Geek Herring

Geek Herring

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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May 16, 2022 59 min

It's no secret that we absolutely adore Ed Nightingale, so if there's one interview you listen to EVER, it's this one. We thought we loved Ed before, but this chat seals the deal.

Ed's journalistic integrity is everything we need right now. An absolute breath of fresh air in what is such a toxic, male-dominated industry. Yes, we know Ed's a white man, but he's doing so much to uplift marginalised voices in ...

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Disney+ has recently released the documentary Hysterical, released in 2021, and we knew we had to watch and review it.

We think everyone should take a look at this documentary, that, from IMDb:

"is an honest and hilarious backstage pass into the lives of some of stand-up comedy's most boundary-breaking women, exploring the hard-fought journey to become the voices of their generation and their gender."

Let's g...

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We had a few different news stories we wanted to talk about, so we're bringing Geek Girl in the News back!

Join us as we talk about the Oscars - no, not that event that everyone else is talking about, the achievements that ACTUALLY matter.

We're also talking about the importance of crediting women for their work, especially when it comes to video games! Our favourite heroine, Sam Maggs, was recently left uncredited for h...

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Let's talk about those games that are so hard they make you rage. They make you cry. They make you walk away in frustration. ARE THEY STILL FUN!?

This conversation is brought to you by Amanda's obsession with Elden Ring, Moni's love/hate relationship with Celeste, and a wonderful suggestion from our fab community member, MrMillhill.

We talk about:

  • why we love to rage at games
  • competition vs comparison vs spite
  • the role...
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    Have you seen Turning Red? It's Disney Pixar's latest release that follow a group of 13 year old girls in Toronto. Set in 2002. Peak boy band hype.

    One of the girls just so happens to be able to turn into a red panda.

    NBD.

    Let's get into all the awesome things this movie talks about: being dorky 13 year old girls, being YOURSELF, periods, shame, taboo, Chinese culture, vampire obsession, boy bands, Canadiana, teenage...

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    Let's talk about boobs! We love boobs (okay Amanda loves boobs). We're covering the new inclusive Adidas ad, Victoria Secret's disabled models, and the fantastic outcome to the US Women's Soccer Team lawsuit!

    Have you seen the latest Adidas ad? It's full of boobs - beautiful, bare boobies that celebrate the fact that the beautiful breast comes in all shapes and sizes. Adidas is absolutely owning their inclusive...

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    February 21, 2022 67 min

    It's Oscars season!

    How did the nominations shape up? We run through each of the categories, talk about our favourites (and indeed, some of the only films we've even seen that were nominated - oops! Who said we were qualified to talk about these!?), go on a total tangent about our (Amanda's) love of Robert Pattinson, gush about Encanto (obvs), and get distracted by Amanda's biggest Oscar snub: Eternals!

    We referen...

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    We're talking to the incredible Psyche, Twitch streamer and YouTube content creator, about embracing who she is, being the gayest witch on Twitch, and why showing up as your authentic self matters!

    About Psyche

    Psyche (She/Her) is shy, bi, and likes games that make you cry! She's a chaotic, bisexual Twitch variety streamer from Northern Ireland! Psyche formerly worked in the games industry for 8 years (including as a Proj...

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    OMG we're back!!

    What's been going on the last 6 months of our hiatus?

    Thanks for sticking with us while we take some real life time to process all the real life shit going on.

    We're catching up on all the amazing geeky shows and movies from the last 6 months!

    Loki!
    Wheel of Time!
    Lord of the Rings!
    Eternals!
    Book of Boba Fett!
    Hawkeye!
    The Boys!
    The Witcher!
    What If?!
    Encanto!
    Luca!
    Soul!
    Inside Out!

    THIS IS YOUR ...

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    Shadow and Bone is the latest YA high fantasy show taking Netflix by storm. We're joined by Grishaverse addict Vicky Brewster to talk about what we loved - and didn't so much love - from our first foray into this universe.

    About Vicky Brewster

    Vicky Brewster is a freelance editor, founder of Books Outside the Box (a spooky and speculative book subscription service), founder of The Writing Haunt horror writing retreat, and...

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    What's it like starting and running a successful geek brand? We're joined by the incredible Jordan Dene Ellis, of Jordandene NYC and The Sartorial Geek podcast and magazine, to talk about how she's created her own successful geeky brands.

    About Jordan Dene Ellis

    Jordan Dene Ellis is the founder of Jordandene NYC and co-founder of The Sartorial Geek podcast and magazine. She's a badass geek who's created one aw...

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    HAPPY PRIDE!

    We are so excited to celebrate Pride this month, not only because it's fucking PRIDE, it's also Moni's first pride as an out and proud asexual person! Welcome to the queer club, Moni!

    In this episode, we're talking alllll about Moni's coming out story and how she's perceived herself for all of her life. It's really fascinating to hear this from someone who realised their identity at 36 yea...

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    June 4, 2021 56 min

    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 geek girl news from May 2021 covers Gen Z being badass, celebrity struggles with mental health, snowflake gamers and the male gaze, an update on the Rosario Dawson anti-trans lawsuit, and some good news from Twitch!

    We start by celebrating the incredibly ...

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    May 28, 2021 50 min

    Self care. It's a hot topic right now, and not without good reason. It's an essential practice for our health - but as geeks, what's best for us?

    Let's face it. All those Insta posts about self care being baths, yoga, and meditation are bullshit. Like okay, Karen, if that's you, you do you.

    But that's not all self care is.

    Self care is any activity that lets your body and, maybe more importantly, your min...

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    Surviving R. Kelly is a documentary about the literal decades of abuse from the rapper - and the total lack of prosecution. This is our review of the 6-part documentary of horrors.

    Content Warning: This entire episode deals with sensitive topics. Sexual assault, abuse, pedophilia, child pornography, pornography, and more. Please protect yourselves, listeners. If these topics are too heavy for you right now, please check out anothe...

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    The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is one of the most iconic and important watches of our modern times. Let's talk about why!

    ** THIS EPISODE IS FULL OF SPOILERS OF THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER SEASON 1 **

    Please enjoy Amanda's super awesome and very incoherent explanation and summary of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

    We don't want to put toooo too much in these shownotes, because spoilers, but to sum up:

    D...

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    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 geek girl news from April 2021 covers the EFL's first female referee, Japan's first ever eSports gym, NFTs and the Disaster Girl meme, Sony's partnership with Discord, Disney+ announcement of Ironheart, Marvel's Phase 5 trailer drop (om...

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    We're getting chilled out and intimate with round TWO of asking deep questions. We always love these episodes because we get to know each other even better than we already do.

    We had a LOT of laughs, some himming and humming (LOOKING AT YOU, AMANDA!), and a few moments getting totes emosh, all while sharing our answers LIVE with our Twitch audience!

    Want to hear about the best gift Amanda ever got? What about her most embarra...

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    April 23, 2021 87 min

    Love comes in so many different forms! We're joined by some wonderful Twitch streamers, mods, and Tweeters to talk about love outside the heteronormative experience. This episode is beautiful and emotional and we love it!

    About Our Guests

    Ariana is a polyamorous cis woman we know on Twitter
    Frazley is an asexual, aromantic transgender woman who streams on Twitch
    Gemma is a polysexual, polyamorourus cis woman and is our wonder...

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    The E4 drama It's a Sin is a wonderful and heartbreaking series following a group of gay men living through the height of the AIDS crisis in London. It's a hard watch, for sure, but it's one we think everyone should watch. It's NECESSARY to be aware about what happened to an entire group of people - almost mostly in secret.

    We went into this knowing it would be sad, but it broke us. WOW. What a show.

    ** Spoiler Wa...

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