TED Radio Hour: Fighting Stigma

Why do we harshly judge certain behaviors or conditions, making it harder to talk honestly about them? This hour, TED speakers confront stigmas around addiction, depression, HIV and sex work.

TED Radio Hour
0:00 2 Mar 2018 Steve Daunt 00:00 Friday 2 March 2018

 

To stop illegal drug use, we typically punish, isolate and shame addicts. Journalist Johann Hari explains how these methods perpetuate addiction, and how human connection can be an effective antidote.

 

After her nephew's suicide, Nikki Webber Allen began to speak out about mental illness -- including her own. She explains why the stigma keeps people, particularly people of color, from seeking help.

 

 As treatments for HIV have advanced, the stigmas surrounding it have not diminished as quickly. Arik Hartmann argues for more transparency to tackle misperceptions surrounding HIV.

 Sex worker and activist Juno Mac says the current legislative models for sex work perpetuate a dangerous work environment. She explains the high social costs of letting stigma influence legislation.