Sephora and Annika are two scientists who met through serendipity in a random pub near King’s Cross. Over too many drinks, they discussed world affairs and social issues, but were at a loss to know how to make a difference in this world. The one recurring question of all conversations that followed was: “Why would anybody care?”. In this podcast, they tackle social justice issues that are often ignored. More specifically, they ask tough questions and discuss topics that are commonly overlooked by the more privileged in our society.
In this episode, we discuss how the language we use has an impact on the people around us. We discuss examples and highlight contexts of when language may be hurtful or problematic. We then suggest easy fixes to these situations and why making this change can have such a big impact.
READS: “Mindset”, Dr. Carol Dweck
LISTEN: “The Vocal Fries Pod” Carrie Gillon and Megan Figueroa
WATCH: "The Significance of Linguistic Profiling" - Dr. John Baugh
In this episode, we discuss cultural appropriation. We explain when and why it is problematic, and highlight the differences with cultural appreciation. We support our discussions with examples as they can be found in the beauty, music or entertainment industries as well as more casual everyday examples. We give suggestions on how to show appreciation for a different culture without appropriating it.
READ: “White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue ... and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation”, Lauren Michele Jackson
LISTEN: “Minority Korner Podcast” James Arthur
WATCH: “Cultural Appropriation: Who Gets a Pass?!” Tee Noir
In this special episode, Sephora and Annika take turn asking each other personal questions about their lives and about hosting a podcast.
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We discuss what does it mean to be an ally, things not to do when trying to be a good ally, and recommendations on where to start or how to continue your journey to genuine allyship. We also raise awareness about the white saviour industrial complex, and propose steps to make a change.
READ: “How to be an Anti-racist!” Ibram X Kendi
LISTEN: No white saviour podcast / The missionary Podcast
WATCH: Arthur Simeon - “Africa doesnt need your help if you work in a mall”
Is white privilege real? What does it even mean? Can you benefit from white privilege if you are not white? In this episode, we break it all down and discuss the white privilege and white fragility taboos. As always, we end the episode with suggestions to make a change at an individual level.
White fragility - Robin DiAngelo
The Guradian series “Shades of black”
LISTEN: George The Poet - “Have you heard George’s Podcast?”
WATCH: BBC three testimonials: “Dark-Skinned Girls On Colourism”
In this episode, we address the topic of intersectionality. We first give a formal definition and then proceed to provide many everyday life examples to help listeners to grasp the concept. We highlight the importance of acknowledging the systemic neglect of intersectional injustice and make suggestions to help to alleviate it.
READ: Galdem Magazine
LISTEN: Sooo Many White Guys with Phoebe Robinson
WATCH: The Urgency of intersectionality, Kimberlé Crenshaw
Do you consider yourself a feminist? What does it even mean to be a feminist? In this episode, we open the discussion around feminism. We give a definition and provide everyday life examples. We challenge our listeners to rethink feminism, and give suggestions as to how to better advocate for equal rights for all genders.
Read: Gloria Steinem “My life on the road”
Listen: Girl Boss Radio with Sophia Amoruso
Watch: Film "Suffragettes"
In our third episode, we start a discussion about sexism. We first give the definition of sexism, and explain its different dimensions using everyday examples as well as research studies. In addition to mentioning the most known aspects of sexism, we dive deeper and dissect the more subtle forms of casual sexism. As usual, we end the episode by giving some suggestions on small steps we can all take to make a change towards combating sexism.
READ: “You should have asked”, Emma
LISTEN: "Why its time to make a fuss about sexism", by Laura Bates
WATCH: Laura Bates TedTalk "Everyday Sexism"
In this episode, we continue our discussion around racism, with a focus on internalised racism. We give a rigorous definition and provide examples to help listeners grasp the concept. We then discuss representation as a tool to help combat internalised racism. Finally, we provide straightforward examples to make a change.
READ: “More than Enough” by Elaine Weltheroth
LISTEN: "The woke ass podcast"
WATCH: Nikesha Elise Williams TEDx Talk “Representation matters”
In this episode, we discuss racism in its individual and institutional forms. We explain terms such as “microaggressions” and “systemic racism” through rigorous definitions and everyday life examples. Finally, we provide suggestions to make a change.
Recommendations for further information:
READ the book “Why I am no longer talking to white people about race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
LISTEN to the podcast “About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge”
WATCH the TedTalk “How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time” by Baratunde Thurston
Sephora and Annika are two scientists who met through serendipity in a random pub near King’s Cross. Over too many drinks, they discussed world affairs and social issues, but were at a loss to know how to make a difference in this world. The one recurring question of all conversations that followed was: “Why would anybody care?”. Many months later, they finally decided to take action by sharing their conversations and the “Not My Problem” podcast was born. In this podcast, they tackle social justice issues that are often ignored. More specifically, they ask tough questions and discuss topics that are commonly overlooked by the more privileged in our society.
Sephora is a black woman scientist. She was born in Chad, raised in Switzerland and is now living in the UK, fulfilling her passion for computer science. Annika is a white woman, who was born and raised in Germany until she left for the UK to become a Computer Scientist.