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Your favourite middle school teacher brings her special brand of wit, sass, and shade to this pop culture podcast that seeks to uncover how the stories of our past shape the ways of our future.
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Herstorically Speaking Alyssa Gray-Tyghter

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Your favourite middle school teacher brings her special brand of wit, sass, and shade to this pop culture podcast that seeks to uncover how the stories of our past shape the ways of our future.
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    Say Goodbye to Your Safe Space

    Say Goodbye to Your Safe Space

    Alyssa talks about the origins of the "safe space" and the co-opting of safe space for the dominant culture.

    References/Resources

    What’s a ‘safe space’? A look at the phrase's 50-year history by Malcolm Harris

    Invitation to Brave Space by Mickey Scottbey Jones can be accessed via Google. However, Facing History and Ourselves includes it in their bullying & ostracism resources, which may be helpful for the classroom.
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    • 28 min
    What Happened to Your Black Square?

    What Happened to Your Black Square?

    Alyssa talks influencer marketing and the weaponizing of white femininity from first contact, to the Indian Act, to the transatlantic slave trade, to the suffragette movement.

    Trigger Warning: Talk of the Indian Act, Residential Schools, and the Transatlantic Slave Trade which includes instances of abuse (physical, emotional, psychological and sexual abuse) - Abuses are not explained in great detail however, it may be triggering for survivors and others.
    References/Resources
    Barrera, J. (2018, March 29). The horrors of St. Anne’s. CBC News. https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/st-anne-residential-school-opp-documents
    Chan, D. (2018, May 15). Residential school survivors and their descendants share their stories.The Globe and Mail. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/residential-school-survivors-and-their-descendants-share-their-stories/article24717419/
    Davis, Angela. Y. (1983). Women, race & class. Vintage Books. 
    Howard Shaw, A. (2018). The Story of a Pioneer: Autobiography of Anna Howard Shaw. Madison & Adams Press. 
    Khan Academy. (Accessed: April 6, 2020). Life for enslaved men and women. https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/us-history/civil-war-era/sectional-tension-1850s/a/life-for-enslaved-men-and-women
    Lewis, T. (2020, April 6). Transatlantic Slave Trade. https://www.britannica.com/topic/transatlantic-slave-trade
    Little, B. (2019, March 12). The Massive, Overlooked Role of Female Slave Owners. History. https://www.history.com/news/white-women-slaveowners-they-were-her-property
    Tsosie, R. (2010). Native Women and Leadership: An Ethics of Culture and Relationship. (pp. 29-42). Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, Culture. UBC Press.

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    • 38 min
    Whew Chile! Parents, we get the job done!

    Whew Chile! Parents, we get the job done!

    Alyssa talks losing, finding, and growing your identity after having kids.

    Show Notes/Resources
    Decolonize ALL The Things with Shay-Akil McLean (@Hood_Biologist)
    https://decolonizeallthethings.com/learning-tools/patriarchy-gender-lesson-plan/

    Queer & Trans Family Affirming Language
    http://lgbtqpn.ca/wp-content/uploads/woocommerce_uploads/2015/07/QPP-Inclusive-Language-Nov-15.pdf



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    • 42 min
    Colonizergate: What's in a Name?

    Colonizergate: What's in a Name?

    Alyssa unpacks the recent drama around #Colonizergate and how white fragility made people hate the world colonizer.

    Resources:
    Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre
    http://www.aclrc.com/myth-of-reverse-racism



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    • 34 min
    HER Story

    HER Story

    Welcome to Herstorically Speaking! In this inaugural episode, Alyssa unpacks her teaching journey and the events that led up to her work in social justice education today.
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    • 29 min
    Emancipate This!

    Emancipate This!

    Alyssa explores the history of Emancipation Day in Canada and the reality of Canadian history as we teach it now.

    Note:
    The definition of Femme is NOT someone who identifies as female (that language was incorrect)
    A Femme (definition used from Ericka Hart) "is someone who does NOT benefit from masculine privilege in a patriarchal world." (Hart 2020)

    My definition excluded gender non-conforming folx, non-binary folx, and people assigned male. I apologize for mis-representing the original definition. Know better, do better!
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    • 29 min

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