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Jeannie Yandel and Eula Scott Bynoe break down how sexism works in the modern workplace. And with help from some badass experts, they bring you real tactics you can use to fight back.

Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace KUOW

    • Society & Culture

Jeannie Yandel and Eula Scott Bynoe break down how sexism works in the modern workplace. And with help from some badass experts, they bring you real tactics you can use to fight back.

    Sometimes Invisibility Isn't A Superpower

    Sometimes Invisibility Isn't A Superpower

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    There's a phenomenon researchers have observed among many women in the workplace that they call https://hbr.org/2018/08/why-women-stay-out-of-the-spotlight-at-work ("intentional invisibility"). It happens because for many women, they are both aware that they must be visible at work to get ahead - own their ideas, speak up, use their voices - while also worrying that they'll be penalized for being too visible. For being too assertive, or too intimidating, or just...too much. (Decades of research on both racial and gender bias in American workplaces indicates this is a valid concern and a real danger, btw.) So these women choose the path of less potential conflict. They shrink themselves so they're not penalized for being too big. They intentionally choose invisibility.
    Angela Merk Nguyen has been told she's too much - at her job and even before that. But instead of shrinking and becoming invisible, she went in the opposite direction. She stayed visible. She spoke up to people in her personal life and professional life. And she tells Jeannie and Eula why - even though it wasn't easy to keep speaking up - she'll never go the invisibility route.
    GUEST: Angela Merk Nguyen is LV, or Little Voice, on the awesome podcast for tweens https://listentotrouble.com/ (Ooh! You're In Trouble). For five seasons, she was the co-host and co-producer of the podcast https://www.radiotopia.fm/podcasts/adult-ish (Adult ISH.) And soon, you'll hear her voice work all over kids' animated films! Follow her @ultraraduberfad on Instagram and Twitter.

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    Even before the conservatorship, Britney Spears had to figure out how to navigate a stunningly sexist workplace. The kind of workplace where it was considered charming for a fully adult Ed McMahon to compliment your "pretty eyes" and ask if you have a boyfriend...when you're ten years old...and on national television.
    Jeannie and Eula have a heart-to-heart about the public narrative around Britney Spears, and how we all had a hand in creating her toxic, sexist workplace - one that only got worse once she became a mom. And they talk about how to do better from here on out.
    The documentary we discuss in this episode is https://www.hulu.com/series/the-new-york-times-presents-f22278d1-ef56-40e8-9227-af3a029ca6f4 (Framing Britney Spears,) available on Hulu. There's now a second documentary on Hulu too. It's called https://www.hulu.com/series/the-new-york-times-presents-f22278d1-ef56-40e8-9227-af3a029ca6f4 (Controlling Britney Spears). We highly recommend you start with Framing Britney Spears.
    Other stuff from this episode:
    https://gimletmedia.com/shows/mystery-show/emhe24 (Mystery Show Episode 2: Britney)
    https://astro-charts.com/persons/chart/britney-spears/ (Britney's Astrological Birth Chart )

    • 37 min
    "Telling The Whole Truth" About Grief At Work

    "Telling The Whole Truth" About Grief At Work

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    When Marisa Renee Lee's mother passed away, Marisa tried to do everything right. She continued to work hard at her job. She saved her asks for time off and support at work for when she really needed it. And she tried to make sure all the tasks that surround a loved one's illness and passing were completed in an efficient way. Her lesson: you can't project-manage and hustle your way out of grief. Even if everything around you is saying that's the way forward.
    We wanted to talk with Marisa after learning about the book she's writing, https://www.marisareneelee.com/grief-is-love (Grief Is Love), and after discovering she's been thinking about something we both get nerdily excited about: a new national policy! Yessss!
    Seriously, though, Marisa has been thinking through what a national grief policy might look like, and why the US needs one. She was Managing Director for the https://www.obama.org/mbka/ (My Brother's Keeper Alliance) and the Deputy Director of Private Sector Engagement for the Obama Administration, and she worked with now-President Biden during that time. She says if any President can create and pass a national grief policy, it's Biden. And she says now is the time to move on it.
    We both get pretty real with Marisa about our own grief in this episode, and she gets real with us about what it means to grieve, what it means to be there for our grieving friends and co-workers, and why workplaces and other institutions have to get their shit together when it comes to meaningful grief support. The conversation gets heavy, but we love it because it's also funny and hopeful and goofy. We hope you love it too.

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    Yes, Your Workplace Is Grieving - Even If You Don't Realize It

    Yes, Your Workplace Is Grieving - Even If You Don't Realize It

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    A few months ago, we asked members of the BTSW Facebook group whether they were experiencing grief, and what they were grieving. We got dozens of answers - people were grieving their lives before the pandemic. Live music and theater. Child care. Friends, family, and partners. Jobs. Relationships. Those answers made something very clear - we are all grieving. Many of us are grieving multiple losses.
    Then we heard from a group member who's also an Episcopal minister - Anjel Scarborough. She told us what grief actually looks like. How long it takes to process. And she helped us understand something else - that as a nation, and a culture, we are terrible at recognizing grief when it's right in front of us. We don't know how to support each other or ourselves. And yes, those blind spots when it comes to grief are rooted in patriarchy. So what do we do about all that? Anjel has some tactics for us.
    If you are a young adult needing support due to a COVID loss, Anjel suggests contacting the COVID Grief Network .
    Here are 4 additional resources she suggested:
    http://mhaw.org/get-involved/advocacy-awareness-2-2-3/ (Association for Mental Health and Wellness) (links to many types of grief support groups)
    SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Hotline for referrals - 1-800-662-HELP
    http://bereavementcenter.org/covid-19-info/ (Center for Loss and Bereavement)
    https://www.thewarmplace.org/covid-19-resources/ (The WARM Place) (grief support for children)
    And if you want to learn more about the physical toll grief can take, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/22/well/what-happens-in-the-body-during-grief.html (this NYT piece) is a great overview.
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    • 38 min
    Surprise! You're An Essential Worker!

    Surprise! You're An Essential Worker!

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    Even in the Before Times, the restaurant industry had problems. Seventy percent of its women and femme employees said they'd experienced sexual harassment on the job. The EEOC took in more harassment complaints from restaurant workers than any other workplace. And then there's the federal minimum wage for tipped workers - a whopping $2.13 per hour. Then Covid hit. Jeannie and Eula talk with a longtime server in Illinois about how her job changed with the pandemic, and how waiting tables during Covid has changed her.

    • 45 min
    BTSW Season 3 Starts August 23!

    BTSW Season 3 Starts August 23!

    We're baaaaaaack! Friends, we're so excited to bring you Season 3 of Battle Tactics For Your Sexist Workplace. This season, we'll take a deep look at grief (surprise! The way we handle grief is sexist!), revisit imposter syndrome, discuss what it takes (and costs) to be your authentic self at work, and we look at what may be the most sexist workplace in America: restaurants.
    We've missed you so much and can't wait to bring you this new season. The guests are brilliant, the tactics are fire, the facts are (as always) sad, and the jokes are (as always) pretty dorky. And if you want to help support us and get the inside scoop on upcoming episodes, become a patron of the show! https://www.patreon.com/btsw (https://www.patreon.com/btsw)

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