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The Body Story Podcast
39 minutes | Jul 31, 2020
Episode 33: Love and Loss, and Learning to Love Again with Bonnie Ragan
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with her good friend Bonnie about her journey through pregnancy after two miscarriages. Because this episode was recorded in February and released in July, there is a pregnancy update at the end you'll want to stick around for. Tiffany also shares a special announcement about Little Cuties. We need your help. CONTENT: This episode contains discussions including menstruation, sex, fertility challenges, miscarriage, mention of abortion, grief, depression, and mention of marijuana. Listener discretion is advised.
47 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Episode 32: Beautiful Disaster with Ella Bellefaire
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Ella Bellefaire. Ella is an Intuitive Soulful Life Coach, Empath, Spiritual/Energy Teacher, and Chronic Illness Mentor whose purpose found her after she was diagnosed about 15 years ago with Chronic Neurological Lyme Disease and Acute mercury poisoning. Upon realizing & experiencing first hand a lack of support & validation for chronic illnesses—that are often invisible—she has made it her mission to assist in the healing & empowerment of those who are chronically ill. CONTENT: explicit language, chronic illness, lyme disease and mercury poisoning, unintentional weight loss, near-death experiences, invisible illness, spiritual themes, depression, and anxiety
27 minutes | May 29, 2020
Episode 31: Happy Birthday TBSP!
The Body Story Podcast is turning one! In honor of this milestone, Tiffany gives an update on the changes the show has undergone and babbles her way through a conversation with herself. Thank you for being a part of this amazing journey. Here's to another year of ending body shame! For more of The Body Story Podcast visit: www.moonbabyarts.com/tbsp Follow TBSP on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bodystorypodcast Follow TBSP on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bodystorypod Follow TBSP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bodystorypodcast/ Subscribe to The Body Story Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-body-story-podcast/id1467838030
45 minutes | May 8, 2020
Episode 30: Vulnerability’s Consort
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Misha Montoya. Misha is a lifelong student; a disability activist; the mother of a radiant ten-year-old son; a para-athlete, including adaptive rock-climbing, four-track skiing, mountain biking, and kayaking; a spiritual practitioner and a world-travelled lover of truth. Misha talks about her spinal cord injury, living in a disabled body, and what social expectations are placed on you when you have a visible disability. CONTENT: details of a spinal cord injury, paraplegia, exploiting disabled bodies, ableism. Listener discretion is advised.
46 minutes | May 1, 2020
Episode 29: Home is a Happy Belly
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Emily Rae Calvin. Emily is a lifelong feminist and career activist who spends her paid time advocating for survivors of domestic and sexual violence within the legal system. She spends her "free" time sewing, writing, dancing, or volunteering with the National Women's Liberation, a grassroots feminist organization fighting against white supremacy, male supremacy, and capitalism. Most recently, Emily founded the Happy Belly Project, a body/fat-positive Instagram account focused on the beauty, importance, and acceptance of our bodies with a focus on the belly as the root of that acceptance. CONTENT: disordered eating, anorexia, recounts of fatphobia, sudden loss of a loved one, trauma, mention of domestic abuse, unintentional weight loss due to grief, Christianity and sexuality, and sex. For more of The Body Story Podcast visit: www.moonbabyarts.com Follow TBSP on Instagram: https://instagram.com/bodystorypodcast Follow TBSP on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bodystorypod Follow TBSP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bodystorypodcast/ Subscribe to The Body Story Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-body-story-podcast/id1467838030
46 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
Episode 28: Loving It Like It Is, While Getting Where I’m Going
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Marilyn Sorensen. Marilyn has been giving women permission to be the best authorities of their own body for more than 20 years. She teaches women how to increase their vitality, wellbeing, and self actualization by having daily, toe-curling vaginal and cervical orgasms that last for hours. She is a global citizen and currently lives in Kenya with her boys and Maasai Warrior. CONTENT: This episode contains discussions including explicit language, mention of segregation, recounts of fat shaming, infidelity, weight loss, female genital mutilation, vaginal health, orgasm, and masturbation.
55 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
Episode 27: I'm in Hair
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Kari Raquel, the host of the Soulful of it Podcast and co-founder of the mindfulness community, Affirmation Destination. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and believes in the development of authentic positivity through mindfulness practices that work in alignment with the law of attraction. Her guiding affirmation is, "I lift others up as I, myself, rise." We discuss female pattern baldness and hair toppers: what they are, and how wearing one has affected Kari's self confidence and expression. CONTENT: This episode contains discussions including explicit language, microaggressions, alopecia and female pattern baldness, and bowel movements. Listener discretion is advised.
39 minutes | Mar 27, 2020
Episode 26: The Body That Never Thought She Could
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Clarissa aka @clarissatalks. Clarissa became a body-positive advocate and plus-size influencer on Instagram through her journey to discovering her own love within herself. She is also a filmmaker who wants to break barriers in the film industry and start her own production company that is inclusive for plus size women to tell their stories. We discuss how having a knee injury led her to pursue treatment for an eating disorder and weight loss surgery. CONTENT: medically recommended weight loss, weight loss surgery, binge eating disorder, recounts of body shaming.
51 minutes | Mar 20, 2020
Episode 25: Enoughness
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Lila Jones aka Mermaid Lila, a Marine Biologist, professional mermaid, creator and program coordinator for the National Association of Underwater Instructors mermaid program, and Owner of Mermaid Dream Retreats. We discuss what it's like to be a mermaid, Lila's spiritual experiences that led her to pursue her current path, and how mermaiding has helped her heal from past traumas. CONTENT: explicit language, emotional eating, diet culture, workplace harassment, PTSD, anxiety, depression and mention of suicidal thoughts, spiritual themes, and narcissistic abuse.
42 minutes | Mar 13, 2020
Episode 24: Same Body, New Person
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Zach Shubert, an artist living and working in Florida. Their work focuses on topics of gender, sexuality, and identity. Zach's primary art medium is printmaking, though their studio practice is very diverse. We discuss their alter-ego, Maeve Devi, a female boudoir model expressing physical vulnerability on social media. CONTENT: explicit language, recounts of transphobia, sexual harassment on the internet, themes of masculinity and femininity, and the gender binary.
48 minutes | Mar 6, 2020
Episode 23: Just a Soul in a Meat Suit: The Sequel
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with with Mo Bengoa. You may remember Mo from our first season, when they shared their experience with gender dysphoria. Since we last heard from Mo, they have undergone tubal ligation surgery, commonly referred to as getting one’s tubes tied. Today we’ll talk about how that procedure has changed the way Mo lives their life. CONTENT: explicit language, gender dysphoria, tubal ligation surgery, IUDs, menstruation, metaphysical and spiritual themes, pain during sex, vaginal health, body trauma recovery, and bowel movements.
65 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
Episode 22: Fighting Cis-Normative Standards Through Identity
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Skylar Schank. Skylar is a student at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. They are concentrating their studies on Legal Advocacy and Social Activism, under the “Law, Diversity and Justice” Program at Fairhaven. They have been “out” as queer since 2012, and “out” as transgender since 2016. We discuss their journey through their identity and its relation to their body. CONTENT: explicit language, recounts of transphobia, the gender binary, political themes, privilege, and gender dysphoria.
59 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
Episode 21: Queer, Confused and on a Journey
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with Lena Dirscherl, aka BoPoLena, the artist that inspired me to start drawing body-positive Little Cuties. Lena was born and raised in Nuremberg, Germany, and studied design at the University Georg Simon Ohm. Since 2014 they've been officially working as a freelance illustrator, and in August 2016, they started posting a body positive illustration on Instagram every week. The whole thing started as a small personal side project that has grown into a huge part of their life. CONTENT: disordered eating including binge eating and anorexia, compulsive exercising, weight gain, internalized fatphobia, body dysmorphia, mild body dysphoria, and mild gender dysphoria.
90 minutes | Nov 18, 2019
Episode 20: Surviving the Holidays w/ the TBSP Team
It's our SEASON FINALE! Join Tiffany and her faithful TBSP Team: Tiffany's husband and our editor, Daniel Vogt; our producer, Amanda Rae; and our creative producer, Emily Fisher, as they discuss their own winter experiences and the results from our online polls about bodies and their relationships to the holiday season. CONTENT: This episode includes discussions including explicit language, diet culture, disordered eating, including bingeing and purging, and bulimia, mental health, and family trauma. Listener discretion is advised.
72 minutes | Nov 8, 2019
Episode 19: Small Victories
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with with Sarah Frederiksen. Sarah is a photographer and mother who has improved her life after experiencing emotional trauma. We discuss what it’s been like for her to find herself again after an abusive relationship and what it's like to have a child with her abuser. Sarah and Tiffany both experienced abuse at the hands of the same man, and discuss the similarities and differences in their healing journeys. CONTENT: Explicit language, emotional abuse, rape, domestic violence, unwanted pregnancy, mention of abortion, cheating, sexual harassment and assault, mention of suicidal thoughts, resentment of a child, descriptions of sexual acts, menstruation, stalking and dissociation. Listener discretion is advised.
40 minutes | Nov 1, 2019
Episode 18: How To Love Yourself After Sexual Abuse
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with with Kayla Wall. Kayla is a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Animal Activist, Vegan, and Founder of Orlando Farm Rescue. She grew up in a dysfunctional, poor family, and when she was younger, a family member molested her. She battled with shame, issues with men and sex into her adulthood. Now able to talk about her story, she shares how she has healed herself from sexual trauma and how she’s learned to love herself again. CONTENT: incest, sexual abuse, child abuse, physical abuse, pedophilia, slut shaming, attempting suicide, alcoholism, self harm, substance abuse, sex after trauma, alternative healing practices, and the #metoo movement. Listener discretion is advised.
58 minutes | Oct 25, 2019
Episode 17: Embracing My Humanity - Learning to Be Present to Be Fully Human
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with with Christiana Herbert, an intuitive channel who helps people understand their divinity while embracing their humanity. She lives in Chicago near a magical park with her husband and daughter. We discuss the expectation that women will "snap back" to their pre-pregnancy body, Christiana's experience in the modeling industry, and how skinny-shaming is as harmful as other kinds of shaming. CONTENT: Dissociation, skinny shaming, pretty shaming, spiritual themes, unhealthy attention-seeking, disordered eating, the modeling industry, pregnancy and childbirth, genital surgery, labiaplasty, and weight gain. Listener discretion is advised.
37 minutes | Oct 18, 2019
Episode 16: Modesty Uncovered
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with with Jillian Landis. Jillian is a self-worth and relationship coach, as well as a family law mediator practicing in Boise, Idaho. She also hosts a podcast called Braveheart Conversations, which explores the art of love through brave and compassionate communication. Jillian is passionate about empowering others to practice self-love and honor in all relationships. We discuss what it was like to grow up in a hyper-modest culture, becoming a bodybuilder, and how she learned that her clothing choices didn't make her a sexual object. CONTENT: Sexualization of children, religious themes, recounts of rape culture, modesty, explicit language, body building culture, disordered eating, compulsive overexercising, food relationships, and unsolicited male attention. Listener discretion is advised.
42 minutes | Oct 11, 2019
Episode 15: Embrace Your Curves
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with with Nicole Conejo, a Costa Rican girl that has been working on her acceptance with her body, and through it, has actually found herself and who she really is. We discuss what it's like to find clothing in Costa Rica when you're curvy, how body positivity looks in her part of the world, and the journey she's taken to accept herself as she is. CONTENT: Recounts of body shaming, mention of abortion, recounts of fatphobia, weight fluctuations, weight loss, binge eating or emotional eating, and food relationships. Listener discretion is advised.
48 minutes | Oct 4, 2019
Episode 14: Embracing the Blood
In this episode, Tiffany speaks with with Kayla-Leah Rich, the regional director with the global non profit Days For Girls, which provides menstrual hygiene health and sustainable products to those in developing countries. Kayla-Leah is also a TEDxBoise speaker and emcee, the author of Purple Crayon Confidence, and a mother to four boys. Her TEDx speech, "The Cost of Menstrual Shame," has gained her notoriety as the period lady. Learn more about National Period Day at www.period.org/nationalperiodday CONTENT: Menstruation, blood, menstrual shame in developing countries, menstrual cups, poverty and menstrual care, menstrual euphemisms, mention of sexual favors in exchange for supplies, and birth control. Listener discretion is advised.
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