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Vanessa D. Fisher
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Dear Friends,
Well, I've finally done it and launched my first Patreon account.
In this short video I talk a bit about why I've separated my main income stream from my deepest passion work throughout my life and why I've decided Patreon could be a good fit for my style.

I've recently decided to experiment with starting up my sex and gender video series more consistently again, as I've had people share the importance they feel of my voice being in the public conversation on these issues and I'm also being invited to more events, panel discussions, and talks to share my views on gender issues.

While I have been able to pay down my debt in the last year (yippeee!!!), in order to go back to putting out consistent content on my channel I will need to cover the costs of my time, as doing the videos takes quite a bit of energy, both in terms of research as well as recording and editing. My goal through Patreon is to get enough financial support to cover a portion of these costs (I'm not looking to get rich ;)).

So I'm testing the waters to see if some people in my networks may wish to pledge me on Patreon.

Contributions start as low as $2 a month and go up from there. Anything helps!
With love, Vanessa 

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Sharing my latest podcast interview with author and former NPR and CNN political "fact check" reporter, Josh Levs. After facing a hugely publicized legal battle with his ex-employer, Time Warner, who refused to give Levs paternity leave when his premie baby was born, Josh soon became recognized as a leader in the fight for fair parental leave policies and an expert on the barriers facing men and fathers in the modern workplace.
I'm linking the youtube version of this podcast because this latest video also starts with a very short intro on my thoughts about potentially starting a Patreon account to support me with future research and videos. I'd like any feedback on my idea for this. It would be something I do alongside my contract consulting work and volunteer work. I'm thinking in the vein of one of my favorite podcasts, Dan Carlin's "Hardcore History" (though my videos would not stretch 5 hours long :). I realized my niche is really for the people that want more in-depth analysis rather than those who wish for partial sounds bites on gender politics.

Thoughts welcome and hope you enjoy the interview!

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I've got a couple new podcasts up on my website for those interested. One with Diane Hamilton on skillfully navigating conflict and difference in life and in the workplace and some of the gender dimensions involved in that dance. The second with Cindy Wigglesworth exploring her work on Spiritual Intelligence and how she has applied it to the business setting, and a mutual exploration of how spiritual intelligence might relate to "Gender Intelligence".

My next interview will be in the coming weeks with Josh Levs, award-winning journalist and author of "All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Business" to discuss the structural and social barriers facing men and fathers in the workplace.

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My latest short blog explores why work-life balance is more than a women's issue. I look at generational shifts in the workforce that are leading to shifting values among millennials and discuss the challenges facing men and fathers in the modern workforce. All of this leading to why I believe we need to re-frame the discussion about work-life balance as a "people's issue"​ if we wish to create adequate workplace practices and policies for a rapidly changing work world.

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This past week, I had a quite extraordinary and unexpected opportunity as I was invited by the Canadian Association of Equality to sit on a panel discussion at the Premier screening of the Red Pill Documentary—a controversial and highly anticipated documentary about the Men’s Rights Movement. The panel also included film maker Cassie Jaye who was skyped in live. The event took place at the University of Toronto and was a sold out event and it was definitely the largest audience I’ve ever been invited to speak to about my views on the gender conversation. I've put together a video sharing some of my experiences from the event, as well as a longer review of the Red Pill documentary with both my praise and critiques of the film, some thoughts on where I hope to see the gender conversation go in the future, and a link to the recorded panel discussion.

I want to give a big shout out to Justin Trottier and Denise Fong and the rest of the CAFE crew for creating an open space for dialogue and debate about this film here in Toronto. I had a great time.



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In my video this week, which I've titled, “Why I’d Rather Be An Artist Than A Gender Activist”, I offer a response to a criticism I sometimes receive that I don’t take a strong enough stand on one side or the other of the gender debates. I explore why I hold my orientation more in the lineage of an artist/philosopher than a traditional gender activist and utilize the artistic work of one of my idols, European performance artist Marina Abramovic, to illustrate why I believe an artist's approach offers great value to any engagement we have in contentious and seemingly intractable social conflicts--whether we are talking about gender or any other topic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK74UoTG-00
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