Content warning: This article mentions transphobia and LGBTQIA+ discrimination.
No, this is not a joke. All DXM podcasts will stop using Twitter as a platform to promote our content due to its failure to protect the communities we engage with.
Why? Well, Twitter removed parts of its hateful conduct policy that prevents users from misgendering or deadnaming transgender individuals. It also removed a detailed list of groups who are often disproportionately subjected to online abuse and other forms of discrimination as examples of inappropriate content.
DXM has always used social media to engage with an audience beyond its listenership base. Whether it is listeners who do not know about our podcasts or people who are experiencing these fandoms and topics for the first time, we want to be the place where everyone can engage with our content and community.
This includes members of the LGBTQIA+ community and especially trans people. Since The Restricted Section was started back in early 2020, we have made our stance clear; DXM and its creators do not endorse or tolerate transphobia in any form, especially promoting hate against members of the community. Whether it is That Bitch (you know the one we’re talking about) or any other creator or institution, if you want to spread hate, we rescind our support for them.
This extends to the platforms we engage on. If we cannot guarantee that our fans and listeners will be safe, we can no longer be active on the platform.
When the DXM creators discussed this issue together, we all agreed that Twitter had to go. We had been discussing it for months ever since the platform had new management and hateful content spiked. Back then we decided to stay on, citing the broad engagement we had and the supportive communities we had developed.
However, this latest development was the last straw. The way we see it, Twitter has changed its rules without telling anyone and is now facilitating hateful content through its removal of these lines from its policy.
Alex, host of My Cabbages, astutely pointed out, “It’s not just the trans or LGBTQIA+ communities that will be impacted; they also removed language about women, people of color, and historically underrepresented/marginalized communities who disproportionately experience hate or discrimination online.”
On May 1, 2023, all DXM podcasts will formally leave Twitter. From now on, you will be able to find all DXM podcasts on the Deus Ex Media website as well as other social media channels.
We don’t claim to be perfect, but there is no excuse for promoting hateful content in our communities and subjecting vulnerable and marginalised people to such abuse. This is just not ok, and we can no longer be active on this platform.
Last updated July 5, 2023
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If you’ve explored the Deus Ex Media podcasts, it will probably come as no surprise to you that we love books here. In August 2021, we decided to make that love official and launch the Deus Ex Media Book Club.
Book Club Facilitator Taylor has done a ton of work in developing the Book Club and making sure it runs smoothly from month to month. She created and manages the Book Club Discord server, where participants can come and go to chat about the Book Club selection or other bookish topics.
How it works
Participants take turns leading Book Club each month, with careful support from Taylor and other Deus Ex Media leaders. While participants are not required to lead any Book Club selections, it has turned out that most of them want to! We hope that by creating a positive, safe environment to share our favorite books with each other and explore new books as well, more people will join up and get to book chattin’.
The book of the month is chosen a week or more before the month starts to give participants ample time to purchase or check out from the library. Sometimes a host has a particular book in mind; often, they have a couple of choices, and the entire Club has the opportunity to vote on which they’d like to read.
As the new month begins, each participant is welcome to read at their own pace. Our Discord server is set up so every couple of chapters gets its own channel for discussion, so it’s easy to chat about what you’ve read so far without risking seeing spoilers.
Around halfway through the month, the host will begin posting discussion questions in the Discord server. Participants are welcome to engage with those questions or simply watch others discuss; some participants don’t have time to hang out in the server, so they only attend the end-of-month Book Club Zoom meetings.
Typically on the final Tuesday of each month, the Book Club meets over Zoom to chat face-to-face about what they’ve read. The host will lead the discussion, often with the help of a PowerPoint presentation. These conversations tend to be very open-ended and help to bring together all of the disjointed chats from the Discord server!
By that time, the next month’s book will have been chosen, and after the meeting, focus shifts to the next book.
What we've read so far
All book descriptions are adapted from StoryGraph.