🎧 Episode 55: Be Like You (MEN, Part 9) | Scene on Radio

Listened to Episode 55: Be Like You (MEN, Part 9) by John Biewen and Celeste Headlee from Scene on Radio

Lewis Wallace, female-assigned at birth, wanted to transition in the direction of maleness—in some ways. He shifted his pronouns, had surgery, starting taking testosterone. None of that meant he wanted to embrace everything that our culture associates with “masculinity.” Story written and reported by Lewis Wallace, with co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee.

Brings up interesting ideas about why we do or don’t expect people who are born women and transition to also take on the toxicity traits of maleness. Why can’t we just be who we are?

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👓 Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ | IndieWire

Read Hays’d: Decoding the Classics — ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ by Les Fabian Brathwaite (IndieWire)
The Motion Picture Production Code, also known as the Hays Code after censor/stick-in-the-mud Will Hays, regulated film content for nearly 40 years, restricting, among other things, depictions of homosexuality. Filmmakers still managed to get around the Code, but gay characters were cloaked in innue...

This article misses the boat about who the Rebel in the picture is. Come on people! Jim Stark does nothing but try to fit in and get by throughout the whole picture! Plato is the rebel.

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👓 Last Week at Wellesley | Alice Domurat Dreger

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The photo above was taken by my Wellesley College Freedom Project host, Mustafa Akyol, just after we came out of my lecture last Tuesday night. I’m the person second from the right. Everyone else was apparently there to protest my speaking.

Seeing this remarkable scene, I asked Mustafa if he would take that photo for me, and if we could please stay and talk with these folks rather than just leaving, and he said of course. When I then asked these students what they wanted to talk about, the apparent leader said they all didn’t want to talk to me. I asked why they’d be there if they didn’t have something to say. The leader responded with something like, “We don’t owe you anything!”

I stayed anyway, and students started to talk, to question, to challenge. We ended up staying and talking with them for about 45 minutes.

An interesting take on popular culture on college campuses in addition to a variety of other things.

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