Business Matters was kind enough to ask me back, this time to evaluate the first month of President Trump’s administration.
I brought my same concerns about representing gender studies, but at least this time I knew what to expect, knew that I would survive the taping.
This time I didn’t want to come off as a bully. As the most formally educated person on the show, I try very hard to honor everyone’s experience and education. But sometimes, I get caught up in wanting to make my point. Instead of worrying about being shrill, I worried about being mean.
The “other side” of the panel was two businessmen. I honestly wanted to hear what they are seeing that I am not: how Trump will help their businesses. I know this is a blindspot in my understanding.
But they missed their opportunity. They immediately talked about social issues. Why they went that route is beyond me, but it opened up an opportunity to again talk about PT as a mess of a humanitarian.
Being on tv is hard. It causes me great stress. It costs me money as I get myself ready to look “presentable.” It cost me a full morning to codify myself into the land of femininity (and my hair did look totally rad, so I suppose it was worth it).
I don’t like the stress of being on tv. However, I am fully aware that I am being given a platform and that I must use it, even if I am anxious and scared along the way. The blessing that I get to speak as an ally publicly is a great honor and responsibility. Don’t ever think I take those things lightly.
Final note, when the show came on, Ev asked: “Is this a boys against girls show?” It wasn’t meant to be. But her question tickled me and me realize how the setup certainly made it seem that way.
Props to KU grad Marlana Eck who now teaches at DeSales University, one of my alma mater, on her first tv appearance. It was great having her by my side!
Sorry there isn’t a good, embeddable video. Here’s the link! 24 minutes of engagement.