22 episodes

This isn’t a podcast for total beginners. We’re going to assume that you know what plot structure is, what a protagonist is, where ideas come from, and how to use a semicolon. This is a podcast for people who can already write okay, but want to do better.

Rite Gud Kittysneezes

    • Education
    • 3.5, 10 Ratings

This isn’t a podcast for total beginners. We’re going to assume that you know what plot structure is, what a protagonist is, where ideas come from, and how to use a semicolon. This is a podcast for people who can already write okay, but want to do better.

    Writing About Sex Work

    Writing About Sex Work

    In this episode, Mistress Snow, PhD joins us to talk about sex work in writing. What do writers get wrong? How do writers promote inaccurate and harmful stereotypes about sex workers? How can writers do better?

    We also talk about emotional labor, how Russians have too many names, and the agony of the academic job market.

    Links:



    * Mistress Snow’s piece about her mentor dumping her for being a domme

    * Horror Vanguard’s episode on Cam

    * “When They’re Dead, They’re Hookers” – The Media Trope that is Literally Killing People

    * Pretty Dead Girl Takes a Break

    * 17 Facts About Sexual Violence and Sex Work

    * The difference between decriminalization and legalization of sex work

    * The false promise of the Nordic model of sex work



    About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    A Wretched Episode of Scum and Villainy

    A Wretched Episode of Scum and Villainy

    Villains in fiction tend to fit a certain template: erudite, aristocratic, queer-coded, monologuing and vaguely British. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it gets a little old after a while. So for this episode, we’re going to take a look at some real-life villains, from globe-striding corporate monsters to small-time petty jerks, and see how fiction measures up. Joining us is Kelton of Psychic Dolphin Garage and Garbage In Garbage Out.

    Links:



    Inside Jeffrey Epstein’s Curious Sociopathy

    TrueAnon’s interview with Maria Farmer

    The Most Disturbing Details From the NXIVM Case

    Wyatt Koch Is Bold

    The Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes 



    “I was a starter wife”

    Juicero is still the greatest example of Silicon Valley stupidity

    What to know about the “raw water” trend 

    Controversial “Feminist” Hugo Schwyzer Has a Very Public Twitter Meltdown

    How Men’s Rights Leader Paul Elam Turned Being a Deadbeat Dad into a Money Making Movement 



    About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Telling Your Own Stories

    Telling Your Own Stories

    When Stephen Mazur, Assistant editor at The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, interviews writers, he always asks them this question: “Why do you write?” One of the most common answers is: “Because I couldn’t find the stories I wanted to read.”

    In this episode, filmmaker Shannon Strucci and critic Leslie Lee of Struggle Session were kind enough to join us to talk about why we need to tell our own stories instead of waiting for someone else to tell it for you. We also discuss the corporate monopolization of media, the value of supporting independent marginalized artists, and rethinking what it means to participate in culture. Special appearances by Shannon’s dog and Raquel’s cat.

    Links:



    * Struggle Session

    * Leslie’s Twitter

    * FAKE FRIENDS Episode 1  and Episode 2

    * The Nerd Crew: A Pop Culture Podcast by Red Letter Media

    * On Ghostbusters and Identity

    * On the Choice to Consume Small Art

    * Culture Consumption Versus Culture Creation

    * Martin Scorsese’s 1993 letter to The New York Times on cultural diversity

    * A squeamy fact you may not know about Wonder Woman

    * Conservative Koch Brothers Are Secret Investors in Wonder Woman

    * Despite Efforts, Sexual Assault up Nearly 40% in US Military

    * Slimy Swamp Ghost

    * Day of the Dead trademark request draws backlash for Disney



    About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Writing the Body: Avoiding Characters Who Are Brains-In-Jars (Unless That’s Your Whole Thing)

    Writing the Body: Avoiding Characters Who Are Brains-In-Jars (Unless That’s Your Whole Thing)

    In this episode, writer and stuntwoman SL Huang joins us to talk about writing that fully explores the physicality of its characters. How can we write characters who feel like flesh and blood people, not disembodied brains in jars? How do race, gender, class, and other features of identity influence our relationships with our bodies? Has visual media made us less aware of our sense of smell, taste and touch?

    Recommended Reading:



    * SL Huang’s website

    * SL Huang’s Twitter

    * Zero Sum Game

    * Null Set

    * Critical Point

    * Burning Roses

    * Strong Female Characters Beyond Ripley?

    * 69 Percent of Men Don’t Wash Their Hands After Using the Bathroom?!

    * Black is beautiful, but our bodies are not for your fetishes

    * I Once Bawled in Yoga Class—and Now I Know That’s Totally Normal



    About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 40 min
    Writing While the World Burns: What Does It Mean to Be a Writer During the Climate Crisis?

    Writing While the World Burns: What Does It Mean to Be a Writer During the Climate Crisis?

    In this episode, we talk to writer/editor Sarena Ulibarri about what it means to be a writer during a global climate crisis. Do writers have a responsibility to address the problem? Are we a part of the problem? Does art matter when the world is on fire? Should we educate people or offer them an escape from the horrors of reality? Should we give people hope or scare the shit out of them? Can art change the world, or are we just like the musicians on the Titanic playing for the upper-class while the ship goes down?

    Sources/Additional Reading:



    * World Weaver Press

    * Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures

    * The Spiral Ranch

    * Chrysalis in Sunlight

    * Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

    * Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters

    * Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World

    * ‘I want you to panic’: Climate activist Greta Thunberg, 16, lays it on the line for world leaders

    * Titanic Orchestra

    * Solarpunk: A Reference Guide

    * How Climate-Change Fiction, or “Cli-Fi,” Forces Us to Confront the Incipient Death of the Planet

    * A Very Nutty Christmas

    * ‘Titanic’ Prompts Pollution Study

    * Raffi Says No to Ads for Kids



    About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is executive producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here, please consider supporting Rite Gud on Patreon, or via the Kittysneezes Boutique. 

    • 51 min
    Transgressive Queer Fiction and the Right to Be Messy

    Transgressive Queer Fiction and the Right to Be Messy

    Straight writers frequently portray cisgender heterosexual characters with twisted sexual pathologies or dysfunctional, miserable relationships. But when an emerging sci-fi writer published a sharp, witty, in-your-face short story about a transgender helicopter pilot in a dystopian future, prominent members of the writing community rushed to viciously condemn her until she withdrew her work and went into hiding.

    In this episode, horror writer Gretchen Felker-Martin joins us to talk about the importance of making space for transgressive fiction by queer writers. We also discuss didactive versus expressive art, the trap of respectability that queer creatives fall into, and Isabel Fall’s “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter.” (And Raquel mispronounces the word didactic several dozen times.)

    Links:



    * Gretchen’s Twitter

    * Gretchen’s Patreon

    * She Kills People From 7,85- Miles Away

    * Drone Disorientations: How “Unmanned” Weapons Queer the Experience of Killing in War

    * The Right’s One Joke:



    * “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” (via Wayback)

    * What’s the Harm in Reading?

    * That Tyler the Creator tweet:



    * The Abominable Act: Depictions of Gay Sex in Horror Film

    * An Attempted Suicide Forced a Tumblr Community to Open Its Eyes About Bullying

    * Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House

    * ‘Better Call Saul’ Gets the Point of Prestige TV

    * Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequences

    * Me Sowing, Me Reaping:



    * Remembering Hollywood’s Hays Code 40 Years Later

    * Yoon Ha Lee on being trans

    * PORPENTINE

    * Briar Ripley Page

    * Torrey Peters

    * Black Dresses

    * {familia} KM Claude

    * The Pervert, Michelle Perez and Remy Boydell



    About Rite Gud: R.S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.



    Rite Gud is supported by readers like you. If you enjoy what you’ve read here,

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

PeanutBitters ,

A rare gem in a sea of lukewarm takes

Rite Gud is best described as a series of honest, nuanced discussions between people who understand media very well, and I'm delighted to have found it. I've been very online my whole life, so I'm familiar with (and exhausted by) the usual Discourse. I'm glad to see someone who isn't parroting the same three MCU takes but also isn't out to be controversial or cruel. Well done.

Writer Bae ,

MFA drek

I listened to two episodes (and could barely stomach those). The topic on toxic fandom was interesting, but the host and guest mainly sounded annoyed that people read and enjoy writing that they don't approve of. For what sounds like a relatively erudite podcast, there's a stunning level of self-awareness here. The podcast exhibited almost every flaw it critiqued.

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