It Is Complicated

9/15/2021

Scheduling a podcast is complicated

Season 1, Ep. 47
This week we cover two topics - Working full time and creating a podcast, and the movie Constantine starring Keanu Reeves.We have gone from a time when we had less restrictions on our time (lockdown, combined with furlough/unemployment was good for podcasting) and we both now have very full on full time jobs, one of us has a partner, and a child they want to spend time with, the other has houseplants. We both have mental health to take care of (does this year ever give up throwing shite around?), and like to spend some time for ourselves.We are making a great podcast - we’ve created a brilliant thing here and want to find a sustainable way to keep doing this. We want this podcast to continue to be high quality, in content and in sound quality.So we have decided to go for a twice a month podcast release. This we believe is sustainable and gives us time for life and self care and great podcasting.We recorded this discussion - so we are reminded when we are at our lowest, that this isn’t personal, it is systemic, our reactions is personal - and this is a good decision for us.It also means J get’s time to watch movies - and is currently re-watching all of Keanu Reeve’s output.They recently saw Constantine - and have some … feelings … about the movie. Just how much? There’s a 15 minute rant about the movie, and this is the abbreviated version. While Keanu is breathtaking there is some … cognitive dissonance… for someone who is a fan of the Jamie Delano Hellblazer stories and what they tell us about Good and Evil and life and politics. This gets a little loud at times.As always we launch into ideas - the banality of good and evil and the notions of redemption - how we can make a more equal society. Tldr; Constantine terrible movie, great conversationWe have a transcript for this episode -IIC Episode 47 TranscriptOur Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/itiscomplicatedGive us feedback - we’re on twitter - https://twitter.com/ItIsComplicatd - we’d love to connect with you about scheduling and Constantine the movie
8/15/2021

Working from home is complicated

Season 1, Ep. 46
Based on a listener request for a discussion on working from home in the current culture environment from a perspective that is not a middle class straight white cis man - we touch on the advantages we have as queers that’s made this easier, and what advantages that others within our community might not have.We cover the way work has changed, and how output in academia has increased but only by men (are you surprised? We weren’t). Having more than one job is normal for most minority groups, including women. Housework and childcare is work, and who does it makes a difference.Work is not just the day job, it’s also the side hustle, the fun job, the extra things we do (like podcasts) - and that impacts our space. Does work become a liminal notion mixing public and private spaces?How much more inclusive have we been able to be? We both have the huge advantage of having work that can be done remotely, and our experience is not universal. Is a commute and an office still desired? Are we building a huge technological divide.Tackling this through a queer, non-normative, lens shows the advantages and disadvantages that impact us all. There is no “normal” office to return to.We have a transcript for this episode -IIC Episode 46 TranscriptOur Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/itiscomplicatedGive us feedback - we’re on twitter - https://twitter.com/ItIsComplicatd - we’d love to connect with you about working from home.
4/20/2021

Imposter Syndrome is complicated

Season 1, Ep. 41
Imposter Syndrome is complicated - if I had cis white straight man confidence I would..We talk about the impact of imposter syndrome on queers. The extra layers that we deal with at times - when you’ve been told by a culture that you’re not good enough, that you’re somewhat suspect - how do we start to enter more normative spaces?We give examples of how we overcome this when we face it - and how we fail to overcome it on our own - how we can get ourselves into establishment spaces. We talk about how it is something that we can bring Allies/Accomplices along to help us with. Even when we are the experts in the room, we fear so much being seen as arrogant when we are assertive, when we state our reality, when we challenge the status quo, that we doubt if we should be there. That self doubt means we reduce ourselves, we apologise, and mask our efforts.You can listen to Josephine try and get Dr J to have confidence in real time, and reflect how messed up the world is that we struggle to have confidence. How can we develop that “This is me, and that’s OK” confidence? For the record:Josephine Baird is a PhD applicant, and a lecturer in Game Design at the University of Uppsala - and is an expert on Trans representation and story telling in games.Dr J has a PhD in Immunology, works as a Service Designer/Business Analyst at ThoughtWorks, is a TEDx speaker, and is an expert on building inclusive teams that deliver.We have a transcript for this episode - IIC Episode 41 TranscriptOur Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/itiscomplicatedGive us feedback - we’re on twitter - https://twitter.com/ItIsComplicatd - we’d love to connect with you about what you would do if you had cis white straight man confidence.