Episode 5

Katie And Jesse Decide Who Is Valid

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April 20th, 2020

59 mins 35 secs

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About this Episode

In a shocking moment that definitely wasn't scripted, Katie almost singlehandedly immolates the podcast by dropping a horrific slur just seconds into the episode. After the cohosts recover their composure, they discuss an outrage story about Canadian military pronouns, Alex Berenson's coronavirus contrarianism, and the fairly nonsensical process people follow to decide what they believe. Jesse then tries to unpack Online Validity Discourse, leading the cohosts to discuss fascinating and provocative questions like "What does it even mean to be valid?," "How many people can you have sex with before you're not asexual anymore?," and "Would Jesse dress better if he were gay?" The cohosts close out the show with a brief chat about Blocked and Reported's possible Patreon future, and a request for listeners to email in to let them know what sorts of perks they'd be interested in.

Show notes:

-EXCLUSIVE: Canadian Armed Forces requires all personnel to stop using gendered pronouns (The Post Millennial)

-Alex Berenson's Twitter account

-Here Are the Questions the Right's Favorite Coronavirus Truther Isn't Willing to Answer (Vice)

-Does the King of the COVID-19 Contrarians Have a Case? (Vanity Fair)

-We feel too bad spotlighting any specific tweets about people "being valid" so here just click this link to take you to a search for that phrase instead

-When A Child Says She's Trans (Jesse's article in The Atlantic)

-Slate, Pete Buttigieg, And The Limited Market For Left-Wing Identitarianism (Singal-Minded)

-The Weirdly Enduring Appeal of Weird Al Yankovic (The New York Times Magazine) (and the audio version from The Daily)

-The Family Featured in the NYT Article About Queer Families Looks Awfully Straight (The Stranger)

-If you have questions, comments, or -- especially -- opinions about what our Patreon efforts should look like, please email us: [email protected]