his long marriage, why dating apps suck, how to handle a belligerent toddler, why his feminist critics are wrong, and more in this podcast recorded before a live audience at the American Enterprise Institute.

Why Are Millennials Having So Little Sex?

The culture has never been more tolerant of every type of sex, but young people are shying away from it. The Atlantic's Kate Julian joins Danielle & Christina to explain this unprecedented trend.

Ep.16: Holiday Onslaught

Christina & Danielle brace for the season of binge drinking PLUS catch up on the most crazy recent #metoo stories and listener feedback.

Ep.15: Friendship in the Age of Partisanship

Pulitzer-prize winning historian Anne Applebaum recounts her losses of friendships over two continents from political extremism. Danielle & Christina explain why they remain her firm BFFs. 

Ep.13: Thanksgiving Survival Guide

From disgusting traditional foods to that crazy uncle, we have you covered. Danielle & Christina entertain guest mansplainer David Sommers on sports, and author Diana Butler Bass on how to be more grateful.

Ep.12: The Happiest Hooker

America's most successful licensed prostitute, Alice Little of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, makes the case for legalized brothels. Meanwhile Christine & Danielle worry about an invasion of sexbots.

Ep.11: Think You're Angry & Have Problems?

The Republican Women for Progress faces the thankless task of trying to bring moderate female voters back to the GOP. Christina and Danielle talk girl politics and more in this special mid-term election podcast.

Ep.10: Moms to the Rescue!

The majority of Americans agree on gun control measures that will prevent massacres and respect the 2nd Amendment. Shannon Watts tells us why it will be mothers who will turn the tide in this deadly debate. Guest femsplainer Meghan Cox Gurdon joins Danielle in this timely pre-election interview.

Ep.9: Take Good Care of My Baby

Has too much screen time and helicopter parenting contributed to an increasingly helpless and depressed new generation of students? Greg Lukianoff, co-author of "The Coddling of the American Mind," mansplains the problem to Danielle & Christina. 

Ep.8: Dog Park Rape Culture (& Other Hoaxes)

Helen Pluckrose reveals to Christina & Danielle how she and two professor colleagues fooled some of the most prestigious academic journals into publishing blatantly silly articles.

Ep.7: Fly-on-the-Wall to History

What happens when a Craig's List ad leads you to a job in the White House? Beck Dorey-Stein, author of the memoir From the Corner of the Oval, reveals to Christina & Danielle what it's really like working for the President.

Ep.6: Animal Houses

Are all-boys schools and frats still breeding grounds for binge drinking and sexual assault? The Atlantic contributor Emily Yoffe & Millennial Mansplainer Nat Frum reveal all to Danielle and guest co-splainer Melinda Sidak.

Ep. 5: We're Having a Theybie!

Sexual neuroscientist Dr. Debra Soh on gender neutral parenting, trendy transsexuals, why women don't commit sex crimes and other sexy issues with Christina and Danielle. 

Ep. 4: Firing Up

The magnificent Margaret Hoover discusses her recent reboot of "Firing Line," the famous TV show hosted by William F. Buckley, with Christina and Danielle -- and what it's like to be a president's great-grandaughter and more.

Ep.3: Lock Them Up

Obsessive fears have created a culture in which children's freedom is now drastically curtailed. Parents who let their kids play outside or walk to school alone face arrest. How did this happen? Kim Brooks, author of "Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear" femsplains to Danielle and guest co-host, Meghan Cox Gurdon.

Ep. 2: Is Til-Death-Do-Us-Part Marriage Dead?

Vicki Larson, co-author of "The New I Do," thinks so. She suggests an array of modern alternatives to romantic sticklers Christina Hoff-Sommers and Danielle Crittenden.

Season 2 Premiere: Reunited & It Feels So Good!

Christina and Danielle catch up on all the news and listeners' questions after a summer apart.

Season 1

Ep. 12: The Magic World of Sally Quinn

Washington's leading hostess of Georgetown cocktail parties is also a serious student of the occult. Christina & Danielle explore both worlds with the famous & fabulous journalist as they discuss Quinn's new memoir, FINDING MAGIC: A Love Story.

Ep. 11: Monsters, Pervs & Bad Boys

Sexual predators come in all types. But should they all be treated the same way? Christina & Danielle explore the dark world of sexual deviancy with The Atlantic's Emily Yoffe.

Ep. 10: Now Take Off Your Clothes

Models face a constant barrage of sexual exploitation, harassment and improper demands. Too often agencies collude with the perps. Where's the fashion industry's #MeToo? Top model Sara Ziff, founder of the Model Alliance, reveals the ugly side of the beauty business to Christina and Danielle. 

Ep. 9: Has Porn Ruined Sex?

Adult film star Chanel Preston reveals all to Christina & Danielle in this fascinating conversation about the effects of porn on us, our lovers, our culture, and our children.

Ep. 8: How Do You Know He/She is the One?

David Frum takes your questions on love and marriage with Christina and his wife of now 30 years, co-host Danielle.

Ep 7: Don't Worry, Be Happy

Discover how life only gets better after age 50, even for us sagging femsplainers! Listen to Christina & Danielle's uplifting discussion with Jonathan Rauch, author of "The Happiness Curve."

Ep. 6: Sex, Drugs & Redemption

Mandy Stadtmiller's long night's journey into day. Join Christina & Danielle in candid conversation with the author of the new book "Unwifeable."

Ep. 5: The Ayaan Hirsi Ali You DON'T Know

An intimate girls' night out with the celebrated champion of Islamic women's rights. (She's also our BFF.) Ayaan Hirsi Ali joins Danielle and Christina for the latest episode of The Femsplainers.

Ep. 4: Is it Okay if I Kiss You?

What's a frat boy to do in the post #metoo era? Millennials Nat & Joe mansplain the answer. And what's a young woman to do with these men? The witty and brilliant Caitlin Flanagan femsplains the way.

Ep. 3: Sex, Lies & Presidents

You won't believe how similar the Clinton/Trump sex scandals are -- and the women who enable them. Recorded before a live audience at the AEI/Ricochet Podcast Summit, Danielle and Christine talk with columnist Mona Charen, author of the forthcoming book "Sex Matters."


Ep. 2: Tina Brown's Vanity Fair Diaries

Tina Brown joins Christina and Danielle on this episode of The Femsplainers. The legendary editor dishes on legends—and how she managed it all.


Ep. 1: The Femsplainers: How We Met and What We Drank

In their debut episode, Christina and Danielle reminisce about how they first met: in a TV studio before a debate with the founder of modern feminism, Betty Friedan. Christina smoked, Danielle did a shot, and Betty lunged at them over the podium. That's when they knew they would be BFFs. Featured cocktail: Kir Royale.


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