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Indoorswomen - Episode 69 - Throwing Shade at Fifty Shades

Orgasm! OK, now that we have your attention:

For episode 69 (nice), we’re talking all about Fifty Shades of Grey. We even defend the trilogy a little, shock!

We also play a game of Marry, Sex, Kill, because of course we do. (And we newly dub the game Wed, Bed, Behead.)

Our random recs are The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and The Great British Baking Show.

You’ll want to stick around for the bloopers at the end, trust us.

Our intro/outro music is "We Are Highscore" by Krackatoa.

Indoorswomen - Episode 59 - Beauty and the Bestiality?

We invited the hosts of our sister podcast, One Person's Trash Is Our Treasure (@optiot), to chat about the classic "beauty and the beast" trope.

What makes fictional interspecies romance so interesting? Who are some of our favorite couples? Was there ickiness lurking below the surface of The Shape of Water? Let's just say, things get hairy in this episode (and scaly, and alien, and... )

We also played a wild game of Marry, Sex, Kill and wrapped with random recommendations. This episode's recs are Hush, I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Tully, and Netflix's Lost in Space.

Our intro/outro music is "We Are Highscore" by Krackatoa.

Listen to Rachel and Jen on OPTIOT!

Indoorswomen - Episode 51 - Basic Bitches

We can be basic, and that's okay!

In this episode, we tackle what it means to be a "basic bitch," how basicness applies to pop culture, and why we embrace popular media.

We also weigh in on the 2018 Oscar nominations. Who do we think will take home the Academy's little gold men?

Stay tuned to the end for our random recs: Dark and One Day at a Time.

Our intro/outro music is "We Are Highscore" by Krackatoa.

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Indoorswomen - Episode 36 - Treat. Yo. Self. [With Pop Culture]


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Today we are talking Pop Culture Comfort Food and Pop Culture Self Care. This is the pop culture that makes us feel good, it feeds the soul - the old favorites we turn to in times of stress or sickness. In other words, Treat. Yo. Self.

We delve into Disney (and Buffy) singalongs, books with creased covers and broken spines, period dramas like Downton Abbey, podcasts (of course), and other favorites.

Plus, random recs of recent HBO programming (Big Little Lies, anyone?) and the pocket cast app.

Special shoutouts to our awesome new friends in the podcast community including:

The One With Podcast (@JoshSolbach)

Sipping Sisters (@3SippingSisters)

High Expectations (@Highexpodcast)

Shipping Room (@ShippingRoomPod)

Give them a listen as well!

And, as always, our amazing intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa.

Indoorswomen - Episode 35 - Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Bottle Episodes

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People still get the “Yo, Dawg” meme, right? Right?!

This episode kicks off our Women Who Stare at Tropes series. We’re talking bottle episodes this time around: Buffy, Doctor Who, Angel, Homicide: Life on the Street, Friends, and Sealab 2021, for starters.

Plus, we play a game of TV Tropes Roulette. It’s trope-tacular!

What’s your favorite bottle episode? Holler at us on Twitter @indoorswomen (or, you know, compose a polite tweet).

And, as always, our lovely intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa

Indoorswomen Episode 14 - Smut Shaming: For Love of Fanfic and Romance Novels


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In this episode, you get the real “old days of radio” experience listening to Jen pick up her glass and drink from it and set it back down repeatedly. Ice clinking! It’s like we are on Mad Men! Metal Desk + Podcast = Clink Amplification

Correction: in Outlander, Claire is a nurse in WW2 - it has been a few years since I read it! - Jen

We start out playing a new game we dub “Scenarios” - Essentially we each make up a series of geeky/pop cultural scenarios for the other to navigate. It involves Harry Potter and Star Trek! (also this: https://www.pinterest.com/NerdifiedJen/wesley-crusher-sweaters-dont-worry-about-it/)

For the main event, we have Smut Shaming or de-stigmatizing guilty pleasures. We have discussed before that we are adamantly against the concept of “guilty pleasures” - just like what you like and you should not be ashamed of it or made to feel shame because of it. In this segment, we express our love of fanfic and romance novels, defend them from shamers, and explain why they appeal. And, as promised, here are all the books we recommended during the show as well as some extras!

Fanfic book: Textual Poachers by Henry Jenkins

Jen’s Romance Recs:

YA sports themed romance: Miranda Kenneally & Simone Elkeles

Urban Fantasy, no explicit sex (fade to black) - Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs

Urban Fantasy with sex - Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris (LOTS OF SEX - Laurel K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series)

Urban Fantasy with some sex and lots of jokes - Undead and Unwed by Mary Janice Davidson

Steampunk Werewolf romance - Soulless by Gail Carriger

Contemporary amusing romance with a relatable heroine - Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Contemporary romance with my kind of guy - Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Historical romance, light - Desperate Duchesses by Eloisa James, Nine rules to break when romancing a rake by Sarah Maclean

Historical romance, epic - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon,

Epic Fantasy Romance - Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

M/M romance - Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

YA romance, fairy tales - Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

YA romance, angels and demons - The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

YA romance, contemporary - Stephanie Perkins trilogy - Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the boy next door, Isla and the Happily Ever After

Romance, contemporary, but with interesting structure - anything by Rainbow Rowell

YA comic book, historical elements - The Dreamer

As always, our amazing Intro/Outro music is “We Are Highscore” by Krackatoa

Indoorswomen Episode 11 - Call Yourself a Writer: Because, why not?

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Some geeky news, some silliness, and our creative process. We both write for fun and profit, and have picked up some tips and tricks along the way. Are you mildly curious about writing? Are you an established writer looking for tips to improve your craft?

Our conversation is full of advice from professionals and friends, and peppered with our usual geeky references.

As usual, our head-nodding intro/outro music is “We are Highscore” by Krackatoa.