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Exhausted from business travel and Pride, we skip the news and stuff in the middle to tear into the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale. Content Warnings for another black woman’s gratuitous and unnecessary death, undisguised racism, and, oops, spoilers.

Her name was Natalie, and she deserved better.

Follow Max Gordon on Twitter.

That is all.

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It's a weird week for us so we're talking about a mix of things that are kind of weird together! Nichole has some thoughts on Master Chef Junior, and then our main topic covers some thoughts both the Princesses are having around dating as they approach it from different angles.

The post 186 Random Thoughts On Dating and Master Chef Junior ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ appeared first on Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack!.

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We’re chatting today about the first two rounds of the Democratic debates, and we are talking about episode 7 of season 3 of The Handmaid’s Tale because they’ve seriously gone too far.

In This Episode News Joke

I snuck in like three or four bad political jokes…

Main Topic

Content Warning: we talk about The Handmaid’s Tale’s most recent episode with spoilers, which include a black woman being hung and a black woman being attacked by a white woman. (For reference, our Handmaid’s Tale discussion starts at 28:30 and ends at 1:28:15)

The Handmaid’s Tale

This show has long been on our radar as a tale of White Feminism masquerading as revolution, a show that is doing a terrible disservice to its source material and the times we live in, but this week’s episode puts it in the official realm of white supremacist propaganda. Please read Max S. Gordon’s article (linked below), he outlines everything wrong with this series beautifully:

A little Respect, Just a Little Bit: On White Feminism and How “The Handmaid’s Tale” is Being Weaponized Against Women of Color (Medium)

The Democratic Debates

We talk about presidential candidate debates in general, and our initial impressions of the first two rounds of Democratic debates this year. Please see the link below for the YouTube watchlist of key candidates responses spliced together without interruption:

Decision 2020 (YouTube)

The post #235 Democratic Debates, Rounds 1 & 2 (Plus More About The Handmaid’s Tale…We Know, We Know.) appeared first on Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack!.

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We are discussing a fascinating article this week that reveals controversial information about the benefits of sunlight on skin, and how the guidelines we follow are, well, pretty damn racist.

In This Episode News Stuff in the Middle

Joke

I stayed up all night wondering where the sun went….

Twitter Thread on Executive Function

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They will have drop off locations in the Bay Area starting June 24th through July 8th or you can ship directly to their office now through July 10th:

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Nichole stumbled across an article about controversial research that proves the sun is our friend. The article talks about, amongst other things, how our sun exposure guidelines are made for the pastiest among us and our not conducive to optimal health in those with high melanin. Similar to food guidelines, sun exposure recommendations center whiteness.

Main article

Additional research

The post 234 Pink Cheeks & Parasols: The White-Centricity of Sun Exposure Guidelines appeared first on Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack!.

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We’re back this week talking about the Striking Vipers episode from season 5 of Black Mirror – the episode that has been equally raved about and ripped apart online. We bring our freshly queer eyes and analysis to the episode!

In This Episode News Joke in the Middle

Why did the raisin hang out with the prune?

Main Topic

We read ALL kinds of reviews about the Stiking Vipers episode from the much-hated season 5 of Black Mirror. Some accused it of queerbaiting and avoiding queer representation of black bodies while others hailed it as a great exploration of toxic masculinity and homophobia in the black community. Some thought it didn’t go far enough, others felt it went were it was supposed to. We overall enjoyed the episode and took our things from it, seeing it not so much as a “queer” episode, or one that was even trying to do a deep analysis on sexuality and gender identity, whether in general or in the black community specifically, rather than an episode introducing technology that could change the way we relate to one another and that could facilitate experimentation in a whole new way.

Ultimately, Black Mirror episodes generally offer us ideas and information that are open enough to be interpreted in a way that is meaningful to the individual, and we found this episode to be no different. We respect the varying viewpoints on this episode and are just adding ours to the mix.

We read a lot before talking about this, here’s some of our favorites that represent differing viewpoints on the episode:

Resources

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We’re digging into our feelings around the latest season of Black Mirror, starting with Episode 2 and 3, focusing mostly on Episode 3 titled Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too. Oh honey…

In This Episode News Joke in the Middle

Why did the tomato blush?

Main Topic

The internet is on fire about how much it HATES season 5 of Black Mirror but we think everyone should chill the fuck out ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ We liked it so we’re here to talk about it!

We’ll cover episode 1, Striking Vipers, next week, but this week we chat shortly about episode 2, Smithereens, and then spend most of the time going over the last episode, Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too, which we found enjoyable and compelling for many reasons.

We appreciate this season of Black Mirror for how it seems to be holding up the mirror to us right now. We think fans of the show hated this season exactly because this one, arguably more than any other, called us out on our bullshit and yet we still engaged in it anyway…like we may have immediately Googled the ending of Smithereens…or we may or may not still be boppin’ our asses off to On A Roll..

Oh honey.

Ashley O – On a Roll | Official Music Video - YouTube

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The Handmaid’s Tale is at it again, and by it, we mean White Feminism. Lingering close-ups of June’s snarls have us ranting about all the ways in which this show is an irresponsible tale of fragility and entitlement.

In This Episode News Joke

Why couldn’t the two little elephants go swimming? (Thank you, Dre!)

Support Food Empowerment Project’s Annual School Supply Drive!

FEP is doing their annual school supply drive and need your help to make sure the children of farm workers get school supplies for this coming school year. Please consider donating if you are at all able, this annual event deeply touches our hearts and makes a direct difference in the lives of the children of the people who pick our food.

They are looking for the following supplies:

– Backpacks (always in great need; no red or bright blue, no military/camo, no corporate logos/promotions)
– Spiral notebooks (college and wide ruled, 100 sheets)
– Composition books (college & wide ruled, 100 sheets)
– White lined 3-hole filler paper (college & wide-rule, 100-sheet packs)
– Large erasers & pencil caps
– 3-Ring binder (1 inch)
– Highlighters (standard)
– Glue sticks (small)
– Pencil sharpeners
– 2-Pocket folders
– Pencil pouches
– Rulers
– Pencils or mechanical pencils
– Standard ballpoint pens (blue, black)
– Colored markers (regular tip, 10 pack)
– Basic handheld calculators
– Colored pencils (12 pack)

They will have drop off locations in the Bay Area starting June 24th through July 8th or you can ship directly to their office now through July 10th:

Food Empowerment Project
921 Transport Way, Suite 7
Petaluma, CA 94954

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For some silly reason, we’re still watching The Handmaid’s Tale even though we mostly hate it and we’re here today to talk about it.

Beyond issues we may have with the execution of the material, our focus is on what we see as an irresponsible fixation on the character of June as a hero in a world where race and transgender identities are ignored. A world where a resistance, formed largely by women of color, is treated as if it is simply waiting to be taken over by a white woman prone to childish impulses and who has yet to execute a single plan or mission successfully (y’all, she’s been IMMEDIATELY CAUGHT so many gd times…).

Given that this show is reflective of experiences that have not only happened in real life so many times, but are currently happening today, we cannot bear this shameful ignorance in a show that is so topically important.

Though it was obvious through the narrative arc of the show, we have confirmed that Bruce Miller sees this as June’s story, and his quote illustrates everything wrong with this show:

“…Bruce Miller, creator and executive producer of the television series based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, says he is “not in the business of inventing cruelties”.


“I don’t want the show to be torture to watch. It is entertainment and you want people to be compelled by it. You don’t want it to be horrible medicine,” Miller said.


“I’m not interested in putting the audience through torture. I try to only show the things that we need to see to understand where June is emotionally and mentally,” said Miller. “What I’m trying to do is tell the story of June’s survival and victory and it’s a long, slow slog.”


“We want to show what a hero really looks like – someone who is stubborn. They get knocked down; they get bruised, and they pick themselves up and try again,” Miller said.”

The Jakarta Post (article link below)

Resources

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This week we’re talking about a bunch of random stuff including shady dentists, TWO jokes, and so much news, and random thoughts about shows we’re watching.

In This Episode News Jokes in the Middle

How does ramen flirt?

Someone broke into my house and stole my limbo stick…

Recommended Reads by author Yuval Noah Harari
  • Sapiens
    Homo sapiens rules the world because it is the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in its own imagination, such as gods, states, money and human rights.

    Starting from this provocative idea, Sapiens goes on to retell the history of our species from a completely fresh perspective. It explains that money is the most pluralistic system of mutual trust ever devised; that capitalism is the most successful religion ever invented; that the treatment of animals in modern agriculture is probably the worst crime in history; and that even though we are far more powerful than our ancient ancestors, we aren’t much happier.
  • Homo Deus
    Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow examines what might happen to the world when old myths are coupled with new godlike technologies, such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.

    Humans conquered the world thanks to their unique ability to believe in collective myths about gods, money, equality and freedom – as described in Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. In Homo Deus, Prof. Harari looks to the future and explores how global power might shift, as the principal force of evolution – natural selection – is replaced by intelligent design.

    What will happen to democracy when Google and Facebook come to know our likes and our political preferences better than we know them ourselves? What will happen to the welfare state when computers push humans out of the job market and create a massive new “useless class”? How might Islam handle genetic engineering? Will Silicon Valley end up producing new religions, rather than just novel gadgets?
Support Food Empowerment Project’s Annual School Supply Drive!

FEP is doing their annual school supply drive and need your help to make sure the children of farm workers get school supplies for this coming school year. Please consider donating if you are at all able, this annual event deeply touches our hearts and makes a direct difference in the lives of the children of the people who pick our food.

They are looking for the following supplies:

– Backpacks (always in great need; no red or bright blue, no military/camo, no corporate logos/promotions)
– Spiral notebooks (college and wide ruled, 100 sheets)
– Composition books (college & wide ruled, 100 sheets)
– White lined 3-hole filler paper (college & wide-rule, 100-sheet packs)
– Large erasers & pencil caps
– 3-Ring binder (1 inch)
– Highlighters (standard)
– Glue sticks (small)
– Pencil sharpeners
– 2-Pocket folders
– Pencil pouches
– Rulers
– Pencils or mechanical pencils
– Standard ballpoint pens (blue, black)
– Colored markers (regular tip, 10 pack)
– Basic handheld calculators
– Colored pencils (12 pack)

They will have drop off locations in the Bay Area starting June 24th through July 8th or you can ship directly to their office now through July 10th:

Food Empowerment Project
921 Transport Way, Suite 7
Petaluma, CA 94954

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We chat about the final season of Broad City, a new show called The Society, and Pose. Nichole’s aversion to teen-drama is explored at length.

Recommended related video: Social Justice Can Be a Clout Game: Here’s How to Avoid It (Leftist Analysis) | YouTube | Angie Speaks

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No news or jokes this week – we’re talking at a high level about what went down in the VWPA Society this week, and expanding it to a larger conversation around privilege, identity, and take down culture.

The post 229 So…Let’s Talk About It. appeared first on Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack!.

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Nichole read a Captain Awkward post this week that had her reeling so we’re here to talk about it: how elite professions target “insecure overachievers” because they work hard and blame themselves for everything. Sigh.

In This Episode News

Joke in the Middle

I heard the post office…

Activism Inspiration

Listener Malene writes:

In January I wrote you with a piece of news from the Netherlands where the catering at the Ministry of Education had gone plant-based as standard – with meat as an add on. Anyway, as I was very inspired about your talk about different kinds of advocacy may fit different types of people, I figured that as a lobbyist I could make a bigger difference by pitching the idea to a leader of one of our parties, than wielding a sign at a demonstration. 

So I did.

Since this is an election year here in Denmark the parties are a bit cautious about promoting messages like vegan/animal rights which may make them unpopular with the mainstream (eg. Taking meat away) – but I am proud to say that the idea did not die and the “plant based as standard” concept is now proposed policy on municipal level in the city of Copenhagen (who serves up 70.000 meals a day) and if it goes uncontested will become policy going forward this fall. 

Here is the article (in Politiken – a major Danish daily newspaper) about the project that you can google translate, if you are interested to read about it.

https://politiken.dk/forbrugogliv/forbrug/art7164688/K%C3%B8benhavnske-borgmestre-vil-sende-k%C3%B8det-ud-p%C3%A5-sidelinjen-for-klimaets-skyld

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In the endless ways capitalism exploits us, this week Nichole stumbles into an advice column with a wild question that leads to an excerpt from a Harvard Business Review article that blew her whole entire mind. You gotta hear it (or read it) to believe it.

Captain Awkward advice question: #1198: “How do I deal with work burnout and make my partner* happy?” (*My partner = my boss, who is *a* partner in the law firm where I work)

Harvard Business Review article: If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?

The post 228 Insecure Overachievers: How Jobs Exploit Our Trauma appeared first on Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack!.

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