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”

Welcome to the Crossroads podcast! My name is Sasha White, and I was fired for my tweets in August 2020. I was accused of “transphobia” by an anonymous user for my critiques of gender identity ideology, and my employer terminated me in under two hours. You can read that story in full detail here

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 included in mainstream narratives.

I originally started Crossroads with the idea of having conversations at the “crossroads of literature, justice, and feminism.” The project has expanded to include some overarching themes: the importance of exchanging ideas with people we disagree with, and what it means to live in a culture that increasingly wants to ban books and ideas. 

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


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Upper Hand Mars: Individuality over Ideology

MarsMars joins Sasha for a discussion about choosing individuality over ideology, different ways of talking about gender, teenagers with dysphoria, and the value of getting out of your box and interpreting issues with nuance.

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Upper Hand Mars: Individuality over Ideology

Separating Fact From Fiction in Gender and Sex: Zach Elliott

The Gender Paradox - Zack ElliotZach Elliott is the founder of the Paradox Institute, a science education group presenting contemporary sex difference research in short animated videos. He researches and writes about human sex differences and the biology of sex, and plans to pursue a Master of Science in Biology.

Zach joins Sasha to talk about his book, Gender Paradox, the origin of his interest in learning about sexual dimorphism, and his view that we should consider both social and biological factors when analyzing the differences between the sexes.

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Separating Fact From Fiction in Gender and Sex: Zach Elliott

Zach Elliott Dissects the ACLU’s Claims About Trans Athletes

The Gender Paradox - Zack Elliot Zach Elliott is the founder of the Paradox Institute, a science education group presenting contemporary sex difference research in short animated videos. He researches and writes about human sex differences and the biology of sex, and plans to pursue a Master of Science in Biology.

Zach joins Sasha to thoroughly dissect a recent tweet thread by the American Civil Liberties Union, “Four Myths About Trans People in School Sports: Debunked.” We read through each “myth” presented by the ACLU and tried to give as impartial and rational a critique as we could. Zach explains why the “facts” about biological sex in the thread are misleading or downright incorrect. We also discuss the recent legal cases surrounding girl’s high school track teams. Zach gives one proposal for how to solve the issue of transgender people and sports teams, and we muse on the circularity and vagueness of many of the ACLU’s points.

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Zach Elliott Dissects the ACLU’s Claims About Trans Athletes

Sean P. McCarthy: r/WallStreetBets Should Scare the Elites

Sean McCarthy Sean P. McCarthy is a comedian and co-host of the Grubstakers podcast, which covers the lives and misdeeds of billionaires. Sean joins me to talk about GameStop, Wall Street, populist movements, and why this story about the stock market should matter to all of us.

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Sean P. McCarthy: r/WallStreetBets Should Scare the Elites

Jodi Shaw on Smith College, Neo Racism, and Free Thinking

Jodi Shaw Jodi sits down with Sasha to tell the story of how she came to be at the epicenter of a discussion about racial bias training and the nature of oppression and conformity. Jodi is a Student Support Coordinator in the Department of Residence Life at Smith College in Massachusetts, a women’s university which is also her alma mater. She is currently on paid leave.

On Oct 27 2020, Jodi posted a video on YouTube titled “Dear Smith College: I Have a Few Requests”, in which she addresses the “policies and initiatives” that she sees as creating “a divisive, racially hostile work environment”. Jodi specifies that she is a life-long liberal, but that she considers this a human issue of reducing people to racial categories.

Jodi joins me on Crossroads for an in-depth conversation about the courage it takes to speak out, how she sees this as a workplace conditions issue, and about the reaction she has received since making that first video.

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Jodi Shaw on Smith College, Neo Racism, and Free Thinking

Cancelled for Standing Up For Lesbians: Julia D. Robertson

Julia D Robertson
Julia D. Robertson is an author and journalist. She has contributed to Huffington Post, AfterEllen, Quillette, Curve, Feminist Current and more. She also has her own website, The Velvet Chronicle.

She has been a long time critic of gender identity ideology, especially as it relates to the transing of young lesbians. She was an early voice of dissent around the idea that minors can consent to medical and surgical transition.

Her first novel, Beyond the Screen Door, was published by Flashpoint Publications (formerly Regal Crest) in 2016.

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Cancelled for Standing Up For Lesbians: Julia D. Robertson

Women are Being Gaslighted -Andreia Nobre

Andreia Nobre Andreia Nobre is a journalist and radical feminist. She is also a comedienne and the author of several books, including her most recent one, The Grumpy Guide to Radical Feminism. She joins me for a funny, passionate, and insightful conversation to discuss her book, the gaslighting of women with the concept of “cisgender”, and many other elements of the state of feminism today.

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Women are Being Gaslighted -Andreia Nobre

Justice for Marguerite

Marguerite Stern - National Geographic Magazine

The Plebity Free Speech Fund has awarded an initial grant of $1300 for Marguerite Stern, a French feminist who has been an activist in the trenches for many years. This will be our first fundraising campaign.

Members of our Patreon site reviewed the details of Marguerite’s story and voted to move forward to award the grant to Marguerite, who after more than a decade of feminist activism is out of work and in need of a new living space.

In 2019 Marguerite began a campaign of posters put up in the streets to publicize the issue of femicide in France. The campaign spread to cities throughout the country and she has become a familiar name and face in France. She was just featured in the French version of National Geographic Magazine to illustrate the word justice – see the image above.

Most recently, Marguerite has been severely targeted and harassed by gender identity ideologues for her woman centered activism.

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Justice for Marguerite

“Proud to Stand My Ground” – Raquel Rosario Sánchez

Raquel Rosario Sánchez Raquel Rosario Sánchez is a writer, campaigner and researcher from the Dominican Republic. She is currently pursuing a PhD with the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at the University of Bristol. Raquel’s academic specialism is violence against women, and her PhD work focuses on online communities of men who pay for sex. In 2018, when she chaired a meeting for the organization Woman’s Place UK, she began to be targeted by transgender activists on campus.

For two years Raquel endured bullying and harassment from gender identity ideologues while the University not only failed to protect her, but treated her like a perpetrator. She was subject to cross examination in front of one of the trans activist students who was leading the charge against her. She was ignored and blamed, as well as subject to questioning of her feminist beliefs. She tells me that she could never have accepted the University’s offers to settle the matter with money, and she is instead proudly standing up for women everywhere by bringing a legal case against the University.

We discuss what it feels like to momentarily be at the center of the gender war, how to weather the storm of being mobbed, and how we think the tide may be turning. The story of such an intelligent, clear-thinking feminist woman being subject to this level of abuse is deeply chilling. If you’re looking for a modern day feminist hero, look no further than Raquel.

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“Proud to Stand My Ground” – Raquel Rosario Sánchez