Content Note: Discussion of car accident-related death of a student
Tech Note: We are working on the echo thing that’s happening! echo-free audio coming asap!
Today we discuss the complex definition of working-class and our own complex experiences with class-transitioning. We discuss historical understandings of class, how neoliberalism has shifted that, ways that the system keeps the poor poor and the rich rich, and much more. We share a lot of personal stories, so it’s a pretty vulnerable episode, and we appreciate you all for being a community that makes us feel safe to share our truths.
In addition, Melody shares a story about losing a student to a car accident, so do note that discussion in the time stamp if you think it might be difficult.
Check-ins through 9:20
Discussion of death of a student from 9:30 to 20 min
Class discussion 20 – 62 min
In our final installment of Sex & Love month, we discuss research about LGBTQA+ advice columns and offer up some queer advice of our own (cribbing from existing columns, for fun).
Molly Woodstock (host, Gender Reveal) joins us to talk about asexuality and the ace spectrum. They talk different kind of attractions (platonic, aesthetic, romantic, sexual), myths about asexual people, and more! Plus, they join us for RWLs.
For our second episode of Sex & Love month, Melody and Raechel talk about the essay “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality” by Gayle Rubin. Topics of discussion include marginalized sex, children and sexuality, and obscenity law. Listener discretion is advised (particularly in regards to children and sex, which happens towards the end of our discussion).
Chit-chat through about 7 minutes
For our first episode of Sex & Love month, Melody and Raechel talk to sex worker Zea Kenall about doing BDSM work as a queer, black woman. We address the politics of kink, the freedom of sex work labor, how Zea sometimes demands her subs to read Audre Lorde, and much more!
Chit-chat through about 10 minutes
Melody and Raechel take time to address the Aziz Ansari article (and the responses that followed), and answer listener questions about reconciling potentially-conflicting political ideologies (militant Marxism and transformative justice), feminism and make-up, “toxic femininity”, and more. Plus, Accountability Corner is back to address autism on last week’s episode.
In this episode, we talk with the owner and creative director of Fox Den Salon (Minneapolis), Sica Dawn. Sica talks about how her salon works to accommodate people’s sensory needs and what she did to cut the gender binary out of her services.
0-13 min: chit-chat
13-48: Interview with Sica