Research & References Inspiring the Hedonisia Workshops & Book Trilogy
Complementing the academic journals we cite, a deliberate decision was made to focus on video sources so the bibliography is easily accessible to everyone regardless of education level to show the diversity of opinions and people we derived our inspiration.
Part of the reason why we chose to broaden our research resources is that many of the divisive phrases ripping society apart today were produced or propagated by Ivy League universities. As a result, much of the modern social science and sociology research is biased towards what is commonly called a "woke" narrative.
YouTube videos of thinkers and professors provided an intellectual foundation for the Hedonisia creativity and communication projects.
Many of the discussions feature accomplished people from all walks of life. Their logic and emotional passion is much more inspiring to quote from than a scholarly journal written in dense, dry and deliberately impenetrable university jargon seemingly designed to confuse the working class.
I do not agree with everything said in the videos. For example, I am pro-choice in reproductive rights whereas one of the speakers, Zuby is not. In a free-speech society that is fine.
Despite these differences, there are threads of convergence forming a broad intellectual consensus on the values of classical liberalism with protections for diversity of thought as well as people.
In the current "culture wars" climate, I decided to divide the bibliography by social identity to reach everyone especially younger people and those recently educated at a university in the West.
For many progressives today, there is a post-modern idea of seeing the group identity of the person who is speaking before listening to the content of what they have to say. The belief is that only people from "marginalized" groups have a right to speak about their group because theirs is a "lived" experience.
My hope is that a progressive or conservative person listens to those in their social identity group from the list below if that makes them feel comfortable. Then they can perhaps go on to others on the list and see the connecting threads of thought despite the diversity of speaker backgrounds.
In traditional media, the tendency is to favor short interviews with a focus on sound bites. The effect is that TV interviews appear shallow and performative.
A deep discussion allows a person to articulate their reasons with nuance. Importantly, these speakers speak their "emotional truths", "lived experience" and feelings supported by rationalism, reason, and facts. In an age that often values feelings more than facts, this is a powerful combination.
The number of social identities is ever-growing so this list is be no means exhaustive. These discussions are just a sliver of each individual's range of thought on the subjects of racism, DEI, woke, gender relations, and many more of the issues dividing so many today.
There is a spectrum of identities and opinions with a lot of overlap and convergence.
UK & US African Born Women
- Ayishat Akanbi - "Victimhood is a State of Mind"
- Africa Brooke - “Leaving the Cult of Wokeness with Jordan Peterson”
- Inaya Folarin Iman - “Will Young People Rebel Against Wokeness?”
- Patience Xina - "Does Victim Mentality Come With A Cost?"
- Magatte Wade - "Africa is NOT Poor Because of Colonialism: Here’s Why".
- Ada Akpala - "Challenging Narratives - Black People Can't Be Racist"
Straight White Western Women
- Keri Smith - “How I Left the Social Justice Cult”
- Bettina Arndt - “#MeToo and feminists' male chastity crusade”
- Christina Hoff Sommers - Intersectional Feminism: What is it? | FACTUAL FEMINIST
- Suzanne Venker - “Woke women are killing relationships”
- Nikki van der Gaag - “Why feminism needs men - and men need feminism”
- Cassie Jaye - “Gender Politics | Exploring Minds w/ Michele Carroll Ep. 15”
African American Women
- NissCee.Social - "Dave Chappelle was right about the LGBTQ community"
- Melanie King - Professor Explains Why Women Can't Find REAL Love
African American Males
- Coleman Hughes - “My Open Letter to Ibram X. Kendi”
- Thomas Sowell - “The Real History of Slavery”
- John McWhorter - “How Does Anti-Racism Hurt Black People?”
- Glenn Loury, John McWhorter & Ian Rowe - "Who Speaks for Black America?"
- Zuby - "The Problem with Black Lives Matter"
Straight White Men
- Prof. Jonathan Haidt - "What does 40 years of DEI have to show?"
- Simon Evans - “Comedy, Liberal Bias and Offence Culture”
- Bill Maher. “New Rule: Words Matter”
- Jordan Peterson - “How overprotective mothers can destroy their sons.”
- Joe Rogan - “Liberals Who Refuse to Talk to Trump Supporters w/Iliza Shlesinger”
- Professor Stephen Hicks - “Postmodernism Explained”
Women of Muslim Background
- Ayaan Hirsi Ali - “Islam, Immigration and Women's Rights”
- Mona Ethawi - “We need a sexual revolution in the Middle East”
Lesbian White Women
Gay White Men
- Douglas Murray - “More Slaves Are Alive Today Than Ever In History”
Gay Black Men
- Amir Odom - "Here's Why The LGB Is Different From The TQ+"
- Charlie Cheon - "What are We Doing to White People?"