Episode 6: As̬xuale Рthe (not so) new fragrance for YOU

Grab your chocolates, nasties, cause Beth and Bea discuss the ‘A’ in LGBTQIA and how it doesn’t represent allies, but rather the ever-mystifying ‘asexuality’. Full of witty one-liners and phrases you’ll want a button of, Beth and Bea unpack all the shades of grey within asexuality, as well as look at some of the other closely-related ways that people may identify – all while inventing their own perfume line (you’re going to want it, trust us!).

Stay tuned for our next exciting new series soon!

Episode 5.3: LGBTQIA* in Academia – PerSister Nancy Matthews

On this episode of the SWP podcast, Elizabeth interviews Nancy Matthews. Nancy talks about life in academia and how to create a safe space for students.Now in her thirteenth year of teaching at Cal State Long Beach, Nancy Matthews talks to She Who Persisted about how to create safe spaces and foster environments within which students can grow and learn, and can feel accepted within their local community.

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Episode 5.2: LGBTQIA* in Academia – PerSister Jessye Cohen-Filipic

On this episode of the SWP podcast, Heather interviews Jessye Cohen-Filipic. Jessye shares details about her life as an academic, a mother, and a part of the LGBTQIA* community.

A bit of information about our wonderful interviewee:

Jessye Cohen-Filipic is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at a liberal arts college. Jessye has been involved in social justice work related to HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities since she was a high school student in the late 1980s. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. She has worked as a teacher, researcher, and therapist. She has worked in many settings, including a jail, community mental health clinics, VA hospitals, and a primary care medical clinic in a hospital. Her primary research is in the area of health psychology and chronic illness. She also works in the area of pre-professional and professional training in psychology and related professions. Jessye has presented and published papers related to training students to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients and other specific groups. Jessye and her wife have been foster parents for several years and have a four-year-old daughter.

Supplemental links:

This is a link to a project Jessye worked on through the American Psychological Association about training graduate students to work with diverse populations: http://www.apa.org/ed/graduate/diversity-preparation.aspx
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Episode 5.1: LGBTQIA* in Academia – Interview with Holly Painter

On this episode of the She Who Persisted podcast, Heather speaks with Holly Painter, a writer and lecturer for the University of Vermont as they discuss life for LGBT communities within academia, specifically the balance of being an LGBT parent within academia. Many topics are explored: from experiencing how LGBT individuals are welcomed in various places around the world to what some of the most pressing issues are for the LGBT community today (and many areas in between). Give this episode a listen, check out the links below, and leave SWP some feedback on this interview, especially if you love it as much as we do! 😉

You can find Holly Painter here: http://www.hollypainter.com/
Holly’s website covering obsolete jobs is here to tide you over until the book is released: https://obsoleteontheroad.wordpress.com/
You can also find Holly’s poetry book here from the publisher and on Amazon

Episode 4.1: Rethinking Sodom: The Bible and Queer Sexuality

It’s time to grab your chocolate again, as in this episode (which is a cutout from last week’s binegativity episode), Bethany talks about everything that is wrong with all of us disgusting (homo/bi/pan/a/…) sexual humans – according to religious bigots. But don’t despair! She then deconstructs everything and tells these zealots why THEY are wrong. If you need good arguments against scripture-based queernegativity and if you want to listen to Beth butchering Greek words, to Liz swearing and to Bea not knowing the names of the articles she quotes and making jokes that nobody finds funny, you need this episode. You’re welcome.

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Episode 4: Don’t Rain on my Bisexual Parade – Binegativity and Misogyny

We are kicking off pride month like we kick off everything: talking about things that are depressing as fuck. This time bi-negativity and misogyny and the intersection of both. Do we need to remind you that you need chocolate to get through this episode? No, we don’t.


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How do you persist?

Today is National Cancer Survivors’ Day, and it’s a day that’s close to my heart. In 2014, I was diagnosed with leukaemia, and after a gruelling two month hospitalisation, I had to go through a month of physical therapy to re-learn how to walk, talk, swallow, everything that I had so easily done before. A few months later, despite having nearly died three times during my treatment, I boarded a plane to England to work on my PhD. It wasn’t easy, and two years out from my remission date, I still struggle every day. And I have met so many people with similar stories, who, against all odds, persisted and showed the world (and, most importantly, themselves) that they would not be brought down, that they would fight with every fibre of their being.

We at She Who Persisted want to take today to honour everyone who has persisted, through cancer, sexual assault, depression, university work, job interviews, activism… Every journey is unique, and we want to hear about your persistence!

Below is a link to a poster we’ve created to tell us about your persistence (you can see the example image and then we’ve included a download link below). We’d love it if you’d download it, print it out, and send us a picture with a few words about how you’ve persisted. We want to build up a community that can support and love each other. You can send it to us either on Facebook or tag us in your posts on Instagram! We’ll be putting together a collage of some of our favourites, so you may even be featured on our pages! We also want to invite you to send us a picture, even if you don’t want to be identified in the photo – simply take a picture of it in front of your face or on a flat surface, like a desk. We still want to hear about your story.

Here’s some inspiration: my two-year in remission transformation!

These are templates that I downloaded from the National Cancer Survivors’ Day website.
This is our very own poster – a chance for you to show us (and the world!) just how you’ve persisted.

Cheers to you all, and stay nasty! <3

— Beth

Here is the blank template for the I Persisted poster in .jpg form!

Download the PDF here!

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