16 episodes

Sinister Myth challenges cultural mythologies about sexuality in the West, because so often they encourage, perpetuate, or foster violence against women and minorities. The series is made up of interviews with writers, academics, and people working on community projects. Alongside the interviews, the series also includes “Sinister Bitesize” which offer short soundbites from experts with advice on allyship and more, and there will also be “Sinister Keywords,” which feature short conversations about language, and how words can encourage or harm minority groups.

Sinister Myth was generated through an Ohio State Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) Grant, and it was created by Zoë Brigley Thompson and Brendan Walsh. The views, information, or opinions expressed during the Sinister Myth podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Ohio State University and its employees.

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Sinister Myth challenges cultural mythologies about sexuality in the West, because so often they encourage, perpetuate, or foster violence against women and minorities. The series is made up of interviews with writers, academics, and people working on community projects. Alongside the interviews, the series also includes “Sinister Bitesize” which offer short soundbites from experts with advice on allyship and more, and there will also be “Sinister Keywords,” which feature short conversations about language, and how words can encourage or harm minority groups.

Sinister Myth was generated through an Ohio State Affordable Learning Exchange (ALX) Grant, and it was created by Zoë Brigley Thompson and Brendan Walsh. The views, information, or opinions expressed during the Sinister Myth podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Ohio State University and its employees.

    Burning Down Narratives of Shame

    Burning Down Narratives of Shame

    This interview – delayed due to the global pandemic – features Elissa Washuta, a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and a nonfiction writer. She is the author of My Body Is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode, and her book White Magic is forthcoming from Tin House Books. With Theresa Warburton, she is co-editor of the anthology Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers.

    This is essential listening for anyone who wants to find a voice for writing about difficult subjects like trauma and mental health. It covers such subjects as using humor to deal with difficult subjects, and allowing oneself to be angry. Elissa talks about what her Catholic upbringing taught her (or not), as well as negative stereotypes of native women. There’s also a moving discussion of what happens when mental health diagnoses are wrong.

    • 27 min
    Meet the New Sinister Myth Team

    Meet the New Sinister Myth Team

    2020 sees a new production team working on Sinister Myth, and Zoe Brigley interviews them about their interests for creating new thematic strands, including political debates about trauma, the experience of minority students in higher education, and healing in the context of the community.

    Alex Ameter worked for political campaigns, a foreign policy think tank and the US Army. Has a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the Ohio State University and an MA in Diplomacy and International Conflict Resolution from Norwich University. Alex’s research focuses on identifying the social impacts of trauma through the lens of organization psychology to build sustainable remedies that address systemic sources and mitigate individual repercussions.

    Deborah Eshun is a multimedia journalist graduating from the Ohio State University in May and has a passion for storytelling using all things digital. When not producing episodes, she does stand-up comedy, sewing and dances to the beat of her own drum.

    McKinzi Warren is completing a masters in social work at the Ohio State University. She stands to create communities that are as diverse as they are united. She is the owner of Global Conversations LLC and its subsidiary SpeakIt! Language Learning, an adult foreign language program that makes conversational fluency in another language fast and fun. She is a passionate advocate for how focussing on community-care and self-care together heals trauma, and has recently accepted the role of Creative Content Director at The Trauma Masterminds, a private practice outside Columbus Ohio that specializes in trauma-based counseling.

    • 12 min
    Sinister Myth: Case Study

    Sinister Myth: Case Study

    New for 2020, we begin a new series “Sinister Case Study” where specific critics and experts comment on particular cases of violence. Zoë Brigley discusses the recent case of gang rape in Cyprus, commenting on the inadequacies of institutional responses to sexual violence, and the scrutiny of survivors’ experiences and responses to trauma as a means to discount their testimony.

    • 10 min
    Sinister Bitesize: Vampires and Queerness

    Sinister Bitesize: Vampires and Queerness

    For this special Halloween issue of Sinister Myth Bitesize, Professor Shannon Winnubst talks about the vampire and racist imaginaries that project violence on black and minority men.

    • 3 min
    The Flourishing of Queerness in the American South and Beyond

    The Flourishing of Queerness in the American South and Beyond

    In this thought-provoking interview, Nick White talks about his relationship with queerness in the American South and now in the Midwest, in relation to his new books. A fiction-writer, White has an incredible facility with creating complex characters, for example in his short story collection, Sweet and Lowdown(2018), and he talks about researching gay conversion therapy for his lacerating critique of the practice in How to Survive a Summer(2017).

    Funny, compassionate, and moving, this interview with White is a must-hear episode.

    • 33 min
    Sinister Bitesize: Erin Upchurch on Sex Education

    Sinister Bitesize: Erin Upchurch on Sex Education

    Sinister Myth Bitesize is a tasty morsel of sinister wisdom to keep you going until the next full podcast. In this edition, Erin Upchurch talks about the inadequacies of sex education, and what we can do to improve it.

    • 3 min

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