Ep 57: Dark News & Supporting Loved Ones

 

In this episode, we discuss our reactions to and analysis of the Yanez verdict (killer of Philando Castile), the Grenfell Tower fire, and a discussion on how to (not) be supportive to a partner or loved one with mental illness.

Strength to all those impacted by the numerous people we have lost this week, and the people already gone for whom justice was not brought (legally or otherwise). It’s been a heavy one.

TW:: Discussion of police violence towards Black people (starting at 9 min mark)
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Timeline::
up to 8:25:: Check-ins
9 min mark :: Philando Castile, the officer’s acquittal on all charges, and community activism and organizing (TW: discussion of police violence)
30 min mark:: Grenfell Tower fire
51:30 :: RWLs
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INTRO: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY
Spliced in: Many-times-dubbed BBC interview with a young lad, “God Save the Queen” (cover) Melanie Pain, Crickets, “All Night” Chance the Rapper
OUTRO: “Julia” SZA
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Ep 56: Intersex Activist Pidgeon Pagonis

*TW: Discussion of non-consensual genital surgery is discussed starting at the 18 min. mark*

In this episode, we are honored to speak with the ultra amazing intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis. They are a leader in the intersex justice movement, bringing awareness to the issue of non-consensual medical surgeries performed on intersex babies, and educating the world about the absurdity of the gender binary, and many other things. We get to talk to Pidgeon about their story, their activism, and why they are so dang engaging and charming.

Visit their website :: pidgeonismy.name
and etsy shop :: etsy.com/shop/IntersexisBeautiful
Support their work!

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INTRO: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY
spliced in: Buzzfeed video featuring Pidgeon
OUTRO: “Head Right” (live on Radio K) Manchita & Bionik
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Ep 55: Stonewall, Pride, & Summer S.A.D

In this week’s episode we are celebrating the first week of Pride month by talking about the history of Pride (it wasn’t always corporate floats!). We also discuss the killjoyful and hopeful takeaways from our country’s reversal on the Paris Climate Accord. We finish the episode by talking about what Summer S.A.D. (reverse S.A.D.) is. A bit of education, a bit of cloudiness, a bit of sunshine, a bit of therapy, and most importantly a bit of Raechel singing. ❤

Featured shout-out: Spencer for teaching us an audio trick that we will forever cherish (and use)

//Boston Dyke March Logo in episode art from Meagan O’Brien//

If you like to skip around::
Who is Ruining the Dinner Party :: 9 min. mark
Pride history :: 19:30 min. mark
Summer Seasonal Affective Disorder :: 36-ish min. mark

If Google lets you down, check out our Twitter, Facebook community, and the Patreon-subscriber newsletter for a heap of sources connected to this week’s topics (freeway pollution, Chechnya, ACT UP, etc.)
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INTRO: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY
spliced in: Raechel’s club horn, “Roll Out” Ludacris, “Loner” Mykki Blanco, “Finish Line/Drown” Chance the Rapper ft. NoName et al.
OUTRO: “Summer Sadness” (remix) Lana Del Rey
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Ep 54: White Woke Wrongs & News You Can Use

 

TWs: white processing, discussions of terrorism, brief mentions of sexual assault

In this week’s episode, Raechel & Melody are in the same room (!!!) to talk about being together, process some deep call-out issues around being a bit too heavy on our “woke white” personas, and analyze some of the week’s saddest news. It is not an uplifting episode, but it will hopefully give you a critical framework to reflect upon currents events regarding deportation, white supremacy, & terrorism.
Raechel brings it hard this week, so listen up. *insert fire emoji here*

Featured guest: Polar sparkling water

Featured shout-out: Wide Angle Podium (a bike podcast network that is run by a dope-AF person who is a true friend of the podcast)

If you like to skip around::
Accountability corner//white-women processing :: 13:30 min. mark
News you can use:: 25-ish min. mark

Some sources for this week’s discussion
(please see our newsletter, website, & Twitter for more!)::

We discuss “Teaching Our Own Racism” written by Dr. Brookfield. This article will be uploaded to our website via this episode’s post (we don’t own the rights to the article, we don’t like paywalls, fuck walls). *We really suggest all white educators read this*

“Double consciousness” concept see: W.E.B. DuBois

Thank you, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, Rick Best, and Micah Fletcher

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INTRO: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY

OUTRO: “What About Your Friends” TLC
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Ep 53: Feminist Business, Art, & More with GRL TRBL Founder Emerald Pellot

 

*soundcheck note: our interview with Emerald brings some city grit to your ears as Emerald was calling in from Harlem and Mel was on location outside a Lynx game in St. Paul, MN*

In this episode, we talk with Emerald, founder of GRL TRBL (grltrbl.com). She designs and sells wicked cool feminist art including enamel pins and postcards. The interview is full of amazing feminist knowledge nuggets.

On why she started grl trbl:: “Words were not an effective way of discussing the current political climate anymore” -Emerald

Our interview starts at the 11 minute mark.

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INTRO: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY

OUTRO: A piece of “May I Have This Dance” by Francis and the Lights (ft. Chance). Check them out at Boston Calling Memorial Day weekend or on YouTube.
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Ep 52: Call-Out Culture

 

This week we bring you a listener-requested topic prompted by the Hypatia journal scandal, in which the feminist journal published an essay written by a scholar arguing in defense of transracial identity (aka, what Rachel Dolezel claims). In response, there was huge pushback and ultimately a demand to remove the essay. In response to that demand, there were also several other think pieces and Facebook posts coming out either in support or dissent of that call. We discuss our perspective on this, as well as other issues surrounding academic freedom, hate speech v. free speech, and also how call-out culture manifests in spaces online and elsewhere.

In addition, Mel talks about how she doesn’t like the new Kendrick. #crackerproblems

MOST IMPORTANT! Melody will be in Boston next week (Memorial Day Weekend)! (#knockonwood #thirdtimesacharm). Are you a New England listener and want to hang with us! Let us know and we’ll organize a meet-up!

Not interested in our check-in chit-chat? No problem; skip to 5:17 to get to Whose Ruining the Dinner Party or 11:07 to get to our main topic.

Read:
“Academe’s Poisonous Call-Out Culture” by Suzanna Danuta Walters

“Another Day…Hypatia and Cultures of Critique” by Lisa Duggan

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INTRO: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY

OUTRO: A piece of “Hey Mami” Sylvan Esso (old album)
(new album out now, buy it!)
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Ep 51: Radical Left Politics 101 with Elias of The New England Unsettler

 

TW: brief mention of rape as a definition of porn (24-ish min), slight references to suicide (59 min)
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In this episode, we welcome Elias as he talks with us about anarchism, communism, and why communist memes are not totally worth your eye rolls. Elias hosts The New England Unsettler (Boston Free Radio) and is in the band Bent Shapes. He is also an anarchist that votes. I know, right?!

“Everyone is born an anarchist, the rest is politics” -Elias

Plus, Raechel and Mel attempt to explain the difference between Radical Feminism and being a feminist radical.

Previous FKJ eps that supplement EP 51 :: EP 10 (Lifestyle Politics), EP 24 (Sex Wars) EP 42 (Black Bloc, etc.)

Rest in Power Edward Crawford

Read these: The Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed, Invasion
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INTRO: “Top Floor” GRRRL PRTY

OUTRO: “New Starts in Old Dominion” Bent Shapes
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