Episodes

WWBUT 10 - Podcasting From the Back of a Megalodon

California, here we come. CALIFORNIA, HERE WE COME. CALIFORNIAAAAAA.

What have we been up to? Comfort food, discomfort food, and feeding evil corporations to giant sharks. 

Warning: The word 'pissed' slipped through the cracks.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

The OC
Mortal Kombat
Booksmart
Doom Patrol

Reading:

Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS by Jenn Woodall
Siren School by Isabella Ratman
Please Destroy the Internet and Please Destroy My Enemies by Michael Sweater
Magical Beatdown vol. 1 and 2 by Jenn Woodall

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Game of Thrones
Booksmart
The Meg
Godzilla
Chernobyl

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WWBUT 9 - Pikachu Cannot Get It

What have we been up to? Seeing giant blockbuster movies and watching the latest episodes of the biggest giant blockbuster show, of course! 

Warning: Contains spoilers for Detective Pikachu, Avengers: Endgame, and Game of Thrones, with warnings before each.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
Twisted Romance, edited by Alex de Campi

Playing:

The Sims 4

Watching:

Detective Pikachu
Avengers: Endgame

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Game of Thrones
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Listening to:

The Dropout

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Episode 70 - Sexual Harassment in the Geek Community

We're back to the serious stuff in episode 70, talking about sexual harassment in the geek community. Why does our area of interest tend to have such a high instance of sexual harassment? How can we stop it?

Warning: Some of this conversation may be triggering for certain listeners. Nothing is discussed in too much detail, but it's better to be safe than sorry. We also swear, because this is a topic best suited for adults.

Mistakes: Missy goofed up the quote by Jay Edidin about 200 different ways, both by accidentally pasting it twice in the outline and not attributing it once, and then, as a result, misquoting it because she thought she wrote it. The actual quote is, "When you see harassment and abuse, and you are in a position to call it out and effect actual consequences, and you don’t, you don’t get to be a good guy anymore. You have become part of the problem. You are why this shit persists–every fucking bit as much as the people perpetrating it."

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Playing:

What Remains of Edith Finch

Reading:

House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
Elements: Fire edited by Taneka Stotts

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Game of Thrones

Listening To:

The Adventure Zone
Kesha

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Geek Feminism Wiki's catalog of sexual harassment incidents
The Character of Sexual Harassment at Cons by Emma Louise Backe
Gender, Cosplay, and Harassment: An Intersection by Talia Weisberg
‘Fake Geek Girl’ Stickers Used To Sexually Harass Women At Convention by Patricia Hernandez
Polygon Parts Ways With Nick Robinson Following Twitter Claims by Luke Plunkett
Hurting Your Fans by Apple Cider
Unmasking The Cosplay Community’s Sexism And Racism Problem by Tai Gooden
Comics Guys, Harassment, and Missing Stairs by Jay Edidin

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Episode 68 - Toxicity

We're getting into the problematic weeds of fandom toxicity in episode 68. Where does toxicity come from? How do we combat it? And how and where do we most effectively direct our critique?

This is a tricky subject, and one we're open to being wrong about! (We are actually always open to being wrong, but especially here). It's possible that parts of this episode are going to sound like we're down on critique, but, to be clear: critique is good. Critique is necessary. Everybody and everything is problematic to some degree, and we should talk about that when it happens. How and where we target that critique, however, is something we need to be conscious of.

Warning: There is some discussion of eating disorders and rape in the episode—nothing graphic, but it is there. We also don't censor our swearing.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
Motor Crush by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Heather Danforth, and Aditya Bidikar

Watching:

Wonder Woman

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Game of Thrones
American Gods
To the Bone

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

DJ Older and Sam Sykes on Twitter
Sam Sykes on toxic fandom
Rootsworks on trashing bathrooms and ownership
"Log Off" by Joey Alison Sayers
Overwatch's Competitive Mode Is Depressing Right Now by Cecilia D'Anastasio
Overwatch Incest 'Shipping Tests The Limits Of What's Permissible In Fandom by Gita Jackson
Rian Sygh on age differences in fandom
How Trash-talking Affects Performance
The Adventure Zone and the Limits of Fandom Ownership by Chris Kindred
The Adventure Zone's response to fan criticism
Steven Universe Artist Quits Twitter Over Fan Harassment by Beth Elderkin
Ladykiller in a Bind shows that we’re not ready to handle messy queer stories by Simone de Rochefort and merritt k
Ladykiller in a Mea Culpa by Christine Love
If You Hear Someone Getting Harassed In An Online Game, Don't Stay Silent by Cecilia D'Anastasio
Take responsibility for your community by Brendan Sinclair

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(Sort of) Mini Episode: Game of Thrones - Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

Missy and Merri discuss the Game of Thrones episode "Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken," including differences from the book, depictions of violence, and when it's time to quit. 

Some Links You Might Enjoy (FULL OF SPOILERS): 
Sexual Violence in Game of Thrones vs. A Song of Ice and Fire
Chuck Wendig: "Your Defense of That Rape Scene Makes You Sound Kinda Gross"
NY Post article with a spoiler-filled headline
Chuck Wendig: "Mad Max Versus Game of Thrones: We Are Not Things"
The Mary Sue Game of Thrones Announcement