Mark, Wes, Dylan, and Seth snuggle into our enforced social distancing to give our thoughts (and some of yours) on our recent string of episodes on social construction (starting with #227), especially regarding gender (see #232 and #235). We also never had a critical debrief after speaking to Judith Butler in #236, so we consider whether her notion of "grievable lives" adds helpfully to our moral lexicon.
This was intended to be a "mailbag" episode, and we read a couple of listener comments. Have we in fact "lost our credibility" by delving this far into identity politics? Would it make any sense for us to give something approaching equal time to conservative philosophers, or dive further into the science (here's that thread by a biologist I referred to about sex not being straightforwardly binary), or should we just go back to doing more uncontroversially canonical works and stay away from politics? Take a listen and tell us what you think.
End song: "The Size of Luv" by Mark Lint from Mark Lint's Dry Folk (2018).