Episode 81: Disclosure

This week Andi and Lise discuss the brand new documentary on Netflix, Disclosure, about trans representation in media. Laverne Cox is the executive producer and the documentary includes commentary from several trans actors, scholars, and creatives who discuss the harmful and dangerous tropes that trans characters have been subjected to for decades, but also the double-edged sword of that representation, a question Lise and Andi grapple with: is bad rep better than no rep? And how do we negotiate bad rep with visibility? Andi and Lise loved this documentary, they learned a lot, and they’ll be watching it again. It stays with you – as it should.

Find Disclosure on Netflix.
Watch the trailer HERE.
List of cast and crew HERE.

Shout-outs!
Lise highly recommends the book Planetfall, by Hugo-winning author Emma Newman. It’s part of her Planetfall series. Follow Ren and Lee Suh-Mi as they decide to seek out another planet beyond Earth that promises to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos.

Andi is reading the graphic novel Archival Quality, written by Ivy Noelle Weir and illustrated by Steenz. Celeste loses her job at a library and takes another at a museum as an archivist, but it’s not what it seems and she soon finds herself confronting her relationships, her mental health, and possibly her grip on reality as she starts to dream of a woman she’s never met.

Episode 79: Decolonizing Our Media

Andi and Lise have been working on expanding and decolonizing their media consumption, seeking out more creators of color and more creators who are differently abled, neurodiverse, and from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds than they are. They each share some of that media in this episode.

Lise:
Binti novella series by Nnedi Okorafor
Octavia Butler’s Kindred graphic novel adaptation
N.K. Jemisin, Inheritance trilogy; see also her short story anthology How Long ’til Black Future Month
Movie D.E.B.S., written and directed by Angela Robinson (We talked about this movie in our very first episode!!)
Ebony Warriors Studio, cosplay (also find on Instagram)

Andi:
Ascension, by Jacqueline Koyanagi
N.K. Jemisin, Far Sector comic series
Movie Black Panther, directed and written by Ryan Coogler
Website Black Girl Nerds (LOL Andi and Lise lost count and Andi did 4 instead of 5); NOTE: website was fine at recording time, but afterward, it appears to be undergoing some work. You can find BGN on Twitter and Instagram, too.

Shout-outs: Lise enjoyed the zombie apocalypse movie Anna and the Apocalypse while Andi was glad for Legends of Tomorrow season 5 this week.

Episode 76: Gender Representation in Media

Andi and Lise are super-stoked that F/F book reviewer extraordinaire Tara Scott stopped by to hang out with them as they unpack sex, gender, identity, and representation. And there is always a lot to unpack there!

Tara also highly recommends the forthcoming book (she’s a fancy reviewer, so she gets ARCs!) The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall.

Lise offers a shout-out to a cute video game she and her wife have been playing called Terraria.

And Andi finally saw the movie Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) and yes, she loved it. (may be a bit too violent for some)

You can find Tara at The Lesbian Review and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and at the Lesbian Talk Show, where she hosts the podcast “Les do books.”

Find LGO on Twitter! @LGOPodcast
And at the LGO website, lezgeekoutcast.com

Episode 74: Coping with COVID-19

Andi and Lise take a show to talk about how they’re coping with social distancing, anxiety, depression, and what things are serving as healthy distractions for them. Hit us up on Twitter to let us know how YOU’RE doing and what tips you might have to help others. @LGOpodcast.

Some resources you might find useful (US):
National Center for Transgender Equality: COVID-19: What Trans People Need to Know
Trans Lifeline
LGBT National Help Center
Them.us: How LGBTQ+ People can get Help and Resources during Coronavirus (includes hotlines and online mental health resources)
National LGBTQ Cancer Center: Coronavirus 2019: What LGBTQ+ People Need to Know
National Domestic Violence Hotline (okay if you’re LGBTQ+, too, to call)

Episode 69: Women in Comics, Part 2

Andi and Lise do a second part of their conversation regarding women in comics, and portrayals thereof. Topics that come up are women superhero teams and women supervillains, and they both agree that there should be MOAR of both!

If you’re interested:
Newsarama: Top 10 Female Superhero Teams of All Time
Marvel.com: 7 of the Best All-Women Teams in the Marvel Universe
Ranker: The Greatest All-Female Superhero Teams and Ensembles
Comicbasics.com: Top 10 Greatest Female Supervillains
Newsarama: 10 Best Female Supervillains

Also! Andi geeked out about the book Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi. It’s the first in the Legacy of Orisha series. Lise shared how excited she is to be starting season three of the Amazon Prime show: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Episode 68: Women and Comics, Part 1

Andi and Lise talk about portrayals of superhero women in comics and the revealing clothing and sexualization of their bodies (and yes, they’ve also noticed the trend of increased and unrealistic musculature of male superheroes). They chat, too, about how indie comics might be taking the lead on better representation of female superheroes and badass women.

Find more food for thought:

The Artifice on sexism, impracticality, and the hopeful future of costuming
Comicsverse: How to change the problem with female superhero costumes
Tumblr account the Hawkeye Initiative
For a different take, see this blog at Medium on reframing the debate on female superhero costumes

Lise geeked out about the latest season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. Season 4 has some amazing things happening!!

Andi shared her excitement over Blade Runner 2019 from Titan Comics.

Episode 56: Queerbaiting and Burying Your Gays

This week, Andi and Lise discuss (and rant about) queerbaiting, which is a marketing technique used in entertainment and fiction in which creators hint at a same-sex romance but don’t actually give you one and have no intention of giving you one. This is done to attract (i.e. “bait”) a queer audience while at the same time avoiding alienating cisgender heterosexual consumers. They also discuss the “Bury Your Gays” trope in which a same-sex relationship is depicted, but as soon as there’s a kiss or consummation of some sort, one of the couple is killed off or is wrenched away, thus perpetuating the idea that queer relationships are always doomed and are inherently “bad.”

Andi just finished up the CW’s Legacies, and that, unfortunately, does fall into the Bury Your Gays trope while Lise notes that cartoons like Steven Universe and She-Ra are really good at queer rep and not falling into tropes.

Extra resources:
Queerbaiting
Bury Your Gays trope: history; fanlore wiki
GLAAD report on representation in TV, 2018-2019
Autostraddle has been keeping a tally on queer women killed off in TV since 1976
Autostraddle 2016 infographic

Episode 42: Gatekeeping in Geek Culture

Andi and Lise discuss gatekeeping in fandom, and how it excludes many already-marginalized groups from participating in fan culture, including various elements of it like cosplay.

They also discuss how fandoms and pop culture are reflections of the larger society in which they exist, and Lise brings up how that might keep women and other marginalized people from going into STEM fields.

Sadly, gatekeeping isn’t something that is imposed on marginalized groups by a non-marginalized group. LGBTQ gatekeeping occurs, too, and Andi and Lise discuss how that was exemplified by the announcement that gender-fluid lesbian actress Ruby Rose would be portraying Batwoman in the forthcoming Arrowverse crossover event on the CW. Rose was accused of “not being queer enough” and had to leave social media because of the harassment along those lines directed toward her.

For further reference:

Andi mentioned Heather Hogan’s article on Autostraddle about the new Dr. Who. Here’s the link.

Also, Clare McBride at SyFy Wire did an op-ed called “ ‘Not Gay Enough’: Ruby Rose, Gatekeeping, and Toxic Fandom.” Link here.

Lise mentioned a YouTube video by Jessie Gender about gatekeeping in queer culture. Catch the link here.

For more information on what Andi and Lise are geeking out about right now, check out Orc Haven by Beryll and Osiri Brackhaus, and The Gifted on Fox.

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