Some within our cultures and subcultures have strange and sometimes unfortunate ways of reacting to a basic everyday occurrence — women doing stuff. Too often there is disdain, shaming, or disregard. Sometimes, thankfully, there is recognition of success and accomplishment, even if in some cases, it is long overdue. This episode covers several topics that look at various instances of women doing stuff and the responses that follow.
The week’s featured interview is with Ray Cornwall, former co-host of The GAR! Podcast. He and Robin Renée spend some time remembering his other co-host, Biff Bam Pop!’s own Glenn Walker. Then Ray, comics enthusiast and self-described geek for hire, speaks about #comicsgate and the harassment that women and transgender people have been facing if they dare take part in the world of creating and commenting on comics. We hear about “The Milkshake Incident,” online attacks against Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim) and others, plus some encouraging examples of people in the comics industry who stand against Comicsgate and advocate for embracing diversity.
Later, Mary McGinley talks about the black women she has been highlighting on the Leftscape Facebook page. The co-hosts share about a few who inspire them including physicist Shirley Ann Jackson, Union spy Mary Elizabeth Bowser, and tennis players Margaret and Matilda Peters. Wendy Sheridan has also been doing stuff! Her Kickstarter project, (Post)Cards Against Fascism, has been funded! Thanks to all you backers who helped make it possible. Wendy is busy designing postcards especially suitable for sending messages to your representatives in Congress.
Other reasons to celebrate mentioned in this episode are National Polar Bear Day, Metamour Day, National Women’s History Month and Will Eisner Week, National Grammar Day (March forth!), and Absinthe Day. Birthdays include Lupita Nyong’o, Dr. Seuss, Karen Carpenter, Anne Sabagh, and Chaz Bono.
The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “Women Doing Stuff (Episode 37).”