SIO147: Callie Wright on ScarJo and Nanette

I’m so pleased to bring you an interview with Callie Wright, co-host (along with Ari Stillman!) of the Gaytheist Manifesto! Callie speaks about social justice issues with clarity and humanity and is incredible at bringing understanding and learning to those who might not otherwise find it. In that spirit, she’s here to take on the recent controversy over Scarlett Johansson playing a transgender role in an upcoming movie. (If you’d like to get a quick introduction to how badly people can misunderstand the issue, check out this aborted column from Business Insider.) After that, we talk about the Netflix Comedy Special from Hannah Gadsby called “Nanette.” I absolutely recommend you watch the special before the second half of the show, because – oddly enough – there are spoilers.

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SIO146: Voicemail! Socialism, Pithy Catchphrases, Mandatory Voting, and Lots of #metoo

First up in this episode are some factual corrections I need to make regarding episode 145, as well as an apology to Aimee for neglecting to honor a request she made. After that, it’s a rousing edition of SIO voicemail! We talk socialism, putting the liberal agenda into pithy catchphrases, mandatory voting, and a whole lot about metoo! Lots of discussion on BDSM and the fact that the Canadian Supreme Court ruled in 2011 that you can’t consent to sexual activity while unconscious, even if you want to ahead of time..

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SIO145: Left Critique of #metoo with Aimee Terese

It’s part 2 with Aimee Terese! Aimee offers what she views as legitimate leftist critique of the #metoo moment. She also shares her own story. We have what I hope is a healthy, but rigorous debate about areas where the movement has gone too far, and affirmative consent vs. the previous paradigm. I’m very curious to get feedback on this one! Next episode will be voicemail, so that makes it an extra good time to chime in with a phone call!

Hillary Facebook Explanation; Vice Article on BDSM and Consent

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SIO144: Aimee Terese on Socialism

My guest this week is Aimee Terese, co-host of the Dead Pundits podcast. She is a self-described socialist, which allows us to shift the SIOverton Window a bit to the left, for once. We talk about what socialism means to her, how liberals and socialists can and should work together, and more! Aimee has a background in philosophy and is currently studying law with an emphasis on critical legal theory.

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SIO143: YouTuber T1J @the1janitor

By popular request, I’m joined by Kevin, who goes by The One Janitor or T1J on YouTube, recently put out a brilliant critique of Sam Harris. I found it to be keenly critical while still being fair. We talk about that, YouTube in general, and delve into his political views as well.

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SIO142: Andrews Seidel and Torrez on Masterpiece Cakeshop

It’s a coven of Andrews! We had so much to talk about regarding the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision handed down by the Supreme Court recently, that we had to do some overflow from Opening Arguments! These two expert Andrews are here to break it down for us, including how many different ways Dave Rubin is wrong about this. (It’s a lot).

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SIO141: Hillary for President 2020; Jen Keane Update on #Repealthe8th

Am I kidding? I don’t know, maybe I am, maybe I’m not. You’ll have to listen and find out! With news that Bernie is running in 2020, I’ve got some reaction to the reaction, beginning with a sort of analogy or allegory for 2016 you might find interesting. After that, it’s a long overdue voicemail segment! I plan on doing these at the end of each month, so call in!

Then, Jen Keane joins us for an update on #Repealthe8th in Ireland! And it’s a rare bit of good news!

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SIO140: Surviving Gay Conversion Therapy, with Tim Rymel

Time Rymel grew up under the incredibly dogmatic and restrictive religion of Pentecostalism. At a young age, Tim realized he just wasn’t attracted to women like he was “supposed” to be. But, his intense belief system didn’t allow for that sort of thing, so Tim felt compelled to pursue gay conversion therapy. After he was “cured,” he married a woman and became a leader in “ex-gay” ministry. Eventually, though, things began to unravel…

Check out Tim’s website, and also his Facebook group.

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SIO139: Eli Bosnick on Meditation

The funniest guy I know is here to talk about… meditation? Turns out Eli has a wealth of knowledge on the practice, and has become something of an evangelist for it. Eli had a pretty heartbreaking revelation after a difficult time, and it led him to really want to get better. Meditation has really made a difference for him and he (and science) thinks it can make a difference for you, too! That sounds like a sales pitch but this is entirely free and Eli in no way makes any money off of it.

Also come see me in New Orleans on the 19th! It’s free, come visit and hear my talk!

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SIO138: BJ Mendelson on Internet Privacy

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BJ Mendelson has a number of fascinating stories to tell us today! He went viral in 1998, long before it was called that. He amassed 1 million Twitter followers in kind of a weird way… He’s privy to some of the darker stories behind Silicon Valley startups… And, he’s got a lot to teach us about internet privacy! It’s a really fun and informative interview you won’t want to miss!

Also, I’m speaking to the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association on May 19th!! If you’re anywhere near the area, please consider attending! You can find more info here.



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