11 episodes

Day by day, the attacks on trans kids grow louder, and more anti-trans bills keep moving through state legislatures. In this season of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine, we illuminate how the right wing has fueled these bills by generating a breathtaking and wide-ranging disinformation campaign. Christian Nationalists are manufacturing pseudoscientific theories and using the entire anti-trans hate machine to pipe them out into the mainstream to create a rationale for these bills. And it’s catching on. We will show you how their anti-trans propaganda is working and ultimately being laundered by some of the most powerful newsrooms in the world.
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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 16 Ratings

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Day by day, the attacks on trans kids grow louder, and more anti-trans bills keep moving through state legislatures. In this season of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine, we illuminate how the right wing has fueled these bills by generating a breathtaking and wide-ranging disinformation campaign. Christian Nationalists are manufacturing pseudoscientific theories and using the entire anti-trans hate machine to pipe them out into the mainstream to create a rationale for these bills. And it’s catching on. We will show you how their anti-trans propaganda is working and ultimately being laundered by some of the most powerful newsrooms in the world.
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    Capturing The New York Times

    Capturing The New York Times

    Disinformers ultimately want their narratives to filter into trusted sources where they can almost imperceptibly begin to shift public opinion. In this episode, Imara dives into how Christian Nationalists have successfully made The New York Times—arguably the world’s most powerful news organization—into an agent of their views. The fact that they have done so is a degree of success beyond what they could have hoped. And the way that anti-trans ideas have embedded themselves at the paper has wide ranging impacts on trans people as well American democracy overall. Join us as we learned how this happened through the voices and stories of former and current New York Times staff.
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    A Voice for Anti-Trans, Mass Media

    A Voice for Anti-Trans, Mass Media

    Various parts of the right wing disinformation machine effectively work in tandem to elevate junk science and platform people spreading anti-trans hate. In this episode, Imara takes a deep dive into the inner workings of this world by following the rise of Abigail Shrier, a woman who rose quickly from obscurity to become a so-called expert spreading the myth of social contagion. We'll explore how she packaged these concepts in ways that was ready made for Christian Nationalist media, especially Fox News. And how they were accompanied by a mainstream appeal that’s had a devastating impact on parents and kids.


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    • 52 min
    Seduction of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria

    Seduction of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria

    Disinformation must spread in ways that are imperceptible and seemingly organic. Join us for a deep dive into the massive influence of the fringe blog 4th Wave Now, where parents who are hostile to their trans kids gather to spread conspiracy theories about the origins of gender identity. It has influenced liberal parents like Jeanne Ogden, who used ideas in the blog to help justify blocking her daughter Cam from receiving the care she needs. Learn how Jeanne and Cam are working to pick up the pieces, after being manipulated by this disinformation. And how, despite the harm, journalists like Jesse Singal grabbed the idea of trans social contagion and ran with it.


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    • 44 min
    Detransition Pseudo-Science and Misleading Examples

    Detransition Pseudo-Science and Misleading Examples

    Disinformation campaigns need archetypes to advance their propaganda. In this episode we see how Christian Nationalists have teamed up with TERFs, and even Dianic Witches, to find people who are “ex-trans” in a hopeless attempt to show that transgender people aren’t real. Join us as we follow Ky Schevers and her journey into the depths of the detransition movement. We will learn how her story was seized upon by pseudo-scientific groups and the harm it caused both to Ky and the community she loves.


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    • 48 min
    Conversion Therapy: The Disinformation Blueprint

    Conversion Therapy: The Disinformation Blueprint

    Every day, attacks on trans kids grow louder, and more anti-trans bills keep moving through state legislatures. How did this happen?  In this episode we tell you how lessons learned by Christian Nationalists twenty years ago, in the fight to undermine gay rights by preserving conversion therapy, set the stage for today. Join us as we show how the ability to manufacture pseudoscientific theories and push them out in the  mainstream across three decades led to today’s crisis. 


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    • 41 min
    Coming Soon: Season 2 of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine

    Coming Soon: Season 2 of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine

    Day by day, the attacks on trans kids grow louder, and more anti-trans bills keep moving through state legislatures. In this season of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine, Imara Jones illuminates how the right wing has fueled these bills by generating a breathtaking and wide-ranging disinformation campaign. Christian Nationalists are manufacturing pseudoscientific theories and using the entire anti-trans hate machine to pipe them out into the mainstream to create a rationale for these bills. And it’s catching on. We will show you how their anti-trans propaganda is working and ultimately being laundered by some of the most powerful newsrooms in the world. Season 2 of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine premiers March 31st..


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    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

LilyLovesLamp ,

Really well researched & with excellent guests

I was aware of some of the issues discussed in the two seasons of the podcast, but most of it was new to me. I appreciate the thorough research, the narrative structure, and the choices of guest stories and expert testimony to feature - I imagine there was a lot of content to distill into thoughtful key messages. Highly recommend

kari_mary ,

Transphobia Exposed

Terrifying and heart-wrenching, but an essential listen to understand who, and what, is behind the vicious attacks, hatred, and misinformation targeting innocent trans people today.

generositee ,

Connecting the dots

This podcast has been so helpful in understanding the current rise in anti-trans legislation, as they dive deep into the driving force behind it. The ride is equally fascinating and terrifying and should propel all allies into action.

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