Secret Cave Podcast S02E01: Gay

As the first official episode of the new season, Lee thought it best that we open with something ridiculously divisive and offensive. He’s still not sure why.

Anyway, we have a protracted discussion about the use of the word “Gay” and terminology in general. We also spiral off and talk about drugs, and have an argument about numbers. Lee introduces our new segment, “Show and Tell”, where we each bring in one talking point and have an argument.

Topics:

  • On the new format for season two
  • A discussion on using the word “gay”
  • The schoolyard origins of “gay”, and its implications
  • What it means as slang in Northern England
  • The history and different connotations of “gay”
  • On the reappropriation of negative terms
  • Arguments about terminology in To Pimp a Butterfly
  • When slurs are and aren’t shocking
  • Does “gay” have an actual homophobic connotation in America vs.
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Muddied Waters: Why Batman Doesn’t Matter Anymore

Despite the extremely harsh title, it’s worth mentioning that i’m a huge fan of the Batman mythos.  It seemed obvious to me, from a young age, that he was the coolest and most interesting superhero.  Others somehow missed the mark; either too unbelievable, dull or derivative.  As such, I followed the Caped Crusader with growing intrigue as I got older.  Reaching a peak in my early twenties, I even once tried to write my own Batman yarn (one of those projects best left to rest).  None of this is an attack on the concept or, for the most part, execution of the character.  …   [continue reading]