#15 – Feminism, Hierarchies and Rape Culture with Virginia Vigliar

Virginia Vigliar is a culture writer, editor, and narrative weaver based in Barcelona. Over the past 15 years, she has passionately explored gender, feminism, and social justice as an activist, journalist, writer, and editor. With a poetic approach, she challenges existing paradigms and delves into the emotional, spiritual, political, and logical dimensions of social justice and feminism.

Her impactful writing has been featured in Atmos, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, The New York Times, Vice, Let’s Explore Magazine, World of Topia, and numerous notebooks worldwide. Her publication on Substack explores mythology, feminism, and ecology, through movement, writing, and other sensory experiences. She draws inspiration from nature and mystics, and aims to illuminate the power of creativity, inner knowledge, and art in our society.

In today episode, we explore a wide range of thought-provoking topics. We begin by reevaluating societal norms and hierarchies, uncovering their pitfalls and implications for equality. Virginia then emphasizes the significance of empathy in understanding oppression and paving the way towards true equality.

As the conversation deepens, we delve into the power of vulnerability and open dialogue in personal growth and transformative change, learning from challenging conversations. Embracing curiosity and openness, we discover the profound impact of meaningful dialogue in fostering understanding and respect among diverse perspectives.

Lastly, Virginia takes us on a mystical journey as we explore her inspiration from nature and ancestral practices, particularly in herbology, witchcraft, and rituals. Through her unique approach, we gain valuable insights into the interconnectedness of social justice and mindfulness.

Tune in for this captivating episode as we reexamine societal norms, amplify empathy, and celebrate the power of authentic dialogue to foster meaningful change in the pursuit of justice and harmony.


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Topics/Chapters Discussed in this Episode

  1. Introduction: Who is Virginia Vigliar? [00:00:00 – 00:01:08]
  2. Rethinking Norm: A Dialogue on Hierarchies and Their Pitfalls [00:01:08 – 00:16:51]
  3. Understanding Oppression and Seeking Equality Through the Power of Empathy [00:16:51 – 00:43:59]
  4. Breaking Your Heart to Change: Learning Through Challenging Conversations and Narratives [00:43:59 – 01:09:58]
  5. Meaningful Dialogue Roots from Curiosity and Openness [01:09:58 – 01:16:27]
  6. Taking Inspiration From Bees to Mycelium: Writing for the Sake of Social Justice [01:16:27 – 01:38:51]
  7. Mysticism and Mindfulness: A Study in Herbology, Witchcraft, and Rituals [01:38:51 – 01:57:50]
  8. To Wrap It Up [01:57:50 – 01:59:13]

Resources Mentioned

Other insightful and inspiring resources mentioned in this podcast episode:

  • Other insightful and inspiring resources mentioned in this podcast episode:
  • Various works by Virginia Vigliar, you can find them on her Medium (https://virginiavigliar.medium.com/), Al Jazeera, Vice, The Guardian, The New York Times, Atmos Magazine, and many more.
  • The Biography of Harriet Tubman by Harriet Tubman, biographed by Sarah H. Bradford (1869), and various newer books about Harriet Tubman such as
    • Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton (2004)
    • Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry (1991)
    • Who Was Harriet Tubman? by Yona Zeldis McDonough (2019)
  • Stuart: A Life Backwards a movie directed by David Attwood (2007)
    • Based on the biography Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters (2005)
  • Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray (1992)
  • Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS by Azadeh Moaveni (2019)
  • The SHAMIMA BEGUM STORY – Islamic State and the Myth of the ‘Islamic’ Headscarf by Omar Hussein Ibrahim (2020)

Insightful Quotes

  • “Because I think otherwise, why are we even having these conversations if we cannot be vulnerable with each other? – Virginia Vigliar
  • “But just be humble. In those situations you have to be humble because you have not experienced the trauma that I’ve experienced or that a woman that maybe she’s pissed off at a man because her dad abused her and her boyfriend raped her.” – Virginia Vigliar
  • “You have to break your heart in order to change.” – Virginia Vigliar
  • “Be curious, be open, and be tender with yourself.” – Virginia Vigliar

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