When nonfiction writer Ben Appel attended a non-traditional program at Columbia University, barely more than a decade separated him from the younger students who had already displaced gay with “queer” – and displayed open hatred of “cis gays” like himself. Ben knows what homophobia looks like, and recognized it in the “safe spaces” pervading campus culture. His introspective writing is informed by his experience in cults, as well as his recovery. He discusses the difference between slurs and validation trophies; victimhood as a component of identity; medicalizing homosexuality; feminism; and the ideological capture of minds and institutions.
Neither trans-exclusionary nor a radical feminist, author and philosopher Kathleen Stock has been branded a TERF and harassed out of her university, while simultaneously gaining recognition as one of world’s top thinkers. That’s because she thinks deeply and critically, and tells the truth. Whether it’s Corinna’s comparison of transgenderism with transracialism, or Nina’s assertion that right-on lefty dudes are misogynists, Stock has heard, and thought about, it all — and has eloquent responses. We discuss immersion in legal and cultural fictions, “bullshit theories of womanhood,” DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim & Offender), child transition, online disembodiment, pronouns, “massive edifice(s) of bullshit,” women being terrible to women, and cowardice, especially in academia.
Russian-American animator Lev Polyakov hosts and produces the Break The Rules podcast, which brings together extremely diverse viewpoints from the online testosteronosphere. A thoughtful, well-spoken, and generous conversationalist, Lev can talk to anyone – even the Dorx. After discussing such serious topics as the war in Ukraine, America’s military-industrial-propaganda complex, and “counter-semitism,” Lev moves on to the Estrogen experience (Corinna’s and Nina’s differ greatly), alchemy, waking dreams, trippy psychedelic meditation stuff, his vibrating Third Eye, generating 3-D movies inside his head, Torah, and the New York animation scene of 2004. Break the rules and pass the bong*!
*None of us actually use weed, as far as I know.
Led Zepplin – Black Dog: https://youtu.be/fl6s1x9j4QQ
Where do you go when you get banned by fecebook and twitter – or, conversely, when you think mainstream social media isn’t censoring enough? To the Fediverse, where free-speech refugees and would-be Orwellian dictators form ever-more polarized online communities. Returning Heterodork Alex Gleason, who created the popular Soapbox platform, relates some recent behind-the-scenes Fedi drama. The same tribal politics skewing mainstream social media, guide Fedi developers as well – but with less money! This makes the Fediverse the worst social media system, except for all the others. (Which are so much worse you really should join the Fedi.)
Episode 8: Guest Heterodork Alex Gleason: https://www.heterodorx.com/podcast/episode-8-guest-heterodork-alex-gleason/
Pleroma Is Dead: https://blog.alexgleason.me/pleroma-is-dead/
The first and best woman-centered social media: spinster.xyz
Nina’s terrorist Fedi instance: neenster.org
Alex’s Fedi instance: gleasonator.com
Join the Fediverse: https://jointhefedi.com/
A defense lawyer and Democrat who knows what a woman is, Maud Maron is running for Congress in New York’s 10th District. She discusses Title 9, woke fragility, getting canceled by other Democrats, trans narratives pushed on teenagers, TERF Island, illiberalism on the Left, pronouns, Truscum fallacies, TERFs, men in women’s sports, TERFing, language, TERF, guns, TERFs, abortion, TERF, COVID, TERFs, and all things TERFy. Did we mention she’s a TERF? Nina almost regrets moving away from NYC’s West Village 10 years ago. Maron may be a little ahead of her time, but might (hopefully?) signal political changes to come.
Whole lotta related links:
Evie, a pseudonymous transsexual, claims True Transsexuality is a physiological condition akin to intersex, arguing childhood medical transition is a corrective for “prenatal hormone exposure, abnormal androgen receptors and physiological brain differences”. The Dorx may not agree, but have a productive and interesting conversation as Evie refreshingly backs up arguments with evidence (of varying validity) instead trying to weasel out with postmodern doublespeak. There should be more conversations like this.
Trans surgeon Marci Bowers on early transitioners’ anorgasmia: https://twitter.com/DonovanCleckley/status/1521625518394773505