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Patriarchy Brain in A Song of Ice and Fire

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Julia and Kylie finally take a break from adaptation shaming to gush about A Song of Ice and Fire, this time with the help of their guest Gretchen! What is it that makes George R.R. Martin’s close-PoV structure so compelling? To them, it’s the way that the he is able to utilize the toxically patriarchal setting to explore character biases for incredibly feminist take-aways.

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This episode’s saltarello performance is by Jessica Comeau.

Episode Breakdown:

  • 0:00 – Intro & explanation of “patriarchy brain”
  • 17:03 – Cat
  • 30:40 – Arys
  • 39:30 – Vic/Aeron & Barry
  • 50:47 – Cersei
  • 1:03:00 – Tyrion, Sam, & Ned
  • 1:19:49 – Brienne & Arya
  • 1:30:00 – Sansa
  • 1:41:40 – Asha & Arianne

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Bi, she/her. Gretchen is a Managing Editor for the Fandomentals. An unabashed nerdy fangirl and aspiring sci/fi and fantasy author, she has opinions about things like media, representation, and ethics in storytelling.

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Queer Women in Dystopian Fiction: The Handmaid’s Tale, V for Vendetta, and The 100

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This week on Ladies First, Elizabeth is joined by Lisa, our site’s resident expert on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. We discuss the roles that queer women play in dystopian and apocalypse fiction, the ways in which they tend to be written within these types of universes, and how the tropes of the genre interact with queer characters specifically.

The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the best shows of the year, taking home an impressive eight Emmys this past Sunday, but are there ways that it can be improved? Was the use of the Bury Your Gays trope appropriate for the narrative and satisfying to the viewer? What does it have in common with similar works, such as V for Vendetta? How does it contrast with works that take a different approach to their queer characters, such as The 100?  Find out our answers to these questions and more on today’s episode!

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The Handmaid’s Tale Buried Its Gays (Alive)

Ofglen’s Subplot and Its Resonance With the Modern Queer Woman

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Unabashed Book Snobbery Answers GoT Season 7 Asks

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Julia and Kylie celebrate the ending of Game of Thrones Season 7 by…answering a bunch of asks all about it!

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The salterello performance for this episode is “Saltarello, Lamento di Tristano, Dulab, La Rotta”—Medieval meets Irak, Klangwelten II p.2.

Episode Breakdown:

  • 0:00 – Introduction & which character is the most screwed over?
  • 9:45 – How would you have done R+L=J?
  • 15:25 – GoT’s Season 7 reception & fandom dialogue
  • 25:15 – Karen Smith sends an ask & Sam/Bran in S7 ft. MissWorm!
  • 31:15 – What the hell was Winterhell, Lena Heady, Book!Cersei, and Theon
  • 43:00 – The idiotic truce and poor Cheryl!
  • 53:50 – Character arcs, Tyrion’s romantic feelings for Deadpan, Bronn’s romantic feelings for Larry
  • 59:20 – “Aegon”, most disappointing meme, Robert’s Rebellion’s depiction
  • 1:07:05 – Dragonstone, the Cherry bomb
  • 1:11:55 – Incest, Brienne fucks loyalty, Randyll’s words of wisdom, and parenthood
  • 1:19:10 – Closing & final thoughts

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The Fandomentalist talks Supergirl and Subtext

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Julia, Kylie, and Gretchen sit down with Leah from TGIFemslash to chat about the upcoming season of Supergirl (is there hope?) and the interesting penchant for subtext over explicit queer ships within some areas of fandom.

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Episode Breakdown:

  • 0:00 – Introduction & fandom news 9/10/17
  • 17:00 – Supergirl‘s past and future
  • 44:35 – Subtext vs. sub-par text with queer ships

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