Caroline Ervin-Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space

Caroline Ervin


Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin are the Atlanta-based, journalistically trained, research-addicted hosts of the podcast Unladylike and the cofounders of Unladylike Media, where they produce inclusive digital media. As creators and former cohosts of Stuff Mom Never Told You, iTunes’ first educational women’s podcast, the pair has spent the better part of a decade contextualizing constructs, debunking body myths, and sourcing cultural stereotypes.

Dad’s Garage Presents “Improv Gets Lit” Tickets

Hear Conger and Ervin at multiple DBF 2019 sessions:
Friday, Aug 30 at 8:00PM
Improv Gets Lit
Saturday, Aug 31 at 3:00PM
Two Takes on the Patriarchy


Two Takes on the Patriarchy

Based on his provocative and popular New York Times op-ed, The Man They Wanted Me to Be is both memoir and cultural analysis. Jared Yates Sexton alternates between an examination of his working class upbringing and historical, psychological, and sociological sources that examine the genesis of toxic masculinity and its consequences for society. Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin’s Unladylike is a funny, fact-driven, and illustrated field guide to how to live a feminist life in today’s world, from the hosts of the hit Unladylike podcast. Join these three authors as they discuss gender baggage and the personal and societal dangers of outdated definitions of what it means to be a man or a woman.

Moderator: Maureen Downey

Maureen Downey is a longtime reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she has written about local, state and federal education policy for 21 years. However, she’s learned more about schools from having four children. Her own education includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree from Columbia University. She was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing, a National Headliner award winner, and a two-time winner of the Cox Editorial Writer of the Year award. She now writes a weekly column for the AJC on education and the popular AJC Get Schooled blog on She and her husband, Bo Emerson, a fellow journalist, live in Decatur.

  • Marriott Conference Center A
  • Sat 3:00-3:45p Marriott A

Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space

Through essential, inclusive, and illustrated explorations of what patriarchy looks like in the real world, authors and podcast hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin blend wild histories, astounding stats, social justice principles, and self-help advice to connect where the personal meets political in the bodies, brains, booty calls, bank accounts, and other confounding facets of modern woman-ing and nonbinary-ing. No space is exempt; no topic taboo. By laying out the uneven terrain of double standards, head games, and handouts patriarchy has manspread across society for ages, Unladylike is here to unpack gender baggage and map out the rightful space of women.

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