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Author: Monica Gupta Mehta

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This is what is missing from the public education system. Normalizing awkward, uncomfortable and taboo discussions about mental health, emotional health, sex ed, LGBTQ+, BLM and more!

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Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness

2021-07-3142:29

Ash and Monica discuss disabilities awareness, accommodations, and how you can be a better ally to disabled people.
Ash and Monica explain the basics of LGBTQ+ gender identities, the difference between biological sex, gender, and gender expression, pronouns, transgender, and nonbinary. A great starting point if you're just beginning to learn about transgender identities.
Ash and Monica explain a bunch of different microlabels and lesser-known LGBTQ+ sexuality and gender identities!
Ash and Monica explain the definition of a nonbinary lesbian, how this is not a new concept, and why nonbinary lesbians are valid.
Pride Month

Pride Month

2021-06-2221:50

Ash and Monica discuss LGBTQ+ representation, progress, equality, and the necessity of pride month. Check out the Normalizers at @monicatheteacher on Tik Tok and normalizers.org!
Pressure to Succeed

Pressure to Succeed

2021-03-0437:39

Join Ash and I as we explore the pressure to succeed. In this episode we discuss Ash's personal pursuit of admission to a top tier college, reasons behind their intense academic pressure, common cognitive distortions, and the necessity of untying one's self worth from outside "success" factors.
Nonbinary Lesbian

Nonbinary Lesbian

2021-02-1045:42

Join Ash and I as we explore Ash's identity as a nonbinary lesbian. In this episode we discuss Ash's personal exploration of gender identity, what it means to be nonbinary, and the controversy over who may or may not be included in the lesbian sexuality label.
Black History Month

Black History Month

2021-02-0131:44

Join Ash and I as we discuss Black History Month, from the perspective of an ally who would like to raise awareness. In this episode we discuss how important it is to seek out Black voices and learn Black history all year long, as well as a discussion of the intersectional needs of Black queer women. We hope to amplify the conversation being led by Black creators on Tik Tok and other social media platforms.
Join Ash and I as we discuss two topics related to "body" - body image and dysphoria. In this episode we discuss both of our experiences with eating disorders, Ash's personal exploration of gender expression and identity, advice from a gender clinic, and diet culture.
Desi Discord Q&A

Desi Discord Q&A

2021-01-1701:03:25

Join special guest Desmond Fambrini and I as we answer our Normalizer's questions from the Discord server!! In this episode we discuss education, LGBTQ+ issues, mental health, neurodivergence, and more.
DC Capitol Riots

DC Capitol Riots

2021-01-1221:18

Join Ash and I as we discuss the alarming events that happened this past week in America's capitol, Washington, D.C. In this episode we discuss the riots, the police response in comparison to the Black Lives Matter movement protests, and ways to manage heightened anxiety around the transfor of Presidential power.
Q&A

Q&A

2021-01-0427:30

Join Ash and I as we answer questions from our Discord community members! In this episode we answer questions about ourselves (what keeps you motivated?), the Normalizers (what made you decide to get started?), and total randomness (what's your least favorite word on page 57 of your favorite book?).Music from Normalizer 'grl gabby'
Join Ash and I as we relive Ash's "gender identity exploration." In this episode we discuss Ash's personal exploration of gender identity, what it means to be nonbinary, and the subversive pressure to conform that is still somewhat present when one experiences a non-binary gender identity.Music from Normalizer 'grl gabby'
Join Ash and I as we explore "resolution solutions" to make New Year's resolutions that stick! In this episode we discuss setting SMART goals, creating healthy habits, and avoiding weight related resolutions that can trigger eating disorders.Music from Normalizer 'grl gabby'
Depression

Depression

2020-12-1317:49

Join Ash and I as we explore the concept of depression on a personal level. In this episode, we discuss Ash's recent sadness, self-fulfilling prophecies, ways to treat or manage sadness, and how to reach out for support.Music from Normalizer 'grl gabby'
Cancel Culture

Cancel Culture

2020-12-0619:33

Join Asha and I as we explore the concept of "cancel culture" in our society. In this episode, we discuss the mental health impacts of cancel culture, the polarization of our country, ways to practice self care while still allowing for redemption, and how to handle compassion fatigue.Music from Bensound.com
Toxic Masculinity

Toxic Masculinity

2020-11-2914:45

Join Asha and I as we explore the concept of toxic masculinity in our society. Learn about the mental health impacts and ways you can help to change these toxic societal norms, including rape culture, homophobia, and inhibited emotional expression. It's been over a decade since the start of the Me Too movement, with still much work to be done from all sides.Music from Bensound.com
Join Asha and I as we explore the concept of gratitude in preparation for Thanksgiving. Learn about the mental health impacts, ideas for expressing gratitude daily, and the physical benefits of gratitude.Music from Bensound.com
Join us as Asha explores their thoughts on her own gender identity. Learn about neopronouns, including nounself pronouns, and the somewhat controversial idea of gender euphoria.Music from Bensound.com
Monica and her daughter Asha discuss feelings of anxiety related to the 2020 Presidential election, including the fear of violence in the LGBTQ+ and POC communities. Includes tips for coping with anxiety, how to stay safe in the upcoming days, and places to find belonging if your own family is polarized between Biden and Trump.Music from Bensound.com
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