Agora Episode 2: Bodily Autonomy
November 11, 2021

In this episode, Sophie and Niloo tackle the concept of bodily autonomy,  in particular as it relates to abortion and the covid vaccine. 

Although both identify as pro-choice, they delve into their discomfort  around certain abortion arguments on all sides. In a highly nuanced  conversation, Sophie and Niloo debate and discuss their thoughts on  personhood, sex and responsibility, the trivialization and sanitization  of abortion, and more.

In the second half of the discussion, the focus is on the topic of  bodily autonomy as it relates to the vaccine. Again with complex insight  and gentle disagreement, the two consider the issues from all angles,  with their own philosophical spin.  

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Butler, Sedgwick and Queer Theory – part 3 in the postmodernism series

Butler, Sedgwick and Queer Theory – part 3 in the postmodernism series

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Judith Butler at UC Berkeley

The most influential queer theorist is Judith Butler an American philosopher who draws heavily upon Foucault and Derrida. Butler’s chief contribution to queer Theory was to question the links between sex – the biological categories of male and female – gender- the behaviours and traits commonly associated with one sex or the other – and sexuality – the nature of sexual desire. Butler claims gender is wholly socially constructed, and developed her most well-known concept: gender performativity. She claims gender roles are taught and learned unwittingly through socialisation – as sets of actions, behaviours, manners, and expectations and people perform these roles accordingly.

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Rumors, Mob Justice and Free Speech – this time the Roma community is the target

Rumors, Mob Justice and Free Speech – this time the Roma community is the target

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971 Book by Edgar Morin about antisemitic rumors in the French City of Orléans

A little over a week ago, on October 11, a young woman in France sat down in front of her video camera and earnestly recounted the story of her narrow escape from a sex trafficking and possible organ trafficking gang operating from the train station in the city of Marseille. Against the backdrop of ominous music she tells her story...

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Queer Theory origins – part 2 in the postmodernism series

Queer Theory origins – part 2 in the postmodernism series

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Queer theory sees the concepts of sex – male and female – and gender – masculine and feminine- as oppressive. The main objective of queer theory is to subvert these concepts and to break them down. Rejecting the possibility of there being a knowable objective reality, queer theory asserts that language creates the categories, enforces them, and scripts people into them. The boundaries are arbitrary and oppressive according to queer theory. These boundaries can be blurred into apparent absurdity and thus erased.