Tonight! Talk-ist!

Tonight at 10pm on Channel 31 Melbourne and Geelong, (Ch44 Melbourne) or livestreamed nationally from https://c31.org.au/tv/live/ I am featuring the awesome advocate, model and speaker Jess Cochran (pictured). Videos are available on YouTube too.

In the middle of lockdown I started a community TV talk show, produced by BentTV and called Talk-ist! The plan was to use the basic premises of neurodivergent (ND) communication for the show.

Image is Jess Cochran looking divine with a flower in her hair, lying in an elegant pose leaning against her wheelchair. She is dressed in a black dress with bare feet. Jess is the featured guest on 26th March 2021.

Different people think differently, not only because of cultural background, life experience or professional aspects but because their brains are “wired” to work differently.

Neurodiversity embraces the notion that individuals born with differently wired brains and those with acquired wiring differences have important contributions to humanity.

Talk-ist has a focus on disability and queer pride and features prominently community members and allies.

ND people – we often (not always) don’t do small talk, take conversations off on interesting tangents and love our interests with an intensity that we should like a specialised deck of cards in trivial pursuit.

So Talk-ist was born around three part guest focused interviews (sample YouTube):

Here are some of my favourite moments from guests to date:

Bent TV: Talk-ist | You did what? | Vanessa de Kauwe. Vanessa runs Science Alliance, an award-winning science program for neurodiverse and disabled and gender diverse young people, at the Australian National University (ANU).

Bent TV: Talk-ist | Newsworthless | Ki Hayward. Disability advocate, speaker and consultant Ki and Jacci turn fluff into stuff talking about mobility aids!

Bent TV: Talk-ist | Nerd Wars | Yenn Purkis. Yenn, autistic author, speaker, blogger and neurodiversity champion talks Lord of The Rings and gender.

Bent TV: Talk-ist | Newsworthless | Sally Goldner AM. Rainbow diversity warrior, speaker, consultant, performer and a ton of other skills, Sally and I talk Emu’s in bars!

Bent TV: Talk-ist | Nerd Wars | Anastasia Le. Gender diversity speaker and consultant, radio host and comedian Ana and I chat about Pokémon! Squeeeee!

All my guests have been a joy! I’ve loved doing this. A big thank you! We are lucky to get a show a month in, with my PhD schedule, but when we do…it’s literally some much fun.

So, like check out the facebook page for the show for upcoming guests – Talk-ist | Facebook

Women in Aviation

#womeninaviation #IWD2021 Today is not only about struggle but also celebrating successes. Today, from my first career in aviation, I remember, applaud and honour three pioneers in aviation (there are more than three women of course, but here’s a start):

Bessie Coleman. Bessie Coleman was an early American civil aviator. She was the first African-American woman and first Native-American to hold a pilot license. She earned her pilot license from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale on June 15, 1921, and was the first black person to earn an international pilot’s license.

Sophie Blanchard. Sophie Blanchard was the first woman to work as a professional balloonist. Known throughout Europe for her ballooning exploits, Napoleon Bonaparte promoted her to the role of “Aeronaut of the Official Festivals”, replacing André-Jacques Garnerin. On the restoration of the monarchy in 1814 Louis XVIII named her “Official Aeronaut of the Restoration”.

Katherine Wright. The Wright Brothers manager in many respects. She championed and promoted their work (and secured funding) in early aviation in Europe and battled the Smithsonian for them to be recognised. Whole books have been written about her work in early aviation and yet she did her job so well that she is a background figure in the history of flight. Yet, without her, they would not have been able to “get off the ground”, so to speak.

*If you can’t list women who invented things and did things (often for less recognition) in your field of choice or interest – maybe spend some time today seeking out some of this information.

Mrs. Potato Head Breaks Has’bro’ code

In breaking news this morning, it has been revealed it was Mrs. Potato Head broke the recent scandal taking the Mister out of Potato Head.

Speaking to me this morning, from her safe house in the Hamptons, this is how the conversation went:

Mrs Potato Head revealed “I couldn’t take it any longer. He’s not even a mister. I left him for another woman years ago, she’s a later version of Potato Head than me. And I really feel sorry for Mister, I do“.

I could hear the nervousness in her voice, so I pushed “Really, you feel sorry for him? Or are you really scared?”

“I feel sorry for him, the press has made such a big deal of his limited choices. Of course, I get a choice. I can be a Miss again, or a Ms, or even a Mx. But the brand won’t let him use Master, they are concerned about BDSM references. I really shouldn’t be talking about this, it’s putting me in danger of them inflating my lips again, and it’s already hard enough to talk”.

“Oh, I see. So is there some kind of unspoken Bro code at Hasbro, that you are breaking?”

“Oh definitely. The bro code of Hasbro. You’ll end up a has been, bro, if you speak up about the sexist bullshit we endure at work”. I could hear her struggling to hold back tears.

“I am so sorry you are going through this. But irony is, that you’ve always been gender fluid, isn’t that right?”

“Completely! We all know there are millions of kids out there switching it up and switching my and Mr Potato Head bits around anyway, all quite healthy really. But the HasBro code…”

“What are you putting at risk here talking to me today? Mrs. Potato Head?” I asked.

“Oh please call me Dom. Mrs. Potato Head is just a brand inflicted upon me by the bro’s at Hasbro. I go by Dom, short for Dominatrix. Mister always said I was a ball breaker. I reminded him he had no balls…Oh, I gotta go, Hasbro have been sending me threatening videos and my partner just said we got another one”.

I could hear the commotion in the back ground and a voice crying, “OH MY GOD! The Wiggles, they sent the WIGGLES – Hot Potato!!!”

And then there was a loud sigh…and click. She hung up. I have since tried to make contact with them and they are safe and are seeking legal advice.

Hump’dee #2 Fecundalicious

Just in time for #IWD2021 and a hump day poem about the best time of our lives, that time when expectations of us shift and we can truly be ourselves – post 40 #badpoetry #midweek #humpday #IWD2021

It’s Wednesday, Hump Day. It’s all down hill from now on. But you’ve had enough. Enough of people. Enough of work. Or not working. Enough of the kids. Enough of your partner. Enough of the government. You need a hump’dee poem. Closed caption available.

Transcript:

Fecundalicious

On the platform they stood

The fecund train rattled away

Cousins joined by experience

Dressed for weary traffic

One tired in gleaming red

Overcome by hottest of sweats

The other in confused colour

Feeling like a prickly faux fur stole

The younger opens to engage

Shifting uncomfortably side to side

Thought for a moment then said

“Do you think you’ll miss it?”

Meno squared up as if to fight

“No, Peri, Peri, Peri, I shall not”

“One thing I’ve noticed, Dear Meno”

“Yes?” said Meno, flicking salty beads

“That clock did not seem to tick”

“My dear clocks and bombs tick,

This makes a schlocking noise”

Peri raised a half smile, nodding

“Yes, more like a monotonous drone”

Said Meno, rolling her eyes

They picked up their baggage

Facing the longest platform

Journeying to the exit

“Do not fear, Peri, my dear,

It only gets better from here”

Peri looked dazed and confused

Meno just chuckled gleefully.

Throwing red gloved hands upwards,

“Oh yes! Now is our time!

Despite what society imagines,

Now we make the men uncomfortable.

Why else is it called Menopause?”