Maya and Rebecca look at what their growing celebrity could mean for the Parkland shooting survivors, as well as what the Laura Ingraham boycott and hiring/firing of Kevin Williamson might mean for conservative voices in mainstream media.
After taking several weeks off, there’s so much catching up to do. The big story: Stormy Daniels seems to be beating Trump (not only with rolled up magazines but also) at his own game, and Maya and Rebecca are LOVING it. Plus a #MeToo update, and a few observations about how right this podcast always … Continue reading "Episode 31: Stormy Daniels and Also How We’re Right About Everything"
Maya and Rebecca talk SEX – specifically, straight women’s sexual desire as depicted in and elicited by popular movies. In this episode, they talk 50 Shades, Twilight and Magic Mike XXL. Consider it a first entry into what promises to be a longer investigation of women’s horny time.
Maya and Rebecca LOVE abortion, and they don’t care who knows it. They ponder why it’s taboo to say so and how we might change that situation. What sort of cultural narratives could help shift the public discourse in a constructive way? And could the answer be… porn?
Shithole countries and shitty media men… Maya and Rebecca break down the budding backlash against (and surprising resilience of) #MeToo, and yes take a moment to gawk at the foulness spewing out of Trump’s shithole of a mouth. It was a hell of a week. Good thing we have liquor.
Brace yourselves, nerds. In this episode, Maya and Rebecca attempt to ruin Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Yet how can one ruin that which already sucks?You might want to drink along with this one. (Warning: Massive spoilers.)
Enjoy Maya and Rebecca getting way off topic in these deleted segments from a previously recorded episode. They ask if #MeToo is feminism’s “red pill” moment, marvel at the GOP’s personal responsibility fetish, and touch on other seemingly unrelated subjects. Of course, Maya and Rebecca see literally everything as related, and after a few cocktails … Continue reading "Episode 23: Feminism’s Red Pill?"
Maya and Rebecca discuss the two major events of the past week – the election in Alabama, and a New Yorker short story that went viral. Okay, one major event and one weird internet thing nobody remembered 3 days later. But we still think it was a good short story.
Maya has some feelings about what makes a good (and bad) romantic comedy, Rebecca asks how we know when it’s time to *really* amp up the resistance, and WE DON’T WANT TO KEEP TALKING ABOUT #METOO but it keeps happening so we have to. Al Franken got pushed out, John Oliver held Dustin Hoffman’s feet … Continue reading "Episode 20: Rom-Coms, Anti-Fascist Theater, and Everything Circles Back Again"
Maya and Rebecca talk 80s comedies, sex and misconduct. Back to the Future, Revenge of the Nerds, Weird Science – why did so many of our favorite movies from childhood have such… problematic ideas about sex?
OK, we’re getting sick of talking about it, but we have to talk about it. As more and more tales of harassment and abuse come to light, Maya and Rebecca take a look at the direction the conversation is taking. Will this lead to long-term, meaningful change? Or are we on the verge of accusation … Continue reading "Episode 18: Louis CK, Al Franken, and Where We Go From Here"
Maya and Rebecca return to the podcast’s geeky roots, really getting into it over the most recent Thor movie. Maya is uniquely positioned to analyze this latest Marvel offering – as, it turns out, she knows absolutely nothing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Is Thor: Ragnarok the worst possible place to start? Is it inaccessible … Continue reading "Episode 17: Thor Ragnarok"
Happy Indictment Day, to one and all! Rebecca and Maya are loving the way the FBI’s Trump/Russia investigation is playing out, so they analyze what makes this ongoing story so damn compelling and what it means to watch a high stakes procedural drama unfold in real life.
Maya and Rebecca jump back in to last week’s topics, responding to listener feedback: How do fictional social problem films differ from documentaries? Are feminist social problem films all disguised as comedies? Then they explore a new but related question: What the heck is going on with Gen X white male film directors? The sauced-up … Continue reading "Episode 15: Mother!, Male Genius and Muses"
If we ever needed reasons to drink, this week delivered an abundance. Adult beverages at the ready, Maya and Rebecca consider the #MeToo hashtag and social media’s reaction to the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Is this part of a larger pattern – not just on social media but in American culture generally? What does this sort … Continue reading "Episode 14: Much Ado About #MeToo"