Undefining Queer Relationships with Amina and Angelica
By Amina Castronovo & Angelica Puzio
In their third installment of the podcast made for their GWN pair project, Amina and Angelica discuss their definitions of friendship, romance, and everything in between while reminiscing on confusing (and funny!) experiences.
This podcast was inspired by discussions that Amina and Angelica had in their pair sessions, supported by their podcasting skills gained in a GWN workshop from 3 years ago. This particular topic of discussing the boundaries of friendship and romance among queer people was sparked through Amina’s questioning of the term “queerplatonic,” which led us down a line of inquiry about the topic overall. Our process was to first brainstorm which questions we wanted to explore in the podcast, followed by a period of thinking and writing about our answers. We then met to record the podcast, and the conversation that ensued transcended our initial questions altogether.
Amina is a junior in high school in Manhattan. She is a Field Advisor for Our Climate, a core member of the DOE’s Sustainability Youth Leadership Council, a member of the Climate and Resilience Education Task Force’s Youth Steering Committee, and a co-leader of her school’s environmental club. Amina is also a lobby lead with New York Youth Climate Leaders and part of New York Renews’ Media Strike Team. She is a mentee at Girls Write Now, and she has been published in multiple publications. Amina has started an internship with Councilman Mark Levine’s campaign for Manhattan Borough President.
Dr. Angelica Puzio is a developmental psychologist at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Her research and writing investigate how ideologies transform behavior and relationships, especially in relation to gender.