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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 Interview: Women in Indie Game Development with Producer Kitty Crawford

    Geek Interview: Women in Indie Game Development with Producer Kitty Crawford

    To celebrate Love Indies week in June, we interviewed the remarkable Kitty Crawford about her life as an indie game's producer! Kitty joins us with a wealth of experience, knowledge, and perspective on the industry.


    Kitty is born and raised in Northern Ireland but now lives and works from Montreal - but most of her games clients live back over here in Europe. She shares with us how she started in the indie game industry after leaving television for physical and mental health reasons. Such an awesome transitio to make, though, right!? Before Kitty left us over here in NI, she spent 2 years as the Games NI Chairperson - head of a group dedicated to indie game developers in the country.


    For Kitty, the key to her success in the indie game industry has been the two incredible mentors she has and her talent at networking. Because the industry is so competitive, building those relationships with other industry professionals is vital.


    What's it been like for Kitty as a women in the industry? We always hear horror stories coming out of games, but thankfully, Kitty can't share any of her own! Not only do we talk about her personal experiences, we get real deep about how we can create more diversity in games.


    Kitty believes it's a two pronged approach - keeping the women that are already in the industry and recruiting new women from schools. And it's not just women in games - it's vital that we encourage a diverse range of recruitment into indie games. Because diversity does nothing but make us, our projects, and our teams stronger!


    And finally, Kitty gives us the lowdown on what it takes to be a games producer and what her days look like. Don't know about YOU, but we didn't know much about the profession and it's so cool - definitely one we both want to know more about!


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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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    Amanda & Monika
    Special Guest: Kitty Crawford.
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    Geek Girl in the News: June 2020

    Geek Girl in the News: June 2020

    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 June 2020 covers Rowling's publishing company employees not wanting to work with her, Mixer's racist culture and sudden demise, Twitch's history of not taking abuse reports seriously, the calls for a Twitch Blackout, Tina Fey call for 30 Rock's removal of blackface episodes, an FDA approved prescription video game, and TikTok Teens and K-Pop Stans living their best lives for all our futures.


    June was some month! We recorded this episode a week early, so this isn't even a full account of June. But even at what it is, so much happened in June it's pretty overwhelming. Honestly, it's like two years worth of huge news and upheaval and movement and fighting was smooshed into a puny 30 days.


    Phew.


    First of all, we want to make it clear our stance. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Love is love. F**k hate. We've been absolutely disgusted by what's coming out of our former favourite author's mouth lately and under no circumstances can we in good conscious support her anymore. And we're not alone. Staff at her publishing agency, Hachette, have requested not to work with her on her latest children's book.


    Streaming platforms Mixer and Twitch have made the news in June - and not for super great reasons at all.


    Former employee of Mixer, Milly, has come forward with her story of racism at the Microsoft company. Wow - how is this okay? Let's just make it clear, okay? It's absolutely still possible to be racist if you hire one (yes one) Black employee. It's still possible to be racist if you have a Black friend/coworker/relative/etcetcetc.


    But you know how Mixer actually dealt with this? Instead of owning up and addressing whatever issues on the inside, they've decided to pull the plug. Few partners knew the platform was closing before it did, many finding out on Twitter like the public. WOW.


    Let's not stop there. June was the month that many women and some men came forward with their stories of sexual abuse and harassment from (predominantly) male streamers, affiliates, and partners. And despite similar experiences being reported to Twitch over the years - nothing was done.


    Not anymore. The Twitch #MeToo era is here and it's not quiet. Blackouts were held, people resigned, some were banned, some permanently. Change is happening and let's believe that a more positive and inclusive Twitch is on the way.


    On a better note, Tina Fey, one of Amanda's heroes and producer of 30 Rock, has requested the removal of 4 (yes FOUR) episodes of the show that feature blackface. First of all - what? Second of all - FOUR EPISODES WITH BLACKFACE WHAT. Third of all - at least they're gone!


    We're finishing this episode with two good news stories:


    The FDA approved a perscription video game to help treat kids with ADHD! This is a remarkable development in healthcare and we can't wait to see how this impacts the future of the industry!


    Last but not least... we STAN TikTok teens and K-Pop Stans. Honestly, these teens are THE FUTURE we all want and need. From overwhelming racist and hate-filled hashtags on Twitter to literally claiming most of the tickets to Trump rallies... we can't even explain our love and appreciation for this generation. Thank you for doing the good work!


    What’s your take on these news articles?


    OH HEY BY THE WAY. We're recording our episodes LIVE on Twitch now! You can come join the fun LIVE every Tuesday at 7pm UK time/8pm Austria/2pm NYC/11am LA!
    We're almost at affiliate level - YAY! - so every follow counts. We appreciate you!!! Follow us on Twitch right here :D


    In this episode of Geek Girl in the News, we covered these news stories:



    Hachette moves to back Rowling after staff raise concerns
    Mixer responds to former empl

    • 52 min
    Geek Herring & Chill: Happy Pride 2020!

    Geek Herring & Chill: Happy Pride 2020!

    June 2020 has been a month! But, even though Pride was delayed a bit, for very obvious and very good reasons, we are celebrating now. So plug in your earphones and get ready to join the Pride Party!


    This episode starts a bit heavy with the pretty s****y news about our former favourite author. We've already talked about this pretty extensively in our episode with The Gayly Prophet, but we dunno about you, we're finding it harder to reclaim Hogwarts as our home again. We just need to take a minute and regroup on this one.


    We've had some set backs come out of the White House (as usual -insert major eye roll here, amirite?-) but then we got some surprise news from the Supreme Court who ruled that LGBTQIA+ folk can't be discriminated against at work! Finally, in the month of all years, we get some good news and something worth celebrating!


    Leading up to this episode, we polled Twitter and Discord for people's fave queer characters and were not disappointed! From Will and Robin (Stranger Things) to Cosima (Orphan Black) to Sir Hammerlock (Borderlands 2 & 3) and more, there was no shortage of replies. We discovered new characters to stan, and stan we will, and new shows to binge (hello Sense 8!).


    We did discover a lack of bi, pan, trans, and ace characters gracing our screens so think we obviously need even more diversity on the big and small screens. And upon further investigation post episode, many of the characters that Google tags as bi, um, aren't. So let's do better, ok?


    There's also talka bout who OUR favourite queer characters are, how geek culture and queer culture are connected (SO SUPER CONNECTED AND ALSO HI FANFIC/SLASH/YAOI!), how Amanda realised she wasn't exactly straight, and how EA are celebrating Pride with a virtual Sims parade!


    All in all, this was an EPISODE! Check out out and let us know who your favourite queer characters are!


    Resources We Talked About!



    ‘Stranger Things’ Has Always Had a Gay Character: Will Byers
    #StreamWithPride during Pride Month on Twitch
    The first virtual Sims Pride parade wants to feature your Sim


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    Geeking Out About Robin Hobb: Fantasy That Represents – LGBTQ+, Gender Roles, Classism, + More
    Geek Discussion: The Hogwarts Problem with Lark & Jessie from The Gayly Prophet
    Geeking Out About Diversity & Representation in Pop Culture: Aladdin, MIB, Shazam!, & More!


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    • 44 min
    Geek Interview: Plus Size Nerding it up with Nancy Basile!

    Geek Interview: Plus Size Nerding it up with Nancy Basile!

    For years, being plus size and nerdy has been linked to being unpopular and super uncool. Not anymore, friends! We are joined by the Plus Size Nerd herself, the wonderful Nancy Basile, to talk about reclaiming these words and honouring her nerdity.


    Nancy started Plus Size Nerd to help other women get ideas for great-looking nerd clothes that make them feel good about themselves. She also wanted to create a community where women could come together and feel like they fit in. (Which can be hard when you’re plus size and a nerd.)


    On this episode of Geek Herring, we get down with our geeky selves and dive into what it's like being a plus size nerd.


    From being unable to find the perfect nerd clothes in plus sizes to the body positivity at any size community, this episode is an awesome one we think you'll enjoy!


    Some of Nancy's favourite Instagram accounts to follow are:



    Jameela Jamil
    Kristen Bell
    I Weigh
    Bleed Geeks
    Bellesa


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    Find Plus Size Nerd on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube


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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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    Special Guest: Nancy Basile.
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    • 57 min
    Geek Characters: Peach Please! Is Princess Peach an Inspiration or Irritation?

    Geek Characters: Peach Please! Is Princess Peach an Inspiration or Irritation?

    Voted number 48 in a list of video game's hottest female characters, Princess Peach definitely evokes a LOT of feelings. Some good, some negative, and all definitely valid. We talk about what we actually think about Mario's leading lady and uncover the sordid truth of her identity.


    Did you know that Forbes lists Princess Peach in the top 10 richest video game characters with a fortune worth over $1 billion? That's a lot of money! But how does someone who gets kidnapped on average once a week maintain that fortune?


    And surely, with Peach making yet another list of video games most influential politicians, being away from the job so often HAS to have a detrimental effect on the Mushroom Kingdom.


    Presenting our last piece of evidence, Wikipedia states that Princess Peach not only has a public relationship with Mario, she's also friendly with Luigi. And Bowser Jr claims that she's actually his mother.


    We're onto you, Peach.


    Follow our investigation as we uncover the truth about Princess Peach. She's not a damsel in distress at all! She's a smart and manipulative woman who is actually a feminist genius.


    We also talk about the more serious portrayal of Peach in the Mario games ;)


    Let us know: Are you a Princess Peach lover or hater?


    Don't forget to join us LIVE on Twitch, every Tuesday at 7pm UK time to see all the bits we edit out of our podcast episode! And trust us, there's a lot.


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    Geek Interview: Feminism and Gender with Dr. Sol Haring
    Geek Girl Stereotypes: Identify, Self-Reflection, and Toxic Femininity
    Geek Herring Reviews Feminists: What Were They Thinking?


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    • 35 min
    Geek Girl in the News: #BlackLivesMatter

    Geek Girl in the News: #BlackLivesMatter

    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 May 2020 is not happening this month. Instead, we're taking a minute to be silent and promote some amazing geeky podcasts hosted by black creators.


    Go check out SuperTangent Podcast by our friend Justin Williams.


    Definitely pop over to The Radical Geeks co-hosted by amazing The Blerd Gurl who is an incredible and uplifting voice 🖤.


    And last, but definitely not least, head on over to Black Girl Nerds and show them all the love. They're having the big conversations already, so they deserve all the love and support out there.


    Here are some anti-racism resources so you can educate yourself
    Here are some further resources for how to help if you're in the UK or Ireland.


    Thanks for always supporting Geek Herring, friends. Go show some of that support to our black brothers and sisters.


    Black Lives Matter, yesterday, today, and every day ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻


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    Geeking Out About Animal Crossing: The CUTEST game you’ve played in years
    Geek Discussion: Rising Representation and Diversity in Video Games
    Geek Discussion: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Cast Them


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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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