Would you believe that Homestuck was an innovative frontier for new storytelling and language? Well, we're defending it anyway. Or rather, Betty Brash is.
Content Warnings: Can't think of any! This is a fairly tame episode, aside from the fact that it's Homestuck we're discussing.
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And don't forget Betty Brash and Mx Macabre's Homestuck Burlesque show! March 13th, at the Nest in Brooklyn.
Happy New Year! For our first instalment of 2020, we're bringing you murder, desire, obsession - but this time with femslash (well, technically it's canon). Our guest Shannon presents: Killing Eve.
Content Warnings: Murder, serial killers, gaslighting, obsession, stabbings and shootings, and spoilers for Killing Eve,
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We're talking about cannibals for Christmas! This week Emily brings us Hannigram, and it's beautiful.
Content warnings: Cannibalism, serial killers, murder, gore, dubcon, gaslighting, and other spoilers for Hannibal.
Thoughts on Hannibal and Will? Have anything to add or share? Any fanfiction recs for Emily? Reach us on Twitter @defendyourship and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media referenced in this episode: Reapersun's coffee shop comic.
Happy Hanukkah! In this special episode, Raina requested a conversation about patriotism, fandom, and Captain America's Jewish roots. Stevie and Raina discuss the difficult nature of a character who embodies America,, the importance of Captain America in a Jewish context, and what to do with cognitive dissonance between fanon and canon.
Content warnings for: Mention of explicit fanfiction, including anal play and gangbangs. Both are mentioned pretty briefly, although Stevie perhaps goes on a bit too long about tossing salads. Sorry about that
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Many of the fics Stevie mentions in this episode were written by Hansbekhart. Further shout outs to the the fanart of bluandorange, faun-songs (now chernozemm), and silentwalrus1.
It's gay, it's in space, it's Kirk/Spock. The guys who put the "slash" in slash fanfiction. Welcome to Defend Your Ship! Kalliope and Stevie freak out about Kirk and Spock, and Raina is extremely patient.
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Content Warnings: Discussion of on-screen misogyny and sexism
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Welcome our first guest - Maggie McMuffin! Sex worker, performer, and writer extraordinaire. Get wrecked over the many iterations of known "superpowered whackadoos" Harley Quinn & The Joker.
Content Warnings: This episode features in-depth discussion of "darkfic" and kink. The episode focuses on consensual enjoyment of kink and fandom, though the fan content itself may be involve dubious consent between the characters. We also discuss experiences as underage people participating in fandom. Specific topics include (but are not limited to):
Discussion of dubcon and noncon themes in fanfiction
Discussion of physical and emotional abuse of fictional characters, and cycles of abuse in real life
Discussion of rack play
Description of a consensual waterboarding kink scene (26:05 - 27:33)
Brief mention of fantasy wound f*cking and knife play (which you should not try at home)
Disclaimer: The hosts and guest are aware of abuse as a theme in the Harley/Joker pairing. Our discussion does not seek to make light of abusive relationships, but to acknowledge the value of abuse narratives in fanfiction.
Media referenced in this episode:
Stevie's Content of the Week is: Reapersun
Raina's Content of the Week is: Devour: A Tale of Cannibal Mermaids
Maggie McMuffin's Content of the Week is: PaintedGlass
The Labyrinth fic with the chickens is: My Fine Feathered Friend by Lexxle
The song by The Bastard Fairies is "Maybe She Likes It"
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Buffy and Angel, or Buffy and Spike? What about all three at the same time? Even better - all three of them going to therapy. This week Raina gets real about threesomes, biphobia, and getting your shit together.
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No content alerts this week, just some discussion of biphobia in media.
Dredging up the mid-2000s, Stevie defends Axel/Roxas! Assuming they can remember anything about Kingdom Hearts. Important lessons: have a legacy, never die, and always remember everything forever.
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Fanfics referenced in this episode are "The Light Underneath" and "Reckless and Impulsive," both by VIII of XIII on Fanficion.net.
Content alerts: Suicide ideation is discussed in the context of a fanfiction plotline (8:50 - 10:10). We also briefly discuss age gaps in pairings and IRL relationships.
Our first episode, featuring Raina Sinclair and Stevie (aka Sonickitty). We discus fandom, sexuality, and problematic moments of our youth, all through the lens of fandom and ships, ships, SHIPS. Welcome to Defend Your Ship! Hope you're ready to get wrecked.
Episode 1 covers Raina and Stevie's entry to fandom and shipping, featuring Sailor Moon, Kingdom Hearts, and some anime you never thought you'd care about again. Content warnings include discussion of shipping underage characters while we ourselves were underage, as well as light discussion of E-rated fanfic.
Visit Raina Sinclair on Instagram @rainasinclair28
Visit Stevie on Tumblr (yes, Tumblr) @sonickitty