253 Discussing Us with Max S. Gordon!!! Plus Get Out, Joker, and Handmaid’s Tale!

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A dream of ours has been realized in this week’s wonderful, LONG, thoughtful, vulnerable collaborative episode with writer and activist, Max S. Gordon. We discuss Jordan Peele’s film Us and also dip our philosophical toes into Get Out, Joker, Handmaid’s Tale, the importance of making and analyzing art, and more! Spoiler alerts for all of those pieces of media!

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252 By Any Means Necessary? We Think Not.

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As with most things, the radical and mobilizing concept of “by any means necessary” has been co-opted by the mainstream vegan movement to something dangerous and ineffective. We’re here to talk about it!

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251 Portraying White Male Rage: Raising Dion vs Joker

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This week we watched the new Netflix series, Raising Dion. While we didn’t totally love it, (this cereal scene in particular stressed us tf out!), we were VERY impressed by the themes in the show and the lessons on boundaries and entitlement.

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249 Send in the White Terrorists: Joker, Violence in Media

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Nichole took one for the team and saw Joker in theaters this week so we could talk about the “controversial” film receiving rave reviews from the Whites. Content warning for descriptions of white male rage, violence against women, murder, white supremacist ideology.

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248 Book Review: The Testaments – A Giddy Romp Through Gilead!

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We’re being totes topical for the second week in a row by discussing The Testaments, the new novel by Margaret Atwood that is a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Also an advice question about helping very young vegans cope with seeing others consume animals without vilifying them or getting overwhelmed.

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247 Movie Review: Ad Astra…the Anti-Interstellar? But Still a Space Adventure about a White Dude’s Daddy Issues.

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This week in off-brand topical timeliness, we went to see Ad Astra in the theaters and are here to talk about it. Part movie review, part movie analysis, we do a spoiler-free section before moving into spoiler-full about our conflicting thoughts and feelings about this beautiful but frustrating film.

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246 Contextualizing Context: Nuance’s Best Friend.

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We had a few loose but important threads this week to pluck and ponder that were all united along the theme of context; something that we’re often told doesn’t matter by rigid SJW scripts or, conversely, is exploited by oppressors out to avoid criticism.

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245 Random News & Stuff: Turning Veal into Beef, Colonizing Spaaaaaace, How Much Work is Good For You, and more!

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We’re switching up our format to replace news with an advice question, so this week we’re doin’ all news and other random stuff we’ve pinned to talk about that’s not enough for a full episode.

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244 Hail Satan? Documentary Analysis: Discussing Satanism, Religion and Activism

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Per a listener request in the VWPA Society, we watched Hail Satan? this week and were inspired by it to talk about Satanism, our views on religion and blasphemy, and how the actions of The Satanic Temple and their philosophies relate to vegan activism.

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