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How to Survive Cancellation: Part 2, Building Back Better

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How To Survive Being Cancelled - M.K. FainCancellation, 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.

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Identity Crisis Episode 15: How to Survive Cancellation Part 2

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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.

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How to Survive Cancellation: Part 1, the Immediate Aftermath

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How To Survive Being Cancelled - M.K. FainIn 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.

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Identity Crisis Episode 14: How to Survive Cancellation Part One

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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.

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Identity Crisis Episode 13: Social Contagion Among Teen Girls

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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.

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Journalist Graham Linehan Responds to His Critics

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Graham LinehanGraham Linehan sits down with Sasha to discuss the recent critique he drew from Jesse Singal and Katie Herzog. Graham talks about his work as a journalist, his response to the accusations from Katie and Jesse, and a variety of things gender critical.

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Arty Morty: Graham Linehan’s gender blasphemy exposes the fear that stifles the trans debate

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Arty MortyOne side — my side — starts with the foundational assumption that everyone, trans or not, is first and foremost to be treated as an individual, no more or less equally deserving of respect than any other individual, and then builds from there. Of course I understand how much sensitivity there is in the transgender community about, say, pronouns. I’m a gay man; I’m deeply embedded in the gay community. I even worked at a trans bar back in the day. But I don’t take it as religious doctrine that anyone who simply claims to be a transgender woman is one — I don’t believe in gender religion and I reserve the right to have my own beliefs about anyone — and I don’t take it as law that I have to abide anyone’s pronouns. I aim to be respectful, but it’s case-by-case, and I’m the judge.

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Take Nobody’s Word For It: Sophie Watson

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Sophie WatsonSophie Watson joins me to chat about her experience at Cambridge University, where she is currently working on an undergraduate dissertation about surrogacy. (Sophie’s proposed dissertation topic was detransition, but her advisors told her they would not and could not oversee this project, deterring her from writing it). In November 2020, Sophie published a piece in Unherd called “Cambridge is censoring any dissent on trans issues” about the student campaign against Kevin Price, a porter at Clare College who resigned as Labour Councillor rather than agree with a motion that included the statement “transwomen are women.”

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Identity Crisis: Arkansas HB 1570 and Responsible Reporting on Suicide

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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.

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Identity Crisis Episode 12: Arkansas Bill 1570—Saving Kids from Medical Experimentation?

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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.

Identity Crisis Episode 12: Arkansas Bill 1570—Saving Kids from Medical Experimentation?

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