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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 Girl Reviews Shadow and Bone: Into the Grishaverse with Vicky Brewster

    Geek Girl Reviews Shadow and Bone: Into the Grishaverse with Vicky Brewster

    Shadow and Bone is the latest YA high fantasy show taking Netflix by storm. We're joined by Grishaverse addict Vicky Brewster to talk about what we loved - and didn't so much love - from our first foray into this universe.


    About Vicky Brewster

    Vicky Brewster is a freelance editor, founder of Books Outside the Box (a spooky and speculative book subscription service), founder of The Writing Haunt horror writing retreat, and a PhD student. She's wearing lots of fantastical hats and it's awesome!


    Based on the books by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone season one is out now on Netflix.


    If you haven't seen Shadow and Bone or read the books and are wary of spoilers: HERE IS YOUR SPOILER WARNING. This episode is NOT spoiler free!


    We talk about what we love about the show (mainly our love of Jesper and Inej) and what we don't love so much - too much -yawn- lovey dovey stuff!


    Vicky is our pocket expert into all things Grisha and we're so grateful for her guiding us through this episode and answering all our burning questions. It's great to have an expert on the team! ;)


    Here's Thom (from Three Extra Lives) take on the whole show - it basically sums it up!



    I really enjoyed how this show started - the fold and the mystery behind, how it's been used for political gain however we never really get to learn much about it. There feels like a lot of forced romance, (like the witch and the fedyor being an big example) Like how the f are you in love after one episode, and the story overall is very predictable, however I really like the cast and still very much intrigued about the story. I'm at such a dilemma with this show because I don't think I could recommend it to anyone, however at the same time I'll be excited to check out season 2 to see if they get to flesh this world out some more!



    Thanks, Thom, for putting into words how we feel about this show. WE NEED MORE STORY!


    Bring on Season 2 for the continuation and all the other awesome stuff.


    Here's the Apple Podcasts link to the Shadow and Bones Netflix podcast Vicky mentions!


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    Episode 120: Geek Girl Reviews WandaVision: A Story About Grief
    Episode 129: Geeking Out About The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Your Current Most Important Watch
    Episode 122: Geek Discussion: Our Break-Up with the Wizarding World


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    Geek Interview with The Sartorial Geek Clothing Creator: Jordan Dene Ellis!

    Geek Interview with The Sartorial Geek Clothing Creator: Jordan Dene Ellis!

    What's it like starting and running a successful geek brand? We're joined by the incredible Jordan Dene Ellis, of Jordandene NYC and The Sartorial Geek podcast and magazine, to talk about how she's created her own successful geeky brands.


    About Jordan Dene Ellis

    Jordan Dene Ellis is the founder of Jordandene NYC and co-founder of The Sartorial Geek podcast and magazine. She's a badass geek who's created one awesome life for herself - by her own rules.


    We chat about all things geek in this episode! Especially about creating a successful and thriving geeky career. Jordan Dene is pretty much a household name when it comes to geek fashion and it's easy to see why.


    Jordan also talks about what it's like running a magazine and her experience podcasting.


    Thanks for the awesome, fangirling episode, Jordan!!


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    Episode 15: Geek Girl Rant: Gendered Clothes & Geeky Merch
    Episode 1: Geek Representation: NYCC and Beyond
    Episode 131: Geeking Out About Self Care


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    Geek Discussion: Coming Out, Pride, and Identity

    Geek Discussion: Coming Out, Pride, and Identity

    HAPPY PRIDE!


    We are so excited to celebrate Pride this month, not only because it's f*****g PRIDE, it's also Moni's first pride as an out and proud asexual person! Welcome to the queer club, Moni!


    In this episode, we're talking alllll about Moni's coming out story and how she's perceived herself for all of her life. It's really fascinating to hear this from someone who realised their identity at 36 years of age. Congratulations, Moni, on figuring your shit out!


    We also talk about appearances and g******s, because what kind of episode would it be if we didn't? It's inappropriate and incredible, exactly how we like it.


    This year has been one of self-discovery for many. We've actually had quite a few people mention that Geek Herring has gotten way gayer over the years we've been doing this -- and also that Geek Herring makes you gay*. *Well, sure. We'll take it! What a weird badge of honour.


    Celebrating pride for both of us has been really different experiences. Amanda's been celebrating over 17 Prides in some way or another and Moni's never been to a Pride parade in her life. We're both valid for however we celebrate and recognise Pride!


    Because Pride matters. Pride is an important event in the LGBTQIA2+ community. We've lost so much - from the AIDs crisis, homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, murders, and all that horrible stuff of humanity. It's no wonder there are so many people, like Moni, who haven't come out until later in life. We didn't have the role models or the safety to come out like Gen Z does, now.


    Finally, we want you to know that no matter how old you are, no matter how out you are, and no matter who you are: you matter. You are valid. Your identity is valid.


    This world just needs a bit more gosh darn love!


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    Episode 126: Geek Roundtable: Love in Every Form
    Episode 124: Geek Interview: Love Is… Finding Yourself with Lizzie
    Episode 125: Geek Girl Reviews It’s a Sin: The Heartbreaking Reality of the AIDS Crisis


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    • 44 min
    Geek Girl in the News: May 2021

    Geek Girl in the News: May 2021

    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 2021 covers Gen Z being badass, celebrity struggles with mental health, snowflake gamers and the male gaze, an update on the Rosario Dawson anti-trans lawsuit, and some good news from Twitch!


    We start by celebrating the incredibly talented Madisen Cordell who won an Amazon scholorship to pursue computer science.... after starting to learn it only last summer! This story is so wholesome and inspiring; Madisen, you'll go so far!! Congratulations!


    Then we're talking about the newest grrl riot punk band: The Linda Lindas. These tweens took a racist, sexist comment from a boy in their class and wrote the literal baddest assiest song about it. Ever. RACIST SEXIST BOY!!! We stan you, Linda Lindas!! Keep it coming!


    Next, we're talking about Naomi Osaka's statement and eventual withdrawal from the French Open due to her mental health. She decided it was in the interest of her mental health not to participate in post-tournament interviews, but the archaic tennis federation rules deemed it appropriate to issue a $15k fine. Seriously? Mental health before all else! We're proud of you, Naomi! And hope you kick collaborative ass in changing the rules!


    And it's not just women who are opening up about their mental health problems. Even male celebrity faves like Ryan Reynolds who seemingly have it ALL can and do struggle with mental health issues. It's so, so, so important for straight, cis, white men to open up about their mental health issues in order to combat the stigma of mental health. Thank you, Ryan!


    Then we have a bit of a laugh about the absolute snowflake of a gamer who decided that Aloy, in the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, looks too masculine. Um, f**k away off and get in the sea!


    With an update to a past geek girl in the news episode, courts have dismissed the anti-trans assault lawsuit against Rosario Dawson. This is really a lose-lose situation. Either accusor Dedrek Finley is lying and caused some irreparable damage to Dawson's career and the validity of anti-trans assault, or Dawson is lying and used her fame and finances to make the situation go away. Well f**k.


    But in some excellent news, Twitch has finally - finally - given us 350 new identity tags on the gaming platform! The long-anticipated trans tag is here! And along with it are tags about sexuality, gender, race, nationality, disability, and more. THANK YOU TWITCH. And maybe in some even more unprecedented updates... Twitch apologised for getting this wrong, stating that they really should have done this sooner.


    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, we covered these news stories:


    Madisen Cordell wins Amazon scholarship to pursue computer science
    Everyone Is in Love With the Linda Lindas
    BREAKING: Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open.
    The Importance of Ryan Reynolds Opening Up About Anxiety During Mental Health Awareness Month and Beyond
    Snowflake gamer dragged after whining about Aloy’s ‘masculine’ appearance in Horizon Forbidden West
    Court Has Dismissed Anti-Trans Assault Lawsuit Against Rosario Dawson
    Twitch streamers celebrate as brand-new transgender tag goes live: ‘I’m happy it’s finally here’


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    Episode 106: Geek Girl in the News: We’re in love with Elliot Page and Chris Evans… just a little bit!
    Episode 116: Geek Interview: Gender Identity and Fluidity with Frazley and Sascz of Translucidity
    Episode 131: Geeking

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    Geeking Out About Self Care

    Geeking Out About Self Care

    Self care. It's a hot topic right now, and not without good reason. It's an essential practice for our health - but as geeks, what's best for us?


    Let's face it. All those Insta posts about self care being baths, yoga, and meditation are b******t. Like okay, Karen, if that's you, you do you.


    But that's not all self care is.


    Self care is any activity that lets your body and, maybe more importantly, your mind relax.


    This week, we're talking about the self care practices that we, as geeks, business owners, podcast hosts, and Twitch streamers do regularly. From creating a schedule and routine to reading cosy books to streaming on Twitch.


    The most important message is that your self care can look like whatever you want it to. Don't let anyone else dictate what your self care should look like. Do what makes YOU happy.


    What are your favourite ways to practice self care? Let us know in the comments here or come join us on Discord!


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    Episode 113: Bodies and Radical Self-Love with Gemma
    Episode 108: Geek Discussion: Real talk! Our Girl Geek Highs and Lows 2020 and Before
    Episode 121: Geek Interview: Loving the Skin You’re in with Frank the Pegasus


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    Geek Girl Reviews Surviving R. Kelly: What a Piece of Sh*t

    Geek Girl Reviews Surviving R. Kelly: What a Piece of Sh*t

    Surviving R. Kelly is a documentary about the literal decades of abuse from the rapper - and the total lack of prosecution. This is our review of the 6-part documentary of horrors.


    Content Warning: This entire episode deals with sensitive topics. Sexual assault, abuse, pedophilia, child pornography, pornography, and more. Please protect yourselves, listeners. If these topics are too heavy for you right now, please check out another episode of Geek Herring


    After watching Surviving R. Kelly, we can say with 100% certainty that Robert Kelly is indisputably a piece of shit.


    We witness in this documentary Robert's interest in young girls start way too early in his life. It's all come out about his relationship and marriage to Alliyah - when she was only 15 f*****g years old and he was 24!?


    But that's nowhere near where these decades of abuse ends. It's absolutely heartbreaking to watch these girls and young women be seduced by this master manipulator for years. Even when women came forward about his abuses, Robert "somehow" seems to avoid any jail time.


    Spoilers: he just makes too much money for the record company. So naturally, he can do whatever he wants - including assaulting young girls.


    We also talk about how everyone in his life is claiming total ignorance and innocence to his crimes - and we call absolute f*****g b******t.


    Listen to this episode to find out more!


    Watch Surviving R. Kelly on Netflix


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    Episode 22: Geek Discussion: Rape, Steam, & Responsibility
    Episode 119: Geek Girl in the News: Sexual Abuse & Racism in the Entertainment Industry – Marilyn Manson, Joss Whedon, World of Warcraft, & the Golden Globes
    Episode 91: Geek Discussion: WAP, Sexual Empowerment, and Feminism


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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

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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