In this episode of Uncomfortable, we chat with Madeleine Shaw, co-founder of Lunapads. Lunapads is a Vancouver based business that manufactures reusable menstrual products. We discuss period products, myths, shame, period poverty and, so much more!
Gail was 24 when she unexpectedly fell pregnant. She was in the middle of university, wasn’t in a great financial position, therefore decided to have an abortion. Over 10 years later, she still feels regret over her decision. In this episode Gail shares her story and talks to the lack of education around the topic of abortion.
In this episode we chat with Andrina Tisi about the shame around money and the emotional toll an inheritance can present. Andrina lost her dad when she we just 15, then her brother just a few years ago. Even though she can live comfortable from the inheritance that was left to her, she would give it all back just to spend another 5 minutes with them.
In this episode we explore Cervical Fluids. I love this topic and am so happy that I found Jessica Roberts-Farina who is an avid fan of tracking her cervical fluids! We chat about the stigma around this topic and go into detail on the types of fluids and what they can mean.
Megan Kwan, a Vancouver based Graphic Designer lost her mom to ovarian cancer much too early on in life. Megan’s mother Ella passed away at 52 years old. Megan turned to design to help her process grief. At her final year at Emily Carr University + Design she began Of Loss and Grief, an award winning project exploring the ongoing and very personal process of life after loss.
Caroline MacGilllvary is the founder of Beauty Night Society, a Vancouver based organization that helps build self esteem & change the lives of impoverished women. In this episode, Caroline discusses body positivity & self care and shares her journey through bulimia as a young dancer then how she started Beauty Night Society as a way to help women and youth living in poverty build self esteem.
It can be difficult enough navigating through life living with one mental health diagnosis. Kirsten Barkved shares her story of living with two. Kirsten suffers from both anxiety and depression. In this episode she explains how one can trigger the other and discusses the things that help her cope – one of which is her adorable dogs.
Like most young girls, Leah was taught to “be a good girl”. Study hard, pay attention, get good grades, please other people before yourself, don’t talk about sex. It wasn’t until she embarked on a 1-year freedom tour where she had a “sexual revolution” that she discovered the power of talking about sex.
Have you ever been to a sex party? Have you ever wondered what to expect, what to wear, what the rules are? If so, check out my conversation with Christine Wild who shares the juicy details of her experiences with sex parties in Vancouver!
When you meet someone who seems very happy, energetic and motivated, generally the last thing you imagine is that they suffer from self-loathing and depression. Check out my conversation with Andrea Loewen who managed to overcome self-loathing, cope with depression and learned to love herself.
“Wait what? You want to have sex? I didn’t think that you could”. This is a statement that Spencer has heard numerous times. “Just because I’m disabled, doesn’t mean that I don’t get horny”. Check out my conversation with Spencer about Sex and Disability.
“Be a man”, “man up!”, “don’t cry like a girl” – just a few of the phrases often used to try and shame men into burying their emotions. In this episode, I chat with Connor Aylwin about the Male Vulnerability Issue and what we can do to change the definition of ‘masculinity’.
We go on a date, we get laid, we share our intimate secrets, we move in together, we get married, we have kids but we don’t talk about money! Why the hell not? Why is it so uncomfortable to talk about money with the person that we love? In this episode, I chat to Tracy Theemes, Financial Advisor and Author of the award winning book “The Financially Empowered Women”, about the importance of having that money conversation first! (i.e. before sex!)
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