ep 39 Learning my body

ep 39 Learning my body

From a young age, the female sex is inundated with messages about our bodies. Commentary about body shape and desirability begins early. This scrutiny is particularly emphasized when a young girl's body begins to develop in puberty. This is intensified under the Madonna-Whore complex where women's values are determined by their desirability.

This episode focuses on the need to shift from unhealthy societal messages and examine ways to begin a healthier relationship with our body. Take a listen...

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ep 38 Who gets to be a woman of color in wellness spaces

ep 38 Who gets to be a woman of color in wellness spaces

In today's episode, we are joined by special guest, Seher, and we discuss who gets to be a woman of color in wellness spaces. Now the term WOC has risen in popularity in recent years, essentially replacing the term “minority or minority women.” Now, this term is not new, especially when it comes to activist spaces. However, the use of this term has extended beyond activist spaces and has become part of our everyday vernacular. We can see its use in magazine articles, marketing campaigns, and social media. But with that, there seems to be confusion about who this term is actually addressing. Is this term for Black women, Latinas, Asian women, Indigenous women? Who is the term for and who does it benefit?

In fact, when I asked the questions “How do you use the term WOC and how do you believe others use it?” I was presented with varying responses. Take a listen and hear what women had to say..

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ep 37 Healers for Hire

ep 37 Healers for Hire

In the age of wellness and personal development, the number of self proclaimed healers seems to skyrocket. And with so many #healers, it's hard to know who's really in it for the right reasons. So today I want to discuss how the idea of being someone's healer can be problematic, but also cover the range of everything from an unaddressed savior complex to deliberately exploiting people's vulnerability to also recognizing the need for us to take responsibility in our own healing process. And I hope you're ready for that part of it too. So this isn't a "call out" episode but more of a "call in" for all of us.

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ep 34 Loving me is hard but necessary

ep 34 Loving me is hard but necessary

Can you remember the first time someone made a hurtful comment about your appearance? If so, this is the perfect episode for you! Take a listen as Dr. Donna Oriowo explores beauty and body image in relation to colorism, internalized racism and white supremacy. Plus, hear her advice on how to make steps towards greater self-acceptance and body love. Take a listen…

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ep 33 Undocumented but not illegal

ep 33 Undocumented but not illegal

One of the most controversial topics during elections stems around immigration. Tune into today's episode to join Davia and a special guest, Zelma, who shares her story of being an undocumented immigrant to naturalized citizen and doctoral candidate.

Learn the nuances of the immigration process and see the connection between identity, self-worth, mental health, and coping skills. Take a listen…

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ep 32 Surviving Breast Cancer

ep 32 Surviving Breast Cancer

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Affirm is rejoined by veteran guest host Tashira Halyard. Tashira originally joined AFFIRM during episode 2, “Self Care: Soul work for Survival” and now returns to share her story of breast cancer.

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2017, Tashira has undergone chemo and radiation. She can now say that she is in remission but is far too aware that women of color are dying from the disease. While women of color have lower incidences of cancer compared to white women, Black women in particular have higher rates of mortality (death) and she’s sharing her story in hopes of motivating others to self-check and improve early detection. Take a listen…

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