Leslie Korein is a writer, performer and comedy creator. Her and Jana were acquaintances from the comedy community in New York City but really became friends when Jana moved to Los Angeles in 2016. Leslie grew up in New York and has been living in Los Angeles for six years. Although she feels like New York is home, she feels that a separation from her parents has helped her thrive as an artist in Los Angeles.
Are you making your parents proud? It's a question that presents itself in many creative lives but also relates back to having healthy boundaries. She describes an upbringing with "a lot of Snackwells", her weight being somewhat monitored and that having an affect on her adult life. As a young woman she felt like she was too big and she felt masculine. She had a clique-y, affluent educational experience which comes with its own brutality. Women were really sexualized when she was young and Leslie talk about getting shamed at school. Leslie talks about feeling attractive for the first time in college at Oberlin and only now is she really trying to truly listen to her body.
OMG Leslie talks about her Irritable Bowel Syndrom! The ladies get into trusting their bodies and how important it is to listen to what are bodies are telling us. This messaging and connection to our bodies has been silenced because, as Leslie states, women and our bodies are extremely powerful. Jana relates this to her traditional Lakota experiences around menstruation and women not participating in ceremony during their menstrual cycles. Which makes complete sense because just think about how you feel during menstruation! This is a body that can produce life! Leslie and Jana go on a major discussion about periods. Women are creating spaces for ourselves now and the two discuss how delightful it is to connect with other women around our bodies and emotions. Jana relates this same relationship to the indigenous relationship to and learning from the Earth.
This leads the ladies into this conversation about animal pity-porn on social media and how dangerous it is to spread pity for anything without actionable next steps! Jana discusses her Sisterhood Christmas chain letter fiasco where a bunch of women came out of nowhere to warn her against participating in a dumb chain letter. The moral of this story is if you don't want to participate in a social media activity, just...DON'T. Jesus christ, ya killjoys.
Leslie's One Cool Thing is a podcast on mindfulness by Tara Brach. She has a comforting podcast with talks and another pod with meditations. Jana's One Cool Thing is a clothing line called PREMpremme.us/ME and also the modeling of Gabi Fresh!
You can find Leslie Korein on Fb/Instagram and Twitter @rainythursdays.