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This is for all the girls who grew up without strong geek role models to help them discover their geek dreams.
For everyone who's ever been quizzed about their video game knowledge, because "girls don't play games."
Geek Herring is working to bring female identifying geeks into their prime. To be the role models, dreams, and voices.
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There's a subtle (sometimes) and encouraging movement happening in Hollywood and we are so here for it. From classics getting remade with strong and kick-ass women in the lead to biopics of famous gay men to disability and gender representation... hooo yeah! These changes are making the gentle waves that will lead to some damn diversity for a change!Despite that fact that all the freaking incredible female directors were totally and rudely overlooked at the Golden Globes, we are getting a bit closer to some actual, honest to goodness, recognition and representation on the big screen.Believe it or not, this episode started out as a Geek Girl in the News.... but we were having so much fun chatting about what was new in our lives - and for Amanda who flew 10 hours across the ocean - it was all sorts of movies!HAVE YOU SEEN ALADDIN!??! Okay, so Amanda is like, a year late to this party, but she finally got to enjoy it and holy shit, what a game changer. We geek out about it and what it means for the future of not only Disney films, but strong female characters ligting up the big screen.Then we talk about Men In Black: International and how Tessa Thompson SLAYED in it, alongside Chris Hemsworth, and the nods to taking down the patriarchy were REAL. And, after a lot of himming and hawing because WHAT was the last movie Amanda watched on that 10-hour? SHAZAM! was phenomenal. Representing disabilities, foster care, different sizes and races in such a POSITIVE LIGHT. Also what about those toxic masculinity vibes!?We also talk about Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman helping normalise gay men in our households. Even though Freddie Mercury and Elton John have been household names for literal decades, it was always with that caveat - but he's gay. We're LOVING all these films out right now are making positive waves for diversity and representation. As always, what happens in Hollywood will trickle into our households and start helping society make the changes we so desperately are ON BOARD FOR.Tell us what movies are giving you LIFE in the comments of wherever you see this episode!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Herring Reviews Feminists: What Were They Thinking? (https://geekherring.com/reviews-feminists-what-were-they-thinking/)Geeking Out About Disney+: Star Wars, Marvel, The Simpsons, & 90s Feminist Cartoons (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-disney-plus/)Geek Discussion: Rising Representation and Diversity in Video Games (https://geekherring.com/geek-discussion-representation-diversity-video-games/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
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 November 2019 covers the cancelled prequel to Game of Thrones, the next Star Wars trilogy (yes, trilogy!), Sacha Baron Cohen being an incredible human being, the 14-year-old girl who solved the blind spot problem plaguing drivers, the first leading trans character in a video game, and the game developers focussing on mental health problems in their releases.Are we a little bit gutted that HBO have cancelled Naomi Watts' Game of Thrones prequel that was 3 years in the making? Uh - yeah! They've axed this progressive, super interesting sounding prequel in favour of one about the Targaryens. Sounds like just what the last 8 seasons were about. Snooze fest!Speaking of Game of Thrones - you remember how the showrunners royally f#cked up the last season so they could go work on the next Star Wars trilogy? Well, they've bailed out of that one, too! So who's making the next trilogy? And why are they making another trilogy so soon after the last one? We dunno!?Whether you've been a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen in the past or not has suddenly become irrelevant. His controversial characters have always had political and racial undertones meant to make society examine their belief system - and now, Sacha is gunning for justice for all walks of life. Take some time to listen to his absolutely scathing speech. Trust us when we say you won't regret it!Submitted by Marty over at Sleepless in Copenhagen (https://sleeplessincph.com/), we take a look at the 14-year-old girl who used simple technology that's already available to create a way to see through (yes through) the blind spot created by the passenger seat pillar. How inspirational is she!?We finally have a game developer creating a lead character who is trans! In Tell Me Why, we're introduced to twins who have grown up with very different lives. French developer Dontnod has had input and support from GLAAD and trans beta testers to make sure the game remains sensitive and realistic to the issues facing transgender people in today's society. We dunno about you, but we cannot WAIT to play this one.And finally, game makers Ninja Theory, who brought us the psychosomatic lead in Hellblade, are tackling mental health issues in their latest release, The Insight Project. Working with clinical neuroscientists and psychologists, The Insight Project will not only help people understand mental health problems, it will work as a tool for those going through a tough time. We love where the gaming industry is taking video games and are so excited for the future.What’s your take on these news articles? In this episode of Geek Girl in the News, we covered these news stories:HBO confirms Game of Thrones prequel with Naomi Watts is canceled (https://www.cnet.com/news/hbo-cancels-game-of-thrones-prequel-with-naomi-watts/)A New Star Wars Movie Is Coming in 2022, but We Don’t Know Who’s Making It (https://www.themarysue.com/a-new-star-wars-movie-is-coming-in-2022/)Sacha Baron Cohen Tears Into Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg In Scathing 24-Minute Speech (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sacha-baron-cohen-facebook-zuckerberg_n_5dd7bee5e4b0913e6f6a3465?guccounter=1)14-Year-Old Genius Solves Blind Spots (https://gizmodo.com/14-year-old-genius-solves-blind-spots-1839540078)'This raises the bar': Microsoft introduces first lead trans character in a major video game (https://www.theguardian.com/games/2019/nov/15/this-raises-the-bar-microsoft-introduces-first-lead-trans-character-in-a-major-video-game)Could Video Games Lead to a Mental Health Reckoning? (https://www.ccn.com/ideo-games-mental-health-reckoning-hellblade-ninja-theory/)Hellblade studio launches a new venture to explore mental health through games (https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/29/20937907/hellblade-ninja-theory-insight-project-mental-health-tech-game-design-neuroscience)Support Geek Herring on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Interviews: Mental Health and Real Life Rep Grinding with Thyst (https://geekherring.com/interview-thyst-real-life-rep-grinding/)Geek Discussion: Rising Representation and Diversity in Video Games (https://geekherring.com/geek-discussion-representation-diversity-video-games/)Geeking Out About Game Of Thrones (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-game-of-thrones/)If you want to start your own podcast, check out The Podcast Course by Thankful Cow Solutions (https://thankfulcow.com/podcast-course)!If you’ve been loving Geek Herring, please hop over to iTunes and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/dsicord)!!You can find us Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
Feminists: What Were They Thinking Is a documentary about second wave feminism. It features stories from women involved in the feminist movement in the 1960s and 1970s and it definitely evokes emotion about the trials and tribulations women went through (AND ARE STILL GOING THROUGH) around our world.Feminists: What Were They Thinking is available on Netflix worldwide. A photographic project called Emergence by Cynthia McAdam brought together these incredible women and feminists and this documentary sees many of them looking back at their photos and sharing their stories.We highly recommend that you check it out!!Why?Because it's full of inspiration from women who were part of the grassroots movement. Women like Lily Tomlin, Z Budapest, Jane Fonda (BABE), Phyllis Chesler, Judy Chicago, and other incredible feminists. They talked about their experiences during the 60s & 70s and how second wave feminism was the first time women truly took responsibility for themselves.In this review episode, hosts Monika and Amanda talk about what emotions this documentary stirred up in them. Do feminists look different? What do you think?And did you know that Jane Fonda only learned in the last decade that "no" is a complete sentence? If Queen Fonda only learned this, and she's in her 80s, we still have a lot of work to do.What does feminism mean to us? It's easy for us both to be feminists and we are ready to fight for our right to own our space, some a bit more rebellious than others ;) We think, essentially, that second wave feminism was so important. Why do new wave feminists want to distance themselves from the early grassroots movements? We don't know!Feminists from all walks of life need to work together to achieve true gender parity. We need older feminists, black feminists, LGBTQ+ feminists, white feminists, feminists of colour, geek feminists, political feminists -- this list could GO ON - to fight the good fight.There are still hard things about being a woman in 2019. Just like there were hard things about being a woman in 1969. And hard things with first wave feminism back in the 20s. This is why we still need feminism. We believe there's something higher we can be. Do you?If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Girl Stereotypes: Identify, Self-Reflection, and Toxic Femininity (https://geekherring.com/stereotypes-identity-toxic-femininity/)Geek Interview: Feminism and Gender with Dr. Sol Haring (https://geekherring.com/feminism-sol-haring/)Geek Girl Reviews: The Mask You Live In Exploring Toxic Masculinity (https://geekherring.com/2019/04/12/episode-26-geek-girl-reviews-the-mask-you-live-in-exploring-toxic-masculinity/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
eSports history has been made when VKLiooon won the Hearthstone Grandmasters during Blizzcon. Not only was she the first woman to win an international Hearthstone tournament, she was the first woman to win an international eSports tournament ever!So first of all: BIGGEST CONGRATS TO VKLIOOON! You're incredible and a true inspiration. Just check out her speech:“I want to say for all the girls out there who have a dream for esports competition, for glory. If you want to do it and you believe in yourself, you should just forget your gender and go for it. This is the best way to strike back at those people who doubted me only because I am a girl. It proves that girls can be strong pro players, just as guys do.”And we're totally feeling this. All of this. Not only this, VKLiooon said that at one of her first Hearthstone tournaments, a guy told her she didn't belong there and to leave. What bullshit is that even?? VKLiooon has obviously proven herself and shown that women do belong in eSports.As we've talked about with previous guests, girls were never nurtured to play video games the same way the boys were. But we're out there. We play video games. And we're down with eSports.Women playing professional eSports is on the rise. We already have legends like VKLiooon and past guest Pathra, a whole host of badass women playing Hearthstone in smaller tournaments, and women joining professional Overwatch and NBA2K teams. The future of eSports is bright for women and we are HERE. FOR. IT.If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Discussion: Hong Kong Protests, Blizzard Entertainment, & Cancel Culture (https://geekherring.com/discussion-blizzard-hearthstone-hong-kong/)Geek Interview: Life as a Hearthstone Pro & Not Feeding the Trolls with Pathra Cadness (https://geekherring.com/interview-hearthstone-pathra-cadness/)Geek Interviews: Mental Health and Real Life Rep Grinding with Thyst (https://geekherring.com/interview-thyst-real-life-rep-grinding/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
Because hanging out listening to us talk is the best half hour of your week, we've gone free form again! Geek Herring and Chill is just that, time to sit back, relax, and listen to us ramble on. This week, we really do just ramble on about what we've been up to in our lives!Have you read The Mortal Instruments by Cassanda Clare? Amanda's just started them! After listening to her friends obsess about them for years, she's finally got stuck in.. and let's just say she is STUCK. IN.But this actually brings up an interesting topic! So you know in most books, there's a BIG BAD GUY. And that big bad guy is usually, well, A GUY? Voldemort, Valentine, Sauron... you know what we're talking about. Is there a fantasy series with a big bad gal? We can't think of one, so let us know!What we did come up with?Disney villains are more often than not women.Cersei from Game of Thrones is definitely evil, but is she BIG BAD GUY evil? What else did we chill with? Well, you're just gonna have to listen and find out!Oh, PS. Leave us a comment wherever you see this episode if you're #TeamChillinIllinKillin or #TeamLame!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geeking Out About Halloween: Costumes, Movies, and Cultural Appropriation (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-halloween-2019/)Geeking Out About Disney+: Star Wars, Marvel, The Simpsons, & 90s Feminist Cartoons (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-disney-plus/)Geeking Out About Game Of Thrones (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-game-of-thrones/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
It's been a year since we've spoken with Sil, host of Warcraft podcast Whispers of War, and we're so excited to catch up and see what she's been up to this year!The biggest thing going on for Sil is her growing podcast. She's been having some of the coolest guests on the show who are all geeking out about their Warcraft experiences. And you know what? Everyone playing World of Warcraft has different thoughts and feelings about the game! But there is the overarching theme that they absolutely love it and can't get enough of the MMO.Sil's also working on creating a go-to resource for roleplaying in Warcraft. Amanda's recently started playing on a roleplay server and could definitely use some tips and tricks from a seasons RPer. Roleplaying in an MMO definitely brings a whole different element to the game - it's so much more immersive and, dare we say, fun!?Sil shares some of her experiences as one of the first female Warcraft podcasters, how she's created and grown her super supportive community, and what makes Whispers of War so badass.Oh, and just so you know, Sil and Whispers of War has recently joined Dragon Powered Studios, our podcast network! It's so great that we can connect and chat with other awesome ladies hanging out in the dragonsphere. You rock, Sil! (PS, join our Discord here (https://geekherring.com/discord)!If roleplaying is in your future, make sure you get the World of Warcraft add-on Total RP 3 and create your character backstory!You can find Sil:Whispers of War Twitter (https://twitter.com/whispers_of_War)Whispers of War on Podbean (https://whispersofwar.podbean.com/) and iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whispers-of-war/id1430001000?mt=2) or wherever you normally get your podcasts! And find Sil herself over on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/mcmonkeyzz)!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Characters: Glorious Ladies of Warcraft (https://geekherring.com/geek-characters-world-of-warcraft-female-characters/)Geek Herring & Chill: Upcoming Excitement, Host Updates, & Mental Health (https://geekherring.com/chill-mental-health/)Geek Girl Community: Support, Sisterhood, and Friendship (https://geekherring.com/community-sisterhood-friendship/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika Special Guest: Sil.
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 October 2019 covers Blizzard's reality check from Congress, female directors for Disney+ Star Wars shows, the new Catwoman, Natalie Portman's call for women to fuck up and own their mistakes, Delta's women-led flight to NASA, and the first all-female spacewalk FINALLY happening!After recording and releasing our last episode about everything going on with Blizzard, China, and Blitzchung, it's now come to light that the US Congress - from BOTH sides - got involved, too. 5 politicians wrote Blizzard a, uh, pretty strongly worded letter urging them to reconsider their stance... Next up, we hit the entertainment news and talk about Deborah Chow's lead directorial role with Obi-Wan Kenobi - how cool does this show sound!? And Zoe Kravitz getting cast as the next Catwoman. Then Amanda learns a shocking discovery about Monika's past - make sure you listen to find out what!We totally celebrate and stan queen Natalie Portman and her latest speech given at the Elle Women in Hollywood evening where she encourages women to embrace their mistakes and thrive, not to let them ruin their lives. Amanda's hidden behind mistakes and she can tell you personally - IT'S NOT WORTH IT!And last but not least we go to SPACE with Delta, 120 girls, an all-female flight crew, and the first all-female space walk that finally happened. More women in aviation, please, k thanks!What’s your take on these news articles? In this episode of Geek Girl in the News, we covered these news stories:Blizzard Got “Vibe Checked” by Congress Over Hong Kong (https://www.themarysue.com/blizzard-entertainment-rebuked-by-congress-over-hong-kong/)Deborah Chow to Direct Obi-Wan Kenobi Series for Disney+ (https://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/1102143-deborah-chow-to-direct-obi-wan-kenobi-series-for-disney)Zoe Kravitz Cast As Catwoman In Robert Pattinson’s ‘The Batman’ (https://heroichollywood.com/matt-reeves-catwoman-zoe-kravitz-robert-pattinson-batman/)Natalie Portman Calls For Women To Embrace Their Mistakes: "F*Ck Up And Thrive, Sisters" (https://www.elle.com/culture/movies-tv/a29471964/natalie-portman-women-in-hollywood-speech-2019/)An all-female Delta team flew 120 girls to NASA to get them excited about aviation careers (https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/delta-women-in-aviation-flight-trnd/index.html)The first all-female spacewalk is scheduled for this week (https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/04/world/nasa-koch-meir-first-all-female-spacewalk-scn-trnd/index.html)Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir successfully complete first all-female spacewalk (https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/18/world/nasa-all-female-spacewalk-koch-meir-scn-trnd/?iid=obarticleorganicsidebarexpansion)_Support Geek Herring on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Discussion: Hong Kong Protests, Blizzard Entertainment, & Cancel Culture (https://geekherring.com/discussion-blizzard-hearthstone-hong-kong/)Geeking Out About Disney+: Star Wars, Marvel, The Simpsons, & 90s Feminist Cartoons (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-disney-plus/)Geek Girl in the News: March 2019 – Women’s History Month, All Female Space Walk, NBA 2k! (https://geekherring.com/geek-girl-news-march-19/)If you want to start your own podcast, check out The Podcast Course by Thankful Cow Solutions (https://thankfulcow.com/podcast-course)!If you’ve been loving Geek Herring, please hop over to iTunes and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/dsicord)!!You can find us Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
Halloween is all about dressing up as someone or something you're not, having fun, and eating all the candy your belly can hold. Or at least that's what it was like for Amanda, who grew up in North America. Monika, on the other hand, doesn't have the same kind of connection since they don't celebrate in Austria.On this episode of Geek Herring, we're talking about some of Amanda's best costumes over the years. From the one and only year she dressed as a "slutty something" (what? You'll have to listen and find out!) to the amazing group costumes she pulled off at university - armhair and Backstreet Boys. Yes, seriously. (And she 100% made a mistake in recording, they dressed up as Nick, Kevin, Brian, and Howie - it was AJ who was the Phantom!)Halloween movies are the absolute best, though, right? And by Halloween movies, guess we really just mean Hocus Pocus. Best Halloween movie ever. Maybe the only Halloween movie ever!? Okay... there's also Halloweentown - the best!But let's get serious for a minute. Halloween isn't always full of good things. There's a real problem with cultural appropriation and downright racism that can come with some costumes. When your friends are still wanting to put on blackface in 2015, you know you need to stand up and say something.Less costumes where you need to paint your face (unless you wanna be a Smurf - Smurfporpriate away!) and less Native Americans (to name a few) and more random, dorky costumes like armhair and Muppets!What's your favourite costume you've ever worn? How do you celebrate Halloween?PS: Check out The Feminist Shop (https://thefeministshop.com) online to see Amanda modelling!!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Interview: Cosplay, Conventions, Community, and Gender with Anna (https://geekherring.com/cosplay-conventions-community/)Geeking Out About Anime and Manga with Jannie & Nat (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-anime-manga/)Geek Christmas: Controversy, Hallmark, and the Perfect Geeky Girl Gift (https://geekherring.com/geek-christmas-hallmark/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
Geek Herring discusses a politically hot topic this week, giving an overview and our insights into Hearthstone streamer, Blitzchung's statement during the GrandMasters about the Hong Kong protests. Blizzard had made what seemed like a snap decision to delete the entire VOD of the stream, remove Blitzchung from the GrandMasters, revoke his prize money, and ban both him and the two casters from Blizzard eSports for a year.We're joined by Thom from Three Extra Lives (https://threeextralives.com) and Jonathan from all sorts of podcasts (https://frazley.com), two people we love and respect in the Blizzard content creation community. Together, we're taking an objective look at this whole situation - right from the start. What's actually happening in Hong Kong?What did Blitzchung actually say?Blizzard Entertainment did what!?The community backlash that shook the video game worldWhat Blizzard did to remedy the situationHow this relates to cancel cultureAnd lots more!While we do go into what's going on in this situation in brief detail, this episode of Geek Herring mainly revolves around our thoughts, opinions, and how we can all move forward in this new era of partial censorship.You can find links to all sorts of news stories and coverage of this event:The Hong Kong protests explained in 100 and 500 words (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-49317695)Naming and shaming companies who kowtow to Chinese censorship requests (https://github.com/caffeine-overload/bandinchina)Blitzchung removed from Hearthstone Grandmasters for 'liberate Hong Kong' comments (https://www.pcgamer.com/blitzchung-removed-from-hearthstone-grandmasters-for-liberate-hong-kong-comments/)Hearthstone Grandmasters Asia-Pacific Ruling (https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/blog/23179289)American University Hearthstone team holds up "Free Hong Kong, boycott Blizzard" sign during Collegiate Hearthstone Championship. Blizzard quickly cuts their broadcast (https://streamable.com/vrlcc)Jason Schreier of Kotaku comments on BlizzCon (https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1181930666969243649)Overwatch's Mei is being turned into a Hong Kong protest symbol (https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-10-09-overwatchs-mei-is-being-turned-into-a-hong-kong-protest-symbol)After Hearthstone player’s ban, Blizzard is in hot water with lawmakers (https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/8/20905181/blizzard-hearthstone-player-ban-marco-rubio-ron-wyden-china-hong-kong-protests-blitzchung)Blizzard employee(s) remark on their company's actions by covering up mission statements on the orc statue in front of the studio. (https://twitter.com/lackofrealism/status/1181639970332659712)Brian Kibler, a notable Hearthstone caster, releases statement on Blitzchung and steps down from casting Hearthstone (http://bmkgaming.com/statement-on-blitzchung/)Blizzard Employees Staged a Walkout to Protest Ban of Pro-Hong Kong Gamer (https://www.thedailybeast.com/blizzard-employees-staged-a-walkout-to-protest-banned-pro-hong-kong-gamer)Kripparrian, popular Hearthstone streamer, releases his statement in support of Hong Kong (https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sr1h75)People experiencing authentication issues when attempting to delete their Blizzard Accounts (https://twitter.com/Espsilverfire2/status/1182001007976423424)Mark Kern, the former lead for WoW, advocating for the boycott. (https://twitter.com/Grummz/status/1181757457527267328/photo/1)Fuel assistant coach Jayne condemns treatment of banned Hearthstone player, says he was directed to delete critical tweet (https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-fuel/2019/10/09/fuel-assistant-coach-jayne-condemns-punishment-levied-hong-kong-hearthstone-pro-voiced-support-anti-government-protest/)Tommy, Taiwanese Commentator Who Got Fired by Blizzard, Statement (https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/dft3r4/tommytaiwanese_commentator_who_got_fired_by/)Ex-Hearthstone Streamer DisguisedToast offers to return if Blizzard reconsiders their stance (https://i.redd.it/88tj2klxctr31.jpg)Hearthstone caster ThatsAdmirable steps down from Grandmasters Cast (https://twitter.com/ThatsAdmirable/status/1182429866576138240)Blizzard/TeSPA has decided not to penalize American University for holding up their sign and has scheduled their next match, but AU has decided to forfeit the match and the season, saying it is hypocritical for Blizzard to punish Blitzchung but not them (https://twitter.com/Slasher/status/1182409678371934212)Hearthstone pro Amnesiac criticizes Blizzard's decision (https://twitter.com/Amnesiac_HS/status/1182393382892642305?)Blizzard's Official Statement: REGARDING LAST WEEKEND’S HEARTHSTONE GRANDMASTERS TOURNAMENT (https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/23185888/regarding-last-weekend-s-hearthstone-grandmasters-tournament)Contradictions: Blizzard: "We are not a platform for social or political views." Also Blizzard: (https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/dgrah1/blizzard_we_are_not_a_platform_for_social_or/)Blitzchung statement in response to Blizzard (https://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sr1jn4)Protests Are Coming To BlizzCon In The Wake Of Blizzard's Hong Kong Fiasco (https://kotaku.com/protests-are-coming-to-blizzcon-in-the-wake-of-blizzard-1838983721)What do you think about everything that's going? Has this level of censorship and cancel culture gone to far? Let us know in the comments of wherever you see this episode!You can find more information about Thom and Three Extra LivesOnline (https://threeextralives.com) | Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/threeextralives]) | Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/threeextralives) | Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/threeextralives)You can find more information about Jonathan and All His PodcastsOnline (https://frazley.com/) | Twitter (https://twitter.com/frazleytastic) | Twitter (https://twitter.com/jonathanbloom) | Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/frazleys/)If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Interview: Life as a Hearthstone Pro & Not Feeding the Trolls with Pathra Cadness (https://geekherring.com/interview-hearthstone-pathra-cadness/)Geek Interviews: Mental Health and Real Life Rep Grinding with Thyst (https://geekherring.com/interview-thyst-real-life-rep-grinding/)Geek Discussion: Rape, Steam, & Responsibility (https://geekherring.com/2019/03/15/episode-22-geek-discussion-rape-steam-responsibility/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika Special Guests: Jonathan Bloom and Thom Knight.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEEK HERRING!Can you even believe that we've been at this for a whole year? It's pretty crazy to think that we're here. And not only are we here, we're going from strength to strength, learning and growing every single day. So many awesome things have come out of this podcast in the last year and there's so much to come. What's coming!? So first of all - THANK YOU - to every single person who has ever downloaded an episode of Geek Herring. To everyone who follows and chats with us on social media and Discord. And to everyone who's ever supported us in any other capacity. You all make this the best thing for us to do, ever, and we love you so much! Literally wouldn't be here without you <3 <3 YOU ROCK!We're really excited about how much we've accomplished with Geek Herring in the last year. We've tackled some really hard subjects (looking at you, Rape Day!), cried on the mic (hello, Robin Hobb!), and geeked out hard. Plus we've interviewed the RADDEST GUESTS EVER!Now we're saying hello to year two. So much excitement coming! A few highlights: round table discussions, exciting updates to Patreon, and even more awesome interviews in the works!What was your favourite episode of Geek Herring in year one?What do you want us to bring in year two?Who should we interview? Let us know!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Discussion: Rape, Steam, & Responsibility (https://geekherring.com/2019/03/15/episode-22-geek-discussion-rape-steam-responsibility/)Geeking Out About Robin Hobb: Fantasy That Represents – LGBTQ+, Gender Roles, Classism, + More (https://geekherring.com/2019/03/08/episode-21-geeking-out-about-robin-hobb-fantasy-that-represents/)Geek Characters: Badass Witches of Harry Potter (https://geekherring.com/2018/10/18/episode-2-geek-characters-badass-witches-of-harry-potter/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
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 September 2019 covers Kristen Stewart's sexuality, Scarlett Johansson's unfeminist takes, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp (again), Siri's stance on feminism, and the awesome new game, Ms Monopoly!September brought us a LOT of geek girl news. While we're bringing up a former couple we've spoken about a few times, there's been some new developments in the Amber Heard/Johnny Depp saga. What do you think about it?We also think it's totally rude to tell sassy bisexual actor Kristen Stewart to tone down her sexuality - let your bi flag fly high, Kristen! Your fans are out here supporting you. Whoever told you that shouldn't be working in PR. But let's not skip over Scarlett Johansson's latest hot takes - no thank you! Where's YOUR PR support? Because they should tell you to sit down!Let's celebrate the new game from Hasbro, Ms Monopoly, that celebrates women and takes a unique spin where women are getting paid 20% more than men. Love love love this! While this isn't what feminism wants (hello actual equality) Ms Monopoly is addressing the gender pay gap in the coolest way. Here for it!!! Plus, they've given grants to three awesome school girls making waves in STEM at their young ages. Go Hasbro! More companies like this, please!Oh, and what do you think of renaming Lincolnshire's Fire & Rescue mascots Freddy and Frida!?? CONSIDER IT, OKAY!?What’s your take on these news articles? In this episode of Geek Girl in the News, we covered these news stories:Kristen Stewart was told to “tone down” sexuality if she wanted to bag Marvel roles (https://www.nme.com/news/film/kristen-stewart-was-told-to-tone-down-sexuality-if-she-wanted-to-bag-marvel-roles-2544407)Amber Heard Worried She Will Be 'Demonized' In Johnny Depp Lawsuit, Wants Details Kept Private (https://theblast.com/c/johnny-depp-amber-heard-domestic-violence-lawsuit-private-information)Johnny Depp Accuses Amber Heard of Blackmail With Drug Photo (https://comicbook.com/movies/2019/09/23/johnny-depp-accuses-amber-heard-of-blackmail-with-drug-photo/)Apple made Siri deflect questions on feminism, leaked papers reveal (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/06/apple-rewrote-siri-to-deflect-questions-about-feminism)Twitter thread about Siri (https://twitter.com/andizeisler/status/1170046065367642112)Let's Stop Making Excuses For Scarlett Johansson (https://bust.com/feminism/196401-the-time-has-come-to-stop-making-excuses-for-scarlett-johansson.html)40% of new podcasts are hosted by women (https://podnews.net/update/40-percent-female-hosts)Girl power: Hasbro brings gender pay gap debate to game night with new Ms. Monopoly (https://eu.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/09/10/ms-monopoly-hasbro-brings-gender-pay-gap-debate-game-night/2201160001/)Ava Canney's Twitter Account (https://twitter.com/ava_canney)Gitanjali Rao's Twitter Account (https://twitter.com/gitanjaliarao)Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue drops Fireman Sam over inclusivity complaint (https://thelincolnite.co.uk/2019/09/lincolnshire-fire-rescue-drops-fireman-sam-over-inclusivity-complaint/)Cecil Castellucci Is Writing The Batgirl We've Been Waiting For (https://bust.com/books/196408-cecil-castellucci-batgirl-comic.html)Support Geek Herring on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Discussion: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Cast Them (https://geekherring.com/geek-discussion-fantastic-beasts/)Geek Girl Stereotypes: Identify, Self-Reflection, and Toxic Femininity (https://geekherring.com/stereotypes-identity-toxic-femininity/)Geek Girl Community: Support, Sisterhood, and Friendship (https://geekherring.com/community-sisterhood-friendship/)If you’ve been loving Geek Herring, please hop over to iTunes and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/dsicord)!!You can find us Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
Rising up the ladder, hitting Legend, topping the Badass Women of Hearthstone league, and competing weekly in the Hearthstone GrandMasters is a journey, but not one without an emotional rollercoaster. We're joined by Pathra Cadness who's sharing her experience as a professional eSports athlete, currently competing at the GrandMasters!Pathra is a Thai/Kiwi Hearthstone player who started streaming on Twitch back in 2015. She quickly climbed the ladder and started making a name for herself on the Hearthstone scene. When a friend convinced her to start competing with the Badass Women of Hearthstone, she soon started topping their leagues. Of course, Blizzard noticed, and now she's a regular feature in the Hearthstone GrandMasters, a weekly tournament run a couple times a year.Now that Pathra has moved to Atlanta, Georgia, this competition has ramped up on another level. Because she still competes in the Asia-Pacific tournament, Pathra is waking up and competing sometimes at 4 in the morning - crazy or what!! Imagine that pressure, especially when you're not firing on all cylinders! In this episode, we're talking about Pathra's experience at the GrandMasters. It's not easy sailing being the only woman competing at this level. She breaks down what it's like reading the comments and Twitch chat that isn't always (or even usually) very complimentary of her.There's no doubt about it, playing Hearthstone at a professional level is nerve wrecking! It's 50% talent, 50% getting your head in the right space - and when you have harassment and trolls berating you in chat, it can definitely be challenge.Join us as Pathra gets intimate about her experiences, how we think Twitch and the GrandMasters can be improved and moderated better, and what's next for this Hearthstone Pro.QuotesBe one tough cookie!Find Pathra Online (https://www.twitch.tv/pathra)Fine Pathra on Twitter (https://twitter.com/PathraCadness) | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pathracadness) | Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pathracadness) | YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/pathrac)If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Girl in the News: Gillette’s transgender ad, an end to child marriage, and Georgia’s abortion bill (https://geekherring.com/geek-girl-news-may-19/)Geek Interviews: Mental Health and Real Life Rep Grinding with Thyst (https://geekherring.com/interview-thyst-real-life-rep-grinding/)Geek Girl Community: Support, Sisterhood, and Friendship (https://geekherring.com/community-sisterhood-friendship/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika Special Guest: Pathra Cadness.
Disney+ is coming and we couldn't be more excited! What the heck is better than all that Marvel goodness, every Disney movie ever, The Simpsons, and more!?? Nothing, that's what!Even though it might feel like Disney is taking over the world, who are we to argue? With so many incredible shows, films, and parks, not to mention the awesome merchandise out there in the world, it would just be fighting a losing battle to fight it. So we're not. Long live Disney!Here's what you need to know:It's an online streaming service similar to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and all those awesome things. Naturally, Disney had to get on board the streaming services!It'll be released in 5 countries in November, 2019. Sadly, The UK and Europe (minus The Netherlands) are not included in those countries. 😭😭😭 forever.It's going to cost as little as $6.99 for 4 different people to watch on one account. What a bargain! Netflix, who!?And it's going to be available on iOS, Android, Apple TV (which Amanda's super excited about!), gaming consoles, and right on your internet browser.What's on it?Everything Disney has ever made. That's all the Disney films ever, Disney tv shows, including Disney channel originals, and who the heck knows what else!Alllll the good Marvel content (except Deadpool 😭). Films like Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame will ONLY be realeased on Disney+!Star. Wars. Now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, they have exclusive rights to the films and are putting out a new series: The Mandalorian!And with Disney's recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, who knows what's going to be streaming. But we're here for The Simpsons, that's for sure.Will YOU be subscribing to Disney+? It's hard to think of a reason not to.Super affordableAll that awesome contentAnd that's it... that's what we've got.Let us know in the comments or on social media what show or movie you're looking forward to streaming the most!While you're here, don't forget to follow Amanda on Twitch!](https://www.twitch.tv/falamoyacrava)If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others! Geeking Out About Marvel’s Phase 4 (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-marvel-phase-4/)Geeking Out About Avengers: Endgame: Mental Health, Politics, + Representation (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-avengers-endgame/)Geeking Out About Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, Feminist (https://geekherring.com/geeking-out-captain-marvel/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
Geek feminism is about issues that affect women across geek culture... and sometimes, those issues also affect the awesome geeky dudes in our community. Today, we're talking with Seage, an artist whose art styles mainly around drawing beautiful women in fantasy settings. Seage shares what it's like for him to be an artist online. Some of his experiences may surprise you, especially the disappointment some of his followers feel and tell him about when they find out that Seage is actually a dude. He also gives us some insight into what his thought process was when considering drawing erotic art and why, ultimately, he decided not to pursue this.We also talk about Seage's other passion: Electric Unicycle riding. Yes, really! Seage has recently started using one of these crazy awesome contraptions to get around the busy city of Toronto. He's also joined a local EU club so they can go on day trips together. Seage is passionate about getting more representation into this community and is actively encouraging women from Toronto and the surrounding area to join the club and learn more.What will you get out of this awesome interview with Seage? You might actually get a bit of a reality check. Do you need a boot in the ass to get you working on what you're truly passionate about? Because like Seage says, you never know what's going to happen tomorrow, so why are you afraid of doing what you love? Spend all of your days creating what you're passionate about. Happiness over misery. Joy over sadness. And passion over depression.QuotesMortality shouldn't hold you back from doing things that you might be interested in doing.- SeageAnything can happen so why stop yourself from doing something that you might be passionate about. - Seage It wasn't the praise that I was interested in, it was the fact that they seemed so happy, so I kept on drawing stuff.- SeageSeage's Video "Brothers" (https://youtu.be/YeK1S_gJEac)Find Seage on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/seageart)Fine Seage on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Seageart) | YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/SeageSpeaks) | Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/seageart) | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SimplySeage)If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Characters: Glorious Ladies of Warcraft (https://geekherring.com/geek-characters-world-of-warcraft-female-characters/)Geek Herring & Chill: Upcoming Excitement, Host Updates, & Mental Health (https://geekherring.com/chill-mental-health/)Geek Girl Community: Support, Sisterhood, and Friendship (https://geekherring.com/community-sisterhood-friendship/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika Special Guest: Seage.
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 August 2019 covers breastfeeding on Twitch, the newest female Hearthstone pros, banned commercials promoting gender stereotypes, inspirational women in TV STEM careers, teaching girls to code, and some awesome pop culture news!We get a bit heated over some of these articles today. Like, why is breastfeeding one of the most natural things in the world, not sexual, legal to do in public in most of the world, and totally okay on social platforms such as Instagram... yet it's sparking debate on Twitch? We mean, if a woman can get bits for eating a burger on stream, why can't another woman feed her hungry child? It doesn't make sense!And have you seen the recently banned from UK TV adverts? Both Volkswagen and Philadelphia (yes, the creators of the infamous chocolate cream cheese) have had their latest tv ads banned by the Advertising Standards Agency for promoting gender stereotypes. You might think one or both of these ads are funny - and while, yeah, they might be - they're also harmful to progress. And not just for women, these stereotypes are bad for men, too.What’s your take on these news articles? In this episode of Geek Girl in the News, we covered these news stories:Streamer Sparks Debate Over Whether Twitch Should Allow Breastfeeding (https://kotaku.com/streamer-sparks-debate-over-whether-twitch-should-allow-1836799257)THE NEW SUPERSTARS OF CHINESE HEARTHSTONE (https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/hearthstone/23079596/the-new-superstars-of-chinese-hearthstone)First ads banned for contravening UK gender stereotyping rules (https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/aug/14/first-ads-banned-for-contravening-gender-stereotyping-rules)VW Golf and Philadelphia Adverts Banned For Promoting 'Harmful' Gender Stereotypes (https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/women/adverts-banned-volkswagen-car-philadelphia-cheese-advertising-standard-authority-gender-stereotypes-a9055561.html)The VW eGolf Commercial (https://youtu.be/JyaHzY-8AD4)The Scully Effect and the Feminist Future of STEM (https://msmagazine.com/2019/08/09/does-stem-matter-in-summer/)How a summer camp is bringing young women into the game industry (https://www.polygon.com/2019/8/23/20811323/girls-make-games-summer-camp-women-game-industry)Check out Girls Game Lab on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GirlsGameLab)This Fall, We’re Getting A Brand-New “Nancy Drew” (https://bust.com/tv/196310-nancy-drew-the-cw-preview.html)It’s Official: ‘The Matrix 4’ is Coming and Will Reunite Keanu Reeves, Director Lana Wachowski (https://themindunleashed.com/2019/08/the-matrix-4-is-coming-keanu-reeves.html?)Support Geek Herring on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Discussion: Rising Representation and Diversity in Video Games (https://geekherring.com/2019/06/14/episode-35-geek-discussion-rising-representation-and-diversity-in-video-games/)Geek Discussion: Women in Game Development with Three Extra Lives (https://geekherring.com/2019/05/17/episode-31-geek-discussion-women-in-game-development-with-three-extra-lives/)Geek Girl Reviews: The Mask You Live In (Exploring Toxic Masculinity) (https://geekherring.com/review-the-mask-you-live-in/)If you’ve been loving Geek Herring, please hop over to iTunes and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/dsicord)!!You can find us Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
A recent post by a well known business coach sparked some outrage about what it means to be a woman. According to her, anything less than high heels, sexy lingerie, and cooking naked in the kitchen for your man is not feminine enough. We TOTALLY disagree! Femininity comes in many different shapes and forms, and what's right for one person might not feel right for the next.As self-identified geek girls, or geeky women, we don't necessarily like to dress up and wear heels. But does that make us any less feminine? NO! Being a womxn means whatever you want it to mean. You don't need to be all pink, frills, and lingerie if you don't want to. You can be sneakers, t-shirts, and jeans if that's what you want. The most important thing is that you are COMFORTABLE and HAPPY with what you do! Don't try to fit into a box just because some coach says you should.It's like when we had our episode about The Mask You Live In (https://geekherring.com/review-the-mask-you-live-in/) where we talked about toxic masculinity in America. Feminine and masculine qualities fall on a spectrum, and really, most of the qualities that make us up are in the middle. We're more in common than we sometimes think!But when we get down to it: why do we identify as geek girls?For us, it has nothing to do with the clothes we wear and everything to do with the feelings we have when we geek out about things. Being a geek girl is about getting excited about the things you love, and yeah, they're usually rooted in some kind of pop culture. Being a geek girl is playing games with your friends or alone. And being a geek girl is about finding something you connect with, really, truly love, and not being afraid to express it.Geekdom is self-care. Geeking out about what you love, whether you're vocalising it like we do, wearing it with pride, putting it on your wall, sharing it on social media, sitting alone and contemplating, reading, watching, being... geekdom is simply about expressing who you are. And it's pretty damn great.QuotesYour Identity is what you're comfortable and confident in! - AmandaYou can have your M&Ms and you can have your Skittles.They are very similar but they are totally different and there are a lots of different colors.If you mix them together you can really mix and match. They all look the same but they are all different aspects. - AmandaIf you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Girl Stereotypes: How the World Sees Us (https://geekherring.com/geek-girl-stereotypes/)Geek Girl Reviews: The Mask You Live In (Exploring Toxic Masculinity) (https://geekherring.com/review-the-mask-you-live-in/)Geek Interview: Feminism and Gender with Dr. Sol Haring (https://geekherring.com/feminism-sol-haring/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
Running two successful Blizzard positive podcasts, building a super supportive community, and working in gaming, all while dealing with anxiety and depression can definitely be hard! But our guest today, the incredible Thyst of Lagging Balls, makes it all look easy and completely natural.Thyst says that the best thing about everything she's doing is the community her and Laggin Balls co-host, Thorn, have built. They have an extremely active Discord channel where members of their community can share everything from memes and nudes to Blizzard game chatter to asking for help and support. It was really important to Thyst to have the kind of community that builds each other up.Thyst shares why she started podcasting and how she's built it from the ground up while dealing with some mental health issues and depression. In fact, World of Warcraft and podcasting is what helped bring her out of her depression -- who says gaming is bad for you! You can say that Thyst has definitely found her spark, which is a GOOD THING because holy crap this woman is BUSY! She recounts a "day in the life" with a typical Tuesday, where she's out of her house for 12 hours a day talking about video games before coming home, shovelling food into her face, and recording Convert to Raid.Thyst gives some extremely valuable advice to content creators for getting industry jobs. If you've been wanting to take the leap from content creator to professional, you should definitely check this episode out! Super, super useful!Did you know that Thyst has started working for Blizzard? All her hard work and real life rep grinding has paid off: she was chosen to sideline report at the Mythic Dungeon International in Australia. A literally dream come true!Thyst talks about her experience as a female Warcraft podcaster, which for the most part has been pretty damn positive! Though she does get the occasional hateful comment or trolling, her community is so full of positive faces, both male and female, that she doesn't let them get her down.Her final thoughts? Find your passion, make it work, and get paid doing it! Quotes"I always wait for life to happen to me, and then in the last couple years, something lit a fire under my ass cuz I've just been grinding and hustling and doing everything I could.""Women in eSports are coming, just give it 5-10 years. It'll start evening itself out."Find Thyst Online (https://laggingballs.com)Fine Thyst on Twitter (https://twitter.com/Thyst03) | Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/laggingballs) | Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/thyst_03) | Discord (https://discordapp.com/invite/UxUtXCE)If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Characters: Glorious Ladies of Warcraft (https://geekherring.com/geek-characters-world-of-warcraft-female-characters/)Geek Herring & Chill: Upcoming Excitement, Host Updates, & Mental Health (https://geekherring.com/chill-mental-health/)Geek Girl Community: Support, Sisterhood, and Friendship (https://geekherring.com/community-sisterhood-friendship/)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika Special Guest: Thyst.
Because hanging out listening to us talk is the best half hour of your week, we've gone free form again! Geek Herring and Chill is just that, time to sit back, relax, and listen to us ramble on. This week, it's all the geeky gaming we've gotten into over the past week... and trust us, it's a lot! In this episode, we talk about what geeky things we've been up to lately! Amanda gets all excited about her big tech purchase, shares what games she's been obsessed with, and geeks out about Warcraft. Monika was finally able to join in on a Dragon Powered Studio games night! You can join our Discord (https://www.geekherring.com/discord) and come to the next one! They're every 2 weeks on a Saturday right now 🎮Join our regular Geek Herring Go! MarioKart 8 tournament with this code: 1175-9520-5163Tournament is open Friday evening - Sunday evening weekly!Check out and pick up the free-to-play game Under What? on Steam (https://store.steampowered.com/app/1114260/Under_What/)!Check out and buy A Short Hike on Steam (https://store.steampowered.com/app/1055540/A_Short_Hike/)!Get more games on Humble Bundle (https://www.geekherring.com/humble)You can also game with Amanda on Steam - add her as a friend (https://steamcommunity.com/id/falamoyacrava)!And if you're on Battle.net, you guessed it, she's there, too! Add her as Cefpabda#2201 You can game with Monika on Steam - add her as a friend (https://steamcommunity.com/id/monidoesstuff)!We're so excited to play some more games with our Geek Herring crew!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Girl in the News: Gender discrimination in game development, FFVII, & female representation in video games (https://geekherring.com/38)Geeking Out About Anime and Manga with Jannie & Nat (https://geekherring.com/36)Geek Discussion: Rising Representation and Diversity in Video Games (https://geekherring.com/35)Love Geek Herring, please hop over to iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
Stranger Things has been giving us all a good dose of 80s nostalgia that we, obviously, desperately crave. Following a group of badass teens while they work to stop the grossest monster from taking over Hawkins is the most fun we've had with TV in a long time. But it's not just the plot that has us hooked this season.We've kept this episode SPOILER FREE! No huge plot points have been spoiledStranger Things 3 is all about friendships. Okay, friends fighting against the Mindflayer, but really, it's friendships. Today, we're talking about what friendships were our favourites, what ones fell flat for us, and why! But not only were these friendships out of this world, can we talk about how incredible every. single. female character was? Amanda makes a great point about how without the Stranger Things 3 gals, the guys were totally screwed. Badass women? Check. Mate.And what about little nerdy Erica? This season of Stranger Things gave us PERMISSION TO NERD. In the first two seasons, it was the guys and their Dungeons and Dragons love that was the cool nerdy thing. But this season? STEM IS COOL. Geek girls are IN. Erica is a FUCKING LITTLE QUEEN who is getting down with her mathy self.Of course, Stranger Things 3 wasn't all sunshine, rainbows, and uplifting. We tackled some pretty HUGE issues and heartbreak.Coming out? Uh-huh.Toxic masculinity in the workplace? Yep. Abused kids growing up to be horrible bullies? Unfortunately.Women's ideas and suspicions being brushed aside as unimportant? That, too.What a season. Thank you, Stranger Things 3, for being the 80s show highlighting social issues we ALL need to talk about.What did you think of Stranger Things 3? Which friendship are you stanning? Who's your favourite strong female character?Be like Frazley (https://twitter.com/Frazleytastic) and support us on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!!!If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Girl in the News: James Bond Alternatives, How to Deal with Harassment Online, Stranger Things Female Power, and Exciting New Releases (https://geekherring.com/2019/08/02/episode-42-geek-girl-in-the-news/)Geek Girl Reviews: The Mask You Live In (Exploring Toxic Masculinity) (https://geekherring.com/2019/04/12/episode-26-geek-girl-reviews-the-mask-you-live-in-exploring-toxic-masculinity/)Geek Herring & Chill: Upcoming Excitement, Host Updates, & Mental Health (https://geekherring.com/2019/05/31/episode-33-geek-herring-chill-upcoming-excitement-host-updates-mental-health/)Love Geek Herring? Please hop over to iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/geek-herring/id1438271357?mt=2) and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/discord)!Geek out with Geek Herring Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika
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 July 2019 covers a Woman of Colour as the new 007, Twitch streamers and gender discrimination, responsibility and moderation of abusive Twitch streams, permission to be nerds, all new Hitchhiker's Guide, Cyberpunk representation, the new Switch Lite, and more!Monika is joined by special guest host Thom from Three Extra Lives (https://threeextralives.com) who's filling in for our poor sicky-poo host, Amanda. Thanks Thom for stepping up to the game last minute for us! You rock our socks!What’s your take on these news articles? In this episode of Geek Girl in the News, we covered these news stories:The new 007 is a black woman – don't make her a Bond girl (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/15/james-bond-007-black-female-actor-lashana-lynch-daniel-craig)Reddit Thread: I changed my name on Overwatch and haven’t been a victim of toxicity since. Anyone else? (https://www.reddit.com/r/Overwatch/comments/ci336z/i_changed_my_name_on_overwatch_and_havent_been_a/)Study: Two-Thirds of Online Gamers Experience ‘Severe’ Harassment (https://www.geek.com/games/study-two-thirds-of-online-gamers-experience-severe-harassment-1797612/)Twitch has to figure out what to do with its biggest stars (https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/25/8930230/twitch-alinity-dr-disrespect-ban-moderation)HOW STRANGER THINGS 3 GAVE GIRLS PERMISSION TO BE NERDS (https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/how-stranger-things-3-gave-girls-permission-to-be-nerds)‘A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ Is Coming To Hulu (https://z6mag.com/2019/07/26/a-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-is-coming-to-hulu/)Cyberpunk 2077 Will Have Reversible Cover Art Featuring a Female V (https://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2019/07/12/cyberpunk-2077-cover-art-will-be-reversible/#/slide/1)Nintendo unveils cheaper, smaller Switch Lite (https://www.polygon.com/2019/7/10/18693262/nintendo-switch-lite-price-release-date-features)If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please check out some of our others!Geek Discussion: Rising Representation and Diversity in Video Games (https://geekherring.com/2019/06/14/episode-35-geek-discussion-rising-representation-and-diversity-in-video-games/)Geek Discussion: Women in Game Development with Three Extra Lives (https://geekherring.com/2019/05/17/episode-31-geek-discussion-women-in-game-development-with-three-extra-lives/)Geek Girl in the News: January 2019 (https://geekherring.com/2019/02/01/episode-17-geek-girl-in-the-news-january-2019/)If you’ve been loving Geek Herring, please hop over to iTunes and leave us a review!Join us on Discord (https://geekherring.com/dsicord)!!You can find us Online (https://www.geekherring.com) / Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/geekherring) / Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/geekherring) / Twitter (https://www.twitter.com/geekherring) / Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/geekherring)!Geekily yours,Amanda & Monika Special Guest: Thom Knight.
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