Bi Any Means Podcast #152: Polyamory Panel with Heina Dadabhoy, Devyn Lennex, and Marissa McCool

Today’s episode is a panel discussion about polyamory featuring Heina Dadabhoy of the Orbit blog Heinous Dealings, Marissa McCool of the Inciting Incident podcast, and her partner Devyn Lennex. There’s been a lot of talk recently about “enforced monogamy,” so I thought what better time to talk about polyamory, right?

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Bi Any Means Podcast #151: Troll Nation with Amanda Marcotte

My guest for today is Amanda Marcotte. She’s a political writer for Salon.com, and has a new book out called “Troll Nation: How The Right Became Trump-Worshiping Monsters Set On Rat-Fucking Liberals, America, and Truth Itself.” Today I have her on the show to talk about her latest book, and what the Left can do now with the current political climate.

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ContraPoints is the Hero We Need — My Latest for Splice Today

In a world where YouTube has been taken over by the Alt-Right and classical liberals who accuse everyone who disagrees with them of being postmodern neo-Marxists, one transgender woman rises above to bring reason and nuance to the marketplace of ideas.

ContraPoints, a YouTuber based in Baltimore, currently has over 110,000 subscribers and criticizes both the Intellectual Dark Web and modern-day Marxists. A former philosophy professor, Contra (real name Natalie Parrott) has a ability to dissect topics such as racism, cultural appropriation, capitalism, free speech, and Jordan Peterson with the perfect balance of humor and reason. Even Kinda Funny co-founder and outspoken libertarian Colin Moriarty gave her a mention on a recent episode of The Rubin Report.

Her latest video takes a critical look at Peterson’s claims, especially his “postmodern neo-Marxism is everywhere and ruining everything” line. She first explains the difference between modernism (using the Scientific Method to figure out everything, from the natural world to politics) and postmodernism (skepticism about being absolutely certain about everything), and then explains that technically Marxism is a metanarrative most postmodernists reject. As far as Peterson’s definition of postmodern neo-Marxism, Contra says it’s a nonsensical umbrella term for everything about the Left he doesn’t like. She points out that Marxists and identity politics activists tend to hate each other. I’ve seen many fights on Facebook about this.

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The Biskeptical Podcast #48: O Jerusalem!

Today on the show, we’ll talk about the US recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the violence in Gaza this past Monday. We’ll talk about why the US’ decision is so controversial, what the international response has been to the bloodshed, and if there are any solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Bi Any Means Podcast #150: Black Women vs. Christianity with Deanna Adams

My guest for today is Deanna Adams. She is a co-organizer for Black Lives Matter Houston, and has an essay called “Black Women and Christianity: A Historical Perspective Part 2” in Karen Garst’s upcoming book “Women v. Religion.” Today I have Deanna on the show to talk about her life, her work, and about racial justice and humanism in general.

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Even Humanists Can Be Racist — My Latest for Splice Today

Last week, a white Yale student named Sarah Braasch called the police on black student Lolade Siyonbola for falling asleep in the student dorm common room. Siyonbola broadcasted the entire incident live on Facebook, and the story quickly went viral. Reporters immediately started looking into Braasch’s background, and found something disturbing: although she’s a humanist, she has a history of racial insensitivity.

In 2010, Braasch wrote an article for The Humanist about how she was assigned to defend slavery for a middle school debate, and won after bringing up the fact that some slaves didn’t know what to do after being freed. “[I]n the land of the free,” she argued, “who are we to tell people that they can’t be slaves if they want to be? Who are we to tell someone that she has to be free? Who are we to tell someone that she has to be regarded as fully human? It doesn’t matter that the alternative to slavery, which would mean walking away from everything one had ever known to recreate life anew without any resources, was regarded as healthier and more dignified. It was still the individual’s choice to make.”

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Bi Any Means Podcast #149: Secular Activism with Debbie Goddard

My guest for today is Debbie Goddard. According to her bio, “Debbie Goddard is the outreach director at the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, NY. She is also the director of African Americans for Humanism. Before working for CFI, she participated in local freethought groups in the greater Philadelphia region and helped organize and support campus groups internationally as a student volunteer. She has also been involved with progressive issues and LGBT activism.” Today I have her on the show to talk about her life, her work, and about secular activism in general.

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Blasphemy Laws for Puny Gods — My Latest for Splice Today

Even though I’m pro-free speech, I don’t talk about it at campus debates for two reasons. The first is that it’s repetitive (although I do like Amanda Marcotte’s solution), and the second is that historically those with the most power and authority have always been the bigger threats to free speech. This is especially true in the Middle East where freethinkers are routinely executed under Islamic theocracies for blasphemy. For example, I recently came across the story of Ahmad Al-Shamri of Saudi Arabia who was sentenced to death in 2015 for expressing his criticisms of Islam on social media. According to the International Business Times, Al-Shamri pled insanity during his initial hearing, claiming that he was drunk and stoned at the time. Last year, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court overruled his appeal.

I’d assume that an all-powerful god like Allah could handle criticism, but I guess not since many of his followers feel they need to kill everyone who hurts his feelings. In the words of the Incredible Hulk, “Puny god.”

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Bi Any Means Podcast #148: 35th Birthday Facebook Live AMA

Today’s episode is a special AMA episode that I did live on Facebook for my 35th birthday this past Sunday. I did this as a backup just in case I wasn’t able to get a guest on time for this weeks’ episode, and what better way to spend my birthday than with all my fans, right?

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