#91 Cross-Cultural Misogyny, FTM Transitions & the Exportation of Western Gender Theory with Vaishnavi Sundar

Vaishnavi Sundar

Vaishnavi Sundar

Vaishnavi is an independent filmmaker, feminist, writer, and women’s rights activist from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Her most recent film, Dysphoric: Fleeing Womanhood Like a House on Fire is a four-part documentary series on the rise of Gender Identity Ideology and gender transition in developing countries. We focus specifically on the recent uptick in FTM transitions, how the trend showing up abroad and where it may intersect with internalized misogyny. We also talk about the patriarchal underbelly of medical corporatism, cancel culture, and why understanding the social construction of our identity is so vitally important, especially when our goal is to achieve equality across the board.

Find Vaishnavi at VaishnaviSundar.com, on Twitter and on Instagram.

Watch Dysphoric on Youtube.

Vaishnavi’s book recommendation: Writing by Andrea Dworkin and Sheila Jeffreys

Songs featured: “Splintered” by Aisha Badru and “Your Move” (single version) by Yes

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#90 Inventing New Ways of Being in the World with Tao Ruspoli

Tao Ruspoli Anya Kaats

Tao Ruspoli Anya Kaats

Tao is a filmmaker (Being in the World, Monogamish), a photographer, a musician, a podcaster (the Being in the World podcast) and has a degree in philosophy from UC Berkeley. He is also an incredibly inspiring human and friend. From the compound he’s built on his property in Joshua Tree to The Bombay Beach Biennale, Tao has a knack for creating environments and communities that push the limits of our imagination. We sat down to co-release this conversation about sexuality, non-monogamy, fear, and how the act of applying our philosophies and beliefs about life to our physical, tangible surroundings can be a powerful form of anarchism.

Find Tao on Instagram and listen to his podcast.

Songs featured: “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” by Bettye LaVette and “Relationship Anarchy” by Mary Wander

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