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Geek Herring

Critical Geek Culture

About the show

Geek Herring is the podcast talking about feminism in geek culture. Each week, we bring you geeky discussions and debates, news that matters to geek feminists, and interviews with inspirational folks in geek culture. Hosted by incorruptible women, Monika Rabensteiner and Amanda Sloan.

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  • Geeking Out About Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, Feminist

    March 22nd, 2019  |  54 mins 41 secs
    brie larson, captain marvel, feminist, friendship, geek girl community, geek girls, intersectional feminist, marvel, movies

    You already know that Captain Marvel is the first female Marvel superhero to have a movie made about her, but do you know just how incredible the film has been for women in the industry? Geek Herring breaks it down for you, celebrating an almost exclusively female crew, exploring the strong friendships the franchise is built on, and even giving you a bit of a Captain Marvel history lesson.

  • Geek Discussion: Rape, Steam, & Responsibility

    March 15th, 2019  |  51 mins 12 secs

    Geek Herring tackles a tough issue this week, looking at a new video game called Rape Day. Yep, you heard that right - someone has created a game with the sole purpose of rape… and zombies. Because zombies are always fun, right? Trigger warning: We do talk quite in depth about rape, rape statistics, and murder - if this is likely to cause you distress, please don’t listen and join us again next week <3

  • Geeking Out About Robin Hobb: Fantasy That Represents - LGBTQ+, Gender Roles, Classism, + More

    March 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 22 mins
    book review, books, fantasy, fantasy books, fitz and the fool, geek girl reviews, geeks, gender bending, gender roles, high fantasy, lgbtq

    Get your high fantasy on with Geek Herring as we talk all about our love and respect for Robin Hobb and her 16 book epic, The Realm of the Elderlings. The reasons we truly adore these books might surprise you: they’re full of gender bending characters, moral decisions, LGBTQ+ themes, and challenging stereotypes. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the books yet - the first 45 minutes of this saga of an episode are completely SPOILER FREE.

  • Geek Girl in the News: Captain Marvel, The Oscars, Cure for HPV!

    March 1st, 2019  |  39 mins 57 secs
    brie larson, captain marvel, feminism, gamers, geek feminism, geek girls, geeks, intersectional feminism, intersectionality, streaming, tech, trolls, twitch, women in tech

    The latest and greatest geek girl news in February 2019 covers the Oscars, Twitch etiquette, awesome female scientists curing disease, how to make your tech team more intersectional, strong ass viking women, and Captain Marvel!

  • Geek Discussion: All Those Video Game Boobs

    February 22nd, 2019  |  41 mins 7 secs
    critical discourse, geek discussion, geek feminism, video game representation

    It’s all about the boobs, friends! Whether you love it or loathe it, from Lara Croft to Chun Li, Calamity to Bayonetta, Dead Island to Fortnite, and all those in between, video game characters with outrageously large, bouncy boobs are almost a staple component. Why is that?!

  • Geek Characters: Final Fantasy Reveals Playable Viera Race

    February 8th, 2019  |  28 mins 3 secs
    critical discussion, discourse, feminist, ffxiv, final fantasy, geeks

    Final Fantasy XIV is an MMO that has taken the manga world by storm. While the franchise has been around almost as long as video games have, the online realm has growing fanbase -- and for good reason! Their latest addition of the Viera race has us raising our eyebrows, however.

  • Geek Girl in the News: January 2019

    February 1st, 2019  |  54 mins 26 secs
    geek culture, geek girl in the news, geek girls, geeks, january 2019

    Geek Girl in the News looks at the awesome or not so awesome news that will make you go either: "YAY" or "OMG I can't believe that." The latest and greatest news in January 2019 covers Overwatch gender scandals, that Gillette commercial, studies about brainy tasks and gender, Indian female empowerment, sex toys, Mortal Kombat, and Ghostbusters!

  • Geek Girl Reviews: The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs

    January 25th, 2019  |  51 mins 25 secs
    conventions, cosplay, critical geek culture, fangirls, female representation, geek girl reviews, geeks, potterheads, sam maggs, the fangirl's guide to the galaxy, whovians

    In the new format: Geek Girl Reviews we are talking about "The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy" written by Sam Maggs. As an introductory guide, the book helps geek girls and those who one to be one, to find their kind, identify other's like them, how to conquer conventions and much more. Tune in to hear what the hosts Amanda and Monika have to say about it.

  • Geek Girl Rant: Gendered Clothes & Geeky Merch

    January 18th, 2019  |  36 mins 52 secs
    critical geek culture, geek culture, geek discourse, geek girls, geek herring, geeks

    Geek girls - how often have you tried to buy clothes of your favourite geeky things only to find that they don't exist for you -- or the little girls in your life? Gendered and preferential clothing has affected all of us female identifying geeks at one point or another. And while things are looking up for us (hello Her Universe) what about for the little geeks in our lives?

  • Geeking Out: Looking Forward Into 2019

    January 11th, 2019  |  34 mins 17 secs
    critical geek culture, female representation, geek girls, geeks, geeky movies, geeky series, marvel, videogames

    What’s going on in the Geek world in 2019? Amanda and Monika get all excited about the movies, series, and general awesomeness (often lead by amazing females) that are going to hit us this year. Tune in if you want to be as excited as the hosts, and get some valuable tips on upping your geek girl feminism game as well.

  • Geek Girl in the News: December 2018

    January 4th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    critical geek culture, feminist, geek girl, geek girl in the news, geek herring, geeks, intersectional, intersectional feminism, neil degrasse tyson, sexual misconduct, women in sport

    Geek Girl in the News looks at the awesome or not so awesome news that will make you go either: "YAY" or "OMG I can't believe that." The latest and greatest news in Decebber 2018 covers famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sexual misconduct accusations, Bethesda’s firm stance on homophobic assaults, gender neutral cocktails, women in sports and more!

  • Geek Interviews: Cosplay, Conventions, Community, and Gender with Anna

    December 28th, 2018  |  1 hr 9 mins
    body positivity, cosplay, final fantasy, geek, geek culture, geek girl, geek herring, gender

    Cosplay, or costume play, is more than just dressing up as your favourite character for Halloween. The dedication cosplay artists put into their costume goes above and beyond anything you could imagine to get every details of their character’s costume right. From sewing custom outfits to melting bits of foam together to create those extra large fantasy swords, there’s no better way to describe it than dedication, passion, and talent. Today’s guest, Anna, has been cosplaying for over a decade and has some pretty impressive titles under her belt!

  • Geek Christmas: Controversy, Hallmark, and the Perfect Geeky Girl Gifts

    December 21st, 2018  |  51 mins 24 secs
    geek christmas, geek herring, geek holidays, geeks

    Happy holidays from Geek Herring! Monika and Amanda are talking all things Christmas. From the latest controversies attacking historical holiday favourites, to Amanda's obsession with Hallmark Christmas movies, and gifts the geeky girls in your life will love.

  • Geek Influences: 90s TV Shows

    December 14th, 2018  |  44 mins 56 secs
    90s tv shows, buffy the vampire slayer, captain planet, cops, critical geek culture, geek girls on television

    TV is an important part of Geek Culture and can be the foundation for many geek girls out there. Amanda and Monika definitely have their fair share to say about TV Shows in the 90s - the start of a golden era for strong female characters on television.

  • Geek Girl in the News: November 2018 Edition

    December 7th, 2018  |  47 mins 2 secs
    critical geek culture, ellen pompeo, emma roberts, female representation, gabrielle union, geek girls in the news, geeks, gina rodriguez, grey's anatomy, jessica o. matthews, uncharted power, women in television

    Geek Girl in the News looks at the awesome or not so awesome news that will make you go either: "YAY" or "OMG I can't believe that." The latest and greatest news in November 2018 covers America's midterm election, Facebook and females working in games, Women in Antarctica, Science and sexual harassment, Female actresses talk money and more!

  • Geek Interviews: Video Game Music Composer Karina Pardus

    November 30th, 2018  |  1 hr 27 mins
    critical geek culture, geek culture, geek girl, interview, video games

    The soundtracks that bring our video games to life are mindblowingly awesome and can be completely life-changing to listen to. Would it surprise you to learn that almost 90% of game music is written by men? Women, like today’s guest Karina Pardus from Coy Compositions, are challenging gender inequality in music composition.