Episodes

WWBUT 7 - Jon Favreaus Elf

What have we been up to since our last episode? Reliving our days as emo teens, naturally.

Warning: We started swearing midway through the episode and continued throughout, so this is an explicit episode.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
The Twilight Zone
Fruits Basket
You've Got Mail

Reading:

The Sartorial Geek
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

Playing:

Wheels of Aurelia
Marvel's Spider-Man

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Star Wars Celebration
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Us

Reading:

Sword of the Jedi by diasterisms

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Episode 109 - Jennifers Body

Jennifer's Body should be something we both like, but do we? The answer is, predictably, more complicated than yes or no. Join us as we discuss catharsis, rage, and subversion, teasing out our confusion (and some rage of our own) through a healthy dose of critical theory.

Warnings: This episode is explicit and includes discussions of sexual assault. Please listen with caution if the subject matter is troubling for you.

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

You Probably Owe "Jennifer's Body" An Apology by Louis Peitzman
Jennifer's Body: Interview with Writer Diablo Cody by Emanuel Levy
How Jennifer’s Body went from a flop in 2009 to a feminist cult classic today by Constance Grady
Jennifer’s Body: Best Friends Forever, Covered in Blood by Rachel Simmons
Men, Women, and Chainsaws - Gender in the Modern Horror Film by Carol J. Clover
Terrors of Girlhood by Julie Casali
I Watched Lesbianish Classic “Jennifer’s Body” and Now I Love Cinema!!! By Erin
‘JENNIFER’S BODY’ DISINTERRED by Celina C. Wise
Exclusive Q&A: Diablo Cody Talks Megan Fox, Therapy, And Doing “The View” With Courtney Love by Jessica Wakeman
‘Jennifer’s Body’ and Bisexuality by Tessa Racked
The naked opportunism of "Jennifer's Body" by STEPHANIE ZACHAREK
Too Little, Too Late: The Queer Cult Status of Jennifer's Body Is Bittersweet by Sarah Fonseca
'Jennifer’s Body' Would Kill if It Came Out Today by Frederick Blichert
Does ‘Jennifer’s Body’ Turn The Possession Genre On Its Head? By Gaayathri Nair

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WWBUT #6 - Emerald City Comic Con + Interviews

We were lucky enough to spend a great weekend at this year's Emerald City Comic Con! Find out what we've been up to, what panels we visited, what The Wicked + The Divine party was like, and also hear some half-baked theorizing about why Cruel Intentions is the way it is. 

We were lucky enough to chat with Andrea Fort and Michael Christopher Heron, the writing team behind Songs for the Dead, and Anne Camlin and Becca Farrow of Rock Candy Games, the team behind the upcoming Seventh Circle! Everyone we spoke with was delightful, please take some time to check out their work because your life will be immediately better. Our interview with Andrea and Michael begins at around 1:09:00 and our interview with Anne and Becca begins at around 1:31:30!

Warning: We cussed, our guests cussed, it's a cussing extravaganza around here. 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Circe by Madeleine Miller
Real Love by Rachel Sullivan and anonymous submitters

Watching:

Cruel Intentions
Us
What We Do in the Shadows

Playing:

Heart of the Woods

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Songs for the Dead by Andrea Fort, Michael Christopher Heron, Sam Beck, and Deron Bennett

Watching:

The Order
The Dragon Prince Season 2

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Episode 108 - Josie and the Pussycats

It's time to discuss the best movie ever made, and potentially the purest piece of art: 2001's Josie and the Pussycats! Join us as we venture into conspicuous consumption, rock idols, and art movements, because heck, why not?

Warnings: This one's explicit! We wanted to quote Kay Hanley and it turns out she cusses a lot.

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

The Best Fake Rock Band Ever by Leah Mandel
7 Things You Didn't Know About "Josie And The Pussycats" by Jarett Weiselman
Seven Going on Seventeen: Tween Studies in the Culture of Girlhood by Peggy Tally
Totally Jerking Case File #147: Josie And The Pussycats by Nathan Rabin
Charlie's Pussycats by Mariana Mogilevich
Product Placement and Fair Use by Lindsay Ellis
JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS by Roger Ebert
How to Write Games for the Internet without Embarrassing Yourself by Leighton Gray
“E Unibus Plurum” by David Foster Wallace

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WWBUT 5 - Grateful Dead Cover Band

What have we been up to? Well, we saw Captain Marvel, Merri checked out Doom Patrol, and Missy is forever changed by The Song of Achilles. Want to know more? Good news—you can!

Warning: There’s a brief discussion in the Captain Marvel section about alien genitalia, because FOR SOME REASON this movie made us go there. Sorry. It’s marked as explicit.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

DIE by Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans, Clayton Cowles
Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova
Goddess Mode by Zoe Quinn, Rico Renzi, Robbi Rodriguez, Simon Bowland
The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty

Watching:

Umbrella Academy
Captain Marvel
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:
Umbrella Academy
Captain Marvel
Doom Patrol
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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Episode 107 - She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

It's time to get deep into She-Ra, a reboot of the original 80s cartoon revamped and updated for a modern audience! We're talking about makeup, diversity, masculinity, and queerness, as well as how much we love this dang show because for real, folks, it's extremely cute.

Warning: There’s some very minor cursing and mentions of genitalia and sex unrelated to the characters of the show.

Some Links You Might Find Interesting

These She-Ra Cosplayers Got Engaged & Now We Believe in Love Again by Raffy Erac

She-Ra’s showrunner on villains, heroes, and the show’s controversial design by Tasha Robinson

Why She-Ra’s showrunner made Catra and Adora the focus of the Netflix reboot by Petrana Radulovic

‘She-Ra’ Showrunner Noelle Stevenson on Why the Title Hero’s Return Is Overdue by Dave Trumbore

‘She-Ra’ revivalist Noelle Stevenson on queering the iconic series by David Reddish

Netflix’s “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” Is the Gay Agenda by Heather Hogan

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WWBUT 4 - Six Hours of Law and Order SVU

Hope you wanted a 20-minute summary of Hereditary, because WE'VE GOT IT. What were we up to during the great PNW Snowmaggeddon? A lot, actually. 

Warnings: Merri makes an inappropriate reference to Nightwing. Mentions of masturbation in "You." Major spoilers for the entire movie Hereditary. 

Mistakes: Missy makes a mistake about one of the plot details of Hereditary. It's not lighter fluid. Also, there was a discussion of the transphobic jokes in Miss Congeniality but the discussion lacked both context and depth, so it was trimmed. If we end up doing an episode on the movie, we’ll tackle it with the depth it deserves.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Hazel Volume Three
The Chronicles of Chrestomanci Vol. 3 by Diana Wynne Jones

Watching:

Hereditary
Miss Congeniality

Playing:

Life is Strange 2: Episode 2

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Titans
Young Justice
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
You

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Episode 106 - Night in the Woods

Are you ready for feelings? Because we've got 'em. Join us as we take a stroll through Night in the Woods, a game about anthropomorphic animals, existential angst, mental illness, labor politics, and cosmic terror. No, really. 

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Night in the Woods Review by Justin McElroy

Night In The Woods: The Kotaku Review by Riley MacLeod

Night in the Woods: A Review by Katherine Trattner

Night In The Woods Treats Depression Like A Part Of Life by Chloe Spencer

Joseph Brassey's thread on politics and wealth in small towns 

Night in the Woods: Where It's Okay Not to Be Okay by Deborah J. Brannon

Searching for Faith During a 'Night in the Woods' by Shonte Daniels

Night in the Woods is less than the sum of its excellent parts, but is still a great game by BigSocrates

Video Game Review: Night In The Woods by Travis Hymas

Night In The Woods: Do You Always Have A Choice? by What’s so Great About That?

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WWBUT 3 - I Super Care About Ghosts

Welcome to both of us being sick, a delightful audio treat full of sniffles and clearing our throats. We tried to edit it all out but folks: it's hard when you're as sick as we are. What have we been up to while we sit around and whine about having colds? How was PodCon? Let's find out!

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Folk of the Air by Peter S. Beagle
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, Derek Charm, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham

Watching:

The Masked Singer
The Good Place
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
She's All That
Fellowship of the Ring

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Marvel's Runaways
The Ted Bundy Tapes
Gods'School
Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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Episode 105 - The Dragon Prince

It's time to have feelings about villains as we dive deep into Netflix's The Dragon Prince! What's up with that animation? Why is it a good thing not to translate sign language? And what kind of fruit are Gren and Soren? All this and more!

Some Links You Might Find Interesting

Showrunner AMA

Ratatoing

How the ‘Spider-Verse’ Animators Created That Trippy Look by Charles Solomon

Spider-Verse's animation example

The Dragon Prince Is an Engrossing Fantasy Set in a World As Diverse As Our Own by Alex Barasch

Netflix’s The Dragon Prince is a worthy successor to Avatar: The Last Airbender by Cass Marshall

How The Dragon Prince carefully handled General Amaya’s deafness by Alex Barasch

Disability in Netflix’s The Dragon Prince by Sara Cleto

Social Model of Disability from Scope

‘The Dragon Prince’ is a charming fantasy adventure—with one cringeworthy flaw by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

DSRA on The Dragon Prince

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WWBUT 2 - Sexy Ear Time

This one's a special disaster, folks. We're talking about what we've been up to, as well as the news that Overwatch's Soldier 76 is gay! Also: how seals are like, super weird. 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones
8-Bit Apocalypse by Alex Rubens
Long Lost by Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle (Missy's Reviews)
Dash Dearborne and the Unexpected Earthman by Claire Napier

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

The Marvelous Miss Maisel

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Episode 104 - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Welcome to the spoOooOOoOOky town of Greendale, the setting for Netflix's new CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA series. Our favorite teenage witch is back and a little darker than usual, dealing with patriarchy, cannibalism, and the dark lord Satan himself. But is it working? Let's find out.

Warning: Pretty sure we cussed in this one, given the nature of the show.

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina production designer [Lisa Soper] on creating the terrifying occult world of Greendale by Prahlad Srihari

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Has Some Confused Views on Sexuality by Beth Elderkin

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Characters of Color Deserve Better by Charles Pulliam-Moore

6 Things We Liked about the First Season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (and 6 We Didn't) by Beth Elderkin and Charles Pulliam-Moore

About W.I.T.C.H.

The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture, Like Sabrina, and in "AHS Coven" and "Charmed," Reflects Women in the Real World by Kelsea Stahler

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WWBUT 1 - W W Butt

Welcome to our first weekly episode! It's a long one, since we had about three weeks of stuff to catch up on. But in addition to all the things we've been up to, we're sharing our favorite things of 2018, as well as some of yours! A nice, warm, pleasant episode to start of 2019 strong. 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Salt Fat Acid Heat
- 'Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat' Star Samin Nosrat Wants To Burn It All Down
Mary Poppins Returns
Sailor Moon Crystal
Aquaman

Reading:

My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Harry Potter
Nailed It
The Great British Bake-Off
Aggretsuko

Reading:

The Steel Prince by V. E. Schwab, Andrea Olimpieri, Enrica Angiolini 

Our Favorites of 2018:

Missy:

Crazy Rich Asians
Becoming Dangerous by Katie West and Jasmine Elliot
Dirty Computer
The Good Place
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Merri:

Theme Parks
Women in Star Wars
V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic Series
Fan Fiction
Lore Olympus

Your Favorites of 2018:

The Haunting of Hill House - @allyxstuart
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - @brit_brooks and @angRiewords
Black Panther - @hey_joon
Crazy Rich Asians - @hey_joon
The Good Place - @hey_joon
The Good Place the Podcast - @hey_joon
The Captain Marvel Trailer - @hey_joon
The Dragon Age Teaser - @hey_joon
Sadie by Courtney Summers - @nancyfrancovic
Dash Dearborne by Claire Napier - @nolapfau
Dungeons & Dragons - Alena, Emily, and Chantel
Bird Box - Emily and Melissa
Get Out - Emily
Dumplin' - Melissa
Love, Simon - Melissa
Aggretsuko - Melissa
I Feel Pretty - Melissa
Nailed It  - Melissa
She-Ra - Melissa
Maneaters by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Caramagna - Melissa
Squirrel Girl by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham - Melissa
Luna the Vampire by Yasmin Sheikh - Melissa
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku by Fujita - Melissa
Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin - Melissa
Smut Peddler edited by Spike Trotman, Johanna Draper Carlson, and Trisha L. Sebastian - Melissa
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman - Melissa
My Boyfriend is a Bear by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris - Melissa 

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Shipping Without an End Game by Magen Cubed

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Episode 103 - A Conjuring of Light

We end our journey into the many Londons of the Shades of Magic series as we began: with unabashed love for Lila Bard. We also talk more about cuffs (naturally), the language of sex scenes, and why new adult is a good audience! 

Warning: Lots of cussing and discussion of sex.

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Anoshe: V.E. Schwab Bids Goodbye to the Shades of Magic Series (Spoiler-Filled Interview) by Kelly Gallucci

Shades of London: Why You Should Be Reading V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic by Aldi Arspach

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Episode 101 - A Darker Shade of Magic

Join us as we venture into a series of magical Londons in V. E. Schwab's Shades of Magic series! This episode, we're talking about A Darker Shade of Magic, the first in the series and the introduction of Lila bard, the queen of our hearts, and Kell, a mess. We're also talking about symbols and the function of fantasy and more!

Warning: A bit of language, here and there. 

To get right to the conversation, fast forward to right around 35:50.

What Missy's Been Up To

Playing:

Reading:

  • salt. by Nayyirah Waheed

Watching;

  • Spider-Man 2

  • Sorry to Bother You

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

Listening To:

  • Mabel 

 

What Merri's Been Up To

Watching;

  • Great British Baking Show

  • Doctor Who

  • Star Wars Resistance

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Reading V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic (Part 1) by Emily Asher-Perrin

“In Search of Doors”: Read V.E. Schwab’s 2018 J.R.R. Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature 

 5 Questions for the End of A Darker Shade of Magic by Emily Asher-Perrin 

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Episode 100 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine s. 4 - 5

Welcome to our all-new Venom podcast! We also talk about Brooklyn Nine-Nine a bit. Okay, more than a bit. We spend a lot of time discussing how seasons four and five break free of some of the shows pitfalls, but also where they keep stumbling. Also, a long discussion of bisexual representation and how important it is to let people tell their own stories.

To get right to the Brooklyn Nine-Nine conversation, skip to 00:25:00.

Warning: Swearing, and also just... an unbelievable number of uses of the word 'horny.' We're sorry.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Venom

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Venom
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Reading:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Review: "Moo Moo" Is One of the Best Episodes in the Series' Canon by Andy Crump

The Myth of the ‘Good Negro’ by Nikki Johnson Huston, Esq.

'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Finally Tackled Racist Cops by Pilot Viruet

Showrunner Dan Goor on the ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ stop-and-frisk episode and the Talk by Alyssa Rosenberg

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz on Rosa's revelation, what's next by Dan Snierson

Thor’s Valkyrie, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Rosa, and Saying the Word by Maia Rose

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Episode 99 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine s. 1 - 3

It's time for us to journey into Brooklyn Nine-Nine! We've got thoughts on character diversity, on subverting stereotypes, and on fatphobia, as well as a long discussion of what makes something propaganda. 

If you want to get right to the Brooklyn Nine-Nine discussion, fast-forward to 00:33:30.

 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To: 

Lovegames

Reading:

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Women of the Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe

Watching:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

The Compendium of Magical Beasts by Melissa Brinks

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

 On Gay Issues, Brooklyn Nine-Nine Shines by Tyler Lopez 

 Andre Braugher Plays Gay On Andy Samberg’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” by Jim Halterman 

 Fox's Newest Cop Comedy Is Quietly Breaking Ground by Sunnivie Brydum 

 Laughing at the Cops - The Disconnect Between Police Comedies—Like “Brooklyn Nine-Nine"—And the Real Police by s. e. smith 

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Episode 98 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Welcome to Episode 98! We're talking about The Nightmare Before Christmas, a favorite childhood film for both of us. Us being us, we're talking about commercialization, subversion, children's media, and racism. And yes, there is the smallest bit of self-conscious singing. 

If you want to get right to The Nightmare Before Christmas talk, skip ahead to 00:27:00. 

Warnings: Despite this being an episode about a children's movie, there's some minor cussing and references to genitalia. Oops. 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Oxenfree

Reading:

Sword and Sonnet

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:

Slow Burn

Reading:

Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Watching:

The Good Place

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

The Ultimate Sitcom by Sam Anderson

The Making of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - Part One by Jim Korkis 

21 Things You Didn't Know About The Nightmare Before Christmas by Kristy Puchko  

Nightmare Before Christmas' Flaunts Burton's Wacky Style by David Sterritt

'Nightmare Before Christmas' Turns 20: From Shameful Spawn To Disney's Pride by Scott Mendelson 

Little Burton Blue: Tim Burton and the Product(ion) of Color in the Fairy-Tale Films The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride by D. Olson

The Nightmare Before Christmas Is Actually About Why Cultural Appropriation Is Terrible by Katie Schenkel 

Cuphead and the Racist Spectre of Fleischer Animation by Yussef Cole

The Other Pleasures: The Narrative Function of Race in the Cinema by Anna Everett 

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Bonus Episode: Interview with Sarah Smith

We sat down to talk with Sarah Smith, a progressive candidate for Congress in Washington's 9th District. It might seem strange to have a political candidate on Fake Geek Girls, but when the opportunity to speak to a self-described gamer who's also out there doing the hard work of changing our country's future appears, you take it.

You can learn more about Sarah on her website, votesarahsmith.com, which also includes links to donate and volunteer. Consider supporting a progressive candidate in your area by checking out this list as well as ongoing efforts by organizations like Swing Left or Sister District.

Episode 97 - V for Vendetta

It’s time for episode 97, in which we discuss a film and comic that were seriously foundational for us--Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta! Does the film hold up over a decade after its release? Does the comic hold up over 30 years after its release? How do we feel about it now that we’re (hopefully) older and wiser?

If you want to get right to the V for Vendetta conversation, skip to 00:22:00.

Warning: We went ahead and cussed in this one. Not a little bit, a lot.

What Missy’s Been Up To:

Playing:

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Reading:

Agnes and Sora by Wendy Xu

Listening To:

Lingthusiasm

What Merri’s Been Up To:

Playing:

Spider-Man

Watching:

The Dragon Prince

Some Links You might Find Interesting:

Viewpoint: V for Vendetta and the rise of Anonymous by Alan Moore

Shakespeare and the Catholic Revenger: "V for Vendetta" by Michael D. Friedman

Remember, remember the fifth of November/ And everything England is not by Kelly Kanayama

Apologize to No One — V for Vendetta is More Important Today Than it Ever Was by Emily Asher-Perrin

Political Issues: The Self Fulfilling Misogyny of “Seminal” Comics by Rosie Knight

“A vestige of the vox populi” — V for Vendetta by Keith R.A. DeCandido

A FOR ALAN, Pt. 1: The Alan Moore interview by Heidi MacDonald

Authors on Anarchism - an Interview with Alan Moore

V FOR VENDETTA And How To Update A Story by Adam Pilfold-Bagwell

Love and Violence in V for Vendetta by K. Combe and B. Boyle


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