Episodes

Episode 67 - Sad Girl Aesthetic

Time to get sad in episode 67, in which we discuss what we're calling the 'sad girl aesthetic,' or the intentional cultivation of a sad, feminine image. What's so appealing about this kind of aesthetic? What does its popularity represent in a deeper sense? Why sadness? Why? We're diving into The Virgin Suicides, The Love Witch, and the ouvre of Lana Del Rey to find out.

Warning: There's some discussion of suicide and brief mentions of sexual violence. We also don't censor our swearing.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

Playing:

Lost Memories Dot Net

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

Motor Crush by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Heather Danforth, and Aditya Bidikar
Silk by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, Ian Herring, and Travis Lanham

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Female Gaze: Lana Del Rey, I Love Dick, And The Love Witch by Meaghan Garvey
“I’m Actually Trying to Create a Film for Women”: Anna Biller on The Love Witch by Steve Macfarlane
Reading Bored White Girls by Morgan Jerkins
GIRLS OWN THE VOID by Audrey Wollen
How girls are finding empowerment through being sad online by Lucy Watson (We didn't talk about this on the episode because we found it too late, but it's a good read)

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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 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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