Almost Live at ClexaCon, Part 1

April 8, 2018

Episode 29a

ClexaCon with guest Anna from The Lesbian Review

Andi and Lise are both on the ground at ClexaCon in Las Vegas, Nevada and so is Anna from The Lesbian Review, who also attended last year. Andi and Lise chat with Anna about ClexaCon then and now, fandoms, and how important queer representation is and the role ClexaCon plays in that.

The Lesbian Review website is HERE.

ClexaCon met in Vegas April 5-9, 2018.

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Lost Girl

March 23, 2018

Lost Girl

Episode 28

Andi and Lise love themselves some Lost Girl, the paranormal urban fantasy series that launched in 2010 and ended with Season 5 in 2015. The series follows main character Bo, a succubus, in her quest to find her true origins, but she’s buttressed by several strong secondary characters, both human and fae. The show’s premise is predicated on there being two worlds – fae and human – and the former attempt to stay hidden from the latter while dealing with conflict between light fae and dark.

The show is full of strong women characters and includes strong positive LGBTQ rep. Bo is considered bisexual and engages with both male and female love interests.

Andi and Lise agree the show is full of great, strong characters, excellent writing, great plots, and explorations of moral ambiguity with regard to the conflicts between light and dark fae as well as how individuals engage with both sides.

The show is currently available on Netflix and Amazon Prime in the U.S.

And check out the Waystation podcast, all about Lost Girl.

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10 Ways Disney Is More Harmful To Kids Than Lesbians Are

March 12, 2018

10 Ways Disney Is More Harmful To Kids Than Lesbians Are

Les Talk About It

In this episode of Les Talk About It, Sheena and Tamara talk about 10 Ways Disney Is More Harmful To Kids Than Lesbians Are.

Don’t get us wrong, we love Disney, but having a lesbian character is not going to harm your kids, especially if these 10 common things in Disney movies are not already harming them.

About The Hosts

Sheena comes from a media background and in 2014 she started The Lesbian Review, a website dedicated to reviewing the best lesbian books and movies. In 2016 A podcast channel seemed like a natural progression and so she started The Lesbian Talk Show

Sheena discovered lesbian fiction in her late teens and it helped her with her coming out process, something for which she will always be grateful. 

Tamara is a marketing professional and has branched out into design and photography. Her natural love for research and learning meant that she was the perfect podcast partner when Sheena wanted to start Les Talk About It. (Well, that and the fact that Tamara is married to Sheena.) 

About The Show 

Les Talk About It is a show dedicated to busting the myths around lesbians. We look at everything from flannel to lesbians being cat ladies, loving softball and having carabiners. 

One of the first shows to be started on The Lesbian Talk Show, it has been running since 2016. 

You can find all of the episodes here 

 

Contact Sheena And Tamara 

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Interview with ClexaCon Organizers

March 9, 2018

Episode 27

Andi and Lise are super-stoked this week because they managed to score an interview with three ClexaCon directors/organizers (Ashley had to step out to conduct official ClexaCon business during the interview, but we appreciate her dedication to the cause). 

Joining us is Holly W., Danielle J., and Ashley A., all of whom not only direct and organize this event, but coordinate with other team members to do whatever needs to be done. 

ClexaCon officially launched in March, 2017 as a response to the myriad deaths of queer women characters in media, particularly the death of the character of Commander Lexa of the CW show The 100 (pronounced “the hundred”). That character died in an egregious example of the “bury your gays” trope, and in the wake of her death, LGBTQ fans and allies rallied in opposition to this trope and sparked a revolution of organizing and community outreach that continues unabated. 

Named for the iconic ship of Clarke Griffin and Commander Lexa (Clexa), ClexaCon is the first and largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ women and allies. It brings together thousands of diverse LGBTQ fans and content creators from around the world to celebrate and encourage positive media representation of and for LGBTQ women. 

The event is scheduled for 5-9 April in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

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Questionable Content Webcomic

February 28, 2018

Episode 26

Andi and Lise are way into the award-winning Questionable Content webcomic (Lise got Andi started on it), by Jeph Jacques, which launched August 1, 2003 and has been since then. It’s a slice-of-life comic populated by a diverse group of people and includes strong women and strong queer rep and all kinds of other rep. People of different ages and body types, backgrounds, and all kinds of things in between. 

The comic is at times hilarious, moving, poignant, wacky, and overall an amazing amount of fun. 

QC website 

Jeph Jacques’ Patreon 

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

February 7, 2018

Lez Geek Out! # 25  

Andi and Lise rave over Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which opened in theaters in December. TLJ is the continuation of the Star Wars story from the movie The Force Awakens, which was released in Dec. 2015. TLJ is chock full of strong women characters, has a diverse cast (though we’re still waiting on the overtly queer rep…), and these characters were integral to the story. Here, Rey continues her exploration of her abilities with The Force; General Leia and, later, Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) are trying to outrun The First Order; and Rose Tico the Resistance mechanic proves a mentor of sorts for Finn, the ex-Stormtrooper. The movie also explores Luke Skywalker’s character arc in interesting ways. 

TLJ provides a jumping-off point for new directions in the Star Wars movie universe and perhaps a launching of the new generation and both Andi and Lise are excited to see what happens. 

See TLJ trailers HERE. 

And check out The Lesbian Talk Show Channel’s Patreon page! 

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Phasma (Star Wars)

January 24, 2018

Lez Geek Out! # 24

Lise and Andi geek out over Delilah Dawson’s novel Phasma set in the Star Wars universe. Just released in September through Penguin/Random House, Phasma provides a story of the enigmatic and imposing Captain Phasma, a leader in The First Order (another Star Wars evil empire). From the recent movies, she’s the one dressed in a shiny chrome Stormtrooper outfit who trains First Order recruits. 

Dawson’s book provides glimpses of Phasma through two separate parties, which manages to further enhance Phasma’s mystique because it obscures her motivations since we’re not getting the story directly from here, but rather through a second and third party, both of whom have their own narrative arcs. It’s a cleverly layered, intricate story that only makes us more intrigued about Phasma (and there totally needs to be more of her in the movie ’verse! Hint hint Star Wars movie people.). 

Delilah Dawson’s website 

To buy: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo 

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Paper Girls!

January 10, 2018

Paper Girls 

Lez Geek Out! #23 

This week Andi and Lise get into the retro-cool mystery sci-fi comic series Paper Girls, in which four twelve-year-old girls have paper routes in 1988 and band together to deal with weird and crazy things happening in their town. So you’ve got monsters, strange beings, time travel…and what seems to be a conspiracy underneath it all. Appropriate for kids, strong female characters, and unpredictable plotlines. Have fun! 

If you’re interested in finding out more about Paper Girls (AND YOU TOTALLY ARE), see Image Comics

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Gaming With Meghan O’Brien

November 29, 2017

Gaming With Meghan O'Brien 

Lez Geek Out! 

While Andi's away, Lise will play, and what better way to do so than by sitting down for a chat with Meghan O'Brien. Not only is Meghan a fantastic author of lesfic, but she is also an avid gamer.

Lise and Meghan discuss some of the obstacles of gaming as women, which games they've gotten into in the past, and the upcoming games they're itching to get their hands on.

Find Meghan O'Brien's website here

You can find Meghan O'Brien's books here

 

 
 
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Stranger Things Season 1

November 15, 2017

Stranger Things Season 1 

Lez Geek Out! 20 

Andi and Lise totally geek out over the Netflix original series Stranger Things. The acting, the pacing, the tension, the writing – it’s all brilliant. It’s a hybrid horror/thriller/sci fi set in the early 1980s in the American Midwest. 

Synopsis: 

A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.Rotten Tomatoes 

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Fandoms As A Support Network - Lez Geek Out!

October 18, 2017

On fandoms as a support network - Lez Geek Out! 18 

Andi and Lise talk about how fandoms have been both an escape and a support network during these troubling times, and they also note that fandoms allow for the expansion of imagination, finding new stories, and making new friends. 

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Badass Women Save Themselves: Women In War Movies

October 11, 2017

Women In War Movies 

In this episode authors Jove Belle and Blythe Rippon discuss women in war movies. 

About Jove And Blythe 

Both are published authors and all round badass women in their own right.  Jove is also on the Women And Words podcast where she and Andi do a roundup of the week’s happenings on their website. 

You can find more info here 

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Badass Women Save Themselves: The Russo Test

September 27, 2017

The Russo Test

In this episode authors Jove Belle and Blythe Rippon chat about the Russo Test. 

The Bechdel test has been around since it first appeared in Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985, but it moved to general parlance in the 2000s. Perhaps it's impressive, then, that we learned about the Vito Russo test a mere five years after it was introduced in 2012. The test sets a very low bar (like the Bechdel test) for measuring positive representation of queer characters. We evaluate its efficacy and discuss some movies and television characters that pass it. 

About Jove And Blythe  

Both are published authors and all round badass women in their own right.  Jove is also on the Women And Words podcast where she and Andi do a roundup of the week’s happenings on their website.  

You can find more info here 

 

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Lez Geek Out! Dragon Con 2017

September 20, 2017

Lez Geek Out 

Dragon Con 2017 

Andi did Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta and it BLEW HER LITTLE FANGIRL MIND. ALL THE THINGS! ALL THE FANGIRLING! ALL THE COSPLAY! ALL THE PANELS! ALL THE AMAZING! 

Plus, she wanted Lise to talk more about her own cosplaying and armor design. So, YAY! 

For more info on Dragon Con, which is always over Labor Day weekend (early September) in Atlanta: 

Newbie to Dragon Con?  Click here

AND! Lise MacTague’s Etsy site for her cool weapons and armor design! 

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The Lesbian Review: 10 Best Villains On Screen

September 8, 2017

10 Best Villains On Screen 

by Sheena and Lee Winter 

I get shivers when I think of the ultimate villains. I love an evil woman and find it fascinating to watch her. I especially love it when I can’t personally understand her motivation but she is a well developed character and I like her even though she does hideous things. 

Join author, Lee Winter and I as we explore 10 of our favorite villains of the screen. 

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Lez Gek Out! Wynona Earp

August 23, 2017

 

Wynonna Earp 

Andi and Lise rave like crazy women over the TV show Wynonna Earp, which is the absolute awesome and Andi is pleased that she managed to totally peer pressure Lise to turn her into an Earper. 

 

Synopsis, as quoted from SyFy: 

“Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp's great granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. With her unique abilities, and a posse of dysfunctional allies, she's the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice.’ 

What that synopsis doesn’t tell you is that this show is full of women’s and feminist badassery, a F/F relationship, and explorations of relationships between all the characters, and that’s no doubt due to showrunner/show developer Emily Andras, also of Lost Girl fame. So that should give you an idea that there is awesome throughout this show, and Andi and Lise STRONGLY recommend it. 

Also, Andi is doing Season 2 recaps at her personal blog

 

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Women And Words: Tech Issues, Wonder Twin Powers, And Lesbian Pirates

August 21, 2017

 Tech Issues, Wonder Twin Powers, And Lesbian Pirates 

Overview 12-18 August 2017 

Andi and Jove finally managed to get this podcast recorded after roughly 37 tries over 2 days because WTF, Skype? Also, somebody please find Andi a link to one of those yellow “crime scene do not cross” scarves that Ellen Hart is wearing in the photo Jessie Chandler posted on the 14th

12 Aug.: Women and Wordster Erin Saluta does a shout-out to lesfic stories set in Las Vegas. Leave her a comment with your recommendations. ☺ 

Women and Words link HERE 

13 Aug.: Q&A with author Niamh (pronounced “Neve”) Murphy, who has a new book out, Escape to Pirate Island (a lesbian adventure romance!). She also gave a copy away! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Niamh Murphy’s website 

14 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Jessie Chandler did a book signing in St. Paul with fellow authors Jean Redmann and Ellen Hart. Photos! 

Women and Words link HERE 

Jessie Chandler’s website 

15 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Ashley Bartlett on antiheroes and murky villains. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Find out more about Ashley here 

16 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Clifford Mae Henderson is working through the aftermath of her father’s death, and here she provides us a window to her process. 

Women and Words link HERE 

Clifford Mae Henderson’s website 

17 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster R.G. Emanuelle does a Throwback Thursday with some retro TV superheroes. 

Women and Words link HERE 

R.G. Emanuelle’s website 

18 Aug.: Author and Women and Wordster Andi Marquette does a Fangirl Friday on the Freeform network’s The Bold Type

Women and Words link HERE 

Andi Marquette’s website 

Andi fangirls on Tumblr 

Andi will also be at the Western Women Writers of New Mexico Sept. 16 in Albuquerque. 

Also, Andi and Jove both raved about R.G. Emanuelle’s food writing. If you sign up for the Dirt Road Books free monthly newsletter, you’ll get one of her free short stories in the September issue. ☺ And you can find R.G.’s novella Add Spice to Taste on Amazon

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Lez Geek Out! Queer Rep

August 9, 2017

Queer Rep 

Andi and Lise talk about queer rep in media following the now-infamous incident at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, which occurred over the July 20-23 weekend and involved members of the cast of Supergirl. The upshot was an impromptu song in which a cast member sang an overview of Season 2 that included a belittling of Supercorp, a f/f fanon* ship** between Lena Luthor and Kara Danvers (Supergirl’s “secret” identity—omg glasses are not the best disguise…). That cast member then went on to say that he “debunked Supercorp” and was told by another cast member that what he did was “pretty brave.” 

The fallout was immediate, and LGBTQ fans were hurt and bewildered, so Lise and Andi wanted to address this, which isn’t just what happened with Supergirl. It’s about rep overall, and this is just the latest example. 

And yes, Andi and Lise have some strong feelings about this, so language may be strong as well. 

*fanon: a term used in fanfiction and in fandoms to describe commonly accepted ideas among authors and fans even if the idea is not expressed in the canon work, which is the official storyline from the original work. 

**ship: in fanspeak, a “ship” is a relationship (often romantic) between two characters, whether canon or fanon. “Shipping” is when fans imagine a relationship between characters (say, in TV shows or movies) that may or may not have been intended by writers or creators. 

Some other links about this incident: 

The Mary Sue 

The Refinery 

Pink News 

Affinity Mag 

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Lez Geek Out! Ms Marvel

July 26, 2017

Ms. Marvel 

Lise and Andi rave about the Marvel comic Ms. Marvel, whose latest incarnation features Pakistani-American Muslim teen Kamala Khan in Jersey City who is a total fangirl of Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). Andi loves that Ms. Marvel was a fangirl before she was a superhero. Then one day Kamala wakes up with super powers and she has to learn how to negotiate this new aspect to her life, dealing with the powers and what she feels is her responsibility to help people now that she has them along with her grades, her classes, and her family life. 

It’s basically teenage angst – something all of us can probably relate to – along with the added angst of having super powers and trying to figure out how best to use them when you’re only 16-17 AND attempt to negotiate the landmines that come in any family as you’re figuring out who you are and who you want to be. Two big Ms. Marvel thumbs up on this one, friends.

 

 

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Badass Women Save Themselves: Top 5 Songs About Empowering Young Women

July 19, 2017

Badass Women Save Themselves  

Top 5 Songs About Empowering Young Women

 

In this episode authors Jove Belle and Blythe Rippon chat about music that empowers young women and why it's important. 

Amidst the sea of songs about shaking booties and grinding, there are in fact songs that are written with the express goal of empowering young women. In this episode, we offer our lists of top five songs in this category, analyzing what it means to tell girls and women that they are strong, they are more than their appearance, and their imperfections make them perfect.

 

About Jove And Blythe

Both are published authors and all round badass women in their own right. Jove is also on the Women And Words podcast where she and Andi do a roundup of the week’s happenings on their website. 

 

You can find more info here

 

Jove Belle’s website 

 

Blythe Rippon’s on Facebook

 

The Badass Women Save Themselves website

 

The Lesbian Talk Show website

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