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We are Merri and Missy, two girls who love talking about the things they love both as fans and as critics. That means that sometimes we giggle our way through a conversation about 2018 masterpiece Venom, and sometimes we have serious conversations about the ways that fatphobia and racism shape the media we consume. Sometimes it’s light and breezy, sometimes it’s heavy, but we try to be productive rather than tearing things down just for the sake of getting sweet dunks in. **NOTE: Our host on ...
 
Dedicated to expanding the definition of geek culture through individual experience and irreverent commentary, Marginally Geek is a podcast for and about geeks, nerds, and fans that identify as minorities and marginalized identities. It is dedicated to amplifying their voices and commenting on the view from the divergent edges of the geekverse.
 
Marginally Geek is a podcast dedicated to showcasing the diversity that’s always been the cornerstone of the geek community. We do that by focusing on individual experiences. Each month we’ll be interviewing someone new about their life as a geek and all of the ways it does, and doesn’t, match the stereotype of what a ‘geek’ is. While anyone’s welcome to listen to this podcast (and we hope you do!) we’ll be prioritizing the voices of women, people of color, people on the LGBTQIAA spectrum, p ...
 
Fake Goth Girls is a weekly podcast where two long distance best friends talk about everything they’re passionate about-- creative living, self-improvement, mental health, pop culture and living on the internet. Let Mia Moore and Liz Locksley take you on a journey of their neurosis, creative passions and geek tendencies.
 
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Our lists this week are a good reminder of why we don't usually take much time off. Buckle in, it's a long one! Note: Here are some impractical socks. Enjoy. There's also a brief discussion of disordered eating in the section on The Crown, and some mention of inappropriate content (though nothing graphic) in the section on Yes, God, Yes. What Missy…
 
A boarding school for witch orphans, a bunch of imposters, and a griffin named Klartch—it's time for part two of our dive into Diana Wynne Jones' Chronicles of Chrestomanci! Some Links You Might Find Interesting: Power Plays: Paradigms of Power in "The Pinhoe Egg" and "The Merlin Conspiracy" by Martha P. Hixon Children's Literature Association Quar…
 
It's once again time to judge Missy and Merri's eclectic taste, featuring lots of horror, a long explanation of The 100, and judging the heck out of Leonardo Dicaprio. Warning: There's no swearing above PG-13 in this episode, but because much of what we discuss is adult-oriented, this one probably isn't great for children. We've marked it explicit …
 
Missy has lucked out once again, as Fake Geek Girls is taking a look at one of her favorite childhood book series: Diana Wynne Jones' Chronicles of Chrestomanci! We're talking about Michel Foucault's concept of heterotopia, multiverses, orientalism, and why children's literature is good, actually. Some Links You Might Find Interesting: "Why don't y…
 
What have we been up to? Merri's seeing a LOT of Dakota Johnson, and Missy is watching Oscar bait and utter trash. Warning: Once we start talking about 50 Shades of Gray, the conversation is NSFW. Prior to this, in the discussion about Ginger Snaps 2, there are mentions of sexual assault. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching The Post Jesus Christ, Vam…
 
Nicholas Cage steals the Declaration of Independence...and our hearts? (No.) Join us as we talk about nationalism, the adventure film genre, Riley's goatee, and being egregiously ahistorical. Note: We didn't realize until we were about 20 minutes in that our recording program was using the wrong microphone for Merri. We stopped and fixed it, but th…
 
There is no uniting theme to this week's episode, other than that quite a lot of people die in the things we were up to. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: The Wedding Singer The Invisible Man Dead Poets Society Matchstick Men What We Do in the Shadows Season 2 Reading: Black Heart, Ivory Bones ed. by Terri Windling and Ellen Datlow What MerrI's Be…
 
It's happening now. It's happening for the first time. We're discussing The Wicked + The Divine, a comic series about gods reincarnated into the bodies of young adults, the creation of art, our relationship with death, and being lovable and terrible all at once. Warning: Contains swearing and discussions of potentially triggering material, includin…
 
There are two kinds of people in the world, and they are Merri and Missy's tastes over the last two weeks. What Missy's Been Up To: Reading Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges Watching Pride and Prejudice Fried Green Tomatoes George of the Jungle Groundhog Day What Merri's Been Up To: Watching Dune This is Paris The Social Dilemma Mortis Trilogy Our Web…
 
It’s time to discuss the Star Wars prequels! So... what's all this about the hero's journey? We hope you're ready for some SPICY Star Wars opinions, because we've got them. We are overwhelmed with them. Please relieve us of some of our many spicy opinions. Some Links You Might Find Interesting "The Phantom Menace": Repetition, Variation, Integratio…
 
Actually, it gets dirty partway through and just kind of stays that way. What have we been up to that caused all this? Let's find out. Warning: The title is a fun quote but it's also true. Once we hit Sex Criminals, a number of inappropriate topics come up and continue through the episode. There's no swearing or anything explicit, but there are ref…
 
Michael Moscovitz is our collective dream boyfriend, and it's time the world knew. We're talking about The Princess Diaries, including the first three books in the series and the two Disney films. What's up with the diary format? Why do movies insist on trying to tell us Anne Hathaway is unattractive? Lets find out! Mistakes: The Princess and the F…
 
There's really no uniting theme to this week's WWBUT, other than that we've been under some time constraints due to watching lots of [REDACTED] and reading Animorphs. What Missy's Been Up To: Reading Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado, Dan McDaid, Dani Strip…
 
The Animorphs series draws to a close with a not-insignificant amount of heartbreak. So how did those character types pan out? Did [REDACTED] have to die? And will we ever recover? Warning: We discuss the heavy subject matter typical of the series, as well as cursing. Some Links You Might Find Interesting: 3 Things Socialists Should Copy From Animo…
 
Hope you like trash-talking Scarlet Johannson because uh... there's a lot of that, for some reason. Also: psychoanalyzing Missy's terrible taste in men, Merri's thoughts on wide boys, and showing himbos some love. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: WolfCop True Grit Hail, Caesar! Shirley Playing: A Bewitching Revolution Orwell: Ignorance is Strengt…
 
Body horror, anti-imperialism, and cinnamon buns—what more could you want? Let's talk about Animorphs, a foundational middle-grade series best known for traumatizing a generation of readers and being the butt of every joke about bad cover design. What exactly makes the series so special? Is this just all silly children's fare? And why were we all a…
 
A "short one" in which we talk about Hamilton for 20 minutes. Other topics include: grocery games, cowboy feelings, and time loops. Note: At some point, Missy’s microphone started making a weird clicking sound and our attempts to remove it were unfortunately unsuccessful. It does stop after a bit, but we apologize for the audio annoyance. A Link Yo…
 
We return to another high school classic with George Orwell's Animal Farm! Why does this book get cited as proof that revolutions don't work as often as the opposite? What's all this REALLY about? And why is it taught in American high school, anyway? Let's find out! Warning: Contains swearing. Some Links You Might Find Interesting: All Propaganda i…
 
It's musical season among the Fake Geek Girls. Also: Scientology, villainous women, and things that aren't as good as Carmilla. What Missy's Been Up To: Reading: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen Watching: Gone Girl Little Shop of Horrors Mad Max: Fury Road West Side Story What Merri's Been Up To: Watching: Hamilton T…
 
We're taking a look at the fascinating history of Eddie Brock and Venom! Join us for conversations about the Jungian shadow self, masculinity, and Missy's theory about Peter Parker's ridiculous dancing in Spider-Man 3. Note: Contains swearing and discussion of sexual content. Some Links You Might Find Interesting: 4 Carl Jung Theories Explained: Pe…
 
Usually our WWBUT episodes are our lighter, fluffier fare, but this one gets a little serious. Warning: Contains discussions of emotional abuse, suicide, and fictional attempted sexual assault against a child. We also have a long discussion about J. K. Rowling and her TERF manifesto and what to do with our feelings as people whose lives were shaped…
 
He's mean, he's green, and he may just be the perfect representation of authenticity, in the existentialist sense. Join us as we journey into the depths of the swamp to discuss the Shrek franchise! Note: We're a little unsatisfied with how our conversation about gender play in the franchise played out, so, to clarify: the gender play in Shrek is in…
 
Some good games, good books, and some disturbing documentaries. Warning: Contains discussions of Filthy Money, the documentary on Jeffrey Epstein, and therefore some discussion of sexual abuse. There are also mentions of sex. What Missy's Been Up To: Playing: Kentucky Route Zero Fairyland Confidential Watching: Raiders of the Lost Ark Reading: Uzum…
 
After an unfortunate deletion incident, we're back with our second take on Brave New World. Is this the dystopia we live in? If anything was gained by screwing up our first attempt at this episode, it's that we can definitively say: no, this is absolutely not the dystopia we live in. Warning: Contains swearing, brief mentions of sexual assault, and…
 
Trilogies abound! Here's what we've been up to over the past few weeks. including two separate trilogies, music, and lots of Schitt's Creek. Warning: Contains swearing and some sexual content. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: Before Sunset Before Midnight Dirty Computer Lemonade Homecoming Uncut Gems Schitt's Creek Reading: Son of the Shadows by …
 
Let's talk about Dollhouse, Joss Whedon's 2009 - 2010 show about the entertainment industry! Or is it the ethics of voluntary slavery? Or is it an excuse to look at hot people? How about a little of all three? Warning: Contains discussions of sexual assault as well as swearing. Some Links You Might Find Interesting: Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" and Jo…
 
You would think that we'd be doing more stuff in quarantine, but you would be wrong. It's a pretty short one! What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: 1917 Before Sunrise Schitt's Creek What Merri's Been Up To: Watching: Doomsday El Mariachi Star Wars: The Clone Wars The Half of It Our Website | Twitter | Facebook | Patreon | Merch…
 
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby has long been a part of high school English curricula, but why? How great can he be, really? What's all this about the American dream? Does this book hit different at age 30 than it did at age 17? Let's find out! Some Links You Might Find Interesting: Color and Cosmos in "The Great Gatsby" by A. E. Elmore Why …
 
A few murders, a princess, the best boy in the world, and endless bickering. That's not what we've been up to. We promise. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: Murder on the Orient Express Schitt's Creek Reading: X-Men: Second Genesis by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, John Byrne, et al Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire Witch Hat Atelier by Kamo…
 
UPDATE: This is a re-uploaded version of the episode. The first became desynched during the recording process and again during the editing process. If you run into issues listening to this episode, please re-download to ensure you have the most up-to-date version. Sorry for the inconvenience! Are you tired of biopolitics yet? Then you probably shou…
 
What we've been up to, first quarantine edition. Missy finally finishes The Graduate and dives deep into escapism. Merri also dives deep into escapism. We're all in escapism now. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: The Graduate Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Some Like it Hot Charlie's Angels Assassination Nation P. S. I Still Love You P…
 
Ah, what a time to think about bioethics and biopower. We're taking a closer look at seasons one and two of Orphan Black, a BBC America show following a bunch of clones masterfully played by Tatiana Maslany. We're talking about biopolitics, we're talking about the body and personhood, and we're talking about genre. Some Links You Might Find Interes…
 
Welcome to the world's saddest What We've Been Up To. We haven't had time for much, but we hope you enjoy it nonetheless. What Missy's Been Up To: Listening to: The Magnus Archives The Beholder's Eye Reading: The King of Crows by Libba Bray Watching: The Graduate What Merri's Been Up To: Watching: Star Wars: The Clone Wars Listening To: Emo Our Web…
 
And I say--it's time for an episode on Sense8! We're talking about queer joy. We're talking about utopia. We're talking about why it's important to not assume the human experience is universal, even when we're talking about radical empathy. Warning: Swearing and discussions of explicit content. Some Links You Might Find Interesting: Sense8 by Matth…
 
We've seen Birds of Prey. Have YOU seen Birds of Prey? Let us tell you about why you should, as well as some other things. What Missy's Been Up To: Reading: The Lost Years of Merlin by TA Barron If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin Watching: Birds of Prey Brooklyn 99 El Vampiro Negro Listening To: Dames and Dragons Overkill What Merri's Been…
 
We love a scoundrel. We love a morally complicated character. We love Doctor Aphra. But why? And how does her presence in the Star Wars universe of binary good and evil work? Let's find out! Some Links You Might Find Interesting: DOCTOR APHRA CREATOR KIERON GILLEN, CO-WRITER SI SPURRIER DISCUSS WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE FAN FAVORITE ROGUE by Bria Lavorgn…
 
What have we been up to? Good places and cruel princes. And that's pretty much it, actually. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: The Masked Singer Legends of Tomorrow The Good Place Midsommar Reading: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black What Merri's Been Up To: Watching: You The Good Place Reading: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black Our Website | Twitter |…
 
We take a look at the newest entry in the Star Wars universe--Disney+'s The Mandalorian. What does it mean to be a western? What thematic purpose does all the armor serve? How much do we love Baby Yoda? The answer may actually surprise you. Some Links You Might Find Interesting: Review: ‘The Mandalorian,’ a Gunslinger in a Galaxy Far, Far Away by M…
 
It's been a busy couple of weeks! How have we been entertaining ourselves? Let's find out. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: Bee and Puppycat Tremors Legends of Tomorrow The Good Place Listening To: Witch Wave Reading: The Victorian Fairy Tale Book ed. by Michael Patrick Hearn John Constantine: Hellblazer by Simon Spurrier, Aaron Campbell, Aditya …
 
The first rule of Fight Club is... talk about it incessantly because it's been over 20 years and we're still bickering about it. So where do we stand on the great "is it misunderstood?" debate? How do we feel about its treatment of masculinity and questions of class? Also, the ever-important question: Brad Pitt or Edward Norton? Warning: Contains s…
 
Cats, cars, and tossing a coin to your witcher. What else have we been up to this week? Let's find out. Warning: No cursing or explicit language, but we do talk about Cats, the film, using the word "horny." Also, ugh, no apostrophes in the title so it’s the wrong form of “it’s” and it’s driving me bananas. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: Sorry t…
 
When there is no more room in hell...we podcast about it. We're discussing the various zombie films of George Romero, beginning with 1968's Night of the Living Dead all the way up to 2009's Survival of the Dead. Just what ARE zombies? Should they be running? And what does all of this have to do with class? Some Links You Might Find Interesting: Phi…
 
We watched some great stuff, listened to some great podcasts, and saw The Rise of Skywalker. It did happen. This is a spoiler-free discussion, though it is certainly not opinion-free! (Fun fact—putting punctuation in your podcast filename and potentially its title can cause everything to break, so just pretend you see all the proper punctuation in …
 
Do you like jazz? Too bad, there's not any jazz in this movie. We're checking out the BUZZ (get it) around Bee Movie, the 2007 disaster of a film about a bee and a human woman who just want to be in love and sue the human race. You know. Normal stuff. Hope you're ready to hear about dadaism and some disparaging remarks about boomers, because that's…
 
We're very excited about His Dark Materials. Adam Driver is not as large as he used to be. The Sound of Music is still good. Here's what we've been up to! Mistakes: Missy has since realized that she forgot all about Tony Makarios in His Dark Materials. Points still stand! What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: Zootopia The Sound of Music Knives Out Sha…
 
Ah, the power of friendship. And the power of cool weapons. And change. Also the power of embarrassing your enemies into submission. It's Steven Universe! Our podcast host isn’t allowing us to link sources (our or website, or anything else) in our episode notes at the moment. We’re reaching out to them to figure this issue out. In the meantime, ple…
 
We took some time off, and now we have a lot to talk about. Join us as we dive into the secret history of Baby Yoda, Missy's new favorite thing, and Merri's court of hopes and dreams. What Missy's Been Up To Listening To: The Faculty of Horror Mystery Show The Penumbra Podcast Reading: Shadow Show, edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle Prentice Hall…
 
Did you know that My Chemical Romance reunited? Did you know this? Did you know that there are people just going about their lives as if this isn't a huge and shocking thing? Anyway, since our lives have now been uprooted and November has been a month of deep and unrelenting business, we sat down to talk about our favorite little moments in MCR son…
 
This past month has been a blur. Enjoy us trying to understand what we've been up to, what time is, and why Red Dead Redemption's controls are so bizarre! Warning: A few uses of the word "bitch" during the section on Explained. What Missy's Been Up To: Watching: Election The Good Place Long Shot Playing: Red Dead Redemption 2 Fire Emblem: Three Hou…
 
Ah, remember those hazy halcyon days of The O.C. seasons one and two, when things were good? Just kidding, this show has always been buckwild, and, though there are some serious missteps, we don't hate the direction of seasons three and four. Want to find out why? Warning: Content warnings for drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, and similar top…
 
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