Meghan’s 1st Spotify podcast to focus on female stereotypes

Category: Lifestyle/Entertainment


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. archetype / ˈɑr kɪˌtaɪp / (n.) – a group of people’s common idea or image of something

    The archetype of a father in most societies is someone authoritative and strict.

  2. dissect / daɪˈsɛkt / (v.) – to closely study the details of something

    The student dissected the problem until he came up with a solution.

  3. subvert / səbˈvɜrt / (v.) – to make something less powerful or destroy its influence

    The activists are being accused of trying to subvert the government.

  4. duchess / ˈdʌtʃ ɪs / (n.) – a woman who has the same rank as or is married to a duke

    The Duchess of Cambridge, along with other members of the royal family, attended the party.

  5. combat / kəmˈbæt / (v.) – to try to stop something bad or harmful from happening or getting worse

    The presidential candidate promises to combat corruption in the government.


Read the text below.

The first podcast from Prince Harry and Meghan’s partnership with Spotify will focus on harmful labels and stereotypes applied to women.

The “Archetypes” podcast will be hosted by Meghan and is expected to launch this summer. 

The series will feature interviews with historians and experts to “investigate the labels that try to hold women back,” according to a summary posted on Spotify. The streaming service on Thursday released a minute-long teaser that opened with clips of people using words that are offensive to women and talking about the stereotypes applied to women’s strength and intelligence.

“I’m Meghan and this is ‘Archetypes,’ the podcast where we dissect, explore and subvert the labels that try to hold women back,” the Duchess of Sussex says on the clip.

No lineup of guests has been announced.

Harry and Meghan have a multi-year deal to produce and host podcasts for Spotify under their production company Archewell Audio. In January the couple called on the streaming service to do more to combat COVID-19 misinformation.

It is one of several high-profile deals the couple has, including one with Netflix. Harry and Meghan stepped away from royal duties in March 2020 over what they described as intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media toward the duchess. They have since relocated to California, where they are raising their two children, Archie and Lili.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • The Archetypes podcast aims to investigate labels that try to hold women back. In what ways do you think certain labels can limit women (ex. it makes them feel bad about themselves, it limits their opportunities)? Why? Discuss.
  • In your opinion, how can labels that have been around for years across several cultures be changed/removed (ex. schools should address them)? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • Podcasters get to connect with listeners at a personal level and influence their listeners’ way of thinking. Do you think there should be certain qualifications before anyone can become a podcaster? Why or why not? Discuss.
  • What podcast topics would you be interested in listening to? If you could start your own podcast, what kind of topics would you talk about? Discuss.