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Empathy is a Drag with Carrie the One

Updated: Apr 22


Episode 35 - The Professional Empathy Podcast

Empathy is a Drag with Carrie the One

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In this episode of The Professional Empathy Podcast we meet Carrie the One – math teacher by day, amateur drag queen by night. Discover why she embarked on this unique journey and the powerful impact she's making. From innovative teaching to breaking stereotypes, Carrie's story showcases the transformative power of self-expression.

Whether you're a math enthusiast, a drag aficionado, or simply appreciate radical individuality, this episode is a must-listen. Join us for a conversation celebrating how Carrie brings math to the masses in drag, showcasing the beauty of inclusion that knows no bounds. Don't miss The Professional Empathy Podcast - Empathy is a Drag!

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Notable quotes

"I want people to see that it's okay to express yourself however you would like if it brings you joy." - Carrie the One, emphasising the importance of self-expression and embracing what brings happiness, whether it's through math or drag.

Show notes (40:31)

Empathy is a Drag with Carrie the One


- Host: Leanne Butterworth

- Introduction of the podcast's mission: Promoting empathy in various professions and experiences.

- Introduction of the episode's guest, Carrie the One, a math teacher and amateur drag queen.

Segment 1: The Math Teacher and Drag Queen: A Unique Combination

- Leanne explores Carrie's background as a high school math teacher and her passion for making math accessible.

- Discussion on why Carrie decided to combine math education with drag and the concept behind her online videos.

Segment 2: Teaching Math in Two Minutes

- Carrie talks about the challenge of teaching complex math concepts in short, two-minute videos.

- The discussion delves into the limitations and advantages of this format.

Segment 3: The Impact of Carrie's Content

- Carrie shares heartwarming stories about the impact of her content, including helping queer youth find their community.

- Leanne and Carrie discuss the importance of making math education enjoyable and relatable.

Segment 4: Drag, Identity, and Positivity

- The conversation shifts to the world of drag, exploring the social and positive aspects of this art form.

- Carrie shares her experiences with negativity and stereotypes related to drag and identity.

Segment 5: Balancing Carrie and Ben

- Carrie talks about the distinction between her drag persona, Carrie, and her everyday self, Ben.

- Discussion on the support from family and friends, including their perspectives on her drag persona.

Segment 6: Impact and Future Plans

- Carrie reflects on the impact of her work, emphasizing the importance of changing perceptions about math and drag.

- Discussion on the future of her content and her experiences as a math teacher and drag queen.

Segment 7: Closing Thoughts

- Leanne summarises key takeaways from the episode.

- Appreciation for Carrie's unique approach to education and self-expression.


Hi! I'm Leanne Butterworth, Empathy Passionista, TEDx Speaker, University Lecturer and Mental Health Advocate.

Empathy First is a Brisbane-based social enterprise offering Empathy workshops, online courses and individual Empathy coaching to help you build connection and strengthen your relationships for personal and professional success.

Contact me today and let's talk about how you can put Empathy First.

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