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From the Archives: Why is Gaston a villain, but Ross and Ted “Nice Guys”?
At listener request, here is a re-upload of one of our most popular early episodes released back in 2017. We have no guests in this episode—it's just Scott and Mia (somewhat) affectionately hating on some terrible pop culture men.
Disability in Game of Thrones (a lecture excerpt from The University of Sydney)
This video is an excerpt from a lecture in Introduction to Gender Studies delivered by Mia Harrison at the University of Sydney on May 16, 2019. The topic for this week was "Bodily Norms" and covered a broader discussion of disability and fat politics and scholarship.
This excerpt only covers the portion of the lecture addressing disability in Game of Thrones, so there are some moments referring back to ideas addressed earlier in the lecture. All student contributions have also been cut out.
To view a video version of the lecture with slides, you can watch the video on Youtube.
Sydney’s Drag King Scene and Chemsex Between Men (with Dr Kerryn Drysdale)
We are joined by Dr Kerryn Drysdale to discuss her book, Intimate Investments in Drag King Cultures: The Rise and Fall of a Lesbian Social Scene. We also chat about her work on the 'Crystal, Pleasures and Sex between Men' project, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and WA Health. You can find Kerryn on Twitter. Also check out the Crystal Clear podcast.
CW: Both this episode of Trope Watchers and the Crystal Clear podcast discuss topics such as drug use and sex.
Interventionism and Burnham's Three Mummies in Star Trek: Discovery Season 2 (with Dr Tim Steains)
Today we welcome back Dr Tim Steains to chat about Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. We consider Starfleet's sketchy record with interventionism, Section 31 as a problematic foil for Starfleet, and Burnham's trans-racial parentage
You can find more of Tim's work on academia.edu!
Zombies, Pop Culture, and Pedagogy (with Dr Arnold T Blumberg)
To kick off season 3 we are joined by zombie expert Dr Arnold T. Blumberg to chat zombies and their value as a pedagogical tool. We discuss Arnold's book, JOURNEY OF THE LIVING DEAD: A Tribute to Fifty Years of Flesh Eaters, as well as the value of media literacy in education and culture.
You can find Arnold on Twitter.
Check out ATB Publishing for a range of publications exploring pop culture, including JOURNEY OF THE LIVING DEAD.
Teen Sexuality and Fan Attachments Towards Twilight and Harry Styles (with Dr Grace Sharkey)
For our season 2 finale we are joined by Dr Grace Sharkey, an academic in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. In today’s episode we will be talking about young girls and their attachments to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and pop icon Harry Styles, with a particular focus on representations of sex and sexuality.
You can find Grace on Twitter.
Very interesting discussions of pop culture! They give you a lot to think about, covering all kinds of tropes, topics, and forms of culture!