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In this week’s Gabfest, Slate senior editor Jessica Winter joins Outward editor June Thomas and New York editor Noreen Malone to discuss the Time cover featuring trans actress Laverne Cox, the Internet meme Slender Man, and the fraught business of dating tech guys.
Some of items discussed in the episode:
- The Moon Inside You, a documentary about menstruation.
- The Time cover story featuring Laverne Cox.
- E.J. Graff’s Newsweek cover story.
- Eliza Gray’s New Republic article on the harsh reality of being trans in the United States.
- The episode of Dan Savage’s podcast in which he discussed using the word tranny.
- J. Bryan Lowder on the debate about the use of tranny in the LGBTQ community.
- Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, a resource about trans issues.
- Real Man Adventures, a collection of essays by T. Cooper.
- Christin Scarlett Milloy’s pieces for Outward.
- Kevin D. Williamson’s troubling piece in the National Review arguing that Laverne Cox is not a woman.
- In Outward, Mark Joseph Stern points out how Williamson dehumanized Cox and other transsexuals.
- The movie Heavenly Creatures.
- Slate’s The Gist contemplates how we ascribe meaning to mass violence.
- Maureen O’Connor’s New York article about being shipped to California to date tech guys.
- Tricia Romano’s Dame piece about how Amazon is ruining her sex life.
- Outward’s “Ask a Homo” series.
Jessica recommends Prison Architect, a CMS game in which you can build and manage your very own maximum-security prison. Challenges include designing cells and calling in the riot squad.
June recommends the USA show Playing House, about best friends who are planning to raise a child together.
Noreen suggests The Days of Abandonment, by Italian novelist Elena Ferrante, a book about the elegant undoing of a woman whose husband leaves her for a younger woman.