Episode 62 - Joss Whedon

Welcome to episode 62, in which we discuss the work and influence of geek culture's super problematic fave, Joss Whedon. Is he the right choice for the upcoming Batgirl film? Why do our thoughts on his work sour as time goes on? And, because we're not total haters, what does he get right?

Mistakes: We keep saying Penny was dressed as Sleeping Beauty, but we mean Snow White.

Warning: This episode contains some minor cussing. Nothing R-rated, just a couple of b-words and a sole s-word if you'd prefer not to blast those to your office or whatever.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Breath of the Wild
Kimmy (Missy's Review)
Night in the Woods

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

13 Reasons Why

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

‘Orphan Black’ and the Breakdown of Tokenization by Alenka Figa
“Bismuth” and Steven Universe’s Racial Coding Problem by Jamie Kingston
The Glorious Rise and Inevitable Slightly Downward Slide (We’re Talking Like 100 Yards Max) Of Joss Whedon by Ashly Nagrant
Laureljupiter's post about Joss Whedon and Masculinity
"[Summer Glau] looks kind of Asian" Source
"Reconsidering the Feminism of Joss Whedon" by Natasha Simons
"Tis Pity She’s a Whore": Postfeminist Prostitution in Joss Whedon’s Firefly by Dee Amy-Chinn (This link is RIFE with pop-ups--the full text is there, but you may be better off using something like JSTOR if you have access)
Charisma Carpenter's statement on Cordelia leaving Angel
With Allies Like These by Melissa Mcewan
Joss Whedon on 'Batgirl' and Exploring the "Damage" Behind His Next Superhero by Mia Galuppo and Aaron Couch

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Episode 61 - Representations of Queerness

It's time for episode 61, in which we're talking about the ways that queerness is expressed and represented in media. When is a stereotype a stereotype? Is it bad if queer women (gasp!) look like queer women? What counts as representation and what does? And exactly how English major can Missy get on Yuri!!! on ICE?

Mistakes: We mention this at the beginning, but we weren't aware of Kubo Mitsurou's remarks regarding Yuri and Viktor's relationship (or lack thereof). This means our conversation about the show is missing a pretty vital piece--namely, that one of the creators is reluctant to confirm the relationship as anything more than "teammates" or "friendship. That does change things, so we might talk about it more in a future episode!

Warning: This episode uses explicit language and does contain some sexual content. Not suitable for work!

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Harlots

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

That’s what she said?! Kubo Mitsurou and Yuri!!! on ICE
Here’s How Coding Movie Villains as Queer Is Hurting Our Community by Riley J. Dennis
Last Take of the Year by Aevee Bee
Underwhelming Gay Romance Options In Mass Effect: Andromeda Disappoint Many Fans by Patricia Hernandez
Straight Guys on Ice by Amelia Cook
OatmealAddiction on homophobia in Japan
Yuri!!! On ICE Review by Cecilia D’Anastasio
How to Visualise Identity? Looking for Nonbinary by Holly Rose Swinyard
Avengers Academy: Queer Rep Done Well in Capes by Alexis Sergio
Zelda, Mass Effect and Horizon all struggle with introducing their trans characters by Laura Dale
How Trans Consultants Saved Dragon Age: Inquisition by Laura Dale
Beyond the Binary Magazine

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Episode 60 - Humor and Sexuality

Welcome to episode 60, in which we discuss...a lot of explicit topics with a humorous touch. Are sex jokes juvenile? How can sexual humor be funny without isolating people? What does all this have to do with video games?

Warning: This episode is explicit in every conceivable sense! There's cussing, there's sexual content, there are obscene gestures that you can't see. Not safe for work!

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Mass Effect Andromeda
Night in the Woods

Watching:

Get Out

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Battlestar Galactica
Star Wars Rebels

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

S.EXE by Cara Ellison
Who is your video game Valentine? by Simone de Rochefort
The ‘Stardew Valley’ Modder Who Added Jerk Off Schedules For Every Guy by Patrick Klepek
Touch the Skyrim
Hot Masked Robot-on-Robot Action at Waypoint Radio
Danielle Riendeau's tweets
Hey Video Games, What’s the Problem with Dicks? by Kate Gray
Dick Joke by Todd Harper
The Age of Transformative Works Has Changed The Rules of Compelling Narratives by Meg Downey
Waypoint Mission Statement

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Episode 59 - Sailor Moon Sailor Stars

We've finally reached the end of Sailor Moon in episode 59, and it's time to get even weirder, somehow. This season has a big focus on growth and the importance of sharing your burdens, and we're chatting about both, as well as the series lasting legacy and influence on modern media.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Lady Castle by Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A Woods, and Jim Campbell

Watching:

My Brother, My Brother, and Me
Lego Batman
Riverdale

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Riverdale
Seven Deadly Sins
Kuromukuro

Listening to:

The Adventure Zone

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

LEGO Batman Shows the Pitfalls of Toxic Masculinity by Clara Mae
25 Years of Never Being Alone: Sailor Moon and Me by Angel Cruz
N'Donna Russell's Blog
Siren for Hire by Maddy Myers
Green-Eyed Monster by Carrogath

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Episode 58 - Sailor Moon Super S

It's time for episode 58, which means we're knee-deep in Sailor Moon Super S! Want bizarre circus performers, crop tops for boys, and sweet horse loving? Look no further.

Warning: There's a bit of Freudian analysis in here, which is almost deserving of a warning in itself. But, more importantly, there's some discussion of genitalia with regard to some of the imagery of this season—this episode may not be the best to listen to with children unless you want weird questions about what penis envy and castration anxiety are.

Mistakes: Missy definitely meant that it was Usagi who was less jealous in the Sailor Moon R movie, but oh well.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling, edited by Jay M Gates and Monica Valentineli
Cats I've Known by Katie Haegele

Watching:

My Brother, My Brother, and Me

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Riverdale
OA
3%
Star Wars Rebels

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Betty and Veronica doing…something.
Brit Marling’s The OA and The Sound of My Voice Caution Against Not Believing Women by Teresa Jusino

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Episode 57 - Sailor Moon S

It's time for episode 57, and we're diving deep into the the wild, sometimes confusing world of Sailor Moon S! Things get a little deeper, a little more complex, and a lot more queer. Also, a large digression about Dragon Age, because why not?

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:

Waypoint Radio

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Gilmore Girls
3%

Listening To:

The Adventure Zone

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins - The essay Missy mentions about TV fandom is "How Texts Become Real"
Prince Uranus at Sailor Moon Wiki
"How Sailor Moon Transformed Queer 90s Kids' Lives "
"Makin' Woohoo: The Sims and My Sexual Awakening" by Melissa Brinks

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Episode 56 - Sailor Moon R

Welcome to episode 56, in which we discuss the the joys and hilarity of Sailor Moon R! We're talking about weird elf people, sexy jazzercise Elsa, and the perils of materialism, as well as the show's mixed messages.

Warning: Another loud use of the b-word! Sorry. Sometimes we get a little heated.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Michael Bendis, Neil Gaiman, and various artists, colorists, and letterers

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Gilmore Girls

Listening To:

The Adventure Zone

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Episode 55 - Sailor Moon Season One

Welcome to episode 55, in which we discuss the fashion, color schemes, and potential feminism of Sailor Moon season one! Which Sailor Scout are we? Does 'weaponized femininity' apply here? How has Sailor Moon changed the landscape of worldwide media? Also, a laugh track.

Mistake: Not so much a mistake as an acknowledgement, but some friends arrived midway through recording, so there is some background noise as they provide live commentary and a laugh track for some of the discussions. If you hear weird noises in the background, it's them. Also, Missy outright says 'bitch' because you know what? Kylo Ren is one. Sorry.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Goldie Vance by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams, Sarah Stern, and Jim Campbell
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Listening To:

Shmanners
Sawbones
Song Exploder

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Star Wars Rebels
Gilmore Girls

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Episode 54 - Disney Princesses

It's time for episode 54, in which we discuss our feelings, thoughts, and connections (or lack thereof) with Disney and, more specifically the Disney princesses. How do princess ideals of femininity tie into our own lives? Is Missy truly a Disney princess? Who gets to be a princess? Also, for real, if you're a TV executive and you want to get together on As Scene on TV, let us know.

REMINDER: All of our Patreon dollars and merch sales for this month will be donated to charity. If you've considered buying a piece of merchandise or subscribing to Patreon, doing so this month will not only give you a shiny new piece of swag and/or access to all of our Patreon exclusive content, but also warm your heart because it will be donated to charities like Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Star Wars Rogue One

Reading:

Hawkeye #1 by Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, Jordie Bellaire, and Joe Sabino
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Star Wars Rogue One
Gilmore Girls
Suicide Squad

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Coloring the Kingdom by Patricia Zohn
Movie Legends Revealed | Did Disney Really Not Allow Women Animators? by Brian Cronin
We Asked 4 Female Animators About Diversity and Women in the Industry by Estelle TangHow Women Modernized The Disney Princess by Ariane Lange


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Episode 53 - Children's Horror

We're chatting about children's horror in episode 53, discussing Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Over The Garden Wall, and a bunch of other spooky kids stuff. Also, Rory's having a baby with a wookie.

REMINDER: All of our Patreon dollars and merch sales for this month will be donated to charity. If you've considered buying a piece of merchandise or subscribing to Patreon, doing so this month will not only give you a shiny new piece of swag and/or access to all of our Patreon exclusive content, but also warm your heart because it will be donated to charities like Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening to:

NW Nerd

Reading:

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
Bones of the Coast by Cloudscape Comics
Giant Days Volume 3 by John Allison, Max Sarin, Whitney Cogar, and Jim Campbell

Playing:

Stardew Valley

Watching:

Moana

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Moana
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
Star Wars Rebels

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Why Horror is Good For You (and Even Better for Your Kids) by Greg Ruth

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Episode 52 - Harry Potter Part Two Plus Fantastic Beasts

Our discussion of Harry Potter continues in episode 52, covering books five through seven as well as the recently released "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." Are the beasts truly fantastic? Did we forgive Snape and Malfoy? How do we feel about the future of the franchise? Reminder: we'll be donating 100 percent of the money we make from Patreon and merch sales in December to a charity or multiple charities to be decided soon. We chose December to be sure everybody would have the chance to participate since November is always half over. Don't worry, we'll be reminding you frequently!

Warning: There are some minor cusses, but nothing that would get us banned on network TV.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Pokemon Moon

Watching:

Arrival

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Girl in the Photograph

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

"The Harry Potter Fandom Is At A Crossroads" by Alanna Bennett
"'Fantastic Beasts' offers spellbinding magical creatures, but a weak cast of characters" by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
"Why 'Fantastic Beasts' makes no sense as a political allegory" by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
"Fantastic Beasts is Not So Fantastic with Diversity" by Clara Mae

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Episode 51 - Harry Potter, Books One Through Four

In episode 51, we're taking a look at a series that's incredible formative for both of us—Harry Potter. This time, we're discussing books and films one through four, figuring out what makes them so appealing to us, why we're still interested, and how our views have changed since our first entry into the fandom. We also talk a bit about the election, because, if we're being honest, the idea of devoting a bunch of time to Harry Potter right in the aftermath without acknowledging it felt like we were ignoring the issue. We're not—in fact, we'll be donating 100 percent of the money we make from Patreon and merch sales in December to a charity or multiple charities to be decided soon. We chose December to be sure everybody would have the chance to participate since November is almost half over. Don't worry, we'll be reminding you frequently!

Warning: There are a couple references to genitalia.

Mistakes: Mark Oshiro worked for Buzznet, not Buzzfeed. Also, though largely irrelevant, it was actually Mark Reads Twilight that Missy read first, not Mark Reads Harry Potter.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Rose of Winter

Listening To:

Morph Club
Friends at the Table

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Supergirl

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

" Harry Potter and the Case of the Disappearing Asians " by Clara Mae
"A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support" by Joanna Rothkopf
"Hermione Granger: More Than a Sidekick" by Sarah Gailey
Women Write About Comics' Marginalized Creator Thread

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Episode 50 - Women in Horror

Horror month concludes in episode 50 (that's huge!) as Merri and Missy discuss women writers and directors of the horror sphere. What unique contributions do marginalized groups make to the genre? What's so scary about not being listened to? Babadook-dook-dook-dook-dook.

Warning: This episode contains multiple references to sexual violence, so please use caution if you find that triggering. We also don't censor our cussing and there are spoilers for The Yellow Wallpaper, The Haunting of Hill House, The Fisher Queen, The Babadook, and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Rose of Winter

Watching:

Hamilton's America

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston

Watching:

Star Wars Rebels
Supergirl
Ghostbusters
Luke Cage

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

"Luke Cage’s Moment of Truth: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by J. A. Micheline
Movies With Mikey on Monster Factory
"They’re Here: The Women of Horror" by Kia Groom
The Soska Sisters and Hollywood’s Complicated Relationship with Women and Horror by Rosie Knight
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
"The Fisher Queen" by Alyssa Wong
"The Fisher Queen" on Pseudopod
"The H Word: The Darkest, Truest Mirrors" by Alyssa Wong


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Episode 49 - Werewolves

It's time for episode 49, and this time around we're discussing Missy's love/hate relationship with werewolves. Why do so many pieces of media only depict male werewolves? Why is so much werewolf media disappointing? Also: butts.

Warning: Unsurprisingly, this one got a little out of hand. While there's nothing horrifically explicit, there are references to genitalia, sex, and several uses of the b-word. Listen at your discretion!

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Burly Men at Sea (Check out Missy's full review here)
Sunless Sea - Zubmariner
Civilization V
Mystic Messenger


What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston

Watching:

Magical Girl Rising
Star Wars Rebels
Dragonball
Supergirl

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Our Merch
Geek Girl Pen Pals Interview
Erin Bozone's Website
Fake Geek Girls Like Us
Supergirl's White Kryptonite by Laura Harcourt
How 'American Werewolf in London' Transformed Horror-Comedy by Joshua Rothkopf
Dear J.K. Rowling: Being a werewolf is not like having AIDS by Patrick Hogan

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Episode 48 - Witches

Welcome to episode 48, in which we discuss the role of the witch in pop culture and our own lives. What is it about magic-using women and the association with darkness and evil that gets us--and so many others--all fired up? We're doing our best to figure it out. Also, Merri's going to be on a panel at GeekGirlCon! Check it out here—it's the one on magical girls at 1:30 pm Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Mistakes: Missy keeps saying that Dave Eggers wrote The VVitch. It was actually Robert Eggers. But hey, Dave Eggers, if you want to come talk to us about Missy's problems with the film, you're welcome as well. Also, the comic Missy refers to in the end of the episode is Cry Havoc, not Cry Wolf. Someday she'll stop making these kinds of mistakes.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:

Nerds of Prey

Playing:

The Shadows That Run Alongside Our Car (Check out Missy's full review here)

Reading:

Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.

Watching:

Carmilla

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Silk by Robbie Thompson, Dave Johnson
Spider-Gwen by Jason LaTour and Robbi Rodriguez

Watching:

Deadwood
Star Wars Rebels

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Last year's horror episode
Our 'Female Villains' episode
Scared Yet Podcast
BibleHub explanation of Exodus 7:11
Witch trials of the early modern period Wiki entry
They Burn Witches Here by Kent Russell
The Season of the Witch by Sady Doyle
Brooklyn Witches Are Doing Their Part to Defeat Donald Trump By Casting Hexes on Him by Marie Lodi

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Episode 47 - Con Recap

Welcome to episode 47, in which we do some housekeeping, con recap, and talk extensively about Overwatch. Like comics? Like games? Good, because we've got some hot new recommendations for both. Also, Merri's going to be on a panel at GeekGirlCon! Check it out here—it's the one on magical girls at 1:30 pm Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Warning: Merri asks a wildly inappropriate question about Rose and Greg from Steven Universe and we keep talking about Bitch Planet, so we've slapped an explicit warning on this one. It's a bit risqué.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Overwatch

Reading:

Jonesy by Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose-Doyle, Mickey Quinn, and Corey Breen
Finding Molly by Justine Prado and Jenn St-Onge (review forthcoming, but here's the Kickstarter and the webcomic)
Doctor Mirage by Jen Van Meter and Robert de la Torre

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

FEED by M. T. Anderson

Watching:

Steven Universe

Playing:

Overwatch

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Missy's PAX Con Diary
Luna
Hand of Fate 2
Open Sorcery
Burly Men at Sea
Thimbleweed Park
Werewolves Within
Taproot by Keezy Young
Cara McGee (I couldn't find her comics online for sale, but she's worth checking out regardless!)

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Episode 46 - Media That Shaped Us

We're back with episode 46, discussing the media that shaped us. What formative works are responsible for the people we are today? You're about to find out, and boy, does it ever make a lot of sense.

Mistakes: Susan Pevensie is given both a magical horn that summons help and her bow and arrows. Missy forgot about the horn, but really, it only solidifies her point.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

The Other Side Anthology, edited by Kori Michele Handwerker and Melanie Gillman

Watching:

Kubo and the Two Strings

Playing:

No Man's Sky

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

FEED by M. T. Anderson

Watching:

Gravity Falls
Steven Universe

Playing:

Gemini

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Kubo Is Complicated, Flawed, And You Should Totally See It This Weekend
‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Director Defends Non-Asian Cast: Inclusion Matters, But Don’t Reduce Diversity to a Hashtag by Steven Pond
Nora Reed on No Man's Sky and procedural generation
A Postcard from No Man's Sky by Gita Jackson


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Episode 45 - Conspiracy Theories

We're back with episode 45, discussing conspiracy theories. Where do they come from? How do they tie into shows like Gravity Falls and Stranger Things. Hey—what are our thoughts on Stranger Things? Don't worry, we're going to talk about it for fifteen minutes straight so buckle in. Also contains a history of the Illuminati, a suggestion for better secret societies to obsess over, and some righteous Dan Brown hating.

Warnings: There are serious Stranger Things spoilers contained within, both in our 'What We've Been Up To' section and the discussion of conspiracy theories. We do warn beforehand, but if you're really worried about it, skip forward by a significant amount when Missy starts talking about it early on, and maybe avoid when we shift gears after discussing Gravity Falls (which is miraculously spoiler free).

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Annie Wu, Javier Pudilo, Matt Hollingsworth, Chris Eliopoulos
  • Demonic by Chris Sebela, Niko Walter, Dan Brown, and Sal Cipriano
  • The Backstagers by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte and Jim Campbell

    Watching:

  • Stranger Things

    Playing:

  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes


  • Listening To:

  • TANIS


  • What Merri's Been Up To:

    Watching:

  • Wayward Pines
  • Gravity Falls
  • Steven Universe

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • The Most Evil Secret Societies in History by Shelley Klein
  • Mysteries of Gravity Falls: Cryptograms and Ciphers by Insha Fitzpatrick
  • A Brief History Of "Satanic Panic" In The 1980s by Cheryl Eddy
  • The Selective Attention Test (AKA the gorilla video)

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  • West Coast Podvengers Episode 3: A Discussion on Legacy

    Welcome to Episode 3 of our new super-group series we’re producing on a roughly monthly basis. On each episode we’ll be discussing a topic from the broader world of geekery, selected by our hosts. To subscribe to just the West Coast Podvengers, add this RSS feed to your favorite podcatcher.

    On this episode we discuss the concept of legacy in superhero comics.

    WARNING: This show contains explicit language, and spoilers for its topic work.

    Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti of View from the Gutters, John Wait of Arc Reactions, and Missy Brinks of Fake Geek Girls.

    Please direct questions, comments, and suggestions for future topics to contact@fakegeekgirlscast.com.