If you’ve been paying any attention to the news, you know that the last few months have been a hard time to be a geek girl. Media critics and gamers who have spoken up about sexism in the video game industry have been subjected to online harassment that has escalated into death threats. People who care about pop culture and video games—as well as other geeky pursuits like comics and tabletop games—have devoted a ton of emotional energy to dealing with these aggressive haters. So for today’s show, we’re flipping the script. Instead of giving all this nastiness any more of our time and energy, we’re focusing on six women who are doing awesome work to make geek culture better.
We take a trip to a Magic: The Gathering tournament, get a download from hip-hop artist Sammus about how to turning classic video game soundtracks into brand-new beats, hear game designer Elizabeth Sampat break down sexist myths about women in the video game industry, listen to a Destination DIY profile of an artist who lasercuts mobiles of internet memes, and sit down with nerd-rock sister duo The Doubleclicks to talk about making bad news into heart-warming songs.
This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by If Only Cats Could Talk, an experimental film documenting the true story of two all-American cats eager to explore the world beyond domesticated life.
Individual show segments and more ways to listen are below the cut!
Before Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win the “Nobel Prize” of mathematics? Before the NBA had any female head coaches? Before Laverne Cox was on the cover of Time, or a girl had thrown the winning pitch of the Little League World Series? Oh yeah—and remember last year, before Cheryl Strayed’s decidedly feminist memoir, Wild, was made into a major motion picture by an industry that is content to ignore the Bechdel test?
This year, it’s impossible to deny the fact that feminism isn’t isolated to women’s studies classes and books on theory anymore.
Meryl Streep (and some fingernail extensions) play The Witch in new film Into the Woods.
It’s hard not to envy Meryl Streep. Her illustrious career aside, her staggering talent aside, and her ability to pull off both the frothiest camp roles and the most measured dramatic turns aside, she just seems to know how to have fun.
As 2014 draws to a close, we will soon be moving into the initial phases of the 2016 presidential election. Will Clinton run? Can she win? That decision will likely be made in parts of the country that I’ve never visited.
This month, we’re putting together a series of feminist gift guides. They're a way to highlight fun stuff we love and creators we're excited to support.
If you're shopping for a music lover this year (or yourself), there are so many other ways to sonically please besides CDs or an iTunes gift card. While this gift guide is perfect for the giftee whose interests lie at the intersection of all things queer and music, it's a great guide for any audiophile!
Punk's Print's Not Dead
Sometimes a punk just needs to stay in for the night! Here are some great books to keep you company on cold nights.