In brief: I update the Patrick Kane rape accusation situation; Melissa Gira Grant and I talk privilege and responsibility in writing/advocacy/activism; and Parker Molloy and I discuss how to apologize for missteps and identities that are in and of themselves considered insults in our culture.
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My beloved Chicago Blackhawks held a rather unfortunate press conference; I excerpt Tim Baffoe’s piece and discuss rape culture in sports and the loss of an escapism as so many of us are increasingly conflicted cheering for people accused and convicted of violent crimes.
Melissa Gira Grant was “back” — through the magic of pre-recording! We discuss the case of Meghan Taylor, a trans woman of color, who was arrested and detained when hotel staff profiled her and what her case can teach us about ethics in reporting, privilege, and bringing inclusion to our activism spaces and “regular lives.” We ask some questions without easy answers like: How do we move to a place where we aren’t constantly intervening from a place of compromise?
Then, Parker & I chat about how to apologize for missteps, discuss the way White Feminism (TM) seems to “catch up” along with the rest of society on what’s acceptable to be exclusionary about, identities that are considered insults in our culture, and then we chatted about sports and rape culture — but my teach learning curve created an audio glitch I couldn’t fix. Hopefully I’ll get that together for the bonus feed because the conversation was great!
Quote of the Show: “What is considered news is filtered through people’s ability to see a story vs people’s insistence that they have to — Is this an LGBT story? Is this a trans story? This is somebody’s life. And the reality of somebody’s life is that all these things are happening at once in a system that is completely working against them.” — Melissa Gira Grant
Links to on-air references:
My piece for RH Reality Check: “Patrick Kane and the Culture of Disbelief About Rape”
If you want more (or prefer audio), my interview with Dave Zirin: “Edge of Sports Radio — Patrick Kane & #RapeCulture — (08/20/2015)”
From Parker at Upworthy:
“How Changeable Is Gender?” via The New York Times
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