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A Chat with Jodi Shaw and Colin Wright

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Jodi Shaw and Colin WrightIn this episode Sasha sits down with Jodi Shaw and Colin Wright for a conversation on gender identity ideology, critical race theory, and what it was like to be excommunicated from their careers after going against the grain of political and cultural orthodoxy.

A Chat with Jodi Shaw and Colin Wright

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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.

Identity Crisis Episode 15: How to Survive Cancellation Part 2

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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.

How to Survive Cancellation: Part 1, the Immediate Aftermath

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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.

Identity Crisis Episode 14: How to Survive Cancellation Part One

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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.

Journalist Graham Linehan Responds to His Critics

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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.

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

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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.”

Take Nobody’s Word For It: Sophie Watson

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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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A Conversation with Feminist Lawyer Kara Dansky

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Kara Dansky is an attorney, public speaker, writer, and consultant who currently serves on the steering committee of the U.S. chapter of the Women's Human Rights Campaign (WHRC). She also serves as the Chair of the Committee on Law and Legislation for WHRC globally. Kara has a background in criminal justice law and policy, and formerly served on the board of the Women's Liberation Front. She joins me in this episode to talk about the push to redefine sex in the law to include the nebulous concept of gender identity, the current court cases where women's sex-based rights hang in the balance, and how she sees the gender identity ideology movement as a continuation in a long history of male abuse and silencing of women.

A Conversation with Feminist Lawyer Kara Dansky

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Identity Crisis Episode 11: Rob Hoogland and the Loudest Silence

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In this episode, we talk about the distinction between being silenced and being silent (as Oprah Winfrey puts it in her interview with Meghan Markle). We discuss the case of Robert Hoogland, a Canadian man who is currently in prison for breaking a gag order that forbade him from speaking out against his daughter’s medical transition. If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to five years.

Some of the things we spoke about: Even when the consequences to speaking out are major, we almost always have a choice, and must take responsibility for that choice.

Staying silent about a problem can mean you will have to deal with a magnified version of the problem down the road. Silencing yourself can make you start to conform your thoughts to the group’s opinion. What makes some people feel compelled to speak the truth when others don’t?

Identity Crisis Episode 11: Rob Hoogland and the Loudest Silence

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