Civil Discourse #3: Diversity (No, Not The Dance Troupe)

Regular hosts Becka (@tainkirrahe), Erica (@transsoundwave), and Umar (@speed_freak01) are joined by keen dog-spotter Isa (@EvilCleverDog) to chat about issues surrounding diversity in media.

We’re taking a look at Marvel’s Iron FistThe Great WallAladdin and the casting of Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who and discussing topics such as humanisation and assimilation tactics in culture.


Each episode we ask our hosts and guests to recommend something to our listeners! This week:

  • Isa is a smart lady with plenty of recommendations to make! Here’s her full list:
    • Korean movie Okja, available on Netflix – a fun and depressing movie about a magical pet and the food industry. Tissues advised
    • The Dear White People TV series, also available on Netflix – recommended over the recent film of the same name
    • The Get Down, also also available on Netflix – directed by Baz Luhrmann
    • The 1976 original Broadway production of Pacific Overtures (and definitely not the recent stage production with an all-white cast…)
    • Naomi Klein’s book No Is Not Enough
    • And Lindsey Ellis’s video Pocahontas Was A Mistake, And Here’s Why
  • Umar wanted to get down with the armfuls of recommendations and has opted for these this week:
  • Erica also also has several recommendations, because recommending stuff is fun!
    • The YouTube series The Gay & Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo for being a wonderful show with a diverse cast
    • Wanna meet the Civil Discourse crew? Well that’s good, because we’ll be attending the UK Transformers convention TF Nation! Why? Because it’s the best damn Transformers convention in the world the UK organised by some very wonderful people, and if you’re a UK-based Transformers fan who can find their way to Birmingham then you should definitely come and join in the fun!
  • Becka is boring and only has one recommendation, but it’s a good one! Author Jordan L. Hawk has written a beautiful series of gay paranormal romance/horror books about a gay sorcerer, his boyfriend, their lady archeologist friend and her kickass Indian husband set in the 1890’s in America, and thoroughly recommends them if you’re a fan of Lovecraftian horror and well-crafted mystery stories

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