This is the fifth "Reflections" episode where I examine a series of interviews with my friend, Michael. He joins me as we reflect back on episodes 25 (“Brock Turner for Prison” Facebook Group Founders on Rape Culture & #MeToo), 26 (Tammy Cho, Co-Founder of Better Brave on Workplace Harassment and Discrimination), 27 (Council Member Jennifer Gates on the Dallas Domestic Violence Task Force), and 28 (Paul Griffin, Legal Director of Child Justice Inc. on “It’s Worse to Accuse than to Abuse”). These stories reveal the ways in which institutional sexism, misogyny and harassment show up in our systems--in courtrooms, in our places of employment, and in our media.
Michael and I used to work together and served many students who were not in school or not working and were looking to develop skills to go back to school or to find a job. The young people we were helping often had their systemic barriers exacerbated by personal conflict in their lives that were difficult to manage, such as parents who didn't prioritize their education or work over their care-taking responsibilities, or romantic partners who were not helping to parent, didn't support their efforts to better themselves, and/or engaged in deliberate patterns of behavior to sabotage their school and/or work.
I was interested in Michael's perspective on the topics covered in our shows so far, especially since the majority of listeners are, not surprisingly, female. I hope you will find this episode engaging and, for the male listeners, an entree into your own exploration of what en(gender)ed has to offer you.
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