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Un-Cancelling J.K. Rowling - with Kelly Madrone: Part 1

September 26, 2020

Un-Cancelling J.K. Rowling - with Kelly Madrone: Part 1
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Episode Summary:

Today’s show looks at the toxic, seductive and pervasive tribal behaviour of cancel culture and the echo chambers it creates.

Show Notes:

Writer, friend and all-around amazing being Kelly Madrone, a member of and advocate for the LGBTQ community and author of the book LGBTQ (now in it’s 3rd edition), joins me today to talk about the backlash against J.K. Rowling’s recent controversial comments on sex and gender, and shares why she felt compelled to write a piece that’s a call to cancel the cancelling.

We explore how mob mentality and attack are being wielded as weapons to shut down contrary points of view—and the constricting impact it’s having on respectful, meaningful and creative dialogue. 

Kelly discusses her scientific perspective on the biology of gender and shares how it complements her spiritual beliefs and informs her perspective on the gender conversation.

We also share some of the ways that we're challenging ourselves to bring greater levels of complexity in response to reductionist perspectives and engage in productive public discourse with discernment, compassion and responsibility for the clarity of our point of view.

Listen to Part 2 of our discussion here:
Un_Cancelling J.K.Rowling with Kelly Madrone: Part 2

Links to the moving parts mentioned in the episode:

Kelly’s piece on J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling’s essay response to the backlash against her

John McWhorter’s review of Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility”
John McWhorter’s YouTube video on Police Brutality

Kelly Madrone website

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