Queer as Fact
Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning

October 15, 2020
Welcome to the final episode for Season 5, where we are discussing Jennie Livingston's 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. Join us as we explore the creation, critical response and legacy of the film, featuring cameos from Madonna and Ru Paul.
Stick around until the end for an exciting announcement about our upcoming 100th episode!
 

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Kapaemahu

Kapaemahu

October 1, 2020

In today's episode, we discuss Kapaemahu, a Hawai'ian sacred site commemorating four non-binary individuals. Join us to learn about gender in Kānaka Maoli culture, how the story of these stones has survived four centuries, and the logistical difficulties of moving large rocks.

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Note: We apologise for the sound quality issues on Eli's microphone in this episode.

Roberta Cowell

Roberta Cowell

September 15, 2020

Today's episode is on transgender pioneer, Roberta Cowell. We'll be covering everything from her career as a race-car driver and her time flying Spitfires in WWII, to her battle to access medical transition in the 1950s and the complexities on how she presented her story to the public.

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Gladys Bentley

Gladys Bentley

September 1, 2020

Today's episode is on American blues singer Gladys Bentley. Join us for our first venture into the Harlem Renaissance, where you'll find eight hour piano marathons, explicitly queer lyrics, and legally recognised weddings between women.

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Achilles and Patroclus in Modern Media

Achilles and Patroclus in Modern Media

August 15, 2020

Today's Queer as Fiction episode is a follow-up to our episode from earlier this season talking about the mythological figures, Achilles and Patroclus. 

This time, we're here to talk about modern depictions of the pairing. Join us as we compare and contrast Wolfgang Petersen's 2004 film Troy, Madeline Miller's 2011 novel The Song of Achilles, and the 2018 BBC mini-series Troy: Fall of a City. 

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The Old Guard

The Old Guard

August 1, 2020

Today's Queer as Fiction episode is not on modern adaptations of the Iliad, but it does still feature a character named Andromache!

 

Join us as we discuss the recently released Netflix film, The Old Guard, from its refreshingly upfront gay representation to the promise of an even gayer sequel.

 

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Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde

July 15, 2020

Today’s episode is about Audre Lorde, in her own words, “black, lesbian, mother, warrior poet”. Learn about Audre's travels from Mexico to Benin, how she navigated her multifaceted identity over her lifetime, and the names of not one but two queer pets!

 

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Achilles and Patroclus

Achilles and Patroclus

July 1, 2020

Today's episode deals with the Ancient Greek mythological figures Achilles and Patroclus.

Join us as we unravel two and a half thousand years of scholarship, compare the Trojan War with the Vietnam War and discuss whether one word can change the whole meaning of a text. 

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Wonder Woman (1941-1948)

Wonder Woman (1941-1948)

June 15, 2020

Welcome to the first Queer as Fiction episode for Season 5! 

Today we'll be talking about the DC comics superhero, Wonder Woman. 

Join us for a wide-ranging discussion covering everything from the suffragist movement to kinky sorority party rituals and find out exactly how a disgraced Harvard professor came to be writing a comic book that he described as "psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.”

This episode includes references to a series of images from the Wonder Woman comics. You can find the source post for this episode, which contains these images, on our new website.

Please note there are a couple of content warnings we failed to include in our recording:

This episode includes period-typical misogyny and descriptions of a hunger strike. 

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Image Source: Ms. Magazine, 1972.

A message for a listener

A message for a listener

June 15, 2020

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