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We're three black, blind women raising awareness and sharing our perspectives on everyday issues. Get political and personal with us on this deep dive into the intersection of race, disability, and gender in the US.

Intersectional Insights isquared

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

We're three black, blind women raising awareness and sharing our perspectives on everyday issues. Get political and personal with us on this deep dive into the intersection of race, disability, and gender in the US.

    Insight On The Side: Understanding and Recognizing Privilege

    Insight On The Side: Understanding and Recognizing Privilege

    Olivia and Raven talk about what privilege is, different types of privilege, how they are privileged themselves, and stress that there’s not a problem with it.


    Note: There’s intermittent noise after 23 minutes, but we hope you’re able to enjoy the conversation.


    Discussion Summary:


    00:21: We’re gonna be talkin’ about all different types of privilege.


    00:58: Olivia provides the definition.


    01:23: What’s problematic with the word privilege? And why white people are triggered by the phrase “white privilege.”


    02:23: A form of white privilege, in which people get to be an individual, rather than be held to the standard of the latest screw-up who looks like them.


    03:17: Why not use the word “fortune” instead?


    04:12: There’s nothing wrong with being privileged, and why it’s important to recognize your privilege.


    04:53: What privilege actually is in daily life.


    06:02: Raven and Olivia acknowledge different ways they have been privileged regarding education, employment, and the pandemic.


    14:39: Being privileged through the ability to tune out of other people’s trauma and tragedies.


    19:57: How the ability to disconnect relates to white privilege, and Raven briefly relays personal experiences with racism.


    24:02: When people don’t want to acknowledge the problems others’ face, or they downplay them.


    25:47: Privilege doesn’t mean nothing bad will ever happen to you, but that you’re afforded more opportunities to not deal with certain life circumstances.


    27:53: Struggling and facing discrimination as people with disabilities, the circus of dealing with paratransit services, and how people who drive are privileged.


    35:00: Folks assuming their community is representative of the rest of the world.


    38:52: Having privilege is not a problem, it’s how you use it to understand and help others.


    40:12: Outro.


     


    Social media: Twitter @I_squaredpod, and our public Facebook group, Intersectional Insights.


    Music Credit: No Starlight Dey Beat - Nana Kwabena


     

    • 40 min
    Our Goals and Hopes For This Year

    Our Goals and Hopes For This Year

    Olivia’s back! And the I-squared crew share their hopes for the intersectional community, goals for the podcast, and personal goals.


    Discussion Summary:


    00:19: Happy New Year from the crew.


    00:45: The hope sparked by the mention of people with disabilities in the President elect’s victory speech, diversity within his cabinet, and concerns with Representing people with disabilities in government.


    04:44: How recovering from the pandemic may impact the unemployment rate among folks with disabilities, doing things virtually has benefited many disabled and nondisabled people, and things may change again because many people prefer interacting in-person.


    11:07: Goals for the podcast to start covering other minorities.


    13:17: Personal goals for this year.


    18:25: Outro.


     


    References:


    One of many NPR articles on discrimination against disabled people in health care


     


    Music credits:


    Opening: Goestories - Noir Et Blanc Vie


    Closing: First Class - DJ Williams


     


    For more discussion, follow us on Twitter @I_SquaredPod, and join our public Facebook group, Intersectional Insights.


     

    • 19 min
    Insight On The Side: Waving Goodbye To The Handshake

    Insight On The Side: Waving Goodbye To The Handshake

    Rather than reviewing 2020, Raven keeps it lighthearted and silly with her criticisms of the handshake, calling it the human equivalent to dogs sniffing each other’s butts, talking about how disgusting people are with their hands, and shares some uncomfortable handshake experiences as they relate to blindness.


    Discussion Summary:


    0:58: Expressing relief that the handshake is a thing of the past.


    01:32: What makes shaking hands so disgusting.


    05:21: Uncomfortable handshake experiences.


    10:55: opposing the support of the handshake.


    13:05: Follow us on Twitter! Outro.






    For more discussion, follow us on Twitter @I_squaredpod, and join our public Facebook group, Intersectional Insights.






    Music credits:


    Thanks to purple-planet.com for the intro music.


    Outro: "Northern Glade" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    • 13 min
    Hands Off! A Discussion On Inappropriate Touching In The Blindness Community

    Hands Off! A Discussion On Inappropriate Touching In The Blindness Community

    Lakeria and Raven contribute their views and personal experiences to the recent conversations about sexual assault and inappropriate touching within the blindness community.


    Discussion Summary:


    00:04: Trigger warning: this discussion mentions and makes references to sexual assault and inappropriate touching. And disclaimer: we are not survivors of sexual assault or sexual abuse.


    00:42: Lakeria intros the first Insight On the Side news moment, which will focus on significant conversations within the disability community.


    01:26: A brief backstory on assaults at blindness-related training centers, camps, and conventions.


    02:30: Addressing the blind guys getting handsy at training centers, camps, etc.


    04:08: Expressing disappointment with the statistics, the fact that blind people are violating other individuals who are blind, and people in leadership positions being dismissive of these issues.


    07:22: Raven discusses people with disabilities being sheltered regarding appropriate touching and consent.


    08:55: When personal boundaries matter, and what’s harmful about touch without consent.


    11:14: basics of Consent and explaining enthusiastic consent.


    13:58: Unintentional vs intentional touching.


    16:31: Sharing experiences with being intentionally touched inappropriately at camps with other blind people.


    19:19: Statistics on rates of victimization of people with disabilities.


    21:25: The contributing factors to being victimized as a disabled person, and what roles they play in the training center or convention settings.


    23:41: Accounts of being invalidated and dismissed when trying to report or prosecute someone as a person with a disability.


    28:23: Institutions and organizations being more concerned with their reputation, why people take their personal stories to social media, and how organizations need to focus on where they can minimize harm, not just where they’ve done good.


    31:27; Lakeria shares disability-friendly resources people can turn to.


    32:35: Expressing support for survivors and people sharing their stories.


    33:03: Outro.






    References:


    What Consent Looks Like


    Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2009-2015 - Statistical Tables


    Violence Against People with Disabilities Occurs at Alarming Rates


    National Sexual Violence Resource Center Tool kit


    Use #MarchingTogether to share or participate in the discussion about sexual abuse within the NFB and other organizations in the blindness community.






    For more discussion, follow us on Twitter @I_squaredpod, and join our public Facebook group, Intersectional Insights.


    Music credit: "Northern Glade" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    • 33 min
    Good Gifts and Gift Gaffes

    Good Gifts and Gift Gaffes

    Lakeria and Raven recall gifts they loved, gifts they disliked, and go on a tangent about cards.


    Discussion summary:


    00:26: Disclosing upfront that they hate and don’t celebrate Christmas.


    1:14: Good gifts.


    9:14: Gift gaffes.


    17:54: Bitch session about cards.


    20:51: Another gift gaffe.


    22:17: Put more thought into gifts, rather than giving inaccessible gifts.


    24:23: More gift grumbling.


    25-54: Treating ourselves, and more good gifts.


    27:07: Why Christmas and holidays aren’t a big deal.


    29:18: Outro.






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    Music credits:


    Opening: Goestories - Noir Et Blanc Vie


    Closing: First Class - DJ Williams






    For more discussion, follow us on Twitter @I_SquaredPod, and join our public Facebook group, Intersectional Insights.

    • 29 min
    Aira: The Pros, Cons, and Where There’s Room For Improvement Part 2

    Aira: The Pros, Cons, and Where There’s Room For Improvement Part 2

    Raven and Rochelle chat more about app features: how Aira can add or expand upon them, and curiosities they have regarding some features they haven’t used. They also discuss customer service experiences, more common complaints, and yes, they talk about the app Be My Eyes.


    Discussion Summary:


    00:31: Sharing plans and minutes, and discussion about the smart glasses, now discontinued.


    05:54: Joking about two Aira explorers going on a blind date, and using Aira to find each other.


    07:49: Aira no longer being free for demonstration purposes.


    09:15: Being choosy about usages for free 5-minute calls, and dealing with a variety of agents with differing proficiencies.


    10:50: The rideshare option in Aira.


    13:34: Agents helping take pictures.


    15:34: Refunds, Rochelle’s personal experience with attempting to cancel her previous subscription and be refunded, and customers requesting refunds upon discontinuation of Aira's smart glasses.


    18:22: Experiences with customer service, the personability of agents, and concerns about overuse or folks using it rather than developing their own skills.


    21:18: Differences between Be My Eyes and Aira, and experiences with Be My Eyes.


    26:28: Being able to favorite or dislike certain Aira agents for a more optimal experience, and agents being able to select the calls they take.


    28:40: Exploring the app feature allowing customers to message agents prior to calling, and brainstorming about how it could be expanded to accommodate customers who are deaf-blind.


    33:46: Curiosity about what agents can see according to how the phone is being held, and how their failure to notice detail might depend on camera angle.


    36:35: Circling back to rollover minutes, and talking about practical ways to implement that feature.


    39:06: How agents can access apps on your device.


    40:42: Thank you, Rochelle.


    40:50: Outro.


    For more discussion, follow us on Twitter @I_squaredpod, and join our public Facebook group, Intersectional Insights.


    Music credit:


    Thanks to purple-planet.com for the intro and outro music.

    • 41 min

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