I go into public situations with a little pep talk:
- Don’t be shrill
- Make feminism look approachable, not mean-spirited (I don’t think it is the latter, but I know people often default to that belief…)
- Don’t yell
- Actively listen
- Do not EVER ROLL YOUR EYES
When I am on the radio, I don’t have to worry too much about the last item. And notice there are a lot of “don’t”s, that I feel the need to tone myself down a bit when representing Kutztown or feminism or gender studies….or pretty much everything. That I need to be just a little bit less, well, “me” when in media situations.
So when I was invited to be on a television show (they found me through my very loud voice on social media), I was crazy-nervous. And then I had to wait for a month for it to air, so the picture I had in my mind of the bitchy, nasty woman that I must have looked like–when really it was just passion and the heat running high only seven days out from the election of Tr**p–haunted me for weeks.
We watched. Ev asked me why I was yelling at the lady. The show encourages what they called “lively debate.” Well, I think that we four delivered.
I come in around minute fifteen. I hope you will take some time to watch. It was really, really hard for me to be less me.
The feedback from friends has been positive (of course, they are my friends!). Some have suggested I need a TV show of my own. Well, until that happens, stay tuned for exciting news about a podcast rollout in the New Year…I hope I have piqued your interest!
You can watch here!