Great Up Until It Tackled Gender Fluidity
I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast for a long time. Especially the early, light-hearted episodes about “sad Jen” and “videomate.” However, the most recent episode regarding gender reveal parties crossed a line that felt forced, accusatory, and inappropriate. To summarize: the rise in popularity of gender reveal parties is positioned as a conservative means for fighting back against the rise in gender fluidity and transgenderism. Willa begins the episode with a disgusted tone as she introduces the topic of gender reveal parties and quickly spirals into mean-spirited dialogue as she attempts to admonish the the unification of “biological sex” and gender through these parties. The line “society made my daughter like pink,” is actually said in this podcast which is a laughably “woke” view of how gender reveal parties are a source of larger societal problems. The episode is a bizarrely tone deaf way of shaming people who are simply excited about having a baby. There’s plenty of material to cover around gender reveal parties without dipping a toe into the political discourse. Decoder Ring, in my mind, succeeded as result of being a form of escapism from the political discourse in our country. This is a great example of how a great show will swerve out of its lane in an attempt to collect new listeners. Maybe it will work in this case. I, however, hear enough gender politics in every other avenue of my daily life to say that I won’t voluntarily subscribe to another.
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