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Complicated conversations with complicated people about complicated topics. Let's get into the real mess of gender, feminism, punishment, class, politics, and culture and leave easy rhetoric and jingoism behind. Hosted by Jessa Crispin.

Public Intellectual Jessa Crispin

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 118 Ratings

Complicated conversations with complicated people about complicated topics. Let's get into the real mess of gender, feminism, punishment, class, politics, and culture and leave easy rhetoric and jingoism behind. Hosted by Jessa Crispin.

    No Modernism without Lesbians, with Dianna Souhami

    No Modernism without Lesbians, with Dianna Souhami

    Dianna Souhami has worked for decades as a chronicler of sexual subcultures in early 20th century Europe, and finally, she is allowed to deliver her thesis: without this network of lesbians, the parties they through and the lovers they supported, modernism would not have been possible. She speaks with Jessa about our limited ideas of creativity and genius, why rewriting history is still important. 

    (This will be the final episode with Jessa Crispin as host.)

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    • 33 min
    America's Recknoning in Afghanistan, with Roy Scranton

    America's Recknoning in Afghanistan, with Roy Scranton

    This week's episode is hosted by Cameron Steele. The flag waving and feminist arguments for more war and scapegoating of service members prompted by America's withdrawal from Afghanistan proves we still have not learned the lessons from 9/11 or our policy of endless war. Roy Scranton (WAR PORN) talks to Cameron about cycles of violence, our imperialist fantasies, and why war is a force that gives us meaning.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    FBoy Island is Incel Culture, with Cameron Steele

    FBoy Island is Incel Culture, with Cameron Steele

    Between Love Island, Love is Blind, FBoy Island, Sexy Beasts, Too Hot to Handle etc, we sure do love watching hot straight people be tortured for the possibility of love. Cameron and Jessa discuss why these properties are still considered "guilty pleasures" despite the harm they are doing and why they all seem to be designed by incels. 

    Support this podcast: http://patreon.com/publicintellectual

    • 59 min
    When Even the Moon is Gender Critical: Neo-Pagans, Goddess Culture, and terfs with Ana Valens

    When Even the Moon is Gender Critical: Neo-Pagans, Goddess Culture, and terfs with Ana Valens

    After a couple thousand years of Christianity, some populations who had been suffering under Yahweh decided to give some other gods and goddesses a try. But did they create systems that were just as equally oppressive to others? You know, on accident? The journalist Ana Valens returns to PI to talk to Jessa about the difficulties in mixing biology and spirituality, religion as protest, and what to do with mystical feelings in a secular culture.

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    • 54 min
    Who Gets to Tell Your Story, with Cameron Steele

    Who Gets to Tell Your Story, with Cameron Steele

    Amanda Knox is back in the news, as a film "inspired by" the story of her being accused of murder is in the theaters. Knox has compared telling stories of other people's lives to "cultural appropriation," and Cameron and Jessa try to untangle that particular mess. Who gets to tell a story? What is the divide between the private and the public self? And how can Henry James help us solve this quandary? 

    Support this podcast: http://patreon.com/publicintellectual

    http://jessacrispin.com

    • 1 hr 2 min
    It Never Came Home: The Euros and Copa America, with Nicolás R Melo

    It Never Came Home: The Euros and Copa America, with Nicolás R Melo

    Both the Euros and Copa America saw the anticipated winners humiliated in their own homes. It was nice, a treat. Former soccer player and activist Nicolás R Melo revisits the highs and lows of the pandemic tournaments, the easy narratives of sports), why England's "It's Coming Home" campaign angered so many outside of England, and why Italy defeating England and Argentina defeating Brazil was the best possible outcome. 

    Support this podcast: http://patreon.com/publicintellectual

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
118 Ratings

118 Ratings

C.M. Talbert ,

Thanks for having Contrapoints on

Her opinions and insights are fascinating even if I don’t always agree.

Princess Moonsprout ,

The kind of critical thinking we need

With activism and radicalism as co-opted as it is right now, it’s more important than ever to be able to see through the bs. This pod does just that and is the perfect antidote to black-and-white thinking. Be prepared to be a little uncomfortable, as the truth is not as sweet, tidy, or triumphant as we want to believe.

buddhatim ,

Egomania

What an obnoxious podcast. If you’re seeking a center left forum where self-appointed ‘intellectuals’ blather on about how the world doesn’t quite appreciate just how clever and relevant they are, this blather fest is for you. Personally, I felt like jumping out the window after one episode. Enjoy.

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