It’s Episode 52 of the Safe Spaces Podcast! Chronologically, if we still went by weeks and pure episodic counting that would have made this our official one-year anniversary. However, since we chose to muck things up instead, shake the boat if you will, that’s totally not the case. Nevertheless, on with the show!

What’s the true definition of “sexism” these days? Depends on what dictionary you read, actually. More to that, there seems a real cultural shift towards making “sexism” a 1:1 synonym with its much harsher cousin, “misogyny”. You can probably guess how that makes our co-hosting team feel, but we’ll let them explain using equally colorful language that extends the conversation from bad comparisons, redefining racism, and all the good stuff you’d expect from two lovers of lingo.

You may have heard, read, or otherwise experienced the news of this week’s shooting at the YouTube headquarters in California. You may also have heard the shooter wasn’t (gasp!) an aggrieved white male exercising his toxic masculinity regarding far-right conspiracy theories, but instead was a Muslim woman immigrant who was, ahem, extremely upset over the Alphabet/Google company de-monetizing her slate of vegan/PETA-linked videos across the streaming platform.

Was the shooting justified? Of course not, but it does portend a larger conversation regarding employer rights in this age of unregulated social media/data collection that we’re only just beginning to have.

Speaking of wild conspiracies, the Sinclair Broadcast Group fanned the flames recently by requiring their many, many news outlets to read a script decrying “fake news” during news broadcasts. This, of course, led to severe mockery and derision by many in the mockery and derision media. But was Sinclair out of bounds for insisting their “news” anchors read a telegraphed statement, and how does this link back to President Trump? All this and more from your totally independent, completely payola-free podcast cohosts!

Wrapping things up is a fun digression about the nature of speech itself, including how (or how much) our species’ reliance on the written word has influenced our collective ability to think critically and use our free will to make rational decisions. Plus, where else are you going to learn about how the history of written dialogue has fundamentally changed human history, for better or worse, including much love to that most under-served of Plato’s Dialogues, the Phaedrus? Not on CNN or Fox, that’s for sure!

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