According to Merriam-Webster, intersectionality is defined as the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect. On today’s episode, we’re joined by Mark Travis Rivera, Artistic Director and Founder of the Marked Dance Project and author of the book Drafts, to have a about intersectionality and discrimination. Mark Travis Rivera certainly understands discrimination. A Latino with cerebral palsy raised in an inner-city environment by a single mother, Rivera endured oppression and bullying from an early age. In the face of such experiences, coming out as gay with a nonconforming gender identity required immense strength and courage.
According to an article published on the Huffington Post, children who have good relationships with their fathers and feel loved by them, tend to have fewer behavioral problems, and appear to engage in alcohol and drug abuse far less. Conversely, when fathers are less engaged, children are more likely to dropout of school earlier and exhibit behavioral and substance abuse issues. We have noticed that presently, there is a gap in the literature regarding the importance of the relationship between fathers and their sons. On today’s episode, we are joined by Dr. Antonio M. Harrison, founder of Renaissance Behavior LLC, which is an organization that builds, fosters, and nourishes a healthy relationship between fathers and sons.
According to PEW, over the last 50 years, women have improved their position in the labor force, in society and in their economic position. On today’s episode, we discuss some of the progress made by women, where they stand today, according to the latest research, contemporary hindrances to progress, and what the next few decades may look like. All this to answer the question - will there ever be parity between men and women in society?