Five Lady-Centric Podcasts for a Geeky Week

I wasn’t much of a podcast listener until last year, when, at the end of the fall TV season, I’d run out of things to watch on Hulu/Netflix during my daily commute. I was instantly hooked on bigger shows like Girl on Guy and Comedy Bang! Bang! — but it would take me another few months to catch on to smaller shows. There are a ton of great geeky podcasts out there that showcase some of the coolest voices in fandom, and outside of comedy podcasts, those are my favorite types of shows. Here are five of my favorites, led by some particularly awesome ladies:


Fangirls Going Rogue

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There are some amazing Star Wars podcasts out there (ForceCast, Idiot’s Array, Coffee With Kenobi, Now This Is Podcasting, and seriously about 50 more) but this podcast focuses on the ladies of the Star Wars fandom, and the hosts’ enthusiasm practically radiates through your headphones when you listen. With awesome exclusive interviews, con guides, character spotlights and their signature #fangirlflail, Fangirls Going Rogue is the quintessential podcast for the unapologetically enthusiastic Star Wars fanatic.

Fake Goth Girls


Mia Moore and Liz Leslie discuss the latest in geek news with a sassy twist! The hosts have such incredible chemistry, and it’s great to listen to two best friends as they shoot the shit in a lighthearted, fun way. They somehow manage to go from talking about their latest netflix marathon to discussing world issues in easy, seamless swoops, so if you want a laid-back podcast with fun geeky discussion, check this one out!

plzRT Podcast


Pop Culture meets savvy city girls with April Salud and Heather Mason. These ladies bring on some of the coolest guests to discuss what’s poppin’ in Hollywood and the internet wasteland, from indie film projects to breakout new bands and just generally awesome people. This podcast is awesome for anyone who’s looking for fresh new entertainment and the bragging rights of knowing bands, actors, and producers “before they were big”.

Women of Marvel

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Hosted by Adri Cowan, Judy Stephens, Sana Amanat, and Emily Shaw, the Women of Marvel podcast gives a platform to the many women behind the company’s success and their take on the constantly changing world of comics. While this is very distinctly focused on Marvel (obviously) there’s so much great information in every episode about how things work behind the scenes at one of the most popular comic publishers of all time. If you’re an aspiring comic creator, a Marvel fangirl, or just curious about the ins and outs of comics, tune in!

Electric Sistahood


Pandalicious and NinjaSistah run one of the most hilarious video game podcasts I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Along with their in-depth looks at new games, events in gaming, and popular nerd news, these ladies fearlessly take on issues within fandom in a unique way that’s sure to keep you tuning in on the weekly.

Bonus: Woman Up! Podcast


I’d be remiss not to mention the podcast I co-host with SarahtheRebel, Woman Up! Podcast, where we talk geek news and get passionate about our nerdy fandoms. Check us out every other week, live on twitch!

What are your favorite lady-centric podcasts to listen to? I’m always looking for more! Let me know below in the comments.

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An Appeal to Ubisoft: Connor Kenway and Why He’s Not Done Yet

originally written for on 02.23.2013

When Ubisoft’s much-anticipated Assassin’s Creed 3 was first released, fans were a little more than underwhelmed. The came was glitchy, seemingly unfinished in plotline, with a hero that was so radically different from the extreme personalities of other characters past that he seemed too emotionally inaccesable to fans. Players didn’t like Connor: he was ‘boring’, ‘too stoic’, ‘too bland’. But I, personally, thought Connor was justified. At the end of the game, Connor is a mere 28 years old, as opposed to previous heroes having their legacies documented throughout the entirety of their lives. I sincerely do not think fans were given enough time for Connor, and I truly believe that Ubisoft rushed this one far too much.

How could you say no to that face?
How could you say no to that face?

The iconic heroes of Assassin’s Creed come with a lot of baggage — many lose their families, betray their societies, and generally live alone. I’m going to be honest and admit that it was not Connor Kenway, but Ezio Auditore da Firenze who first hooked me to the Assassin’s Creed series, but it has been Connor that has stolen my heart. Connor showed us a part of American history that so many people have come to deny or neglect: the part where, no matter whose side you were on, you could not win the American Revolution as a Native American.  Beyond that, Connor has shown us a character that is, perhaps, not as extroverted as Ezio (sorry Altair, we love you and all), but is someone who has gone through serious trauma and rose up to create his own courage, his own honor, his own legacy. He may not be outspoken, he may be young and naïve, he may not be a playboy or a scholar, but Connor is a genuinely good person, and that’s something we rarely see in both video games and real life.

The one thing people don’t seem to realize is that Connor should be quiet. He should be reserved. He deserves to be able to feel no need to to justify himself to an entire world that is completely against who and what he is. At the very start of his story, when he is just a boy, Connor is harassed by Charles Lee for simply being Native — and just minutes later, he is forced to watch and cope with the fact that his mother has been burned alive by the same people who just trashed his heritage.

speak softly and carry a small army's worth of weaponry.
speak softly and carry a small army’s worth of weaponry.

Connor only speaks when he feels as though it’s just. He speaks when Samuel Adams calls his cause (as a participant of the American Revolution) just, but still owns human slaves. He speaks when something wrong has gone on, and he speaks with power far beyond his years. He speaks when he feels it is right, and that’s okay. We are not stupid, gamers — we can understand in-depth characters in various settings — we just need to listen. Connor is caught up in a situation that pulls him in every direction: his people are being destroyed by the country he is trying to save from the oppression of a country that he’s never even heard of.

Ubisoft, there are Native Americans in my life who cried when you announced that Connor would be your new main character. Their mothers, older people who have never touched a video game, were excited to watch their kids play and learn about this new hero, this Mohawk Warrior that was at the core of their heritage. There were young Natives, kids who are still bullied in school for being who they are, who were so excited to see a hero that wasn’t dressed up in a mockery of their culture. Assassin’s Creed 3 was presented to them as an unfinished game chock full of glitches that any other AC game would never leave the table with. Even now, with The Tyranny of King Washington DLC, where the lore of their culture is being explored through Connor’s new mystical powers, storyline and functionality falls short — you lose your tomahawk if you so much as pick a lock to unlock a chest. The lack of attention to detail in this game makes every other aspect, including the respect to accuracy of culture, completely suffer. This can’t happen. I beg you to give Connor a chance, to give him the game he deserves, to give him a 3.1 and 3.2 that shows him growing up, or even suffering through the hardships that come with being both an Assassin and a Native American. I know that, with Desmond gone, writing more of these games may be challenging. But I also know that there are people out there, of all nationalities, who would love to see Connor again. Groups such as the Wolfkin Initiative have formed to call players to action and take to all social media outlets in an effort to support the conception of more Connor games. We can’t have more DLCs like Tyranny. We need a cohesive, complete game, and I believe that is not too much to ask for.

I truly hope that after all of these essays, messages, and this personal appeal, Ubisoft reconsiders Connor as a character and brings something new and amazing to show fans that Connor is more than just a reserved man with a dark past. He is a hero, he is a good friend, and he is an amazing character.

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