Public shame has been a method of social control since the beginning of human societies and shame is described by some psychologists as a “survival emotion.” Today, public shaming is often used to discourage unwanted behaviors or ideas ranging from the genuinely awful (sexual assault) to the questionable (off-color tweets from a decade ago). Thanks to the internet, public shaming is no longer limited to the stocks in the town square but can include viral videos spreading the globe in a matter of hours. The stakes are higher than ever.
4W and Plebity Collaboration featuring M. K. Fain and Sasha White
“Identity Crisis” is a new weekly column and podcast for young people struggling with the modern orthodoxy of gender identity ideology—developed in collaboration between Plebity and 4W by women who have been there.
Each week, we will answer one or two of your questions, both as a running column on 4W, and in the form of a video podcast on YouTube.
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The Identity Crisis Forum
In addition to my advice and discussions with M.K. Fain in our videos and column, I am creating a platform here where gender critical teens and twenty-somethings can have a voice. This is a forum for people with diverse perspectives to explore complex topics in a respectful, open way. If you would like to submit an article to be considered for the Identity Crisis Forum, whether anonymously or not, please use the contact form here on Plebity.org.
This episode is about shame.
We begin with our usual segment, ICYMI—’In Case You Missed It’ where we highlight some of this week’s events in the gender critical world.
Then we do a deep dive into shame. Does shame play a role in encouraging people to remain silent rather than to speak out about a controversial issue? Does it have a role in helping bad ideas to disseminate?
This content is currently available only for early access to subscribers of our Patreon site. If you subscribe now you will be able to watch this episode immediately.
Identity Crisis Episode 16: 2021—the Year of Kink-Shaming?
Cancellation, like the death of a loved one, is a loss. It can be the loss of a job, the loss of friends, the loss of community, the loss of home, the loss of a sense of safety and security, the loss of a future you had planned, and, often, the loss of an identity.
After the immediate crisis passes, when you are forced to get back to some semblance of “normal,” can be when the weight of these losses really hits the hardest.
Most people I know who have been cancelled define their life in two stages: The Before, and The After. The change is often one so great that it impacts nearly every aspect of your life. For some, being “cancelled” becomes a new, defining part of their identity.
For me, cancellation proved that I couldn’t rely on others for my financial safety. It also proved that anchoring my support system in a community that required strict adherence to a particular ideology was untenable. I decided I needed freedom, and set out to create a life for myself centered around this idea.
How to Survive Cancellation: Part 2, Building Back Better
This episode is the second part of a two part series on surviving cancellation (part one is episode 14). MK and Sasha talk about how to rebuild after a cancellation or firing.
Identity Crisis Episode 15: How to Survive Cancellation Part 2
In 2015, I lost my mother to suicide only a few weeks after being fired from what I believed was my dream job. At a time when I already lacked stability, I suddenly had to step up and help provide for my family.
While everyone’s situation is unique, and I’ve certainly enjoyed some privileges that have aided my ability to bounce back each time, these are the skills that have helped me survive the immediate aftermath of being cancelled.
How to Survive Cancellation: Part 1, the Immediate Aftermath
This episode is the first half of a two-part series on surviving cancellation. In this episode, we dish on our own cancellation stories, and share memories of how we got through the firings, smears, and cultural condemnation.
Identity Crisis Episode 14: How to Survive Cancellation Part One
This week we follow up our discussion on the Arkansas bill, which banned transition procedures for minors, with a discussion about teenage social contagions. We talk about how the social contagion of our teen years was self-harm, and the tragic fact that today’s contagion—rapid onset gender dysphoria—cannot be outgrown if taken too far.
Identity Crisis Episode 13: Social Contagion Among Teen Girls
Suicide is a national public health crisis. It’s also preventable, and there are things we know from decades of public research that can either increase the risk of suicide or decrease it. In the wake of a series of new bills in Arkansas meant to address the gender identity crisis in sports, medicine, and schools, trans “advocates” are foreshadowing an impending epidemic of suicide among trans-identifying youth. In doing so, they are flying in the face of all known research on preventing suicide, and quite possibly creating the very problem they claim they’ve set out to solve.
Identity Crisis: Arkansas HB 1570 and Responsible Reporting on Suicide
In this episode we talk about two Arkansas bills—HB1570 and HB1749—both of which pertain to minors undergoing gender transition. The first bill we discuss, HB 1570, titled the “Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act” prohibits medical gender procedures for minors (these include puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and a variety of surgeries). We discuss what the bill actually says, and cover some of the misinformation that’s been propagated about it by various sources.