Episodes

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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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 44 - Archie Comics

We're back with episode 44, chatting about Archie, Betty, Veronica, and the various other denizens of Riverdale and Archie Comics. It's Merri's first introduction to the franchise that isn't a classic TV show or movie! Missy gets to endlessly quote Josie and the Pussycats! We go off on Betty and Veronica #1! What more could you want?

Warnings: There is a mild curse (it starts with 'b' and rhymes with 'witch') as well as some mention of pornography in the discussion about Betty and Veronica. It's not explicit, we promise, but it does get mentioned several times in the context of the art.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

  • Fresh Romance, edited by Janelle Asselin
  • Snotgirl #1 by Bryan Lee O'Malley, Leslie Hung, Maré Odomo, and Mickey Quinn (Read Missy's review here!)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, William Simpson, Sean Phillips, Steve Pugh, and Dave McKean

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Watching:

  • Wayward Pines
  • Stranger Things
  • Steven Universe

    Listening To:

  • The Adventure Zone

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
  • “Pretty Little Liars” Has Now Killed More Queer and Trans Women Than Any Other TV Show by Heather Hogan
  • Who is This For? Breaking Down Adam Hughes' 'Betty & Veronica' by Katie Schenkel
  • Hey Fellow Kids, Betty & Veronica #1 Is Not Good by Megan Purdy

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  • Episode 43 - Gatekeeping

    We're back with episode 43, discussing gatekeeping. What is it? Why does it happen? Are we immune to it? How does this tie into current geeky events? Also, a long and ridiculous intro full of weird jokes.

    Warning: We're not joking about the inappropriateness of our intro. We're sorry, we don't know what got into us--but it's funny, so we kept it. Also, we don't know why Merri's audio sounds autotuned other than that it was our first time editing in GarageBand and it wanted Merri to have a little T-Pain vibe going. It will probably not happen again.

    What Missy's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

    Listening To:
  • The Adventure Zone

    Watching:

  • Ghostbusters

    Playing:

  • Pokemon Go

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Watching:

  • Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena
  • Untold Stories of Ahsoka


    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • Pokémon Go players with physical disabilities want better accessibility options by Julia Alexander
  • Warning: Pokemon GO is a Death Sentence if you are a Black Man. by Omari Akil
  • Ghostbusters is still haunted by negative racial tropes by Tanya D.

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