SIO122: Yes, I Want To Take Away Your Guns

No the title isn’t just clickbait. I’ve decided I do want to take your guns away. I’m tired of Democrats saying they don’t actually want that, and then being labeled as such by the right anyway. So why not embrace it?

Sources:

NRA Payouts; Bret Stephens Repeal the 2nd Amendment; Vox Comprehensive Article on US Gun Violence; Most Gun Deaths Are Suicides; New Quinnipiac Poll; Trump Budget Cuts Mental Health; Injuries and Deaths Due To Firearms in the Home

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SIO121: Ian Danskin of Innuendo Studios

Should we ever talk to the alt-right? When we do so, why does it feel so unproductive? Why can’t we on the left ever seem to “win” debates with the alt-right? Why are Gamer-Gaters so angry? These are just a few of the questions Ian Danskin of the YouTube channel Innuendo Studios has sought to answer. He does so brilliantly and incisively. I’ve found his work to be incredibly illuminating. He was kind enough to come on the show and talk about his background, how he got into this line of work, and answer some of my questions about political discourse and his videos!

Brilliant GamerGate Series; The Alt-Right Playbook

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SIO120: Philosophers In Space with Aaron Rabi

I’m so excited to finally present what I’ve been vaguebooking about! Today’s show features episode 1 of a new project called Philosophers In Space! Each episode uses our favorite science fiction to teach related philosophical concepts. In this episode, we use the USS Callister episode of Black Mirror to talk about The Experience Machine by Nozick. Try it on, see how you like it, and if you want to hear more check out patreon.com/0g

Eventually the show will be on iTunes but for now it’s only available to patrons!

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SIO119: Getting Satanic with Jex Blackmore

Jex Blackmore is the spokeswoman for the Satanic Temple! They’ve been responsible for a lot of provocative and effectively targeted public performances. Their target is very often Christian theocrats who either don’t realize they’re inflicting their religious views on everyone else, or they don’t care. Jex takes us through the basics of the Satanic Temple and her experiences!

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SIO118: Intercontinental Culture Wars, with Michael Marshall

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Michael Marshall is the host of Be Reasonable and co-host of Skeptics with a K. He is heavily involved in the UK Skeptic movement, and has been somewhat alarmed by the state of movement atheism in the US. We talk about some of the differences and possible reasons for them. Later in the show, he takes us through a very difficult article he co-wrote about Jonathan Bryan – a child with severe brain damage who seems to be able to read and write at a precocious level… but only using facilitated communication. It’s a sensitive story but one where skepticism is sorely needed.

Here’s the awful, racist Sargon clip I referenced.

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SIO117: Jaclyn Friedman on Yes Means Yes, Feminism, and Sexual Liberation

Today I’m joined by Jaclyn Friedman! From her website: She is a writer, speaker and activist, and creator of the hit books Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape (one of Publishers’ Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009, and #11 on Ms. Magazine’s Top 100 Feminist Nonfiction of All Time list) and What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex & Safety. Her podcast, Unscrewed, is paving new paths to sexual liberation, and was named one of the Best Sex Podcasts by both Marie Claire and Esquire.

Check out these articles she has written, in particular: Vox Article on Aziz Ansari; New York Times Opinion on Consent

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SIO116: What Is Jordan Peterson Saying? with Aaron Rabi

Every atheist’s favorite Christian, Jordan B. Peterson, went on Channel 4 News and had a heated exchange with Cathy Newman. Though she made some good points, Newman’s technique centered around replying with “..so you’re saying..” and then straw man Peterson. So what was he actually saying? Is there a better way of trying to engage with people like Peterson or should we not bother at all? Joining me to sift through Peterson’s paranoid nonsense about gender and postmodernism is philosopher Aaron Rabi of the Embrace the Void podcast!

Here are some excellent links to check out: Claudia Goldin on Gender Equality; Globe and Mail Write Up on Peterson

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SIO115: What Happens When We Accidentally Decriminalize Prostitution?

You might laugh, but it happened in Rhode Island! My two guests, Dr. Manisha Shah and Dr. Scott Cunningham, did an extensive study on the results. It’s called “Decriminalizing Indoor Prostitution: Implications for Sexual Violence and Public Health.” What happened might surprise you!

Special thanks to Lydia for arranging this recording!

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SIO114: Getting on the Same Page #metoo

The last episode, the debate between Chris and Tracey on the Aziz Ansari incident, caused a decent amount of controversy. Many women were frustrated by Chris and also felt like we didn’t need to hear from another male on this issue. I talk about these valid concerns and what I was trying to do with this episode and in general. This first half is very meta and involves working through criticism, so if that’s not something you’re interested in, please skip to 26:40 because there are two incredible recordings from women who wanted to share. They are a must listen.

Also btw there’s more to the Garrison Keillor story.

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SIO113: Panel Discussion on Aziz Ansari

Where does the Babe.net article on Aziz Ansari land on the spectrum of #metoo moments? Are the old-school feminists correct when they say women ought to say no and call a cab? Today’s episode is a discussion between two people who come out on different ends of some of these questions. It’s an attempt to find some common ground and understanding on a very important issue.

Note: This episode contains strong language and discussion of sexual activity.

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