Studies show that the average smartphone user checks their screen up to 150 times per day, scrolling through an Eiffel Tower’s worth of posts. Meanwhile rates of anxiety have soared in young people, and scientists tell us that we’re lonelier than ever. But movements like #MeToo and BLM have shown that social media can also be a powerful tool in the fight for inclusivity and social justice.
In Part Two of this special bumper episode of the pod, Blaine catches up with actor, broadcaster and advocate Jameela Jamil to hear how a move to Los Angeles fuelled her drive to speak out on toxic body-shaming in the media and Celebrity endorsements of weight-loss products. Blaine also hears how Jameela’s organisation #IWeigh has evolved into a community platform celebrating radical inclusivity.
At the end of this episode you will hear ‘Petty Drone’ from Mystery Jets’ critically-acclaimed new album ‘A Billion Heartbeats’. You can buy and stream the album here.
This bumper episode of ‘Things Worth Fighting For’ was brought to you by Acast and produced with Matthew Twaites. Thanks to Isabel Offler as well as Courtney Aiesha Mortimer and Kate Jones at UROK for production assistance and coordination.
Jameela Jamil on ‘Ways to change the world’ with Krishnan Guru-Murthy (Youtube)
Jameela and Lizzo discuss finding confidence and dealing with social media criticism (Youtube)
Follow IWeigh on Instagram
Listen to the IWeigh Podcast (Apple)
Forest Bathing in Japan (National Geographic)
Attitude is Everything: Improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music
Watch Adam Curtis’ documentary ‘HyperNormalisation’ (IPlayer)
Support the amazing MermaidsUK Charity
Pre-Order Jamie Windust’s book ‘In Their Shoes’ (Waterstones)
LGBTQI+ Glossary (Amnesty International)
Listen to Steve XO’s Sounds of Silence podcast
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