Making an ass out of u and me (assuming positive intent)

Episode 77 · December 17th, 2021 · 49 mins 58 secs

About this Episode

In this episode, rachel and Kendall talk about:

  • Dietary constraints for gout sufferers
  • Non-traditional Thanksgiving fare and excitement about cabbage rolls
  • Kendall's adventures in escalating vegetarianism
  • The definition of "assuming positive intent"
  • How the power dynamic matters
  • Why it's unreasonable to expect marginalized people to assume positive intent by default
  • Kendall realizes once again he's playing the game on "easy" mode
  • When assuming positive intent works well, why it's valuable and to whom
  • Why this episode has the "explicit" tag :)
  • A time when Kendall did not assume positive intent
  • The dangers of making "assume positive intent" a corporate policy
  • How this relates to injustice in the greater social world
  • Kendall's unflagging optimism about people
  • rachel's tactics for navigating a situation where you can't assume positive intent
  • Why intent is not as important as impact
  • How to serve a colleague or employee who reports discrimination
  • Our desire for more topics to discuss, tweet us at @djpiebob and @blatanterror with your requests!

Special thanks to Mel Stanley for our theme music <3