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Geek Herring is the podcast talking about feminism in geek culture. Each week, we bring you geeky discussions and debates, news that matters to geek feminists, and interviews with inspirational folks in geek culture. Hosted by incorruptible women, Monika Rabensteiner and Amanda Sloan.

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Geek Herring is the podcast talking about feminism in geek culture. Each week, we bring you geeky discussions and debates, news that matters to geek feminists, and interviews with inspirational folks in geek culture. Hosted by incorruptible women, Monika Rabensteiner and Amanda Sloan.

    Geek Herring & Chill: Holy Forking Shirt! We're 100 Years Old!

    Geek Herring & Chill: Holy Forking Shirt! We're 100 Years Old!

    Amanda lost these notes after writing them, so this rewrite is definitely not going to be as good - but holy shitballs, y'all! We're 100 episodes deep!


    If you'd have told us 100 episodes ago that we'd still be here, creating geek feminist content week upon week, 100 episodes later, we would not have believed you.


    Yet, here we are! 100 episodes deep, a growing Twitch channel, new book club, incredible Discord community, monthly challenges, and MORE. Woah.


    You know what this really means? That this shit is WORTH IT. Every single minute we spend making Geek Herring and sharing it with our community is important, it matters, and it's hella FUN.


    We wouldn't be here without you! Your support is incredible and we feel so loved - and also love YOU SO MUCH.


    Join us for this 100 episode banterous celebratory shitshow! We say vibe WAY TOO MUCH, have all the laughts, reflect on what we've learned after 100 episodes, read out comments from our amazing community, share voice clips from Frazley and Thom, and have an all around joyful love fest.


    Thank you so much for all your support for the last 100 episodes! Here's to 100 more!


    BY THE WAY. We rebranded and relaunched our Patreon! Check it out for all new tiers, rewards, and support options! Your financial support means the absolute world to us and lets us create even more incredible geek feminist content for you!


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    Episode 90: Geek Interview: Creating Geeky Art and Creative Expression with Molly O’Riley
    Episode 86: Geek Discussion: Twitch and #MeToo with BiggusBennus!
    Episode 12: Geek Interview: Cosplay, Conventions, Community, and Gender with Anna
    Episode 8: Geek Interviews: Video Game Music Composer Karina Pardus
    Episode 99: Geek Interview: Being Black and Nerdy with Justin Williams


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    Geek Interview: Being Black and Nerdy with Justin Williams

    Geek Interview: Being Black and Nerdy with Justin Williams

    Justin Williams from Super Tangent podcast joins us to get into the nitty gritty of being Black, being nerdy, living in Alaska, and raising a biracial daughter in a racist society. We talk all things politics, pop culture, and the all-important intersection of the two.


    About Justin Williams

    Justin Williams is the host of Super Tangent podcast, a podcast about politics and nerd culture, freelance audio engineer, and dad to the cutest daughter in the world (and she's named Diana - after our awesome Diana Prince!? Probably!) He's from the Alaskan north which had a huge influence on his obsession with nerd culture... sure, what else can you do when it's dark half the year?!


    About Being Black & Nerdy

    We start off by getting the important news out of the way: pens suck, nerds are awesome. And on this [super] tangent, we get into the nitty gritty of being Black, being nerdy, living in Alaska, and raising a biracial daughter in a racist society.


    Justin nails it on the head when he says we're getting angry at the wrong things. Black people are getting murdered every single day, but we're out here getting pissed that Robert Downey Jr wore blackface in one of his movies (which Justin thinks is hilar, btw!).


    So what do we do instead? It's not about cancel culture and jumping on that train to say so long to people like RDJ - y'all just missing the point. There's so many bigger issues out there! It's about banding together and enacting positive change, not following the herd and stumbling into confusion.


    Why not, instead of using these moments to cancel someone, we take them as a chance for education? Unless you're beating your head against a brick wall like the disaster that is JKR, it's always worthwhile taking these moments to help someone else learn from their mistakes.


    Justin shares why NOW is the time we HAVE to increase representation in pop culture. Yeah, there's an argument that can be made that comics, especially, have always been on the forefront of pushing progressive actions, but we have to do more. Like, representation shouldn't be this wildly revolutionary thing, right?


    If we're not representing every type of person this planet of ours has, we're pretending these people don't exist! For goodness sake, the world is wildly diverse, there's so many different races, genders, cultures, abilities, etc etc etc - we want to see them! We actively WANT to see the incredible, diverse people in our media.


    What matters even more than seeing diversity in pop culture is that you create accurate representation. Justin talks about that representation balance and what happens when you get it wrong: you create toxic media.


    On a lighter note, Justin also shares what it's like watching the 2016 Ghostbuster's remake with his daughter. This is heartwarming, beautiful, and offers such a refreshing perspective on a film that routinely gets shit on. Thanks, Justin!


    Did you LOVE this convo with Justin? We did! Justin is the legit best. Let us know your fave Justin moment in the comments and make sure to give him a follow on social and to check out his podcast!


    Quotes

    "It's easy to get on the cancel culture train and feel like you're fighting for something, when in reality you're just missing the entire point."


    "You don't just want to not offend someone, you're representing an entire people."


    "Accurate representation is just as important as representation conceptually because you can do it wrong and that is toxic."


    "Life isn't all about Black Lives Matter. It's not all about police brutality. Sometimes it's about kicking back and fighting for what's right in your own way."


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    Geek Herring & Chill: Our Video Game History & the Evolution of Geek Herring Gaming

    Geek Herring & Chill: Our Video Game History & the Evolution of Geek Herring Gaming

    Ever wondered what video games made us who we are? Well, your curiosity is hereby sated! In this episode, we're deep-diving into our gaming past, present, and future!


    We start back in our early 90s humble Nintendo and Super Nintendo days. These consoles and games, especially Mario (obviously) and Donkey Kong. These games absolutely SHAPED us.


    This episode is really just a wonderful reminiscent one that reminds us of all the good times and all the damn comfort we get from playing our favourite games.


    Tomb Raider? YUP.
    Zelda? Uh-huh.
    Elder Scrolls? You're damn RIGHT.


    Want to know more? You've GOT to listen!


    What are some of the games that defined you? Let us know in the comments!


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    Geek Interview: Life as a Professional Feminist with Virginia Mendez from The Feminist Shop
    Geek Interview: Diverse Art & Illustration with Siti
    Geek Discussion: The Hogwarts Problem with Lark & Jessie from The Gayly Prophet


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    • 44 min
    Geek Girl in the News: Ruth Bader Ginsburg - May Her Memory Be a Revolution

    Geek Girl in the News: Ruth Bader Ginsburg - May Her Memory Be a Revolution

    Geek Girl in the News looks at the awesome or not so awesome news that will make you go either: "YAY" or "OMG I can't believe that."


    The latest and greatest geek girl news from September 2020 covers the sad passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump's awful nomination to the Supreme Court, the NFL making HERstory, Mike Morhaime's new company: Dreamhaven, WandaVision, American Girl's latest doll, and saying so long to the Nintendo 3DS.


    While Monika's off celebrating 10 years with her Weirdo, Thom from Three Extra Lives joins us to talk about this month's news that matters.


    We start this month's episode by recognising and celebrating the incomparable Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who sadly passed away mid September. This is a tragic loss of a woman who has done more for women's rights than anyone else, ever. Her death is a blow to a nation in crisis, but we honour her the only way we know how.


    May her memory be a revolution.

    Even in death, the Notorious RBG is making waves! She is not only the first woman, but the first Jewish person, to be lain in State. This is an honoured given to at least 30 men since the practice began in the 1800s.


    Justice Ginsburg - thank you for your service. Thank you for your power. May you rest in power. We will fight in your memory.


    And the fight's just getting started. President Donald Trump has already nominated the SCOTUS replacement. Amy Coney Barrett is pretty well set up to take RBG's place, a move that, if successful, will have a devastating impact on America, women, and human rights across the country.


    Coney Barrett is anti-women, anti-lgbt rights, anti-abortion, pro-gun, pro-life (whatever that means to these Conservatives), and - oh. She's basically a member of a cult that has a position called HANDMAIDEN.


    Not only is this nomination straight up evil (according to Amanda's mum - "that woman's got evil in her eyes" - so we know it's true), it's unprecented... based on a precedent the Republican party set about 7 months before the end of Obama's presidential run.


    Hello pot? Kettle calling.


    Oh, and let's not forget your Geek Herring Call to Action: VOTE. Vote like your damn life depends on it!!!


    But let's move on to some happier stories!


    The NFL made HERstory in September by having three female officials on the field at the same time. Both the Washington Football Team and the Cleveland Browns had female coaches and there was a female ref on the field. This is a fantastic and long overdue - a big excitement for the future of American Football!


    This month also sees former Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime's announcement of his new game development company, Dreamhaven. Um, excuse me while we fangirl all over the place, here. The announcement brings with it some BIG questions about the future of game development and we are HERE for it!


    We also talk about the teaser trailer released for Marvel's upcoming WandaVision. DAAAAAAAMN this looks good. No set release date that we can see, but holy hell it feels good to talk about some MCU news again!


    Getting into nostalgic toys era now.


    Can you EVEN with the new American Girl doll!? Courtney is an 80's gamer girl through and f*****g THROUGH. She comes with a Pac-Man arcade machine that actually works, all the neon you would ever want, and a Care Bears nightie. Her story describes her as the best gamer in the arcade (natch) and she decides to change how women are portrayed in game by learning to code.


    Oh - and profits from Courtney's sale go to Girls Who Code.


    You in? Obvs.


    Finally, we're saying so long, farewell to the Nintendo 3DS. It's been a long and favourable run, but we don our caps and see you off. Thanks for the fun and games!


    What do YOU think about these news stories? We'd love your take! Let us know in the comments of wherever you see this episode!


    In this episode of Geek Girl in the News,

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    Geek Girl Reviews Mulan: The Good, The Bad, The Controversy

    Geek Girl Reviews Mulan: The Good, The Bad, The Controversy

    Disney's live action Mulan is out! And oh wow has it caused a controversy. We took one for the team, gave it a complete watch, and come armed and ready to discuss it all: the good, the bad, and the terrible.


    Unless you've been living under a rock (or off Twitter, kind of the same thing), you'll know that when Mulan was first announced - just about this time last year - there was a lot of controversy! It was announced just about the same time as the Hong Kong protests we covered in episode 53: Geek Discussion: Hong Kong Protests, Blizzard Entertainment, & Cancel Culture.


    Lead actress, American-raised Yifei Liu, shared a post on Weibo (a Chinese social media site) that she supports the Hong Kong police. To sum up, what she shared said, "I also support Hong Kong police. You can beat me up now. What a shame for Hong Kong.”


    Okay, we have two ways of looking at this statement. Either she's pro-China and doesn't support Hong Kong's protests for independence or as a fairly prominent Chinese actress, she's being very careful about what she's saying so as not to incite hatred against herself and her career.


    In more recent controversy, because YES, there's more! Disney filmed many parts of Mulan in Xinjiang, currently making history for the horrible human rights atrocities against over 200 million Uyghur Muslims. Concentration camps, forced sterilisation, and murder topping the charts, here.


    Should Disney have chosen these locations to film in? What solutions are out there when it comes to Disney as a company, our consumer dollah dollahs, supporting or boycotting China, and enjoying the damn things that we love.


    Speaking of - did we love Mulan or nah?


    We both think there was a lot of good in the film... but a lot of MEH, too. Visually breathtaking, a serious lack of sing-a-long, but definitely something here.


    What did you think about Mulan? Or maybe you decided to boycott it? Whatever you've done is the right choice FOR YOU and we support you!


    Let us know all of your Mulan thoughts. We want the good, the bad, and the very, very bad. Let us know in the comments on the episode page!


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    Geek Discussion: Hong Kong Protests, Blizzard Entertainment, & Cancel Culture
    Geeking Out About Diversity & Representation in Pop Culture: Aladdin, MIB, Shazam!, & More!
    Geek Interview: Literally Surrounded by Dudes with ZiggySera


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    • 41 min
    Geek Interview: Redefining Genres with New York Times Bestselling Author Madeleine Roux

    Geek Interview: Redefining Genres with New York Times Bestselling Author Madeleine Roux

    Serial killers and murder clowns? Nah. The real fear is sexual assault and living with trauma. We're joined by New York Times bestselling novelist, Madeleine Roux, who's redefining the horror genre one fear at a time.


    About Madeleine Roux

    Madeleine Roux is the New York Times Bestselling author of the ASYLUM series. She received her BA in Creative Writing and Acting from Beloit College in 2008. In the spring of 2009, Madeleine completed an Honors Term at Beloit College, proposing, writing, and presenting a full-length historical fiction novel. Shortly after, she began the experimental fiction blog Allison Hewitt Is Trapped. Allison Hewitt Is Trapped quickly spread throughout the blogosphere, bringing a unique serial fiction experience to readers.


    Madeleine's most recent release is Shadows Rising, a World of Warcraft novel preceding the latest expansion, Shadowlands.


    We're so excited to have Madeleine with us on this episode! It is literally full of the most incredible knowledge bombs (kinda hate that phrase but we're going with it) possible.


    Madeleine shares what it's like being a horror writer in such a male-dominated craft. In fact, Madeleine is making damn waves in her industry and topping bestseller's lists.


    She's literally redefining the horror genre. What is fear? Actually, though. Ask yourself what are you truly afraid of?


    Madeleine doesn't write safe horror. Her books aren't abstract. Madeleine's horror can actually happen: sexual assault, consent, privilege, abusive relationships, and gaslighting.


    You know, real world things that women go through every single day. This is way scarier than the mainstream horror of a serial killer at a summer camp.


    We also talk about how art and writing is subjective. It all comes down to how you perceive the works. Will Madeleine ever tell you what she wants you to experience? Probably not, unless it's plot specific!


    Something Madeleine believes is so necessary is putting real world scenarios in fiction writing. That's why she writes about such hard truths. It's how she makes her writing so honest, real, and raw.


    Madeleine's not here for your b******t theory that politics don't belong in art: There is ALWAYS politics in art and anyone who tries to tell you different is lying. Any creator will put their own values and views into their work.


    We also talk about our former love of Harry Potter and what it's like experiencing the downfall of a favourite author in real time. It's even harder to discover JK Rowling is a total s******d in real time as a culture than knowing that, for example, Lovecraft is a dick. It feels like an extra betrayal, extra hurt, extra sore.


    Madeleine also gets a full rant in about how this author started the train of deciding plot points and other things about your books after interpretation. It's s****y and it's lazy and we are NOT having it up in here!


    Some of the other truths coming out this episode are about fanfiction (we all love a good fanfic - and some of us write them!), the BEST advice for new writers (read all different authors and genres, READ ROMANCE, and writing book recommendations), and how you can be mobile as a female writer in such a damn misogynistic industry.


    Writing Resources Mentioned



    Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere) by Lisa Cron
    Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer
    The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways To Write Great Fiction, Get Published, And Earn Your Audience by Chuck Wendig
    Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative Paperback by Chuck Wendig


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Darthbrooks ,

A light in the dark

I feel like Princess Jasmine and Amanda and Monika are Aladdin because they’ve opened up a whole new world for me. They’ve helped me understand more about the struggles that woman are facing in our entertainment sphere, and as a father to a LGBTQIA+ child, Amanda and Monika have given me the tools to now open up a whole new world for my kiddo. To me that is everything. My son was dealing with crippling depression and he finally started to over come that when he came out. Now we’re exploring content creators and all kinds of stuff to help him feel like he is a normal kid. Thank you both and I can’t wait for the next episode!

Jonathan Bloom ,

Improving My Perspectives

This podcast has been helping me improve my perspectives over the years. Amanda and Monika are very passionate AND they want the world to be better. They talk about hard topics, some that other podcasts may want to shy away from. When a well-known author of a book about a school said stuff, I was able to turn to this podcast for guidance.

Plus, even when not on the podcast, they are open to dialogue in their Discord! Add this to your podcast app now!

Michael Heit of Food and Fury ,

Good Work Shouldn't Go Overlooked!

I can say that this is an eye opening podcast for both men and women alike. It delves into so many poinent topics that surround femanism & gender roles in regards to geek culture. Each episode stays focused on the topic while asking some thought provoking questions! Keep up the hard and good work!

- Your friends over at Food and Fury & Snackzeroth!

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