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Hero in a Wheelchair- The Defenders Spoke for me as a disabled person

Matt Chair 210 minutes into Defenders ep 1, and Matt just became the disabled superhero I’ve been waiting for.

-very mild spoilers ahead-

This is Matthew, founder and host of this site. If you’ve been listening or reading for a while, you know that representation in superheroes is an issue I care about deeply.  Yet, as a disabled person, I rarely see myself on screen in superhero stories.  Instead I’ve been frustrated as we get character after character who has a disability, but also has some superpower or tech or other way of making their disability irrelevant.  Daredevil can ‘see’ through his other senses better than most sighted characters, Felicity has tech that makes her as mobile as anyone else on Arrow- heck even Yoda turns out to be a total badass when he throws away his cane and starts fighting.

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The Problems with Telepathy: Babylon 5 & the Psi Corps

Psi CorpsBabylon 5 is more than 20 years old, but it still raises great questions about telepathy, fear, and the ways we treat the “other.” In this episode, guest Jacob Milicic joins the cast for a discussion of Babylon 5 and the Psi Corp – an organization of telepaths that started as an attempt to limit and control telepaths, and instead becomes one of the most powerful groups in the B5 universe.

 

 

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Jacob Milicic may or may not be a sentient landfaring cross between a porpoise and a sponge. He has two hands and a face.

Check out his writings about Magic the Gathering, his article on compassionate coaching, and the Magic Judge of the Week Program.

Agree with what we talked about? Disagree? Have questions or comments on what we discussed? Let us know! You can find us on Twitter, Facebook, or email us at superheroethics@gmail.com

 

 

A New Journey- Star Wars, and Alternatives to the Hero’s Journey

 

Rey Becky FinalAuthor and Star Wars Geek Extraordinaire, Becky Allen, talks with us about the trope of the hero’s journey. How does it help story telling, and how does it hurt? Why is it so important that Rey get’s to go on that journey?

Becky Allen is the author of Bound by Blood and Sand and the forthcoming sequel, Freed by Flame and Storm. She grew up outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the product manager for TheBody.com, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism.

 

 

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The Ethics of Arrows, with JP Fairfield

JP and ArrowMy guest this week is JP Fairfield, of the Nerdgasm Noire Network and Operation Cubicle podcasts.  Together we explore the latest season of Arrow, the costs of being a hero, and why long suffering Quentin Lance deserves a break!

 

 

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You can Be Super!

 

Super Face “Comic book heroes are always political, and have always been political.” Our guest this week is Krystal Kara, the creator of the organization Be Super, which strives to use comic book characters as educational tools to understand social justice issues. Be Super aims to show that every individual is a hero.

We talk about Be Super, Wonder Woman, sexism and racism in the comic book and TV/movie worlds, and why Superhero stories need to be more than just escapism.

 

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What superhero or sci-fi stories have inspired you, or helped you teach someone else? What in our podcast did you agree or disagree with? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

To learn more about Be Super, or respond to Krystal directly, check them out on:

 

 

 

Be Super, like Wonder Woman!

Wonder WomanEarlier this week I recorded a talk with Krystal Kara, founder of the Be Super Initiative. Unfortunately, the recording got terribly garbled, so I can’t post it. I’m working on transcribing it and should have that up for you all soon, but meanwhile i wanted to tell you more about her and her great organization.

 

Be SuperKrystal Kara is the creator of the organization Be Super. Be Super strives to use comic  book characters as educational tools to understand social justice issues. Be Super aims to show that every individual is a hero.

I got to meet Krystal at Wiscon recently, and was inspired by the work she and Be Super do.   In the attempted podcast, We talked in general about her organization and the work it does, and about the new Wonder Woman movie- what we liked, what we had trouble with, and the discussion Be Super hosted after a showing of the movie.  I hope to have the transcript up soon, but  in the meantime, check out  the great work they do!.

It’s a great program, check them out!

And speaking of Wonder Woman, let me share my favorite article I’ve seen about it so far, about how Princess Buttercup became the warrior-general who trained Princess Diana. 

 

Wiscon, Past & Present!

I’m spending the weekend at Wiscon, a kick ass feminist sci-fi panel. My twitter is already exploding with great  things I’m hearing here, and so I wanted to re-share some of the posts that were directly or indirectly inspired by last year’s Wiscon:

Do Black Lives Only Matter if they are Wakandan? Thoughts Inspired by Wiscon40

Deconstructing the Idea of the Chosen One with Rebecca Rose Vassey

Rogue Ethics

LARPing! The ethics of role playing games

“First political larpingyou have to realize that it’s not just a game, it’s a community… In the end it’s each of us making the choice, not the character, of what’s going to happen; what we’re going to say, how we’re going to do it.”

Special guest, JP Bauer, has been playing role playing games for twenty years and live action role playing games for twelve. He is an outspoken proponent of stronger ethics in the role playing community.

 

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The articles JP mentioned during the episode are listed below:

 

How have you navigated ethical questions in LARPs and role playing games We’d love to hear your thoughts! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

A Fair Fight?

 

Fair Fight

What is the value in fighting fair? Paul and Matthew explore the trope of the Fair Fight, looking at its value and its problems. What does a hero do, when the opponent refuses to follow the rules? If one side follows rules that the other ignores, is that a virtue that will inspire others, or a weakness for an opponent to exploit? We explore these questions in regard to Iron Fist, Firefly, superhero movies in general, and our current political situation?

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Should our heroes fight fair? Should we? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!