Devon Price, author of Laziness Does Not Exist (2021, Atria Books) is a social psychologist, writer, activist, and professor at Loyola University of Chicago’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
OMG y’all, why’s everyone keep talking about “return to work” when we never stopped working? Not just in places like jobs, but literally working to emotionally, physically, and mentally survive a literal pandemic? This week, Spencer and Jamie kick things off by chatting through the feelings of overwhelm and tiredness that a lot of folks seem to be able to relate to right now, especially as technology continues to blur the boundary between work and life. You are not alone! Capitalism just wants you to think you are!
And who better to break it all down than Dr. Devon Price, nonbinary icon, social psychologist, and author of Laziness Does Not Exist! This convo was absolutely electric, as Devon helps us see how the “laziness lie” and our society’s obsession with productivity is hurting all of us, traces its origins to white supremacy, and shows us how playing video games (and other activities often seen as “lazy”) are actually really, really good for us. And you know we couldn’t let them leave the studio without sharing their transmasculine reading of Ico!!
The Lighthouse Foundation invests in Black LGBTQ+ liberation internally by developing Black Queer Leaders: a cohort that builds community, sets goals, and creates public programming for Black Queer people in Chicagoland.
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Spencer Icasiano (they/them) is a queer and mixed Filipinx writer, product designer, and co-host of Pixel Therapy, a podcast about the emotional connections people form with video games. They have written on topics of queer and trans identity, art-making, and advocacy for several online and print publications.