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The Red Scare Podcast

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There seems to be no discussion of The Red Scare podcast on SG - but I think that many members here will enjoy it. Hosted by two US/Russian women in their late 20s, who have a very characteristically Russian body-aesthetic and discipline preferences (if I may, as a Russian, make such claims). On top of that a series of hot takes on everything ranging from recent news, media, art events, films and popular culture. Usually with cutting humour, a refreshing disregard for political correctness (which stops well short of bigotry, racism etc), and knowledge of some key contemporary thinkers and texts. Politically very left. Sass level SG compatible.

Both hosts - Dasha and Anna - are quite outspoken about wanting to be skinny, the sacrifices required, and the taboos put on the topic in contemporary media. It is a refreshing change from the constant, blind body-positivity choir. While it is not by any means at the centre of their discussions (the podcast is more about current affairs), this attitude comes through at times, and I find it very comforting. I listen to the Red Scare more for the hilarious leftist takes on US politics and popular culture, but I love it when they are overt about actually having to make some sacrifices for looking a particular way. Below some pictures of the hosts, and here's the link to the podcast: https://redscarepodcast.libsyn.com/

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Checking them out. First impression was kinda ‘okay this looks kinda trashy and political’ but I’m listening and they’re semi-bearable? ish? Neither give off the major Russian-princess stereotype vibes I have implanted in my head thanks to past Avant Camps and 2007 runway shows but I’ll get past that.

Do you have any recs for episodes? I don’t really know/care much about American politics. I’m trying to find a pro skinny one lol

Okay. They just started fat shaming ‘chubby girls’... I’m listening :sneaky:
 
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Do you have any recs for episodes? I don’t really know/care much about American politics. I’m trying to find a pro skinny one lol
Hmm yes, as I said the podcast is basically about politics, so I am afraid they don't have any specific pro-skinny episodes, it's more like a general attitude. There are sort of several-minute-long bits on the topic here and there, but it's never the subject of an entire episode. In a recent episode (I can't remember which one) they spoke briefly about the fact that obesity is a public health issue that is costing millions of dollars and many lives. While the way out of the epidemic is healthy eating and exercise, it is often taboo for medical professionals to even say that because they will be accused of fat-shaming.

I guess it's just an attitude that comes up in many of the views they express as well as the personal details they share about their own lives. I wanted to share it because I've always found that there is a type of 'progressively leftist young woman' that usually renounces the skinny aesthetic, so it was refreshing to find some diversity in that department. I will try to remember any particularly sassy bits I liked though and will post them!

And yeah they are definitely not the Russian princess types, which I love :)
 

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The idea of a SG friendly podcast is a dream. I think in the long run if run properly it could actually help counter a lot of the negative stigma SG lifestyle gets. Would it be crazy to say I would love to start one if anyone in the Brooklyn/Manhattan area is game?
 
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The idea of a SG friendly podcast is a dream. I think in the long run if run properly it could actually help counter a lot of the negative stigma SG lifestyle gets. Would it be crazy to say I would love to start one if anyone in the Brooklyn/Manhattan area is game?
Do it! Do it! And then have us as guests :woot:
 
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The idea of a SG friendly podcast is a dream. I think in the long run if run properly it could actually help counter a lot of the negative stigma SG lifestyle gets. Would it be crazy to say I would love to start one if anyone in the Brooklyn/Manhattan area is game?
I would love it if there was a n SG friendly pod! I am such a sucker for podcasts and spend an obscene amount of time listening to them. There are certain things worth considering though - like for instance the increased visibility associated with podcasting. The Red Scare girls get a lot of hate for some of their opinions, so I can only imagine if the full extent of SG standards was unleashed in plain sight. On the other hand, maybe that's what is needed :twisted:

But you are also right that over time and if done well it could change opinions. If I were in the area and not very busy with other things I would be in!
 
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Okay I’m binge listening (beats binge eating, at least) and I’m kinda into it. Ig what you mean with the *subtle pro skinny undertones* and I do recall them wishing to reincarnate the waif / heroin chic trends of the past. Um, duh.

Checked Dasha out on twitter (the prettier and more likeable, albeit chubbier, one) and she’s kinda a self proclaimed anorexic... I can’t tell if it’s a joke lol. Exhibit A as to why it isn’t to be taken seriously would be her legs, followed up by Exhibit B: her food account— which really hits that balance of cheesy, sloppy Russian in NYC junk food with diet coke and black coffee aesthetics. I’m kinda digging the podcast though tbh.

Also, @saturation, whilst I’m here, care to elaborate on the ‘eyeroll’ react? Genuine question. The only vaguely eyeroll comments in my initial post were the ‘idk/idc about American politics’ which is true because I don’t; or perhaps the assumption that all Russians are skinny, blonde and belong to aristocracy? which was a joke, if that wasn’t as incredibly obvious as I presumed it was. Like I’m genuinely curious.
 

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Sorry @stargirl - I didn't get it was a joke and genuinely mistook it then. I blame my around-the-clock shift at the job I hate and just had gotten out of which very likely reflected on that reaction as I already was generally annoyed.
 
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Do it! Do it! And then have us as guests :woot:
I would love it if there was a n SG friendly pod! I am such a sucker for podcasts and spend an obscene amount of time listening to them. There are certain things worth considering though - like for instance the increased visibility associated with podcasting. The Red Scare girls get a lot of hate for some of their opinions, so I can only imagine if the full extent of SG standards was unleashed in plain sight. On the other hand, maybe that's what is needed :twisted:

But you are also right that over time and if done well it could change opinions. If I were in the area and not very busy with other things I would be in!
Honestly after giving it some thought I do want to bring the idea to life. I think as long as I avoid “fat shaming” and focus on the skinny girl lifestyle and the good health that comes with it, it does stand a chance. I’m going to brainstorm a direction to market it in before I start anything. But thank you for the encouragement! :luvluv:
 
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Honestly after giving it some thought I do want to bring the idea to life. I think as long as I avoid “fat shaming” and focus on the skinny girl lifestyle and the good health that comes with it, it does stand a chance. I’m going to brainstorm a direction to market it in before I start anything. But thank you for the encouragement! :luvluv:
Great! I'm nowhere near where you are, but I do have some free time, so if you need help researching something feel free to ask. Also, I watch a lot of podcasts, albeit more philosophical/sciency ones...
 

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Okay I’m binge listening (beats binge eating, at least) and I’m kinda into it.
Ha that is exactly how I started out as well. I think the first episode I listened to was a weird outlier one where they both drank too much rose, and I was like what the actual f am I listening to. But then I got reeeally into it :D

Checked Dasha out on twitter (the prettier and more likeable, albeit chubbier, one) and she’s kinda a self proclaimed anorexic... I can’t tell if it’s a joke lol.
Yeah I think you are right about the slight ana vibes there, and I don't think it is entirely a joke. Sometimes seems like part of Dasha's 'waif-like' self-proclaimed identity. As far as instagram trends are concerned, it kind of goes with the whole girly slightly infantilised dress style.

What's more interesting though is Anna's transformation over the past several years - she has gone from chubby to normal to quite skinny recently and looks so much better. She talks about it way less, but seems to actually do something, which I respect. I guess it's the SG way. You can see the difference even in the past 6 months on her Instagram. And I actually really like her style, hair etc - my personal preference for weird androgyny. She needs Dasha to reign in her constant desire to stir shit though, some of the stuff she says makes me 😶

Honestly after giving it some thought I do want to bring the idea to life. I think as long as I avoid “fat shaming” and focus on the skinny girl lifestyle and the good health that comes with it, it does stand a chance.
Great! I'm nowhere near where you are, but I do have some free time, so if you need help researching something feel free to ask.
Fantastic! I am also happy to discuss and contribute as much as I can from distance :)
 
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Dasha has lost a lot of weight, as far as I know she's been doing light cardio and consuming less calories but I'm sure her post-breakup depression has aided it. Her legs look great here, very lean. However, I do think she's shorter than she says she is. I love her skinny ankles :grin:

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