Podcast of the Week: Stuff Mom Never Told You

Dear Diary,

I’m sorry I’ve neglected you and haven’t posted consistently. Life is busy. But I’m back, I’m here, I’m ready to go.

This week I’m talking about a specific episode from Stuff Mom Never Told You: Larry Nassar’s Crimes.


For those of you that are for whatever reason buried under a rock, or not connected to news sites, you can read up on it here. On Sunday, Dateline had a special on Larry Nassar, and Aly Raisman slammed NBC because apparently they were “more interested in burying the allegations against Nassar than addressing them. Raisman suggested there’s even more to the story, but ‘Dateline’ opted not to air her full comments.” Read that full article here.

This podcast episode aired back in February, and what they talk about is a bit different than I expected. They do a great job of briefing the case, but then they actually spend quite a bit of time talking about the judge and the overall system. What seems different about this episode is that they seem to be saying things that others are only thinking.

They also spend time talking about how long it took for this crime to come to light. So many people knew about what was happening. And not just in this case, but in Hollywood, in the average American home, across the globe, etc. One big question they ask is this:

At what level of complicity do we find someone criminal?

I’ll say, these chicks aren’t afraid to share what they feel, which I can appreciate. I don’t have to agree with everything they say in order to appreciate learning about their perspective. Something I thought was profound was this comment:

I do not want to be in a silo of feminist purity tests where the only right answer is blindly falling in line with supporting women without having the ability to question what kind of precedent this sets up.

There’s lot of opinions and some language in this, but it left me thinking about where I stood, what I believe, and how I’d want someone in the courts to handle a case if I were involved. So that to me is a winner of a podcast in my book. You might find it intriguing, too. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you do end up listening.

*One small note* At the normal speed of the podcast, these girls sound like they’ve been enhanced to a higher speed. Which I don’t love. Am I the only one who notices this? Am I cray?

Cheers, happy debating.

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