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The Bipolar Feminist Podcast

The Bipolar Feminist Podcast

By Nikita Ramkissoon

Intersectional feminism, journalism, mental health, and leftism from a Master's graduate in Gender Studies, Nikita Ramkissoon. Raised in an anti-apartheid activist household, Nikita grew up with a love for human rights and good books. Being a survivor of childhood sexual assault, she developed bipolar disorder and wishes to debunk myths about mental illness and shed light on survivor issues through her writing. Some might call her a raging feminist ... and she is. Guided by bell hooks, Angela Davis, and other black feminists, Nikita wishes to uplift voices of women of colour in media spaces.
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The Bipolar Feminist PodcastFeb 05, 2023

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Managing mental illness without treatment

Managing mental illness without treatment

The lack of access and affordability to mental health treatment make it difficult to manage, which is why we need universal basic healthcare, which is the only way to ensure everyone gets the help they need and not just the few who can afford it.

Apr 16, 202315:23
Interview: Black men's mental health activist Jayvon Thomas

Interview: Black men's mental health activist Jayvon Thomas

Jayvon, known on social media as Original Keith, is a student, educator, and activist whose focus is on the upliftment of the black community in the US. Studying psychology in order to help black men navigate the stigmatised world of mental health, Jayvon is aiming to see black liberation but knows that it may not be in his lifetime. We talk about black identity, books, and police killings of unarmed black Americans. Please support Jayvon by donating to his Cashapp on $JayvonT22.

Apr 02, 202343:01
An overview of privilege

An overview of privilege

The crux of the issue when discussing privilege and how many misunderstand the term is that having privilege does not mean that an individual is immune to life’s hardships, but it does mean having an unearned benefit or advantage one receives in society by nature of their identity.

Mar 19, 202314:49
Interview with Scots poet Len Pennie

Interview with Scots poet Len Pennie

I have a great chat more than an interview with Len Pennie, a Scottish poet and Scots language and mental health advocate, who is also a dear friend and fellow feminist writer.

Mar 12, 202348:14
Whiteness in interracial relationships

Whiteness in interracial relationships

In relationships with white people, we have structures of internalised superiority and internalised inferiority that have resulted in white people overestimating their human value or are unencumbered by race, and people of colour underestimating their worth based on race.

Mar 05, 202320:21
Living with autism

Living with autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Some people with ASD have a known difference, such as a genetic condition. Other causes are not yet known. Scientists believe there are multiple causes of ASD that act together to change the most common ways people develop. We still have much to learn about these causes and how they impact people with ASD.

Feb 26, 202318:10
Being brown and the beauty industry

Being brown and the beauty industry

Beauty has everything to do with how the world sees us and everything to do with how we choose to show ourselves to the world. In the world’s insistence that we, as brown-skinned people with brown histories, aspire to be as white as possible, any sort of celebration and marking of brownness as good is undesirable for whiteness to flourish.

Feb 12, 202318:04
Say their names

Say their names

Black people killed by police from 1870 to 2023. None of them had been charged with a crime.

Artwork of Aiyana Stanley Jones by Adrian Brandon from his "Stolen" series, dedicated to the many Black people that were robbed of their lives at the hands of the police. I use time as a medium to define how long each portrait is coloured in. One year of life meant one minute of colour.

Feb 05, 202325:23
The Male Gaze and its effects

The Male Gaze and its effects

The male gaze encompasses sexual objectification, which is the way in which the female body is viewed as an object only deemed purposeful for male sexual interaction and gratification. What happens through this sexual objectification is that men objectify woman’s bodies.

Jan 29, 202315:30
Disability, brownness, and feminism

Disability, brownness, and feminism

The disabled people's movement - while many and sometimes the majority of its activists are women - is still informed by political and theoretical debates which strangely sideline brown women's experiences and issues. In this regard, none of the movements are truly intersectional.

Jan 22, 202316:34
Feminism and the Global South

Feminism and the Global South

While I do agree that solidarity is essential, and that listening to other contexts matters, I challenge the idea of passive solidarity with western feminism as the way to go about ensuring freedom for all women the world over. The global South" is not a homogenous space.

Jan 15, 202317:26
The power of the feminist manifesto

The power of the feminist manifesto

The ultimate goal of the feminist manifesto is to direct our energies to the wide range of targets for our oppression, to shamelessly operate as both individuals and a collective body, to welcome into the fold new and forgotten voices of feminist resistance, and to express righteous anger loudly and forcefully, even with the weight of the world on our shoulders.

Jan 08, 202315:12
Mythbusting intersectional feminism

Mythbusting intersectional feminism

There are many myths about feminism that pervade the truth about the movement. In order to debunk these myths we need to understand what feminism actually is before we show what it isn’t. Feminism is the belief in social, political and economic equality of all people regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.

Dec 11, 202213:38
A feminist analysis of domestic violence

A feminist analysis of domestic violence

Although domestic violence has been defined in a variety of different ways, and there is no “perfect definition,” it can be defined as a pattern of behaviour in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner.

Dec 04, 202222:39
Podcast: Mental health and brown communities

Podcast: Mental health and brown communities

Mental health issues are an increasing problem in communities of colour. This is not surprising, given the unique challenges we face as the global majority that do not have the same access to resources, education, and jobs as our white counterparts.

Nov 27, 202219:42
Pornography through a feminist lens

Pornography through a feminist lens

Pro-porn feminists first asserted that sex work is no different from other kinds of work during the fight against the MacKinnon-Dworkin ordinance, an argument that is especially important because it then follows that the porn set, like any other workplace, should be safe, regulated, and free from discrimination.

Nov 20, 202216:11
How rape culture distorts the reality of sexual violence

How rape culture distorts the reality of sexual violence

Rape culture is perpetuated through the use of misogynistic language, the objectification of women’s bodies, and the glamorisation or blatant disregard of sexual violence, thereby creating a society that disregards women’s rights and safety.

Nov 13, 202223:35
Stereotypes and tokenism

Stereotypes and tokenism

Stereotyping is just one of the things that impact people in ways that homogenises large groups of people and it can lead to what is called tokenism.

Oct 30, 202222:39
Whiteness Part II

Whiteness Part II

The second episode in a two-part series that looks at a brief rundown on the history and meaning of whiteness.

Oct 23, 202210:01
Whiteness Part I

Whiteness Part I

The first episode in a two-part series that looks at a brief rundown on the history and meaning of whiteness.

Oct 16, 202216:10
All about ADHD

All about ADHD

Despite how common ADHD is, doctors and researchers still aren’t sure what causes the condition. It’s believed to have neurological origins. Genetics may also play a role. Research suggests that a reduction in dopamine is a factor in ADHD.

Oct 09, 202215:04
TERFs are neither radical nor feminist

TERFs are neither radical nor feminist

It is not sex that determines one’s experiences with oppression, but gender identity’s relationship with that sex. Cisgender women are undeniably oppressed in comparison to cisgender men, and their oppression is not dismissed when compared to their transgender sisters.

Oct 02, 202217:01
Celebrity misogyny and its support harms survivors

Celebrity misogyny and its support harms survivors

Famous perpetrators will set themselves up as pillars of society to hold themselves above reproach. People might go out of their way to establish themselves as charitable or compassionate ... so that when an allegation does come up, that’s their first line of defence.

Sep 25, 202215:03
The nuances of the female orgasm

The nuances of the female orgasm

Women are blessed with bodies that are capable of experiencing orgasm in more ways than one. Some researchers believe that there are as many as 12 types of female orgasms.

Sep 18, 202218:07
Womanism and how it differs from feminism

Womanism and how it differs from feminism

It is well known that black women have a higher likelihood of experiencing violence, receiving lower pay, and seeing fewer media and political representations of women who look like them. Because the mainstream feminist movement does not begin to cover this one-two punch of racism and sexism, a paralleling womanist movement was formed to acknowledge black women’s specific struggle for equality.

Sep 11, 202213:33
The politics of body and beauty standards

The politics of body and beauty standards

It is a reality that we need to continue teaching ourselves to dislike our appearances, to feel inadequate and frustrated, and try to look as beautiful and exotic as possible. The balancing act we play, as women, is hard enough without the need to justify playing their game or not.

Sep 04, 202216:25
Representation matters

Representation matters

Growing up surrounded by white narratives, I have had to purposefully dismantle the internalised belief that my story was not worth telling. As a brown, queer, disabled woman, I grappled with the constant fear that, as a writer, I would have to assimilate to telling white male narratives or perish. It also stemmed from the fact that all of my teachers were white and furthered these ideas, despite all the privileges afforded to my school to create a racially diverse space.

Aug 28, 202210:49
Interview: She's A Crowd - the world's first sexual assault reporting tool

Interview: She's A Crowd - the world's first sexual assault reporting tool

Too often, survivors of sexual assault don't report because of stigma, lack of interest by authorities, and victim-blaming, among many other reasons. She's A Crowd allows survivors to report their experiences and turns it into a dataset that authorities can use preventatively and that researchers can use to bring light to the issues survivors face.

Aug 14, 202242:31
The real threat of online abuse

The real threat of online abuse

With the #MeToo movement, it’s easy to log onto social media and see just how many women are victims of sexual harassment. Whether in person or online, women everywhere have experienced it in one way or another. And with all the new ways the internet has opened avenues of communication, online harassment is more prevalent than ever.

Aug 07, 202213:58
How men can be feminists

How men can be feminists

Put simply, feminism as practised by men is often just decent manners. This behaviour is the inspiration behind the old joke heard at women’s events everywhere: “Have you heard the one about the feminist man walking into a bar? He tripped over it because it was set so low.”

Jul 31, 202213:05
Interview with US presidential candidate Jasmine Sherman

Interview with US presidential candidate Jasmine Sherman

Jasmine Sherman is the Executive Director of Greater Charlotte Rise, an organisation, dedicated to immediate housing relief in Mecklenburg County. Jasmine is passionate about the community with a focus on supporting the housing insecure, children's education/welfare, and women's rights.

Jul 24, 202233:17
Bipolar disorder: A both clinical and personal look

Bipolar disorder: A both clinical and personal look

Bipolar disorder is a type of mood disorder in which people have prolonged episodes of low mood and of abnormally 'high' or elevated mood, which are termed depression and mania - or hypomania - respectively. These episodes disrupt a person's life, interfering with their thoughts, emotions, behaviours, relationships, and day-to-day functioning.

Jul 17, 202216:49
Interview with writer Kimberly Latrice Jones

Interview with writer Kimberly Latrice Jones

Taking her 2020 viral video and book, How We Can Win a little further, Kimberly Jones and I chat about how black women are impacted by the white supremacist delusion.

Jul 10, 202234:53
Girls' access to education in the global south

Girls' access to education in the global south

While women do have the right to access education in many countries, there are several barriers that prevent them from doing so in the global south.

Jul 03, 202214:32
Special podcast: Abortion is also about racial and economic justice

Special podcast: Abortion is also about racial and economic justice

That abortion bans would resemble your average day in US policing is not an exaggeration. Just like the war on drugs made it easy for the criminal justice system to target certain communities - particularly the poor and people of colour - disparities in the way in which policies are enforced infect every stage of the system such as the decision to arrest, the decision whether to charge and which charges to bring, the trial process, and sentencing, poor black women will bear the brunt.

Jun 29, 202214:59
Interview with astrophysicist Kirsten Banks

Interview with astrophysicist Kirsten Banks

"My favourite part about what I do is seeing someone's face light up when the lightbulb flicks on, their eyes widen, and they have that "ah-ha" moment. I want to help people appreciate and understand space and astronomy so that we can all enjoy the night sky that we share, together."

Jun 26, 202229:01
Girls, women, and bitches: Why language matters

Girls, women, and bitches: Why language matters

Honestly, many people don’t think this is a big deal and some women even call themselves and others “girls, ladies, or bitches.” But could this impact the way people think about women?

Jun 19, 202211:35
The state of disability in South Africa

The state of disability in South Africa

Disabilities - both physical and mental - are misunderstood in South Africa, and therefore, people with disabilities are sometimes shunned or excluded from society.

Jun 12, 202212:06
Gender bias in hiring and employment

Gender bias in hiring and employment

Although many sexist prejudices have weakened over time, gender stereotypes still influence employers’ decisions during the hiring process, and those stereotypes disadvantage all genders.

Jun 05, 202210:32
The pink tax and its financial implications

The pink tax and its financial implications

While we may laugh at aprons being called “manly cooking vests”, the real implication for women is that women end up paying on average $1400 more on their products per year for no good reason.

May 29, 202211:15
The choice to be childfree

The choice to be childfree

Why does the world get so angry when people who can have kids just ... won't? We look at the reasons it makes sense not to procreate.

May 22, 202212:35
The myth of the friendzone

The myth of the friendzone

The friendzone is jokingly used to describe when men who show affection through kindness to women are labelled as just friends when they believe they are owed more. This episode explores the often disastrous consequences of such assumptions.

May 15, 202209:50
Special episode: Roe v Wade and what its overturning means

Special episode: Roe v Wade and what its overturning means

The impact of overturning Roe v Wade would be to end the guarantee of federal constitutional protection of abortion rights and allow each state to decide whether to restrict or ban abortion.

May 11, 202212:48
Interview with a feminist communications specialist: Dr James Stein

Interview with a feminist communications specialist: Dr James Stein

Dr James B Stein is a lecturer in Communications in Utah and his social media content specialises in educating men on effective feminist communication methods. He's also quite funny and takes his tactics to new levels to get through to the stubborn men.

May 08, 202234:57
The mental load and its effects on women

The mental load and its effects on women

Women bear so many burdens and the mental load, or cognitive labour, is one of the many things that holds us back socially, economically, and emotionally. In this episode, we tackle the meaning of the mental load.

Apr 24, 202211:06
Why men's mental health is a feminist issue

Why men's mental health is a feminist issue

Many men do not seek help for their mental illnesses and the consequences are devastating for society and women in particular.

Apr 17, 202209:53
Beyond yes or no: Consent and consenting behaviour

Beyond yes or no: Consent and consenting behaviour

People often believe consent is something that has grey areas. Newsflash: It does not.

Apr 10, 202212:59
Interview with music industry specialist Angela Weickl

Interview with music industry specialist Angela Weickl

Angela Weickl, the co-director of shesaid.so, an organisation aimed at helping women in the music industry find tangible solutions to hurdles they face, speaks to us about the organisation and the state of misogyny in the South African music industry.

Apr 03, 202239:45
Childhood abuse Part III: Effects and recovery

Childhood abuse Part III: Effects and recovery

**TRIGGER WARNING** Sexual abuse, childhood abuse, rape, depression, mental illness

In this episode, the third episode in this series, I speak about my experience of childhood sexual abuse and how it truly feels to be abused. This podcast contains sensitive content.

Mar 27, 202211:48
Interview with transformation coach Part II - Generational trauma and healing

Interview with transformation coach Part II - Generational trauma and healing

This week is the second part of an interview with Mayuri Govender, founder and transformation coach and consultant at Breaking Brown Silence (BBS) Consulting where she does anti-racism and anti-discrimination work with corporates, universities, schools, and pretty much any organisation that needs transformation.

Mar 20, 202224:52
Childhood abuse Part II: Experiencing abuse

Childhood abuse Part II: Experiencing abuse

**TRIGGER WARNING** Sexual abuse, childhood abuse, rape, depression, mental illness

In this episode, I speak about my experience of childhood sexual abuse and how it truly feels to be abused. This podcast contains sensitive content.

Mar 13, 202210:00
Interview with transformation coach part I: Feminism and Indian South Africans

Interview with transformation coach part I: Feminism and Indian South Africans

This week is the first part of an interview with Mayuri Govender, founder and transformation coach and consultant at Breaking Brown Silence (BBS) Consulting where she does anti-racism and anti-discrimination work with corporates, universities, schools, and pretty much any organisation that needs transformation.

Mar 06, 202229:49
Childhood abuse Part I: Grooming and gaslighting

Childhood abuse Part I: Grooming and gaslighting

**TRIGGER WARNING** Sexual abuse, childhood abuse, rape, grooming, gaslighting

In this episode, I speak about my experience of childhood sexual abuse and how it began with grooming and gaslighting. This podcast contains sensitive content.

Feb 27, 202210:47
White feminism and why it's dangerous

White feminism and why it's dangerous

White feminism is a form of the movement that has prioritised white supremacy over women's rights. In this episode, we talk about what white feminism is and why it's so detrimental to the feminist movement as a whole.

Feb 20, 202209:30
Hysteria and why mental health is a feminist issue

Hysteria and why mental health is a feminist issue

Throughout history, women have been disconnected from effective healthcare due to every problem being blamed on the pseudoscience of hysteria. This week, we look at how women are undermined in mental healthcare.

Feb 13, 202212:07
Internalised misogyny

Internalised misogyny

We delve into what internalised misogyny is and how it affects people in private and public settings, including the home, work, schools, and religious organisations.

Feb 06, 202213:05
Feminist economics and why we need it

Feminist economics and why we need it

In this episode, we take a look at the current capitalist economy through a feminist lens and give a run-down of why we need feminist economics within the existing system.

Jan 30, 202211:38
Language, gender, and feminism

Language, gender, and feminism

Today we look at the importance of language in how we represent gender and the terminology that can help us understand it more.

Jan 23, 202214:52
Why bipolar? Why feminist?

Why bipolar? Why feminist?

Welcome to the Bipolar Feminist Podcast! Where I will be introducing you to the topics that I talk about the most - mental health and feminism. I hope you enjoy this journey of discovery.

Jan 16, 202211:18