I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Maddy Love and Marissa McCool at Skepticon 10 for a panel entitled ‘Diversifying Atheist Voices’, which we all thought was ironic because we were three White people! We realized, however, that the subject was not ourselves but the guests we had on our shows. We have all certainly tried to have different perspectives on our respective shows. I didn’t talk much, mostly because I was the token allocishet White guy, and Maddy and Marissa are much more experienced in then I am. Nevertheless, it was an honor and privilege to be on the same stage as them, and I especially want to thank Stephanie Zvan for making this panel possible, as well as moderating the panel. I hope y’all enjoy!
Welcome to another thrilling edition of The Triple Po! I attended Skepticon 10, which was November 10 – 12 in Springfield, MO. I had a lot of fun, and I learned so much from the workshops and speakers. I got to meet so many cool people, both old friends and new faces. I want to thank you the organizers for putting it on, and I look forward to attending the next Skepticon, which I found out will be in St. Louis next time, which is closer to me!
For the palaver, I did some mini-interviews with six people : blogger, activist and friend Jessica Xiao; volunteer at the Humanist Service Corps Jude Lane; blogger and activist Heina Dadabhoy; blogger, activist, sometime podcaster and Queen of the Outrage Brigade Stephanie Zvan; Organizer and activist Monette Richards; and Founder and President of Black Nonbelievers Inc., and one of my favorite people Mandisa Thomas. It was such a pleasure and honor to speak to them. All of them have been on the show previously except Monette Richards, and that will be remedied soon as I am interviewing her next week. The show is longer than usual, but I felt that getting all these voices out there was important, and I hope I think y’all will agree.
The Podunk Polymath Podcast has returned from yet another week hiatus to bring you the truth! I am going to try to get back on a weekly schedule, but I have added a bit to my already busy life and I’m trying to sort it out. I ask that you bear with me The Triple Po through this transition!
On the pre-ramble this week I talk about that loathsome piece of shit Harvey Weinstein and his serial rapes, as well as the #metoo campaign which it sparked. I also talk about how men need to get up off their asses and stand up against these assholes who harass and assault women right in front of our eyes as we sit back and say nothing. Men fucking caused this problem, and we have to fix it.
On the palaver it was my honor to speak to another SJW I admire, Stephanie Zvan. We talk about the need for public figures to be able to take criticism and learn from it. We discuss a couple of examples of people who did not take this advice, namely a certain ‘thinking’ atheist, as well as Stephanie’s own experiences with needing to apologize for things she has written in the past. We also talk briefly about her history of harassed, but also on a more positive note her appearance at Skepticon! Stephanie is someone I have followed and strived to emulate in some small way, and I was flattered when she approached me about interviewing her. It was an enlightening conversation with a remarkable individual.