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A Special Place in Hell Meghan Daum & Sarah Haider

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    Punching Down Variety Hour

    Punching Down Variety Hour

    Our fearless heroines return once again to defend the indefensible. First, they throw their hat in with the chaotic billionaire of Twitter/X, no not Elon Musk (although him too), but terf-queen J.K. Rowling. Why is Scotland so fascist? Should America invade that country, if for no other reason than to water down those unintelligible accents? Then they ruminate over class, wondering why everyone is afraid of rural whites. Finally (and probably inevitably) Meghan defends the honor of Woody Allen, who she suspects is the Real Victim. All that said, we all know that the real victim is Justice – and also, you the listener. 
    Links
    An Utterly Misleading Book About Rural America by Tyler Austin HarperTwitter/X thread by Hussein Aboubakr Mansour
    A Son Speaks Out, Moses Farrow on Woody Allen and Mia Farrow


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    • 1 hr 23 min
    PREVIEW: Trans Messiah

    PREVIEW: Trans Messiah

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    On this live-streamed (and members-only) episode, the girls/women ponder the merits of yet another titillating essay by Pulitzer Prize winner and aspiring female Andrea Long Chu, who argues that transition should be understood and accepted as a matter of choice, of a “freedom of sex”.
    Has Chu finally gone too far? Or is this a preview of our glorious genderf*ck future?Then, Sarah finally reveals her misogynoir, appalling Meghan, who is still reeling from her last encounter with Intersectionality Twitter. Finally, they discuss yet another essay by Grazie Sophia Christie, a rising star in the personal essay genre (so say we). Is petty female envy the reason women will not take us to Mars?
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    Links
    Freedom of Sex The moral case for letting trans kids change their bodies
    My Beautiful Friend

    • 9 min
    Andrew Huberman: Optimizer of Love

    Andrew Huberman: Optimizer of Love

    On this very long episode, the girls/women discuss the recent New York Magazine piece on Andrew Huberman’s allegedly womanizing ways.  Meghan defends the magazine fact-checking process, but Sarah finds the whole thing disgusting. They both agree that attempting to optimize your poops is psychotic, unless of course it is done in the name of Science. 
    They then move on to age gaps in dating, and whether Sarah is trash for dressing for the Male Gaze. 
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    Links
    New York Magazine: Andrew Huberman’s Mechanisms of Control
    The Cut: The Case for Marrying an Older Man 


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    • 1 hr 42 min
    A Guide For the Traumatized

    A Guide For the Traumatized

    This week, the girls/women are joined by writer Larissa Phillips, and the three discuss her recent essay in which she recounts her violent rape in the early 90s. Larissa shares her thoughts on the helpfulness of “trauma” discourse on recovery, the #metoo era, and the tension between personal responsibility and public trust.
    They also touch on Larissa’s work in adult literacy, a subject Sarah finds especially interesting, as she’s still learning how to read.
    Relevant Links
    Larissa’s Essay in Quillette  
    After Rape: A Guide for the Tormented by Celeste Marcus
    On Not Being A Victim by Mary Gaitskill, Harper’s Magazine, March 1994 

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Apocalypse Soon: Birthrate Doomerism For Dummies

    Apocalypse Soon: Birthrate Doomerism For Dummies

    On this episode, the girls/women bicker about the value of human life. Maybe fewer humans is better for humanity? Or maybe population collapse will send us spiraling into extinction, which would be terrible for our subscription growth. Is there anything we can do to stop the ongoing panda-fication of our youth? Or will the kids just happily lay around eating bamboo, never reproducing, but always looking cute. 
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    Links
    Ezra Klein Podcast: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/03/19/opinion/ezra-klein-podcast-jennifer-sciubba.html?smid=url-shareQuit Your Job on Palladium: https://www.palladiummag.com/2022/01/06/quit-your-job/


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ana Kasparian Visits Hell

    Ana Kasparian Visits Hell

    Inexplicably, the girls/women are graced by the Edward R. Murrow of YouTube punditry, the lovely Ana Kasparian, executive producer and co-host of the long-running political commentary show The Young Turks. Ana guides us through the old and new media landscapes and shares the alarming experience at the root of her heterodox awakening. The girls/women share their frustrations with the Left (a first!) and wonder whether friendships discourage intellectual honesty (except the one with their new bestie Ana of course!!!). Finally, the hosts receive some tips on improving their grift.
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    • 57 min

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