Episodes

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 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 41 - AI

We're back with episode 42, discussing AI, specifically of the female or female-coded variety. Topics include the films Her and Ex Machina, and the comic Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn, how those stories are in conversation with one another, what gender has to do with robots, and whether artificial intelligence is even that great of an idea, anyway. Special thanks to our friend Stephani for the donuts. Oh, and her intelligent conversation.

Warning: While the episode doesn't contain any swears, it does contain some adult conversation. We don't get explicit but there is some discussion that is almost certainly not safe for work, hence the explicit tag. Listen at your discretion!

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Yes, Roya by C. Spike Trotman and Emilee Denich
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, Erik Donovan, Riley Rosso, Kelly Fitzpatrick and Tom Napolitano

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • Silk by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee
  • Radioactive Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi

    Watching:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Orphan Black

    What Stephani's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • The Wicked + The Divine #20 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
  • Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini
  • Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour
  • Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • View From the Gutters Episode 161 - Alex + Ada
  • Ex Machina: A White Feminist Parable for Our Time by J. A. Micheline
  • Goddess From the Machine: A Look at Ex Machina’s Gender Politics by Katherine Cross
  • The Tech Industry Wants to Use Women’s Voices -- they just won’t listen to them by Leigh Alexander

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  • Episode 3 - Friendship

    Missy and Merri discuss My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the theme of friendship. Other discussions include struggling to pronounce ‘patriarchal,’ the difference in depictions of same-gender and different-gender friendships, and how threesomes are immensely preferable to love triangles. 

    Just a quick note: we lost a good chunk of the beginning of this episode to Audacity’s fragile project file structure—sorry for the occasional choppy editing as we tried to trim it around the dropped sections to make some kind of sense. There may also be issues with the audio switching from left to right—we recommend not listening to this episode with only one headphone in as you may experience large sections of silence. We’re sorry, we think it's fixed now, but we've also thought that at least two other times.

    Also: How did we do an entire episode on friendship and forget to discuss the paragon example of female friendship—Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins? We apologize for this grievous oversight.

    Links:

    Friday Afternoon Tea: Delicious geeky-themed tea. Bard’s Blend has SUGAR CRYSTALS in it. Sparkly tea, how can you go wrong?

    Social Justice Class Buttons: These are not currently available, but this link to Chip's blog tells you a bit more about them and contains a link to the newsletter, which WILL tell you when they're available. Check them out, they're precious!

    Brianna Wu: The Mary Sue has a couple of video interviews with Brianna Wu, a third woman from the video games industry to leave her home after threats. She’s one of the hosts of the awesome Isometric podcast, creator of Revolution 60, and an awesome advocate for women in tech.

    Anita Sarkeesian/USU: It's worth checking out this Forbes article on the shooting threat at USU and GamerGate. 

    Games Press Addressing GamerGate: EuroGamer, GameSpot, Rock Paper Shotgun, Polygon