Ep 91, Catra, She-Ra, and the Ethics of Love & Redemption

She-Ra-Princesses-of-power-trailer-S5Jess Plummer and Becky Allen join us to discuss She-Ra! What makes Catra such a compelling character? How does this show blur the lines between hero and villain, friend and dating, and different shares of morality? What makes this show such a powerful example of representation, on so many levels? And just how hard do you have to work in this world to NOT get a redemption arc?


Jessica Plummer lives in New York and loves Superman very very much. You can listen to just how much on her Superman podcast, Flights and Tights. She also writes about comics and books in general at Book Riot. Find her on Twitter @jess_plummer.

Becky Allen is the author of Bound by Blood and Sand and the 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, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism. She is also the co host of the Rachel & Becky Judge Things Podcast.

Here is the great article about Catra referenced during the episode. 




In light of the holiday, no podcast this week. But it seems a good time to say thanks to those people who have been guests on the podcast.  Each of them is doing some great work on their own, and I want to encourage you all to check them out!

LOGAN GRENDEL – V for Dystopia

harl-song“Dog man” Logan Grendel is a writer, artist, and activist born and raised in New York City. He is also a lifelong fan of comics, fantasy, and dystopian tales of all kinds. His own photo/graphic novel creation Harlequin’s Song was completed in 2006, and has never seemed more timely.


Urban Dog Care NYC is Logan’s dog-walking business and main source of dog stories, about which you shouldn’t ask unless you have several hours to spare. For a brief, humorous look at his findings, read his new book Putting Paws to Pavement.

pawsPutting Paws to Pavement can help you wrap your head around the life of the modern dog, so you’ll have an easier time when you wrap your fingers around the leash. A collection of well-researched information, prose, and mental meditations, this book is a whole-dog approach to using positive methods in a city setting. The walk is the basis of your dog’s day, and Putting Paws to Pavement can help both human and canine enjoy it to the fullest.



KATY VALENTINE – Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Ethics of the Apocalypse. 

Along with her skills as a scholar and pastor, Katy is a talented musician! Check out her new CD- Harp Solo and Chakra Grounding Meditation.  In her words:

Becomekatyvalentine a Superhero meditator! Relax from saving the world and enjoy the tones of this meditation CD. The CD offers both a guided meditation and a harp solo meditation so that you can combine them in the way to make your superhero day even better. The CD is available at iTunes and Amazon. For downloads, support your artists the best by going to the CD Baby site to download the album. If you want to hone your superhero meditation skills, let this album be your guide.



GREG HALEY  – The Ethics of Mind Control 

Dr. Greg Haley holds a doctorate in rhetoric and writing with a research focus in hermeneutics and identity construction.  He writes professionally on a wide range of topics from politics to mental health and philosophy. He recently launched a great website of long form writing. Check it out!

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