Fake Geek Girls is a podcast looking at nerdy pop culture from both a fan and critical perspective, encouraging the things we love to do better.
By that, we mean we value pop culture for what it is—entertainment for the masses—and for what it tells us—what our culture values—and the interconnected relationship of how culture shapes media and media shapes culture. We’re critical in the sense that we think critically (though sometimes we can be just regular ol’ critical, too), and we almost always choose topics we’re interested in. When we’re negative, it’s not out of spite or hatred or dismissal. Pop culture has value.
Our goal with this podcast is not to tell everybody what it’s okay to like—we’re not the grand arbiters of taste, and we like plenty of things considered problematic, weird, or just plain bad. But understanding them contextually, as representations of cultural desires and anxieties, is our goal, not tearing popular things down just because they’re popular.
WWBUT 66 – My Next D&D Character is a Real Estate Agent
When we take a week off, our shorter WWBUTs become long. Join us on this journey into depravity, the Dust Bowl, grief, and the border of California and Nevada!
Episode 167 – New Moon
We're taking a trip back to Forks to discuss New Moon, the second book in the Twilight saga. Let's talk about death, youth, religion, and racism—and why Edward being a creep is less troubling than Bella wanting to be young forever.
WWBUT 65 – If You Can’t Cuddle It, I Don’t Want It
Back when we recorded this, it was peak spooky season, so enjoy some Halloween recommendations in, uh, mid-November. Also, Dune.
Episode 166 – James Bond – Daniel Craig
We bring our James Bond series to a close with Daniel Craig's take on the iconic character. What does it mean to bring this character into the 21st century? Is this take better than what came before? Where can the series go from here?
WWBUT 64 – I Love the Frogs
It's been a busy time for us, so this week's WWBUT is a bit shorter than usual! We hope you enjoy it anyway.
Episode 165 – The Almighty Johnsons
We hope you like Norse myth and penis jokes, because it's time to discuss The Almighty Johnsons, a New Zealand comedy show following the misadventures of gods reincarnated into mortal bodies.
I love them and think they should talk about ducks
Hello long time listening short time fan. Wish this had extra wiener talk every week. Maybe a lil sausage segment per ep. ok I love you, thoughts and prayers
Love this podcast!
Don’t listen to the negative reviews (which are obviously males who have had their masculinity threatened by listening to women discuss nerdy topics) because this podcast is amazing! Especially if you’re exhausted from hearing your favorite topics manspalined on other podcasts. They really dive deep into the material and it’s clear they’re passionate about everything they talk about. So glad I found this podcast :)
Kind of an uneven podcast. One host is a scholarly journalist who offers a lot of insight on pop culture and the other doesn’t really add much beyond agreeing she’s insightful.