TIME TO TALK
It’s time to talk about it. There are many resources that have raised awareness about the different ways a workplace can be toxic, including microaggressions, biases, and rules/structures inherently against the empowerment of women. But, what do we do with all this information? It is essential that we take the next step to actively seek change, which begins with engaging in difficult conversations with co-workers and bosses, confronting the issues at hand. These conversations are naturally hard to bring up and facilitate, but it is possible to both conduct a neutral, civil conversation and listen to the other party’s perspective in a respectful way.
It’s Time to Talk is a mini-series podcast that goes over tips and tricks to both talk about and listen to the different perspectives surrounding the toxic workplace culture. The podcast will feature the voices of women professionals, interns, and students from various industries to explore what has worked and what has not. By exploring these different perspectives, It’s Time to Talk aims to uncover and spread information on how to tangibly create safe spaces within the toxic workplace culture and dismantle systems of power in a respectful and consensual way.
See tips on how to deal with difficult conversations here.
Welcome to It's Time To Talk!
This episode features the stories of the podcast creators. By introducing themselves, the premise of their class project, and their own workplace experiences, this episode aims to provide context for the rest of the podcast and explore the student experience.
TIP OF THE ICEBERG
In this episode, we sit down with USC Gender Studies Professor, Heather Berg, who focuses on sex labor, pornography, feminist and queer theory, and is the author of Porn Work: Adult Film at the Point of Production. We discuss the third wave feminist movement through phenomena like the #MeToo movement and Time’s Up, as well as Marxist feminism. Professor Berg helps shine light on some of the current workplace issues, which have been neglected by these movements and ways to challenge them.
This shortened episode provides the tips and inspiration for those who may face microaggressions, harassment, or other abuse in the workplace. To read a more in depth description of the tips we provide in this episode, check out our resources page.