Join Kainath and Sania, two bold and badass women sharing our perspectives on the South Asian experience.From discussing cultural taboos to tools for how to cope, together we can redefine our culture. Welcome to our safe community. Welcome, to brown and bold.
"Feminism isn't in our culture"
The word “feminism” has a stigma around it in most cultures, and especially South Asian cultures because of the patriarchal traditions that are still practiced today. Feminism quite literally means wanting equality for women, and for some reason this doesn’t sit well with a large percentage of society. In today’s episode, we discuss manifestations of gender inequality in our culture, our own experiences, and ways in which we can contribute to developing a more equitable culture for all genders.
Weight For It: Body Shaming in the South Asian Community
The Desi community does not hold back when it comes to commenting on others’ appearances. Whether it’s our body weight, skin, hair, height, clothes, or something else, there’s an opinion about everything. In this episode we discuss examples of body shaming, our own experiences with this, the differences between body positivity vs. body neutrality, and how to combat negative feelings we may have towards our bodies.
The Struggle Between Prestige and Passion
With a multitude of factors to consider when selecting a career path, South Asians don’t always have the liberty to choose their own due to parental and societal pressure. In this episode, we discuss our perspective on why these pressures might exist and how they affect us, the changes in our own career trajectories, and our advice as you contemplate your career choices.
Relationships, Self-growth, and Love
Although this episode started off with a casual discussion about the stigma around dating and relationships, we unexpectedly steered into an immensely vulnerable direction. In this episode, the both us share some of our most private experiences in an honest, raw conversation about relationships, self growth, and love. Segments of this episode may be sensitive for those who are being affected by unhealthy relationships, so we want you to bear this in mind before you listen. We hope this touches your heart as much as it did ours.
It's So Hard To Talk To You
Different communication styles and conflict are nearly inevitable in South Asian households. In this episode, we discuss the ways in which both of us approached our parents to strengthen our communication with them, as well as the reasons for why our parents' generation may not be able to empathize with us as much as we would like.
"That's Just Life" - Mental Health in the South Asian Community
One of the most challenging topics of conversations to have in the South Asian community is about mental health. We often undermine our mental struggles by saying “well, it’s just life,” perpetuating the idea that depression and mental illness are perfectly normal. Join us as we discuss how mental health impacts your relationships with those around you, how it affects you psychologically, and tips on how you can start your own mental health journey.
It takes courage to talk about taboo topics
So proud of this young generation for speaking up about mental health in the South Asian community. Things can change and are changing with the help of social media. We realize we are not alone in these struggles.