Episode 3.12 Not Nice, Not White, and Not a Lady with Tara Robertson

CW for discussions of transphobia and violence.

In this, the final episode of 2018, I got to talk to weightlifting pal and femme genius Tara Robertson about her work on diversity and inclusion at Mozilla — and like a million other things, including why we want an open Internet, whether libraries are neutral (hint: they’re not), the conservative politics of tone policing, the danger of corporations replacing the public sphere, and more! That’s a lot of topics, so here are a bunch of links!

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The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here.  Tara’s theme song is “Good As Hell” by Lizzo.

Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded and produced by Hannah McGregor on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

7 thoughts on “Episode 3.12 Not Nice, Not White, and Not a Lady with Tara Robertson

  1. For what it’s worth, my experience on the “we support everybody, but that means being super-nice to bigots” has boiled down to people not understanding that Karl Popper’s “Paradox of Tolerance” only seems like a paradox if you can’t identify destructive behavior.

    This is sort of the same “gotcha” with the anti-transgender “arguments,” where it seems like the entire mindset is that it’s too confusing to actually deal with the totality of life and so someone from on-high needs to draw a bright line for us so we don’t need to think about more than two karyotic genders, shifts in gender roles, AND the presence of transgender people…

    On “move fast and break things,” everybody should do themselves the favor of thinking about how often the broken things were of immediate monetary value to the company in question. Payroll? Trade secrets? Bank account numbers? Market research? Very strange disparity that I’m (cough, cough) sure is completely accidental. Between that philosophy and the “sharing economy” nonsense suggesting that people shouldn’t own things, a cynical person might almost be inclined to believe that people are being scammed out of assets in addition to trying to keep wages low.

    Anyway, thanks so much for (a) the podcast in general and (b) an episode that makes me feel even better about having used Firefox since its first release.


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