Soul Sutras: South Asian Sisterhood & Tackling Taboo with Sangeeta Pillai
Helloooo, and welcome to Season 8 of Mads World! You're about to listen to Soul Sutras: South Asian Sisterhood & Tackling Taboo with Sangeeta Pillai!
This week I am joined by podcaster, activist, writer and speaker, Sangeeta Pillai. Sangeeta is the founder of the South Asian feminist network Soul Sutras, which is all about tackling taboos within the culture. She’s the creator of Masala Podcast, seen as one of the top feminist podcasts in the UK, featuring truly diverse experiences and voices. Sangeeta is a 5 times winner at the British Podcast Awards 2020, 2021 & 2022, as well as winner at the Audio Production Awards 2022.
She is a winner at Spotify SoundUp 2018 and was also nominated “change-maker” at the Visionary Awards 2022. Masala Podcast & Sangeeta have been featured on BBC Radio, The Guardian, The Observer, Evening Standard, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, Eastern Eye, Huffington Post, BBC Sounds, Brown Girl Magazine, Women’s Health Austria, Deccan Herald India & more. Sangeeta is also the creator of the Masala Monologues series of writing workshops and theatre shows in the UK & the US.
In this episode, we chat about Sangeeta’s funniest date story, her influences as a feminist, how she finds the strength to view taboo subjects in a critical way, where the stigma and shame might stem from in South Asian communities, the importance of creating safe spaces and much more.
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10. Beyond Stereotypes: Being Queer & Working Class with @SophGalustian aka TikTok Lesbian39:43Helloooo, and welcome to Season 9 of Mads World! You're about to listen to Beyond Stereotypes: Being Queer & Working Class with @SophGalustian aka TikTok Lesbian!This week I am joined by writer, actor comedian, and author Soph Galustian. Hailing from Manchester, Soph says she specializes in being gay and working class, whilst also being working class and gay. She has written and starred in her own comedy on BBC Three called Peck Eds, appeared as a series regular alongside Simon Bird in Everyone Else Burns, and her debut book, No Worries If Not, has just been released coming in at No.1 in Lesbian Poetry!Soph started posting TikTok's less than 6 months ago and she has already amassed over 130k followers, and has gone viral many times for her stereotypical impression of a TikTok lesbian, which is why I've asked her on the podcast!In this episode, we discuss the funniest comments on Soph's videos, opportunities she's encountered through her growth on TikTok, misconceptions, and stereotypes, how being queer and working class has defined her, the role models she had growing up, and how she hopes to impact people's lives within the gay working-class community.Click here to find Mads World social media, submit questions to the website, or buy me a coffee.Cover Art: VeredienMusic: The.Jones.Project_93
9. Silver Linings: The Positive Side of Ghosting with This Morning's Emma Kenny54:52Helloooo, and welcome to Season 9 of Mads World! You're about to listen to Silver Linings: The Positive Side of Ghosting with Emma Kenny!This week I am joined by psychologist, TV presenter, writer and expert media commentator Emma Kenny! Emma is recognised as one of the UK’s leading TV psychological experts. She is perhaps best known for her role as resident therapist and agony aunt on ITV’s This Morning where, during the viewer phone-in segment of the show, she provides expert advice on a whole range of sensitive issues. A regular voice on the airwaves, Emma provides expert opinion on many radio stations, including BBC Radio, Heart, Magic and many of the popular stations across the globe. Emma has featured on popular podcasts including Russell Brand’s Under the Skin and True Geordie.Contributing regularly to editorial for publications including Grazia and Cosmopolitan, Emma’s weekly column and On the Couch therapy sessions are a popular feature in Closer magazine.Emma has been working with Plenty of Fish on some research aiming to flip the narrative on ghosting so single people can explore the silver lining of ghosting! The research has shown that:Singles save nine days every year from being ghosted54% actually welcome being ghostedSingles are using the time to invest in themselves including practising more self-care (33%), and prioritising relationships with family and friends (31%)56% are choosing to reflect positively on the times they have been ghosted47% of Brits would raise a toast to their ghostIn this episode, we discuss how mental health impacts our dating experiences, how self-esteem and mental health are intertwined, how handling ghosting appropriately can be seen as a positive tool for self-preservation, communication techniques or strategies, viewing ghosting as an opportunity and how ghosting could be seen as a healthy option.Click here to find Mads World social media, submit questions to the website, or buy me a coffee.Cover Art: VeredienMusic: The.Jones.Project_93
8. Better Together: Female Friendships with comedian Rosalie Minnitt aka Lady Clementine46:06Helloooo, and welcome to Season 9 of Mads World! You're about to listen to Better Together: Female Friendships with comedian Rosalie Minnitt aka Lady Clementine!This week I am joined by London-based writer and comedian, Rosalie Minnitt! Rosalie is an alumnus of the award-winning sketch comedy group The Durham Revue, the Soho Comedy Labs and is currently training in improv at the Free Association in London. She is a member of the VAULT Festival Young Company and won the Hello Grads Writing Award in 2020. She has written for Funny Women, Times Higher Education and her writing has been featured on BBC Radio and CBBC. She also has recently taken her debut character comedy show, Clementine, up the Edinburgh Fringe this year.In this episode, we discuss the unique challenges and joys of female friendships, how comedy plays a role in friendship, female friendship tropes in pop culture, life lessons from our female friends, what we can learn about ourselves through friendship, and how female relationships have changed throughout history.Click here to find Mads World social media, submit questions to the website, or buy me a coffee. Cover Art: VeredienMusic: The.Jones.Project_93
7. Marvellously Mismatched: Poland Syndrome Chest Deformity with Becca Butcher40:33Helloooo, and welcome to Season 9 of Mads World! You're about to listen to Marvellously Mismatched: Poland Syndrome Chest Deformity with Becca Butcher!This week I am joined by social media sensation Becca Butcher, who was born with a rare chest muscle deformity condition called Poland Syndrome. Poland Syndrome is a condition that causes a lack of muscle development on one side of the body. It’s primarily characterized by the lack of chest wall muscles, so as a result, Becca only developed one boob. Becca uses her social media pages to share her story, educate people and raise awareness of Poland Syndrome. She's a bloody rockstar and I loved recording this episode with her so much. In this episode, we discuss her experiences with a catfish, her personal experience with Poland Syndrome, her diagnosis journey, the impact it has on her daily life, the misconceptions people have about the syndrome, societal pressures around femininity, and how society can better support people with differences. Click here to find Mads World social media, submit questions to the website, or buy me a coffee. Cover Art: VeredienMusic: The.Jones.Project_93
6. Look Who Loves Me: Erectile Dysfunction & Dating Out of Your League with Rich Spalding38:31Helloooo, and welcome to Season 9 of Mads World! You're about to listen to Look Who Loves Me: Erectile Dysfunction & Dating Out of Your League with Rich Spalding!This week I am joined by award-winning comedian and writer, Rich Spalding! A regular at comedy clubs in London and around the country, his cerebral, story-telling stand-up has seenhim win a couple of awards and not get booed off anywhere yet. He’s recently supported Eshaan Akbar on tour and is currently missing, presumed dead.In this episode, we discuss the themes explored in Rich's latest comedy show, Look Who Loves Me, including his experience dating someone out of his league, navigating insecurities, sexual and erectile dysfunction, societal expectations on men and sex and using comedy to challenge the perceptions around all these things.Click here to find Mads World social media, submit questions to the website, or buy me a coffee.Cover Art: VeredienMusic: The.Jones.Project_93
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