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Nick is joined by “Mother” aka sociologist Dr Theresa Petray for the entire episode. We discuss some of her research on the opportunities and limitations of using the Internet to bring about social change, as well as some of the ways it can be used more effectively by activists.

For more on these issues, check out Theresa’s articles ‘Self-Writing a Movement and Contesting Indigeneity: Being an Aboriginal Activist on Social Media’ and ‘Protest 2.0: Online Interactions and Aboriginal Activists’, her talk ‘The Revolution will not (just) be Tweeted: Social Media and Social Movements’ and her video ‘Slacktivism…or Saving the World?’. See more of Theresa’s publications here and you can also hear her on our 45th episode, discussing Indigenous self-determination.

Revolution

Also covered throughout the episode is: the effectiveness (or lack of) in waving the rainbow flag on Facebook, queer critiques of same-sex marriage, huge government spending on monitoring social media use, the “digital divide” – with only about 40% of the world having internet access, Nick’s article ‘Australian Media Hegemony and the Internet’, the book Ready Player One, Sam Graham-Felsen’s article on the importance of encouraging supporters to ‘up the level of engagement’, and Aicha Marhfour’s article ‘Hashtags Won’t Save Palestine In War Of Words And Clicks’.

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Clips:

Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 6’ – ‘Occupy’, Chumbawamba ‘Pass it Along’, Omar Offendum with The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah and Amir Sulaiman ‘#Jan25 Egypt’.

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violence

This cartoon is from the Financial Review.

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Nick is joined by Kathryn Joy for this entire episode. The first half of the episode is a critical look at the feminist campaign calling for American singer Chris Brown to be denied entry into Australia because of his conviction for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rhianna. We draw on Nick’s article ‘Don’t judge me: Chris Brown and the real task of tackling violence against women’, Clem Bastow’s article ‘The Problem with the Ban Against Chris Brown’ and Katie Robertson’s article ‘Violence Against Women In Australia, Bad; Violence Against Women In The Care Of Australia, Acceptable’ (content warning for discussion of sexual violence).

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We also discuss GetUp! cancelling their campaign against Brown and apologising due to the racist narrative it perpetuated, Maori support for Brown, his (court ordered) involvement with domestic violence intervention services, misogynist lyrics in Brown’s music, his ongoing problematic behaviour that suggests he may not have changed, as well as a more general discussion on whether the feminist movement should ever support restrictions on immigration – not just for Brown but in general (such as against sexist pick up artist Julien Blanc).

In the second half of the episode we discuss some critiques of identity politics, which emphasises the importance of personal experience. We draw on Michael Brull’s article ‘The Debate we have to have: Identity Politics and the Left’ and discuss how identity politics fits with a range of other issues, including intersectionality, same-sex marriage and sex work.

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Clips:

Jeffrey Lewis and the RainWWPRD’, Aamer RahmanPeople Have a Right to be Bigots’, PortlandiaSeries 5, Episode 7’ – ‘Feminist Men Meeting’, Strike AnywhereAllies’.

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This episode features a continuation of the discussion on progressive parenting from episode 115, featuring Katie, Luc and Stevie from Team Earthling animal rights podcast, and B. This part of the discussion covers: gender-neutral parenting, gender-neutral pro-nouns and “proper” English, as well as Trans and intersex issues. Please support B’s run for Aboriginal kids and check out Luc’s blog howdoidad.wordpress.com.

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Other stuff covered on the episode is: fish, dolphins and speciesism, Myq Kaplan and Charlie Stern covering gender and masculinity on Hang Out With Me podcast, Curtis Redd’s talk ‘Transgender Bodies And The (in)human(e)’ from the recent ICAS Oceania conference – you can find links to audio of all of the talks from this conference in the show notes for our 108th episode.

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Clips:

Luc’s welcome to Progressive Podcast Australia, 10,000 ManiacsYou Happy Puppet’, part 1 of parenting discussion, Not right ‘Balls’, part 2 of parenting discussion, Against Me!Black Me Out’.

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You can listen to this episode above and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (63mins, 47MB).

This episode features a discussion on progressive parenting, featuring Katie, Luc and Stevie from Team Earthling animal rights podcast, and B. Their discussion covers: attachment parenting, gender and parenting eg “Mum’s groups”, consent, alternative schools and vegan parenting/kids. This discussion continues on episode 116.

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Pic is thanks to Luc :)

Also covered throughout this episode is: haircuts, Superman outfits, problems with Steiner schools, and why biodynamic farming is bollocks.

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Clips:

Luc and Stevie recommending ‘If You Are Happy and You Know It’, DinnerNV3If you are happy and you know it’, part 1 of parenting discussion, Frank TurnerFaithful Son’, part 2 of parenting discussion, Paul McCartney ‘Looking for Changes’.

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*Progteam Earthcast is thanks to Luc:

on bullshit jobs

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Nick is joined by sustainable transport advocate Jeremy Mendelson from Critical Transit and Transit Matters podcasts for the entire episode. We discuss: national politics, Bernie Sanders, Jeremy’s experience with 9-5 work, trying to escape the 9-5, anthropologist David Graeber on bullshit jobs, The Happy Movie, living vegan on a low income, the new four (vegan) food groups and basic income.

You can hear Nick on Critical Transit podcast discussing sustainable transport and how it relates to issues such as class, justice and animals. You can also hear Nick and Katie on episodes 7 and 8 of Jeremy’s other podcast, Politicized.

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Clips:

Derrick Jensen ‘Selling Fingers’ from the CD – The Other Side of DarknessIntro5pect ‘No More Time’, Rise Against ‘401 Kill’, The Smith Street BandPostcodes (for People who will not Arrest me)’, Jeffery Lewis and Helen SchreinerDo They Owe Us a Living?’, Colour Me Wednesday and PerkieDon’t Waste Your Breath’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of Nick and Jeremy’s discussion on bullshit jobs, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

 

my choice no crime

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On this episode Katie is joined by Jenny Ejlak from Reproductive Choice Australia. They discuss the various state and territory laws, the importance of viewing abortion as a health issue not a criminal one, exclusion zones and some people being sooo “pro life” they advocate killing doctors.

pro life indeed

Other topics covered in their discussion are: Madeline Burrows and Jenny Espino’s talk ‘Abortion Without Apology: The Case for a New Movement‘, Planned Parenthood and #shoutyourabortion.

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Clips:

Web Therapy ‘Series 2 Episode 7’ – ‘If you can believe in fairy tales why can’t I?’, FullFrontalFreedom#WomensRights: A Pro-Choice Parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”,’ Katie’s interview with Jenny Ejlak from Reproductive Choice Australia, Miley CyrusWe Can’t Stop’.

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Nick is joined by New Matilda journalist Michael Brull, who discusses what has changed and what hasn’t in the government’s new rhetoric around Islam and terrorism, in the wake of the Parramatta shooting. See Brull’s article ‘The Parramatta Shooting: New Rhetoric, Same Old Problem?‘ for more on this.

Nick also elaborates on Turnbull’s response to the shooting, analysing this reaction in terms of dominant narratives around terrorism. For more on this, see Nick’s article ‘Malcolm Turnbull Benches Team Australia, But Will The Narrative On Terrorism Change?’ and an interview with Solomon Comissiong on the racial and religious basis for labelling and responding to terrorism, in light of the Charleston shooting (embedded below).

Also covered on the episode is: how the “love it or leave it” mentality that has been promoted in the wake of the Parramatta shooting works against confronting some of the root causes of terrorism – such as Western imperialism and police racism, the US airstrike on a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz – you can sign an Amnesty International petition calling for an independent investigation into this bombing here, Islamophobia as the latest form of white supremacy in Australia, Scottish National Party (SNP) politician Mhairi Black’s maiden speech to parliament – as a follow-up to our discussions on the SNP in episode 111, and Nick’s article ‘Don’t judge me: Chris Brown and the real task of tackling violence against women’.

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Clips:

Turnbull’s Press Conference on Countering Violent Extremism, Rise Against ‘Life Less Frightening’, Nick’s interview with journalist Michael Brull, Scottish National Party (SNP) politician Mhairi Black’s maiden speech to parliament, RT.com ‘Interview with Solomon Comissiong’, Rinnessy (feat. Pas & Stic Man of Dead Prez) ‘Black Fa Life’.

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