Episodes

Episode 64 - Comedy as a Tool

Welcome to episode 64, in which we fundamentally destroy all humor by examining it and explaining every joke. Except Jim Carrey's teeth, which remain an enigma and a horror to all.

Mistakes: Missy didn't revisit A Modest Proposal before recording, and mistakenly said it's about solving world hunger. It's actually about classism—Jonathon Swift (satirically) suggests that poor Irish parents sell their children to wealthy people as food.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Watching:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Reading:

You Should've Asked by Emma (the comic about housework and emotional/mental labor)
Sweaty Palms, edited by Liz Enright & Sage Coffey

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

The Handmaid's Tale
Harlots

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Why Do Puns Make People Groan? by Julie Beck
da share z0ne, if we haven't explained this to the point where it's no longer funny
Everything Wrong With "Everything Wrong With"
Movies With Mikey on Monster Factory
THE FINAL PAM
Shocking New Study Says Men Don't Play Video Games by Melissa Brinks
Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin'? (specifically the joke we spoiled)

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Episode 63 - 13 Reasons Why and Teen Dramas

Vacation is over, which means we're back with episode 63 on teen dramas, and specifically 13 Reasons Why. We're talking about responsible discussion of heavy issues, how dramas target a specific audience, and who gets caught in the crossfire, as well as our favorite things about rich kids--nothing.

Warning: This episode has serious trigger warnings for suicidal ideation, self harm, sexual assault, and eating disorders. It's a heavy episode, folks, so please take care before listening or feel free to skip it if those topics might be upsetting for you. It's also NSFW because we didn't censor swearing.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Secrets of the Goat People #1: Voice
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Small Town Witch: Love and Wonder by Alex “Muun” Singer, Jayd “Chira” Air-Kaci, Jen Doyle, and Ariana Maher

Watching:

Don't Breathe
La La Land

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Battlestar Galactica
The Handmaid's Tale
Harlots

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
13ReasonsWhy.info
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The Single Reason Everyone Should Watch The OC
"'13 Reasons Why' Makes a Smarmy Spectacle of Suicide" by Jia Tolentino
"‘13 Reasons Why’ Scared The Shit Out Of Me — And It Should Scare You Too" by Ijeoma Oluo
"Schools warned about Netflix show '13 Reasons Why'" by Rachael D'Amore

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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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