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The US seems to be more divided than ever today. Especially when the topic at hand is a sensitive issue that has to do with identity and human rights, it's understandable that people are passionate about their positions.
In this episode, we explore a number of controversial topics that have provoked vehement debate and division, and pose the question of whether or not the sensitivity around each topic is warranted.
Where is the fine line between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, and how does that perspective change based on whether you're taking the perspective of a multicultural country like the US or a more homogenous/global perspective from a different country?
Is Drag Queen Story Hour appropriate for children? And why is it being conflated with outlier occurrences of sometimes sexually-explicit drag show performances at schools?
Is JK Rowling genuinely transphobic? How does her perspective of wanting to protect women from violence inflicted by cis men who take advantage of gender-fluid spaces play into the discussion?
Should young people be allowed to get gender affirming care/surgery while they are minors? If so, what is the proper process that should be followed, and how does parental consent play into that?
On this show, we try our best to keep open minds about topics that can be quite polarizing. While it may be difficult to hear a perspective that is contrary to your own, we neither assert that one opinion or the other is more or less correct. Open dialogue simply shows respect for others, but does not require you to agree with their perspective.
CORRECTIONS & ADDITIONAL CONTEXT:
- “The Witch Trials of JK Rowling” is a podcast hosted by Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the Westboro Baptist Church, an extreme Christian sect that has been categorized by some as a hate group
- There is no standardized timeline for getting approval for gender affirming care and surgery across the United States, though many facilities encourage multiple sessions with a professional/therapist prior, as well as one year of presenting in one’s chosen gender identity prior to procedures being done. There is no known legislation dictating a specific timeline.
- In 2022, the World Professional Association for Transgender Health lowered its recommended minimum age for starting gender transition treatment to 14 years old (down from 16), and starting some surgeries as early as 15 or 17, depending on the procedure.
- “I Thought I Was Saving Trans Kids. Now I’m Blowing the Whistle” by Jamie Reed: https://www.thefp.com/p/i-thought-i-was-saving-trans-kids
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