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"Put down your male fragility": Scene On Radio's John Biewen & Celeste Headlee

What's going on with men? Why is it so hard to negotiate the gender power dynamic in everyday situations, like work meetings? Can masculinity exist without its more toxic forms? And why can men get away with sexual misconduct---and even end up seeming like the "real" victim when they're accused? While I've taken this season of Inflection Point to focus on what women can do to rise up and have more power, John Biewen and Celeste Headlee of the podcast Scene on Radio - MEN have been examining how the patriarchy that we're rising up against was formed in the first place--and what to do about it. Today we're taking a look at the conversations we've had over the past seasons of both shows and comparing notes to see if we can find some answers--together. After you've listened, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed. And help us meet our goal of 100 monthly supporters at patreon.com/inflectionpoint. This episode is brought to you by StoryWorth. StoryWorth makes it easy and fun for your loved ones to share their stories. Visit storyworth.com/ Inflection for $20 off, when you subscribe.

"Put down your male fragility": Scene On Radio's John Biewen & Celeste Headlee

More than power poses: why self-empowerment is a myth and what we can do instead - Ruth Wh...

Author Ruth Whippman has been studying the self-improvement industry for years. She's come to the conclusion that empowerment feminism is, well, BS. According to Ruth, systemic change doesn't come from trendy girl-power t-shirts or aspirational Instagram quotes. In fact, Ruth thinks the conceit that women could make equality happen if we just...empowered ourselves more shifts the blame for a system of injustice to individuals with the least power to effect change. So how women are supposed to get power if we can't simply take it for ourselves? I sat down with Ruth to gain some perspective on this whole question of empowerment---and what exactly needs to change for empowerment to lead to power. Ruth Whippman is the author of "America the Anxious. How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks." After you've listened, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed. Thanks to support from our sponsor StoryWorth—preserve your family history! Save $20 when you subscribe at storyworth.com/inflection. Help us reach our goal of 100 Patrons—for as low as $4/month. Contribute at patreon.com/inflectionpoint.

More than power poses: why self-empowerment is a myth and what we can do instead - Ruth Wh...

"Algorithms of Oppression" - Dr. Safiya Noble on the embedded misogyny and racism of search engines

Dr. Safiya Noble was studying Library Science when an academic colleague suggested she google "black girls." The top search results were images that perpetuated negative stereotypes, misogyny and exploitation. That discovery was the beginning of an investigation that eventually became Safiya's book, "Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism". Immediate access to powerful search engines is seen as an empowering force in this world, but what if our reliance on search engines is perpetuating oppressive ideas and hateful ideologies--even swaying elections? Find out in this episode. And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed! Thank you to our sponsor Zulily. Go to zulily.com/inflection in November for an extra 20% off clothes, decor and more when you sign up.

"Algorithms of Oppression" - Dr. Safiya Noble on the embedded misogyny and racism of search engines

There Is No Peak Fury - Rebecca Traister, Author of "Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power...

There's a reason that women are angry. Since the founding of this country, we have been faced with men in power who are set on shutting us down, and shutting us out. Revolutionary fury isn't just for the founding fathers. And ladies, even though we've been stewing in our ever-growing anger for the past 242 years, we have just begun to fight. Listen to my conversation with Rebecca Traister, the New York Times Bestseller, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger. This conversation was recorded live in Berkeley, CA on October 10th, 2018 as part of Women Lit, in collaboration with the Bay Area Book Festival. Want to show your support for Inflection Point? Here are few ways: Financial: Go to inflectionpointradio.org/contribute. Emotional: Come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Sensational: Subscribe to "Inflection Point" and give us a 5 star review!

There Is No Peak Fury - Rebecca Traister, Author of "Good And Mad: The Revolutionary Power...

Running For Office In the Era of #MeToo: Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade

At age 32, Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade is positioned to be at the forefront of a wave of progressive political leaders representing a new generation of voters. She made history while running in the Twin Cities suburbs as a deeply progressive, biracial, openly queer, anti-gun violence, anti-racist, pro-social justice candidate. There's no doubt she'll rise high and go far. The question is: as an unprecedented amount of women run for office and have a good chance of winning, will the powers that be yield to the kind of change politicians like Erin will bring to office? Or will they double down and fight dirty?

Running For Office In the Era of #MeToo: Minnesota State Representative Erin Maye Quade

Death by Diversity Initiative & The Myth of Meritocrac - Dr. Barbara Adams

Organizational psychologist Dr. Barbara Adams says there is transformational power for everyone in diversity and inclusivity, but initiatives like employee training days and inclusive hiring aren't enough. What we need, says Dr. Adams, is a fundamental shift in mindset about our implicit biases and how they affect every aspect of organizations, from what's on the walls, to hiring practices and beyond. And the goal shouldn't be to eliminate biases, but to acknowledge them and to do the work to ensure that there's more than one kind of bias in the room when decisions are being made. Listen to my conversation with Dr. Barbara Adams, author of the new book "Women, Minorities and Other Extraordinary People" to see what's broken about current organizational diversity initiatives and what we can do to create a workplace that works for all of us. And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed on Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic, Stitcher and NPROne. Thank you to our sponsor, care/of! Get 25% OFF your first month of personalized daily vitamins at takecareof.com when you enter INFLECTION at checkout.

Death by Diversity Initiative & The Myth of Meritocrac - Dr. Barbara Adams

A Boardroom Of Our Own - Julia Rhodes Davis, Vote.org and The Partnership on AI

Ask any woman who's sat through a long meeting surrounded by men, and she could tell you how exhausting it can be: we struggle to make ourselves heard while carefully avoiding accusations of being 'bitchy,' 'strident,' or 'shrill.' We rarely have the kind of permission to fail that our male counterparts get. We want to take ownership of what little power is tossed our way, yet we're always at risk of being punished for wielding such power. Which is why Julia Rhodes Davis decided to form an all-women board for her non-profit, Vote.org. The question is, can the empowerment that takes place in an all-women board meeting translate into actual, world-changing power once they step outside the boardroom? Listen to my conversation with Julia Rhodes, Chair of Vote.org and Director of The Partnerships for Artificial Intelligence. Find out what Julia has to say about turning empowerment into power, and also shaping the future so women and minorities don't need to be "empowered" anymore. (All views are her own. As they should be!) And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed. Thank you to care/of for their support! Get 25% OFF your first month of personalized daily vitamins at takecareof.com when you enter INFLECTION at checkout.

A Boardroom Of Our Own - Julia Rhodes Davis, Vote.org and The Partnership on AI

Inflection Point Season 8 Trailer: "Empowerment"

It's 2018 and women are more empowered than ever. But how do we turn that into actual power? We're living in the era of the Women's March, #MeToo, the surge of women in politics and t-shirts proclaiming "the future is female." Then again, Roe vs Wade is under threat of being overturned, confessed sexual harassers get standing ovations at comedy clubs, and female political candidates of all parties are threatened and harassed on a daily basis. This season, the podcast Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller is taking a journey into the whole "empowerment" thing and how that turns into actual power. Lauren will go way past the buzzwords, asking questions like: How did we get to the double standards women live with today? Are women-only spaces preparing women for leadership... or are they keeping women cloistered? Is there a place in the world where women, especially women of color, genuinely have power without living on the margins? And explore what's possible when women are really in charge... And what can go wrong... Check out the new season of *Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller *from KALW and PRX. And subscribe! inflectionpointradio.org

A Brief But Spectacular Conversation - Special Live Episode

After Brief But Spectacular creator Steve Goldbloom filmed 94-year-old retired English teacher Flossie Lewis and "Black Girl Magic" poet activist Mahogany L. Browne, their short segments on PBS NewsHour went unexpectedly viral. Although they come from entirely different backgrounds, the two women share a deep passion for language and an appreciation of its power to heal and to harm. Join our live conversation, recorded at the Commonwealth Club to learn how, despite our differences, we can find connections that bring us together. And when you're done, come on over to The Inflection Point Society, our Facebook group of everyday activists who seek to make extraordinary change through small, daily actions. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed!

Stitch Fix Founder Katrina Lake Gives the C-Suite a Makeover

At age 35, Stitch Fix founder Katrina Lake became the youngest female founder and CEO to take a company public in 2017. Stitch Fix is now worth over two billion dollars. She has not only changed the way many of us shop for clothes, but she's also changing how we think about leaders. Find out how she learned to embrace her history-making role as the youngest woman to take a startup to IPO, in this conversation at INFORUM at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Subscribe to "Inflection Point" to get more stories of how women rise up right in your feed! Want to support more women's stories? Support the program at inflectionpointradio.org/contribute.

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