Ashley's story struck me because it was overwhelmingly an example of how the internet can be positive and supportive, helping people embrace who they are and find others like them. Ashley made herself vulnerable to ridicule and, instead, got back kindness and community (for the most part - there are always a few haters). We strongly want our podcast to highlight the ways the internet brings people together, rather than polarizes them. What also jumped out at me was how Ashley said she'd previously been fixated on presenting herself in one way on social media (as we all are), but had a complete mindset shift about her online identity and what it meant to express her full self online. I think that's so important. For most of us, the online version of ourselves if idealized in some way, or very carefully curated. I'm so interested in how we can "be ourselves" online, and I think she's a great example of that.
Some time last year, we were interested in interviewing someone involved with Men's Rights, but decided we felt like we were not able to have a positive and productive conversation about that. We're still interested in this, but the hateful rhetoric we were reading made us scared to reach out to potential interviewees.