If you’ve been paying any attention to the news, you know that the last few months have been a hard time to be a geek girl. Media critics and gamers who have spoken up about sexism in the video game industry have been subjected to online harassment that has escalated into death threats. People who care about pop culture and video games—as well as other geeky pursuits like comics and tabletop games—have devoted a ton of emotional energy to dealing with these aggressive haters. So for today’s show, we’re flipping the script. Instead of giving all this nastiness any more of our time and energy, we’re focusing on six women who are doing awesome work to make geek culture better.
We take a trip to a Magic: The Gathering tournament, get a download from hip-hop artist Sammus about how to turning classic video game soundtracks into brand-new beats, hear game designer Elizabeth Sampat break down sexist myths about women in the video game industry, listen to a Destination DIY profile of an artist who lasercuts mobiles of internet memes, and sit down with nerd-rock sister duo The Doubleclicks to talk about making bad news into heart-warming songs.
THE DOUBLECLICKS MAKE US FEEL BETTER AND SING “CLEVER GIRL”
LEARNING TO PLAY MAGIC: THE GATHERING
SAMMUS ON “BLACK GIRL NERD ROCK”
ELIZABETH SAMPAT DISSECTS MYTHS IN THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY
DESTINATION DIY MEETS A MOBILE ARTIST
This episode of Popaganda is sponsored by If Only Cats Could Talk, an experimental film documenting the true story of two all-American cats eager to explore the world beyond domesticated life.
Thanks to Red Castle Games in Portland for letting us record their Magic: The Gathering tournament. Also, thanks to Destination DIY for generously lending us their feature on Salty and Sweet Designs. And a big shout out to Geek Girl Con, which was an inspiration for this show and is where Magic judge Liza Dadoly originally caught up with The Lady Planeswalkers Society. This show prominently features the song “Nothing to Prove” by The Doubleclicks—if you haven't already seen their video for the song, watch it now and feel all warm and fuzzy.
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