The arts, politics and culture through a queer lens. With an eye on how queer identity intersects with race, gender and all of our other identities, we’re having conversations at the crossroads of queerness and the contemporary world.
Because we're recording on Father's Day, we're talking about daddies! On this episode, we dig into the idea of "daddy," how it relates to our lives and what "daddy" means culturally. We also talk about some of the research on intergenerational relationships and see if they stack up to what we see in the community.
Rewind: Jesse Paradice / "Don't Call Me Ethnic"
This episode from 2017 is one of my favorites, and it's an important episode to bring back.
This week, Bearded Fruit turns over the reigns of the podcast to Cleveland-based hip hop artist Jesse Paradice. He discusses his powerful EP "Don't Call Me Ethnic." the turbulent forces that shaped his musical voice, and the urgent need for us to listen -- and listen closely -- to queer black artists and other people (and artists)of color.
Find Jesse online at:https://spark.adobe.com/page/vKoZR7dKwHaDC/
Find Jesse on Twitter @BlvckCeltic
PRIDE EPISODE: The First Gay Pride Was a Riot
To kick off Pride Month 2020, we're talking about protest and queer identity. We give a little history lesson in queer disruptive protest, we talk about Jack Halberstam's theory of queer violence, and we talk about why queer people should support disruptive protest against police brutality... because it's part of our queer DNA.
Queers are the Masters of Time
On this episode, we're celebrating our birthdays with a discussion about time: how our queerness has evolved over time, and how cultural expectations distort our experiences of time. And we discuss the idea of "queer time," a way of walking through the world on our own time clock. If you've ever felt like you were out of step with everyone else - this episode is for you.
When To Kill Your Heroes
Joe Bob Briggs was the main character on Twitter for the horror community this week, for a homophobic article from last summer. In this episode, we talk about the Briggs discourse. some of the smart rebuttals to it. What's the usefulness of Twitter outrage? And if we can't expect more from our heroes... when is it okay to kill them?
"Queer Mutants Deserve Better" from @GaylyDreadful
Books from this week's episode:
How To Be an Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
"Imagined Violence / Queer Violence" by Jack Halberstam
Digital Pride And Messy Queers
With Pride Month on the horizon and no end of the pandemic in sight, many Pride events are going digital. So we talk about what going digital means for Pride and the messiness of being queer today.
...at the end of the world
I didn’t think I’d be hearing from y’all again, but Sunday’s episode was a pleasant surprise! It may be for selfish reasons, but I encourage you to keep making more. This podcast is very entertaining and your insights into gay culture and your own lives are a joy to listen to. Thank you for sharing!
There is a huge need for good queer content, but this show suffers from a fundamental incompatibility in what the hosts want the show to be. Cody does a long set up about some queer topic, then relates it to his own life. He then throws it to Neil who has no interest in being vulnerable on mic, and makes a stock "yas queen" joke, the show stalls, and they just move on. They need to either make it longer and actually dig in, or write jokes ahead of time to make it consistently paced well. The Ace episode is the perfect example. Cody wants to talk about it so much, and you can almost feel Neil clawing to get out to keep from talking about it. They don't want to be doing the same thing and it shows.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for opening up your life like this. I’m ace and I’ve never felt like I’m enough to be in a relationship. You’ve made me feel less alone.