My favvorite podcast

Godless Bitches is my favorite podcast. The hosts are all atheist women, with the show’s emphasis on social justice. Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite podcast is, when I’m at work anyway, I say something about how the Theranos episode of Rocket is the best podcast episode ever. It’s a deflection, because even though Godless Bitches tried to rebrand as GB 2.0, everything still says Godless Bitches and even if it did say GB 2.0, Geebeetwopointoh doesn’t exactly flow through the mind or off the tongue.

Anyway.

Even though I just thought of someone to whom I could recommend the podcast, when I’m observing professional decorum, I’m not going near Godless or Bitches. Not being a white dude. I’m all for normalizing atheism and whatnot but no.

The show has three good hosts, Tracie Harris, Jen Peeples, and Clare Wuellner. They don’t spotlight steal, they give each other time. With Harris, it’s often these phenomenal monologues. Despite her recommending The Witch a little too gratuitously (wait, sorry, The VVitch), Harris is one of my favorite… not pundits, not personalities, maybe… intellectuals 2.0? Something. In addition to her monologue this episode, she’s got some fantastic observations later on.

The monologue’s all about how the portrayal of something doesn’t mean something is actually like how it’s portrayed. Specifically working women in the sixties and seventies being sex objects who type in the office, encouraging the male attention. I got a little twinge of possible “WKRP” guilt, though—obviously—they were trying to confront the misogyny and sexism in the workplace.

But that portrayal thing also has a lot to do with how marginalized people are shown in… well, any kind of media. For example, non-fiction movies can be edited to be racist or sexist. Harris brings up realities and reach of patriarchal censoring. It’s a lot and it’s great.

The rest of the episode is great too, but that monologue just gets the brain equally engaged and enraged.

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I’m probably going to start writing about music on Visual Reflux, but not any time soon. I haven’t even gotten around to the TV yet. I’ve just started the first focused comic responses post-L&R. I’m taking my time on VR. I’m still not sure I like that abbreviation either. But long before must I want to start writing about podcasts, if only because when someone asks if I have a favorite podcast, I’ve got two possible answers. One is if I don’t want to have an atheism talk, the other is “Rocket”. The former is “Godless Bitches”, which has sort of rebranded itself as “GB 2.0” but not really. “Godless Bitches” has, since we’ve started listening to it, become more about social justice and equity and checking privilege than atheism. It’s really good. There have been a couple phenomenal episodes, including last weekend’s. Certainly not the white male atheism you get everywhere else. Free speech absolutist nonsense and whatever.

“Rocket” had a spectacular episode too recently, one of those, holy shit look what a podcast can do type thing.

Hopefully I’ll link to the episodes, but can’t right now because iPad Air typing.

So I do want to write about podcasts, even though the site tag line is “All things seen,” which isn’t a Thin Red Line misquote but is a TRL misquote. I worry it’s a little ableist. I don’t have someone to check with about me being ableist. I have one friend who has to check me on various things, usually when I’m making a cheap joke. Cheap I’m good with, offensive not.

And usually I know when I’m being offensive. Like. I do know better. I just like the turn of phrase or something and need someone to metaphorically smack me upside the head.

Another thing I want to do on Reflux (which just sounds weird) is the multi-topic blog post, which everyone used to do back in the olden blogging days. For example, I wanted to write about the plans for the e-zines going forward. I even have a cover for the relaunched series, which is going to be out of VR as opposed to Stop Button. But I don’t know how to attach a photo in Ulysses and have it post.

Tomorrow I’ve got a big post for Stop Button. Nothing good. Something absurdly bad, but it’s still a much different kind of post than usual.

I wonder if I could get the iPad keyboard to be tolerable in bed. I’m nearly tired enough to do some stream of consciousness passing out writing exercises, which was an MFA program favorite.

Instead though, I think bed. Because old. And nice new Casper sheets.

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