There's No Time To Explain #13: Lavada Luening
I have a conversation with Lavada Luening, co-founder of the Southeast Wisconsin Secular She-Thinkers and host of the the Secular TV web series, The Secular She-Thinker. She's speaking at the Shift to Reason Conference in Saskatchewan, Canada on April 30th. She's a popular secular, atheist, feminist, and liberal activist and writer whose work was, before last week, featured on a popular "freethought" website, but removed by the publisher after a dispute about what other sorts of nonsense gets published under the banner of freethought went public. I reached out to Lavada and asked her for the inside scoop and we pontificate on the meaning of freethought and how it's stretched to include all sorts of nonsense. We talk about the Wisconsin and California Primary and do some strategy planning for Bernie Sanders in case he doesn't get the Democratic nomination. I ask Lavada to defend her use of racy photos of herself on social media to advance her feminist agenda, and she coins the term, "Honeypot Activism." I do as one does when you interview a feminist: tell sexist jokes. I rant about the the hornet's nest of anger and vitriol I stumbled into when I tried to troll a few of my friends with a fake Pussycat Dolls meme that went viral after being shared by notable drag queens Guillotina Munter and Yara Sophia, amassing 26k+ shares in four days. I use the opportunity to ponder our own advancing mortality when we realize that our musical idols are dying at a seemingly faster rate than normal.