Welcome to episode 62, in which we discuss the work and influence of geek culture’s super problematic fave, Joss Whedon. Is he the right choice for the upcoming Batgirl film? Why do our thoughts on his work sour as time goes on? And, because we’re not total haters, what does he get right?
Mistakes: We keep saying Penny was dressed as Sleeping Beauty, but we mean Snow White.
Warning: This episode contains some minor cussing. Nothing R-rated, just a couple of b-words and a sole s-word if you’d prefer not to blast those to your office or whatever.
What Missy’s Been Up To:
Breath of the Wild
Kimmy (Missy’s Review)
Night in the Woods
What Merri’s Been Up To:
13 Reasons Why
Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
‘Orphan Black’ and the Breakdown of Tokenization by Alenka Figa
“Bismuth” and Steven Universe’s Racial Coding Problem by Jamie Kingston
The Glorious Rise and Inevitable Slightly Downward Slide (We’re Talking Like 100 Yards Max) Of Joss Whedon by Ashly Nagrant
Laureljupiter’s post about Joss Whedon and Masculinity
“[Summer Glau] looks kind of Asian” Source
“Reconsidering the Feminism of Joss Whedon” by Natasha Simons
“Tis Pity She’s a Whore”: Postfeminist Prostitution in Joss Whedon’s Firefly by Dee Amy-Chinn (This link is RIFE with pop-ups–the full text is there, but you may be better off using something like JSTOR if you have access)
Charisma Carpenter’s statement on Cordelia leaving Angel
With Allies Like These by Melissa Mcewan
Joss Whedon on ‘Batgirl’ and Exploring the “Damage” Behind His Next Superhero by Mia Galuppo and Aaron Couch