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Welcome to Rebelliously Tiny, a podcast about the subtle emotions that draw us together. For the last five years, artist Ambivalently Yours has been exploring her ambivalence and feminist questions by posting pink drawings on her Tumblr blog. Eventually, people started responding to the work by sharing their personal stories and asking her for advice, often anonymously. Since Ambivalently Yours felt in no way qualified to tell anyone what to do, she began answering these messages with ambivalent drawings. Today, she has over 1000 messages waiting in her inbox, and has decided to ask for a little help responding to them. Each episode of this podcast will focus on one question, which Ambivalently Yours will discuss with someone she admires and trusts. Their goal will not be to provide answers, but to explore the tender emotions we are often told are unimportant, while highlighting the value of talking to each other instead of about each other. Each episode will also feature a drawing inspired by both the initial question and the conversation it sparked. In a world that teaches us that strength is loud, harsh and masculine, this is a place for those of us whose struggle is both impossibly large and rebelliously tiny.

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Welcome to Rebelliously Tiny, a podcast about the subtle emotions that draw us together. For the last five years, artist Ambivalently Yours has been exploring her ambivalence and feminist questions by posting pink drawings on her Tumblr blog. Eventually, people started responding to the work by sharing their personal stories and asking her for advice, often anonymously. Since Ambivalently Yours felt in no way qualified to tell anyone what to do, she began answering these messages with ambivalent drawings. Today, she has over 1000 messages waiting in her inbox, and has decided to ask for a little help responding to them. Each episode of this podcast will focus on one question, which Ambivalently Yours will discuss with someone she admires and trusts. Their goal will not be to provide answers, but to explore the tender emotions we are often told are unimportant, while highlighting the value of talking to each other instead of about each other. Each episode will also feature a drawing inspired by both the initial question and the conversation it sparked. In a world that teaches us that strength is loud, harsh and masculine, this is a place for those of us whose struggle is both impossibly large and rebelliously tiny.

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By imbreakingoutdudehelp - Sep 03 2019
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This is empowering af keep doing what you’re doing!

LOVE!

By @plussizeapproved - Mar 14 2019
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i never do reviews! but this is a great podcast!!! sending love from LA!!

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28 Ratings
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By imbreakingoutdudehelp - Sep 03 2019
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This is empowering af keep doing what you’re doing!

LOVE!

By @plussizeapproved - Mar 14 2019
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i never do reviews! but this is a great podcast!!! sending love from LA!!
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Rebelliously Tiny

Latest release on Feb 24, 2020

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Rank #1: Episode 13: Julie

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*Content Warning: this episode deals with issues of violence against women, stalking, online harassment, and contains harsh language.

Here’s the question that inspired this week’s episode (the message has been slightly altered to preserve anonymity): I have been undecided all my life about feminism and it's weird because I’m a girl and I have very strong opinions about the issues. But when I see posts online about feminism that I don't quite agree with and all the arguments and the fights of feminists against other feminists, i rethink it. Do i really want to be a feminist?

A lot of us learn about, explore, and engage with feminism online. We’ve discussed in many episodes of Rebelliously Tiny how the internet can make learning about feminism more accessible. But the internet can also be host to hurtful, harmful interactions where call out culture grows and spreads, sometimes out of control. Anonymous users starting fights just because, trolls, harassment… But problems within activist movements do not rely solely on the anonymity and distance of sitting behind a screen. Sometimes the aggression comes from within our own feminist circles, and the nuance between right and wrong or ally and enemy becomes more painful and difficult to sort through. In this episode, we talk to women’s rights advocate and public educator Julie S. Lalonde and together we take a look at some of the conflicts that exists within feminism, we reflect on all of our mixed feelings and we discuss how we can work on together to find alternative ways of communicating when we disagree.

Learn more about Julie’s work at yellowmanteau.com or @JulieSLalonde on Twitter and @yellowmanteau on IG. To learn more about the Outside of the Shadows project visit outsideoftheshadows.ca or @outsideoftheshadowsproject on IG

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by 
Hannah McCasland
Recorded at Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: 
Stéphane Claude
Music: 
Greg Barkley

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Oct 17 2018

44mins

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Rank #2: Episode 12: Sunny

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*Content warning: this episode deals with issues of racism, body shaming, femme phobia and contains some harsh language.

Here’s the question that inspired this week’s episode: "I look way older than others my age because I'm more curvy. I'm also biracial, so my skin is more light brown and I’ve got curls. I like pink, I like dresses. mainly boys have called me things like "stupid fat black b*tch" as soon as I stood up for myself and some of my friends who claim themselves as feminists tell me that I can't really be a feminist because of my obsession for girly things. although i act like it doesn't, it does hurt me."

This week’s episode is dedicated to the fangirl living inside of each of us. The question we respond to deals with the struggle of loving “girly” things like the colour pink and dresses, fangirling over pop culture, stumbling through activism, and learning to be a feminist… a few of our favourite things. To work through this question, we reach out to AY’s friend Sunny, a blogger based in Australia. Despite the 14 hour time difference and grainy Skype connection, we got to hear Sunny share some wisdom about the role of joy in activism, the importance of respecting, rather than belittling, and how to build inclusive activist movements by prioritizing diverse perspectives. 

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by
Hannah McCasland
Recorded at Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: 
Stéphane Claude
Music: 
Greg Barkley

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Sep 05 2018

32mins

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Rank #3: Episode 11: Hannah & AY

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When we set out to create a podcast, we didn’t have much (okay, any) experience in podcast making. We had a few goals and ideas, we found inspiration in other podcasts we admired, and we relied on support from the amazing Oboro artist-run center in Montreal. Mostly, we had a lot of feelings: a desire to talk about and give time and attention to things belittled or demeaned in the mainstream, tenderness towards the questions sent to AY online, feminist fueled frustrations. In this first episode from the next series of Rebelliously Tiny, we reflect on Season 1, we share the process of creating a second season, talk about the challenges of our Kickstarter campaign, and we discuss our own passions and careers. Use this episode to catch up with us and learn more about Rebelliously Tiny, or even to hear a few tips on starting a creative project from scratch with limited resources and funds.

In keeping with our formula from last season, each episode explores a question received by AY on social media: “I'm about to finish a degree in writing, and I'm struggling with my next step. What I really want to do is publish novels, but I worry that it won't pay the bills (and I guess it never might). I'm worried that if I don't get into a field related to my degree, I will never use it. Family are putting on the pressure to just get any job, get money coming in. What should I do?”

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by Hannah McCasland

Recorded at Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: Stéphane Claude
Music: Greg Barkley

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Aug 15 2018

39mins

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Rank #4: Episode 10: Coming Out (Bonus Episode)

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*Content Warning: Sharing of personal coming out stories, the good, the bad and everything in-between.

In the first season of Rebelliously Tiny, we talked about the personal, the political, the complicated, the intimate, the relatable and all the ambivalence in-between. With these discussions, we hoped to foster tenderness, friendship, love, understanding, learning and unlearning. We are currently working on a second season of our podcast but before we share our new conversations we decided to take a moment to reflect on Season 1.

In this in-between-seasons episode, we hear  familiar voices as they discuss “coming out” and help AY answer this episode’s question: “I need help coming out. I don’t know how to do it. I want to do it in a creative way.”

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by Hannah McCasland

Recorded at Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: Stéphane Claude
Music: Greg Barkley

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Jul 18 2018

28mins

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Rank #5: We Need Your Help for Season 2!

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The first season of Rebelliously Tiny premiered in May 2017, and features conversations about growing up, feminism, anxiety, sexual, gender and racial identity, sexual violence, body image, toxic masculinity, depression and more. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and now we are ready to start working on season 2. We just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund our studio time, production costs and allow us to compensate our collaborators. Please help support this project by donating to our campaign and/or by sharing it with your family and friends. Thank you!

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A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by Hannah McCasland

Recorded at (with their technical and financial support) Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: Stéphane Claude
Music: Greg Barkley

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Oct 23 2017

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Rank #6: Episode 9: Johanne

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*Content Warning: Discussions of depression, mental illness and suicidal thoughts.

Welcome to the season finale of Rebelliously Tiny. Here’s this week’s question: “Hey there, I just wanted to let you know how much I love your art and how it makes me feel so understood and a little less alone. I'm 21 years old and for the past few months I've been feeling so alone and so afraid of what the future holds. I feel hopeless and useless. Most days I can't even get out of bed. I feel like I'm wasting my life. I need hope and motivation. Honestly I need a bit of a reason to live. Do you ever feel this way and do you have any words of wisdom?”

As we mentioned in the first episode, this podcast began as Ambivalently Yours’ way of asking her community for help. This is why she decided to end our first season with the person she has turned to the most throughout her life: her mom, Johanne. Together they discuss what to do when you wake up with negative feelings and have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. Johanne then shares tips on how to stay motivated, in a way that only a mom could. Johanne and Ambivalently Yours also use this opportunity to look at their personal relationship and family history, and the influence it has had on the way they face the world. They also talk about the challenges of becoming more emotionally open and the advantages of learning how to ask for help.

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by Hannah McCasland

Recorded at (with their technical and financial support) Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: Stéphane Claude
Music: Greg Barkley

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Aug 09 2017

42mins

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Rank #7: Episode 8: Armando, Michaël & Graeme

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*Content Warning: Discussions of gendered violence, sexism, and eating disorders. 

Welcome to another episode of Rebelliously Tiny. Here’s this week’s question: “I'm 15 and my good friend at school is male and anorexic, many people shame him for this because 'male' and 'anorexic' don't seem to match in today's society sadly. There's also a girl with anorexia but people give her support, I assume because she's female. I was wondering if you knew of anything I could do for people at my school to view males with mental health illnesses differently?”

This week, Ambivalently Yours reaches out to her friends Armando and Michaël, a married couple, and to her partner Graeme, for help responding to this question. In this “double date” podcast episode, we talk about allyship, mental health, body image and its relationship to gender norms. The two couples became friends after discussing these topics, and wanted to think through this question together. We also explore the implications of gender roles in society, and our guests speak to their own experiences with masculinity and femininity as defined by mainstream culture. In addition, we think about when and how we could be including different voices into these discussions, while also making space for specificity within social justice.

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by Hannah McCasland

Recorded at (with their technical and financial support) Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: Stéphane Claude
Music: Greg Barkley

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Aug 02 2017

45mins

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Rank #8: Episode 7: Laura

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*Content Warning: A very brief and vague discussion of eating disorders

Welcome to another episode of Rebelliously Tiny. Here’s this week’s question: “Are all traditional values bad? I was brought up where my mom did a lot of the basic "housewife" things but my father never demanded her or disrespected her or belittled her… I recently saw a peer post something against traditional values and she identifies as a feminist am I wrong or a hypocrite for having a different opinion? Does that not make me fit to be a feminist (I'm still trying to learn about the feminist movement and wish to have your perspective on this) thank you if you read this.”

In this episode, Ambivalently Yours turns to her best friend, Laura, for help answering this week’s question. Laura recently became a mother to twins, and has some insight on how “traditional values” are often defined. She talks about how feminism isn’t about condemning motherhood, but about dismantling systems that uphold restrictive gender norms. Together, we discuss the concept of “choice” and the importance of choosing jobs and roles that are right for us, despite societal pressures and expectations.

To learn more about Laura: @lauraka on Instagram

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by Hannah McCasland

Recorded at (with their technical and financial support) Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: Stéphane Claude
Music: Greg Barkley

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Jul 26 2017

28mins

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Rank #9: Episode 6: Crickett

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*Content Warning: Discussions about Sexual Assault

Welcome to another episode of Rebelliously Tiny. Here’s this week’s question: “I'm going to uni and one of my friends got raped at the beginning of the year. It makes me sick to my stomach that such a high percentage of girls at uni get raped and yet they refuse to do anything about it. She went to the college counselors and the police. Everyone made it seem like it was her fault. The garbage male got her extremely drunk and she thought they were friends, but then he took her to his room and assaulted her. I want to help but it makes me so mad I dont want to scare her.”  

This week, we talk with Crickett, the Public Education Coordinatorat the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton, Ontario (SACHA), who helps us reflect upon and answer this question about sexual assault. It is a tough question that outlines the harsh realities of the prevalence of sexual violence in our culture. Our discussion with Crickett gives us hope as it highlights the important work being done to help support survivors and combat the systems and structures that enable this violence to happen. Crickett also shares tips for friends of survivors on how to be supportive, and explains the extreme importance of “loving, trusting, and believing” each other. We tackle topics such as how the media misrepresents and blames victims of sexual assault and the failure of institutions meant to protect them. Lastly, we highlight the importance of self-care for survivors, friends of survivors, and anyone practicing resistance in the current political climate.

To learn more about SACHA please visit: sacha.ca
Facebook: @sachamilton
Twitter: @SACHA_tweets
Youtube: SACHAbroadcast

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by Hannah McCasland

Recorded at (with their technical and financial support) Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: Stéphane Claude
Music: Greg Barkley

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Jul 19 2017

31mins

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Rank #10: Episode 5: Noé

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*Content Warning: discussions of fat shaming and fatphobia, ableism

Welcome to the 5th episode of Rebelliously Tiny. Here’s this week’s question: “im a bigger girl and i feel like shit about it and people always make comments on my weight but its like not their buisness, you know? they say their "worried for my health" but really they dont care at all they just want me to stick to their standards of whats beautiful…”

This week, we talk with Noé about issues of body-shaming that affect women, people of color and gender nonconforming individuals in particular. We also discuss how these issues intersect with disability and pain and the assumptions people make about “health” based on outward appearance. Noé has a lot of insight from their personal experiences, and Ambivalently Yours can relate, from her time working as a designer in the fashion industry. Both are familiar with the shame involved in the way women’s bodies are policed and constantly measured against a specific beauty standard. We discuss the pressures to lose some mystical amount of weight to be happy, or to buy outfits or makeup in order to be a version of “beautiful” imposed by society. Noé also talks about the support that can come from friendships and communities, as well as the importance of language and their decision to reclaim the word “fat.”

Follow Noé’s work at @fatkittyrising on Facebook and Tumblr.

A podcast by Ambivalently Yours
Co-produced by Hannah McCasland

Recorded at (with their technical and financial support) Oboro Arist-Run Center in Montreal
Technical support: Stéphane Claude
Music: Greg Barkley

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Jul 05 2017

33mins

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