Podcast Ep. 164: The Boringest Generation of Homosexuals

This week we discuss this year’s second fun lockdown event, the inconvenient death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and whether the next generation of gay men will be boring.

Joining us is one of the more interesting homosexuals.

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Let the boys have their clubs

The only surprise in the news that the Garrick Club is facing legal action over sex discrimination is that it took so long. This year no old institution has been off limits to progressive calls for radical reform, but boys’ clubs have been acceptable targets for much longer and nobody can deny that a men’s only members’ club qualifies.

The complainant is Emily Bendell, chief executive of underwear company Bluebella. The entrepreneur instructed lawyers last Tuesday to send a letter to the club, informing it that she is seeking to reverse its policy of only allowing women into the club as guests or employees.

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Podcast Ep. 163: The Open-Ended and General Law-Breaking Society

This week we discuss the new job of everyone’s favourite onion-munching Australian prime minister Tony Abbott, the general law-breaking of Boris Johnson’s government, and whether it’s appropriate to classify teenagers as LGBT.

Joining us is Jazza’s straight Tinder profile.

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Give me remakes or give me death

In life there are few certainties. Death, or course. Taxes, probably. And only slightly less likely is that Nintendo will re-release Super Mario World this year.

I say that with affection. To a large extent Nintendo was my childhood. Before picking up the guitar or logging into Reddit to insult people about their politics, I played Nintendo games. But playing through World for the umpteenth time on Switch, it’s hard not to feel the company runs purely on the fumes of past successes.

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Where are the mostly violent riots?

Journalists have lately become acutely aware of the narrow slice of life they showcase. Tom Chivers of UnHerd represents the best of this trend, covering a range of statistical bloopers, biases and other media shortcomings. In short, the news is not reality, but a view on it.

Others are less concerned with rigorous accuracy, instead focusing on whether it’s good for their ‘narrative’, as the pseuds say. As a result, this summer we’ve been treated to news reports about “mostly peaceful” riots across the Western world, sometimes accompanied with footage of smashed buildings, or even smashed people.

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