Happy New Year! Talking Shutdown, Socialism and the Movie ‘Girl’

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For your New Year’s listening pleasure, Chardonnay Merlot and I are pleased to provide another two-part podcast.

We cover the government shutdown, our thoughts on the controversial film Girl coming to Netflix in January, we make predictions for 2019 and we debate about racism within socialism.

Look for relevant links below the podcast link via Soundcloud!

 

Click here for the latest on the government shutdown.

Read my exclusive interview with Girl director Lukas Dhont here. 

Here’s an article in which Dhont claims being called “cis” is offensive.

And here is a report compiling both critical reviews and an op-ed from the real life trans woman whose experiences inspired the film.

Our debate on Socialism was sparked by this article. 

It continues in Part Two of our New Year’s podcast along with my predictions for 2019.

What’s the difference between “Democratic Socialism” and “Socialism?” Click here  to read what Professor of Economics John Haltiwanger of the University of Maryland has to say about that.

What are your predictions for 2019? We’ve made ours, share yours here!

You can follow Before The War Podcast on Twitter here and we invite you to follow Chardonnay and Dawn Ennis as well! Happy New Year! 

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Death Does Not Excuse George H.W. Bush

This week we discuss the record of the late 41st president, George H.W. Bush.

We also talked about my essay about transgender surgery and the division exhibited following a controversial op-ed in The New York Times.

And then we discussed another incendiary article about nonbinary people and one writer’s claim that their existence erases women.

Plus don’t forget to vote your favorite pizza toppings! Chardonnay advocates for pineapple and Chicago-style pizza, and Dawn is a plain cheese pizza girl, for life. What’s your preference?

Migrants, Vaginas, and Pizza?!?

This week we have a special two-part podcast for your enjoyment. We discuss the border crisis, that controversial op-ed in The New York Times, and we debate pizza toppings.

Watch video of US forces repelling migrant asylum seekers here.

Read Ruth Chojnacki’s letter to The New York Times here.

Chardonnay referred to her tweet about transition. Read it here:

Part two continues our discussion of that controversial essay by Andrea Long Chu and then we debate pizza toppings! Chardonnay advocates for pineapple and Chicago-style pizza, and Dawn is a plain cheese pizza girl, for life. What’s your preference?

TDoR at 20

Tonight we mark the 20th Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Here are links we mentioned in Episode 4:

The list. All the names, as compiled by the amazing founder of TDoR, Gwen Smith. 

The latest grim statistics from HRC.

Hate Crimes on the rise, according to the FBI, as reported by nbcnews.com

Hartford gathering at the Metropolitan Community Church.

New Haven gathering.

Norwalk, CT gathering at the Triangle Community Center.

GLAAD

HRC

PFLAG