Useful Idiots: Kamala's Mansion Misery, the Mysterious Suez Penis Crash, and Dr. Erica Anderson Decries the Arkansas Trans Ban

Plus: what's the best way to pack a suitcase full of rare turtles?

The Arkansas Senate just passed a bill with a title straight out of dystopian fiction: the Arkansas Save Adolescents from Experimentation Act, or SAFE. Roundly denounced as the most extreme law of its type ever passed, the bill is one of about two dozen laws aimed at trans care currently being considered at the state level. To find out what’s actually in these bills, Katie and I spoke with Dr. Erica Anderson, a trans clinician and psychology professor from the University of California, San Francisco.

Anderson, who also once starred on a popular reality show in Sweden, calls efforts like the Arkansas bill, an “ominous development in the culture wars” that “reveals a lack of understanding of trans youth care.”

Anderson talks about the challenges of talking in public about such a politically charged issue, and offers her thoughts on how the cultural divide might be bridged. “Fewer people in America know personally a transgender person,” she says. “As more and more of us are out, and known, the stereotypes are going to be blown up.”

Also this week: Vice President Harris’s intolerable wait in the Presidential Guest House, a terribly alliterative tale of turtles, and the amazing true story of the penis-in-the-sea drawn by the Suez-clogging crew of the Ever Given.