This fortnight we’re discussing Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. The first book in the Six of Crows duology and the fourth book in the Grishaverse series. We discussed a wide range of topics including slavery, sex work, and stereotypes of different cultures.
Content warning: In this episode we discuss sexual harassment, sex slavery, and childhood trauma/violence
We promised resources for those who might need them. Please get help if you need it:
- RAINN – Anti-sex violence assistance. Call 800-856-4619 or visit their website for assistance
- ChildHelp – Child Abuse – Call 1-800-422-4453 for assistance
- Safe Place or National Runaway Safeline – Assistance for young people experiencing homelessness with both shelter and medical needs. Text 44357 or visit Safe Place website for help. Call 1-800-786-2929, or visit the National Runaway Safeline for their assistance
- Free Clinics and sliding scale clinics searchable by state
- There are a few Game of Thrones spoilers in this episode (for the TV show).
- We talked a lot about the opioid epidemic in the U.S, and there is a lot of information about it out there, so we wanted to provide more context about confronting the epidemic and states taking legal action against the people making the drugs.
- More information on the Sackler family and their extreme wealth
- Last Week Tonight episode about the opioid crisis and Sackler family’s responsibility for it
- There are three John Oliver videos about the tax breaks churches get and how those can be used for many different things. I recommend watching them in this order: Televangelists, Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption, and Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption Final Update
- The symptoms of Haphephobia, or fear of being touched, which we see presented in Kaz
- Black Lives Matter has resources, information about how you can help, and how to donate to their cause
- The history of the Romani people and common stereotypes that wee see play out in the story
- Leigh Bardugo suffers from osteonecrosis, which came up in our discussion of her depiction of Kaz, but was also mentions in the acknowledgements
- Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj episode about the wide reach of gun into other countries
- Information on dyslexia and dysgraphia
- Gray asexual and asexual spectrum
- If you haven’t seen it, watch the movie Dope
- Reparations have been coming up a bunch in episodes and in the news. Ta-Nehisi Coats brought reparations back into the national discussion in 2014 in his work for The Atlantic. Now Democratic candidates are deciding where they stand on the issue.
- A bit of history on the difference between slaves and indentured servants. Turns out there may have been some difference initially, but not for long.
- There is gambling in Amsterdam, and the profits go to the state. Not so different from Ketterdam after all!
- There is a ton of research and talk out there about confusing sex work with sex trafficking (they are not the same thing), as well as a debate as to whether sex work should be legalized, decriminalized, or remain illegal. JK, It’s Magic is a sex positive podcast, which means we support those who choose sex work, because sex work is work. But we also believe this discussion really needs include those who are doing that work to see what they want and need from us as a society.
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