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'With Love' initial ideas

My proposal for radio- ‘With love...’

  • I wanted the name to make the show seem like a place of solidarity and happiness for people to listen to in order to feel positive, empowered and confident. The intimacy of this name also creates a closer relationship with listeners and feels like the show is a conversation with your friend.

Episode one- ‘Small steps everyday’

  • Brief outline- speaking out for your mental health has begun to receive a negative stigma, but I believe that it should be seen as a strength, rather than a weakness. Through this episode, I will highlight the importance of looking after yourself mentally and ways in which I help myself on ‘down days’. I will also show that having ‘down days’ is completely normal and that speaking out to friends and family will help us all. We need to break down the constant pressure and expectations young people are put under every day and show the need to put yourself first, speak for yourself and show who you truly are.
  1. Introduction- What is mental health? Why does it need talking about (expectations and stress)?
  • Educational expectations
  • Teenagers are often looked down on (lazy and rude)
  1. The power of speaking out and reaching out (feeling empowered)
  • Saying no more often
  • Putting yourself first
  • More confidence
  • Power of your voice
  1. The importance of having down days
  • Makes you appreciate the good days even better
  • Being positive all the time isn’t natural
  • Listen to your own social battery
  • We all feel down, and this just makes us want to do more for ourselves to feel better
  • Importance of rest
  1. My go to antidotes for my down days (and the hormones associated with them) = main section
  • Sport (finding a community, escaping from stress, finding yourself, building strength and confidence- talk about own experiences of Norwich Dragons hockey club and Run Norwich 2022)
  • Music (power to be transformed to a new place and find emotions, concerts and finding your own individuality through own music tastes) = nothing wrong with a S Club 7 or Spice Girls dance party throwback to boost your mood in one easy way
  • Films and series (make you cry, laugh and smile= power to relax and temporarily escape everyday life) my favourites= ‘Bridget Jones Diary’, ‘The Breakfast Club’, ‘Derry Girls’, ‘Hunger Games’, ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Marley & Me’
  • Animals= somebody else to talk to! Going for walks, having a cuddle and running around makes you care for somebody else and still feel loved at the same time
  • Baking = positivity and joy from creating something, able to express yourself and be creative
  • Hormones= oxytocin (music, meditation and hugs), endorphins (exercise, laugh and eat dark chocolate!), serotonin (sunlight and massages) and dopamine (sleep and completing a task)
  1. Positiveness of using your own voice and improving our mental health (leave listeners wanting to make a change and look after those around them)
  • Know your own worth!
  • The danger of silence
  • Know that you are always supported
  • Healing takes time
  • Forgive yourself, learn and grow (setbacks are never a failure)
  • Remember ‘you are strong enough to face it all, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now’
  • Remember that nobody is perfect, and our differences are what makes us amazing
  • Celebrate the small things in life

Episode two- ‘You’re the beautiful one, it’s society who’s ugly’

  • Brief outline- In this episode, I plan to explore social media and whether this really has been beneficial for our society. From this, I will develop the idea and danger of mass media and the beauty standards associated with this, your life being ‘Instagram worthy’ and people only posting the best bits of their lives. I would then explore the power of body positivity and how this will create a society driven by individual beauty, rather than a number on a scale, showing how this will be the solution for the diverse future we need.
  1. Introduction- outlining how social media drives everything in our lives and the consequences of this
  • Ensuring everything is ‘worthy for Instagram’
  • No real social life
  • Only posting the best bits
  • Hide the true struggles/ reality
  • Make people think their lives are always amazing
  1. The negative aspects of social media
  • Poor mental health
  • Judgement and criticism
  • Bullying
  • Pressure and expectations
  • Negativity
  1. The issue of mass media and beauty standards
  • Distorted image of beauty
  • ‘Bikini body’
  • Obsessed with the scales
  • The danger of filters and photoshop
  • Taught we always need to change
  • Emphasise makeup
  • Constant fear of criticism
  • Conforming to the image
  • Needing to always look ‘good enough’
  1. The power of body positivity
  • Acknowledge we all have ‘down days’
  • Love the power of your body and what it does for you (dance and move and live)
  • Praise your body
  • Treat yourself like you would treat others (you wouldn’t let your best friend receive the comments you tell yourself, so why tell yourself them?!)
  • Do what you want to do
  • Listen to your body
  • Beauty has no size or look
  • Don’t compare yourself
  • Your body is getting you to your dreams
  • Self-love takes time and healing (progress)
  • Celebrate how unique your body is
  1. Making social media more positive
  • Nelly London (positive accounts)
  • Create connections and positivity
  • Empowerment
  • Education and awareness
  • Inform
  • More confidence
  • Celebrate our differences
  • Acceptance of ourselves
  • ‘happiness looks gorgeous on us all’ (happy girls are the prettiest)
  1. Future change
  • ‘Wabi Sabi’= finding beauty in imperfection (accepting how it is)
  • How you look is the least interesting thing
  • Marilyn Monroe= ‘you’re the beautiful one, it’s society who’s ugly’
  • ‘a flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms’
  • Celebrate the beauty of everyone
  • Daily affirmations
  • No need to feel an obligation to conform to these images (freedom of life)

Episode three- ‘The Earth without ‘art’ is just ‘eh’

  • Brief outline- In this episode, through exploring art in the forms of literature, music and art, I want to show the power of the arts to provoke emotions, allow self-expression and speak up for what you want society to hear, through this activism. I will use my favourite types of art and ask those around me their opinion on the power of the arts and what they think of the future for creative industries. Through this, we can make the power of art be seen as a powerful tool for the next generation to allow themselves to show their true selves.
  1. Introduction- the industry of the arts is often overlooked and seen as not a ‘safe career’ to go down, when in fact it is becoming one of the most sought-after industries out there and shows the pure talent and expression young people have.
  1. Art
  • Olivia white (friend from CNS- photographer and artist) = potential interview
  • Large styles and expressions available
  • Abstract art is powerful in allowing everyone to interpret it in their own ways
  1. Music
  • Power of concerts (removing yourself temporarily from the reality of everyday life)
  • Such a wide range (classical, hip hop, dance etc.)
  • Own experiences of concerts (small ones in Norwich vs Manchester)
  • Power of finding a community
  • All provoke different emotions
  • Guilty pleasures (Spice Girls party!)
  1. Literature
  • ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ (importance of mental health and speaking out)
  • ‘The Testaments’ (activism and standing up for what you want to change to make your society more positive)
  • ‘The Guilty Feminist’ (educate readers on the history of feminism and how it has changed over time)
  • ‘Women don’t owe you pretty’ (powerful book making people feel empowered)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone’ (absolute classic showing the power of words in being able to bring people of all ages together)
  1. The power
  • ‘Handmaids Tale’ By Margerat Atwood (warn readers of the consequences of not pursuing and wanting to achieve equality= activism)
  • Able to see alternative viewpoints of everyone
  • Celebrate the diversity of all art
  • Make young people seem powerful and open minded (shift stereotypical viewpoints)
  • Being able to escape from reality
  1. My favourite figures and styles of art
  • Pop art (positivity and bright colours- vibrancy)
  • Frida Kahlo (iconic in going against expectations)
  1. What are you going to do?
  • Use art to your own power
  • Express what you want to change
  • Make people think and question
  • Leave an impact
  • ‘Art is chaos taking shape’= Pablo Picasso
  • ‘No artist tolerates reality’

Episode four- ‘” Because you are a girl” is never a reason for anything’

  • Brief outline- in this episode, I want to focus on the issue of gender discrimination and the stereotypes we constantly face from such a young age. This will have a very feminist approach to it and will make everyone feel empowered and show that a feminist isn't a woman wanting all women to be greater than men, but rather a group of activists who want an equal future. Through this, I could explore the power of genderless parenting, allowing a more diverse community to develop, where we are focused on the individual, rather than their gender.
  1. Introduction- we all live in a society which expects us to be ‘lady like’ or ‘one of the lads’
  • People feel uncomfortable when people break away from these stereotypes
  • Making people feel trapped and unable to fully express themselves
  • ‘proud’ to see a woman in a position of power or a male beautician
  1. Stereotypes of women and men
  • Women need to be ‘gentle, kind and quiet’
  • Men need to be ‘strong, a leader and a protector’
  • Toys being assigned to either gender (tea sets and dolls for girls- emphasising and making assumptions of girls pursuing a domestic role and trucks and dinosaurs for boys- emphasise manual labour and physical importance)
  1. Consequences of these stereotypes
  • Gender pay gap
  • Assumptions (women seen as ‘loud’ for speaking their own voice and men seen as ‘weak for speaking out)
  • Danger of male mental health and the trope of being seen as ‘weak’ for speaking out on their emotions
  • People being reluctant to do certain things due to the fear of being seen as an ‘outsider’
  • No true equality
  • Women being more judged on their appearance at a job interview rather than their abilities
  1. What has caused these tropes to develop
  • Media (magazines focused on weight, appearance and beauty for women vs focused on strength and power for men)
  • Parents direct comments and actions associated with gender (men being more physical to sons) or indirect comments about behaviours of others (‘she's not very lady like)
  1. What can you do to help
  • Be a feminist! (This doesn’t mean wanting women to own all the power, but more of a desire for an equal future for all)
  • Speak out against any stereotypes you hear
  • Act against these tropes on purpose
  • Educate yourself and others around you
  • Look into ways people are subverting these tropes to pursue a change in society (Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games is an example of a representation in the media of a strong and independent woman)
  1. Genderless parenting (assumptions made from events such as gender reveal parties- finding out the gender leads to parents and those around them to
  • Focusing on the individual
  • Using neutral colours for decoration
  • Allowing children to dress themselves and pick the media and toys they expose themselves to
  • Enhance confidence and diversity
  • Allowing children to find their true self
  • Free from the pressure of obeying these tropes
  1. Focus on the individual
  • ‘To be nobody but yourself in a world that’s doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting’
  • ‘no one ever made a difference by being like everyone else’
  • Boost self-confidence and creativity
  • Excel in ourselves