What is toxic masculinity and how does it affect male identifiers? Lenny, long-time friend of Felicia, speaks about his own experiences dealing with the concept and certain expectations society has about male-identifying persons. You can find Lenny on Instagram @lennyhana.
El Bush, a non-binary friend of the pod, is here talking to us about their lived experiences with coming to terms with themselves, labels in the the LGBTQ+ community, coming out, and living authentically. You can follow El @elyssabush on Instagram and read their blog post about gender here: https://www.sexandself.com/blog/ofwu9svhuvse3c2mymtraxpv5a228v
Menstrual cramping, caused by periods, is one of the most misunderstood and least respected types of chronic pain. In the guest chair today we have Ruby Moon on behalf of August, a company who's mission is to destigmatize periods. Topics include how to start the work of destigmatizing and what can we all do to help, as well as how the disparity between penis versus vagina research is large and that destigmatizing is part of addressing that problem. You can follow August's work on Instagram @itsaugust and a questions account answered by verified medical professionals @askaugust, they're also on Tiktok @itsaugust.co.
Trigger Warning: this episode deals with traumatic themes relating to sexual assault. Emma Pileggi is here as a survivor of sexual assault and is talking about her emotional experience as well as the physical and mental toll the events had on her. We also find out the steps she took directly after the fact and how she's doing on her path towards wellbeing. If you'd like to DM Emma you can find her @emma.pileggi on Instagram.
When you think of true crime what's the first thing that pops into your head? A well-to-do white lady being murdered by her enraged husband in their Summer home in Montauk? As entertaining as those cases may be, they paint a false impression of who really bears the brunt of homicidal violence in North America: transgender people of color. Join Felicia as she sits down with LA based podcaster Mallery Jenna Robinson, host of A Hateful Homicide, as they conceptualize the work Mallery accomplishes with each one of her episodes. How can true crime break down and help us better understand some of the most vulnerable members of our community? Listen in for another stimulating conversation and don't forget you can find A Hateful Homicide where ever you get your podcasts by searching ahatefulhomicide. Also follow Mallery on Instagram @malleryjenna90, she encourages feedback so don't be afraid to DM!
Today we take a trip down memory lane and have a talk with one of Felicia's classmates from high school. They discuss female sexuality, losing your virginity, and how important supportive parents can be. If you'd like to find more about Maddi visit her @madisonleonardo_ on Instagram.
We have Cass from Bodies A-Z, an organization that provides young students in the Montreal area with comprehensive sex-ed workshops and seminars. Bodies A-Z is a part of Sex and Self, and by extension, the LLTAS podcast. Cass tells us about the work she does and its far reaching consequences. We dive into some high school stories and examine what in hindsight were probably some toxic relationships. You can find Cass @casstedescco on Instagram. Also, this month we're having our biggest fundraiser to support Sex and Self, Bodies A-Z, and LLTAS. On May 7th the Bodies A-Z team will host a educational seminar on mental health. Interested in learning more? Want to donate? Checkout www.sexandself.com for fundraising goals and ways you can support us.
This week is about reproductive justice and intersectionality. With us we have sexologist Michelle Hope who's here to help deepen our understanding of reproductive justice. She maintains it is a human right to decide whether or not one wants to carry a pregnancy to term. We explore Michelle's fascinating career path from dancer to activist, as well as discussing what intersectionality means and how it applies to our sex positive spaces. You can follow Michelle on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @mhsexpert.
Today we have three experts on being Black at McGill. They are Vanessa Richardson, Shaquiera Hamilton, and Khan Bouba-Dalambaye. Vanessa and Shaquiera are both current students at McGill while Khan has since graduated and works as a clinical counselor and psychology instructor in the Montreal area. Our guests discuss with Felicia the current state of the McGill Black student body, and what is being done, along with what should be done, to create an equitable and safe environment for the university's marginalized students. Turn in for an illuminating discussion about race from people who are on the front lines directly combatting racism in our community. You can learn more about the workshop Being Black @ McGill here: https://www.mcgill.ca/studentservices/being-black-mcgill. You can follow Our Shared Spaces on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/oursharedspacesmcgill/. Find Vanessa @vanessaxrichardson on Instagram and Khan on LinkedIn by searching: Khan Bouba-Dalambaye.
Our extra special guest is a anonymous fem-id sex worker. She's here to talk about nitty gritty of sex work and how it can even effect your own perception of self. We dive into the bodily commodification of "selling" your body and what that means for your self esteem. The explosion of sex work during the pandemic has really necessitated more conversations about sex work and its various pitfalls. Join us for a simulating conversation and be sure to follow us where ever you get your podcasts.