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Power is not immune to challenges. These twenty minute episodes cut through power games and suggest ways to understand, challenge and dismantle the lies we are fed.Dr Angela Williams is the author of Snakes and Ladders: The dark truth of Australia's justice system through the eyes a woman sent to prison twice for the same crime.

Deboning Power - Critical analysis by Dr Angela Williams Dr Angela Williams

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Power is not immune to challenges. These twenty minute episodes cut through power games and suggest ways to understand, challenge and dismantle the lies we are fed.Dr Angela Williams is the author of Snakes and Ladders: The dark truth of Australia's justice system through the eyes a woman sent to prison twice for the same crime.

    Spin Busting - What Australia can learn from the US coup

    Spin Busting - What Australia can learn from the US coup

    Oh America. 
    In the face of what’s happening in America, I ask Australia to reflect on our similarities to America as we all reel at the armed insurrection attempted today by Trump supporters. 
    I read Call it what it was: a coup by Rebecca Solnit from The Guardian Australia for a more relevant overview than I could provide. 
    From her analysis, I identify the following changes we need to demand:
    Honesty in politics needs to matter again. We need to demand truth and accountability.
    Divisive politics need to stop, we need leaders who govern for everyone, not only the palatable people who vote for them. 
    We need to recognise and challenge the LNP authoritarian approach. 
    We have to come back to valuing democracy and demanding honesty in electoral advertising. 
    And finally - the law needs to apply to everyone, even Tony Abbott. 






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    • 21 min
    Getting better - Talking with sex workers

    Getting better - Talking with sex workers

    Two days ago I posted on Facebook about a woman who contacted me to ask questions about my sex work for ‘her own personal curiosity’. This episode responds to that and expands on how we talk about sex work. 

    Apologies, includes a gendered slur. 


    My Facebook post: 
    Woman in the comments of the news conference today asked about how the sex industry was coping with covid.  
    I referred them to Scarlett Alliance for resources.  They asked to DM me for their potential public health masters or maybe a psychology degree.  
    I said no. Obviously. And advised they get ethics approval before trying to conduct research with sex workers.  
    She dirty deleted the whole thread (except my replies stay because it was a live thread).
    Funny thing is,  she probably thinks she's the first person ever to romanticise the sex industry. The first person ever to assume sex work is linked to psychological damage.  The first ever to want to dig into my head and find out all about the pathologies of sex work.  
    First person ever to assume I'm obliged to educate them about their sensationalist fantasies about sex work.  
    Sex work is real work.  
    If you're that curious about it,  then get out there and give it a go. 
    My sex work history doesn't oblige me to regurgitate the details to anyone who asks.  I am not your literature review,  do your own research. 
    And seriously,  get ethics approval before you start trying to interview anyone.  It's there to make sure you don't ask stupid and harmful questions.
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    • 19 min
    Monday Kink - Pain and Catharsis

    Monday Kink - Pain and Catharsis

    For the first Monday Kink of 2021 we are looking at pain and catharsis. 
    We read about endorphins, the brain’s natural opiate, from On the Safe Edge by Trevor Jaques and talk about different ways of understanding the pain threshold. We celebrate how endorphins can soothe emotional pain as well and physical.
    The potential for pain as a therapeutic tool is unpacked by way of the idea of therapeutic kink and manufactured opportunities for catharsis. We define this term from Ian Buchanan’s Dictionary of Critical theory to understand it’s roots in the dramas of Ancient Greece. 
    We end by looking at how pain as meditation gives us access to the healing potential embedded in our flesh. The consensual ownership of the masochistic space is seen as a tool of empowerment and release. 
    Patrick Califa is quoted from The Whole Lesbian sex book to drive home the therapeutic potential from a top’s perspective. 
    Also read https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/10/when-bdsm-is-therapeutic/412249/
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    • 20 min
    Getting Better - Snakes and Ladders - Chapter 1 - read by author

    Getting Better - Snakes and Ladders - Chapter 1 - read by author

    And welcome to 2021. 
    I’m taking a break from thinking today to share the first part of my memoir Snakes and Ladders. 
    Published in early 2020, Snakes and Ladders didn’t get anywhere near the promotion it deserved when it came out and so I’m giving you a gift of the first part as read by the author. 
    Snakes and Ladders was published by Affirm Press in Melbourne. You can check out their page here https://affirmpress.com.au/publishing/snakes-and-ladders/#post/0 or buy it from most online retailers, ebook platforms and as an audio book voiced by the amazing Julia Billington. She does an excellent version of me and reads the bits I can’t. 
    My signing tours were all cancelled but I’m happy to sign any copy, purchased anywhere. 
    Have a safe weekend and I’ll see you all next week. 
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    • 23 min
    Spin Busting - The experts Gladys is ignoring

    Spin Busting - The experts Gladys is ignoring

    On the last day of 2020 we are listening to experts for once. 
    This episode cuts through the power web between NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the billionaire funders of the Liberal National Coalition, and shows how the ‘expert opinions’ feeding into decisions are being shaped by this entanglement of money and corruption. 
    We then go back to 18 December 2020 and listen to Dr Norman Swan’s expert advice to lock down the Northern Beaches and mandate masks. He predicts that with these steps, the outbreak might be almost under control by Christmas. 
    Gladys did not lock down the Northern Beaches or mandate masks. 
    Then we read opinions over the weeks since then with experts Raina McIntyre and Mary-Louise McLaws who advise we cancel events, mandate masks and limit movement. They warned that Christmas would spread the virus, New Years Eve would spread the virus, and now they’re warning the cricket would be a super spreader event. 
    And the virus keeps spreading, including to all the areas classed as ‘Greater Sydney’ by Brad Hazzard - Wollongong, the Blue Mountains and the Central Coast. Areas people from Sydney could travel to because Gladys was too scared to enact a lockdown. 
    So here we are, starting a new year with a state leader who insists:
    “Our approach in NSW is cautious and we believe proportionate to the risk that’s there.”
    The only ‘experts’ who agree with her are the ones whose jobs depend on agreeing. 

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    • 20 min
    Spin Busting - NSW's sick Covid priorities

    Spin Busting - NSW's sick Covid priorities

    After watching every press conference with NSW Premier Gladys Berijiklian since 17 December 2020, I have ranked her priorities as I see them. 

    There is much swearing in this episode. Much swearing. 

    Listen along to hear my evidence for the following list.


    Priority 1: Protect the confidentiality of patient zero. 


    Priority 2: Protect the Northern Beaches and keep their businesses open and profitable.  


    Priority 3: Keep the fireworks to protect the income of hospitality businesses.  


    Priority 4: Keep the cricket on to protect the income of NSW and Cricket Australia.  


    Priority 5: Avoid any actions taken by Vic that were criticised by Morrison and his thugs. 


    Priority 6: Don't scare the population by making them wear masks. 


    Priority 7: Spread the curve until March when people on the Northern Beaches can get the vaccine.  


    Priority 8: Keep the rest of us alive enough so we can keep spending money to protect the economy.


    This is the woman who refused to lock things down, mandate masks or close businesses and two days ago she said: "Ironically as we see time move on, the threat in greater Sydney is almost becoming as equal to parts of the northern beaches."


    NSW can’t afford the Liberals anymore. 


    All press conferences found at https://www.facebook.com/sbsnews
     
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