Crossroads

Hosted BySasha White

Tormented by a spiritual thirst,
I stumbled through a gloomy waste,
And there a six-winged seraph
Appeared before me at the crossroad.

-Pushkin, “The Prophet”

SEASON 2: Freedom to Dissent

Welcome to the Crossroads podcast! My name is Sasha White, and you can read more about me here. I’m excited to announce a new series of interviews. In the aftermath of being fired for my tweets, I will be speaking with people who have also been fired for expressing their opinions, as well as others who have insights on gender identity ideology, feminism, and freedom of speech. My goal is to explore the way censorship works not only to silence outspoken people but to influence ordinary people to censor themselves. I hope that this project will give a voice to opinions and perspectives that are not typically allowed in mainstream narratives.

“Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters.” -Rosa Luxembourg

Music by Stephanie Guasch. Header graphic by A.M.

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All Episodes

Going Against the Grain: an interview with a teenage critical thinker

Amy, lesbian 15 year old critical thinkerThis episode is special because we hear from a teenager who goes against the grain, who is a true independent thinker. Amy describes the culture of her some of her peers as one of silencing and thought-policing:

“People would be messaging you privately like ‘this kind of sounds sketchy,’ so maybe you should not say that, otherwise you’ll get in trouble. I was like, who is going to get me in trouble? It’s that kind of conversation where you have to watch yourself because if you’re not watching, then someone else is.” -Amy, @crimeofcupid

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Going Against the Grain: an interview with a teenage critical thinker

Canceled Women: a conversation with M.K. Fain

M.K. Fain Mary Kate (M. K.) is a feminist writer, activist, and engineer. She is the Founder and Editor in Chief of 4W and the Co-founder of Spinster.xyz. M.K. joined me to compare our experiences of being fired after expressing our gender critical views. We also discussed censorship, radical feminism versus liberal feminism, the left’s problem with class and free speech, and more!

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Canceled Women: a conversation with M.K. Fain

Welcome to Gender Land: an interview with Helen Joyce

Helen Joyce “They are trying to redefine us out of existence and that does make me rather angry. And they’re denying that they do it. So I am just going to keep repeating myself that this isn’t ok. And if they hear that as aggression, which they seem to, well that’s their problem not my problem. I will remain non-aggressive but just saying ‘no.’ No is a complete sentence.” -Helen Joyce

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Welcome to Gender Land: an interview with Helen Joyce

Crossroads Episode Six: Baher Azmy on Constitutional Rights and Justice for Guantanamo Detainees

Baher Azmy Murat Kurnaz was nineteen years old when he was arrested by Pakistani authorities and sold to the United States for a bounty. It was 2001 and the United States had distributed fliers in Pakistan promising money in exchange for suspected terrorists. Murat was a civilian who had not committed any crime. He ended up at the United States prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where for five years he was denied the right to due process and subjected to torture. His attorney, Baher Azmy, fought the Bush Administration to help get Murat and others released from Guantanamo.

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Crossroads Episode Six: Baher Azmy on Constitutional Rights and Justice for Guantanamo Detainees

Crossroads Episode Five: Harriet Fraad on Feminism and Class

Harriet Fraad Harriet Fraad, a Mental Health Counselor and Hypnotherapist, joins us to discuss feminism and class. Dr. Fraad writes articles and has a podcast on the intersection of politics, economics, and personal life. Her podcast, Capitalism Hits Home, is produced by Democracy at Work.

In this episode of Crossroads Dr. Fraad speaks about the history of the feminist movement, capitalism, and how identity politics have hurt attempts at a unified social justice movement. We also discuss current events such as the prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein and Harvey Weinstein, and the historic Bernie Sanders campaign.

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Crossroads Episode Five: Harriet Fraad on Feminism and Class

Crossroads Episode Four: Meghan Murphy on Feminism and Free Speech

Meghan Murphy It’s Women’s History Month. But flags flying the definition of the word woman (“noun / adult human female”) for International Women’s Day were removed with an apology from town council buildings in Sefton, England after accusations that the flags represent hatred against transgender people. In December, when a woman named Maya Forstater was fired for tweeting that sex is based on biology and not internal identity, an employment tribunal judge said that her speech is not “worthy of respect in a democratic society.”

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Crossroads Episode Four: Meghan Murphy on Feminism and Free Speech

Crossroads Episode Three: Ryan Devereaux on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Conversation with Ryan DevereauxInvestigative journalist Ryan Devereaux joins us for a discussion on the politics of the border frontier. Ryan has reported for the Intercept on the U.S.-Mexico border for the past several years. In this episode, Ryan speaks about the intersections between increasing militarization and climate change, and outlines some of the human and ecological atrocities taking place in the border zone.

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Crossroads Episode Three: Ryan Devereaux on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Crossroads Episode Two: Journalism for and by the Working Class: a Conversation with Julian Guerrero

Conversation with Julian Guerrero Julian Guerrero is an independent journalist who has written for Socialist Worker and Jacobin Magazine. He is also a socialist organizer and activist. In this episode, Julian discusses his own podcast, Working Class Heroes, and I ask him about his thoughts on independent journalism and socialism in today’s climate.

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Crossroads Episode Two: Journalism for and by the Working Class: a Conversation with Julian Guerrero

Crossroads Episode One: Gender and the Law with Sarah Russo

Conversation with Sarah RussoSarah Russo was formerly vice chair of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), and an intern at Legal Momentum (formerly known as the NOW legal defense fund). She currently studies at Hunter College in New York. In the first episode of Crossroads, Sarah lays out some history of gender equality law in the U.S. and we consider how the legal system has been an arm of patriarchal oppression.

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Crossroads Episode One: Gender and the Law with Sarah Russo