The pressure of the patriarchy, with Dr. Rebekah Shallcross

In this episode, Dr Rebekah Shallcross and I tackle some big questions – what is the antidote to the oppression of womxn, what is a true ‘choice’ vs what we do because of hitting upon the barriers set up by white heteronormative patriarchy, and how does the pressure of the patriarchy impact womxn’s mental health? Although a tough topic, we also bring some light and humour to this, considering how to break the ‘good girl’ narrative through allowing ourselves the permission to be non-productive and rest.

Dr Rebekah Shallcross, or Bekah, is a qualified Clinical Psychologist, Researcher and Feminist. In 2020, she founded The Feminist Therapy Centre (FTC) which aims to offer an alternative to main stream mental health practice that is often based from the viewpoints of a white, male, heteronormative majority that dominates the highest positions of power within society, including the field of psychology.

Through her work, Bekah uses a Feminist Therapy theoretical perspective that aims to liberate and empower those engaging with the service at both a personal and social level, both within and outside the therapy setting.

3:45 Why feminism and psychology?

7:35 The antidote to oppression is recognising it

8:05 Internalised patriarchy

9:12 Why the white heteronormative patriarchy is a problem for everyone

10:45 Patriarchy is even bad for men

13:25 Can choice exist when oppression creates so many barriers?

13:55 True choice comes without expectations

14:41 How flexible is flexible working?

18:08 The pressures modern women face

19:23 Structural inequalities in parental leave

20:20 A solution to the problems of shared parental leave

21:15 Becoming the default parent – ‘shefault’

25:55 How the coronavirus pandemic has affected women

28:37 Why women shouldn’t need to teach feminism to men

32:20 Avoiding the emotional labour of education

36:05 You don’t always have to be productive

41:29 Bekah’s takeaway for you


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This episode was edited by Emily Crosby Media