*Content Warning: Discussions of ableism and sexism.
Here’s the question that inspired this week’s episode (the message has been slightly altered to preserve anonymity): I have been constantly judged my whole life because my legs are two different sizes. High school this year was a little bit better when I realized that why should I care what people think of me? I am my own person, I shouldn't be so fixated on the idea of perfection. Are you confident in your skin? Or do you secretly wish you were someone else?
This week, we are excited to share our conversation with Rebekah Taussig, a writer, teacher, advocate, and human lady person, as her website explains. AY and Rebekah first connected on Instagram, where Rebekah shares soft yet confrontational mini-memoirs about what it feels and looks like to live as a disabled woman. We skyped Rebekah from our makeshift apartment studio and after gushing about her amazing collection of floral dresses featured prominently on her Instagram feed, we addressed this week’s question by asking for her insights on disability, emotions and what it’s like to live in a world that is uncomfortable with both. Together, we talk about the strains of traditional femininity and remind ourselves of the importance of valuing our feelings and creating spaces that embrace vulnerability, messiness, and diverse bodies and identities. Above all, this episode is a celebration of how good it feels when you meet someone who just, you know, gets it.