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We Are Women | The Podcast 08

WE ARE WOMEN | THE PODCAST 08
Traditions

Hosted by Viv Groskop 

Author- Viv Groskop

With Christmas fast approaching, we’re looking at the theme of ‘tradition’ on this month’s podcast – from the heritage of Christmas jumpers to creating new traditions.

Our host, Viv Groskop is joined by Grace Dent [Writer and Restaurant Critic], Jen Brister [Comedian], Amber Butchart [Fashion Historian] and Kate Watson-Smyth [Interiors Expert] to discuss food, family and personal pastimes.

 

 

 

Grace Dent

Grace Dent

Presenter, Author,
Restaurant and TV Critic

@gracedent
@gracedent

ON CHRISTMAS…

“This is the best part of Christmas – the beginning of the December up until about the 16th is a magical time. This is where you have your first mince pie, it’s crisp outside, there’s parties to go to, Christmas cards arrive. It usually goes downhill around the 18th.”

ON RESTAURANTS…

“I sometimes worry I love restaurants more than I love food. They get you in your heart and in your soul.”

ON EMPOWERMENT…

“I think it’s incredibly important for women every day to be considered nice. It takes a lot of women a long time to realise that you don’t have to be popular. Do I care about what people think of me? No, because I know I’m a nice person.”

A WOMAN IS…

Fierce, determined and patient.

Jen Brister

Jen Brister

Comedian

@JenBrister

ON CHRISTMAS WITH A TWIST…

“For me, because I have a Spanish mum, we have a tradition of celebrating on Christmas Eve because that’s what they do in Spain. For my Mum Christmas Eve is a bigger day.”

ON TAKING CHARGE…

“I think there is still the expectation of women to be nice. So, if a woman gets angry then she’s being shrill and hysterical and needs to be calmed down yet if a man gets angry then he’s taking charge and control of the situation. It’s the idea that women should know our place in society and not take a step above but I think we are claiming that back – as we should!”

Amber Butchart

Amber Butchart

Fashion Historian

@AmberButchart
@amberbutchart

ON CHRISTMAS JUMPERS…

“The Christmas jumper originates from Nordic and Northern Scottish knitwear so things like fairisle knits. Christmas motifs and the Christmas jumper reaches peaks of popularity at times when knitwear is popular anyway. In the 1950s for example, and other post-war decades, there was a big rush to get women back in the home and knitwear was a big part of this.”

ON HER MUM’S BIBA DRESS…

“This is probably the most precious item that I own. This dress belonged to my mum and ever since I was born this dress played such an important part in my understanding of my mum’s life before I was born.”

Kate Watson-Smyth

Kate Watson-Smyth

Interiors Journalist

@katewatsonsmyth
@mad_about_the_house

ON TRADITION…

“I’m a bit grinchy about tradition in that I don’t really like being told what to do! So I struggle with the concept of we’re doing this because we’ve always done it. Having said that, I have children and I can see how they like the markers of tradition and the signifiers that certain things are happening now. We all fall into traditions even if we don’t necessarily mean to.”

ON CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS…

“I just like adding lots of soft lighting. Natural and monochrome is ideal for me. We have got decorations which have become traditional, I’ll maybe buy one or two new ones each year and we still have the decorations the boys made at nursery. I wouldn’t change my decorations in line with a fashion or trend and I like the idea of getting these out every year.”

A WOMAN IS…

Fabulous, feisty and very important!

 

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