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1.11: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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SEASON FINALE!! 

Thanks so much to all of you who have been listening thus far. I've already begun my plans for season 2 and can't wait to get started with it! Check back for new episodes of Romeo And... starting in August 2015. 

In this episode of the podcast I discuss the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. I also put my two cents into the discussion regarding Rachel Dolezal and her claims to be a black woman. 

I didn't think I would have to talk about race again so soon, but here we are. Rachel Dolezal has been all over the headlines recently when it was revealed that she had been passing herself as black for over 10 years. To be honest, I don't really care if a person claims they are of a different race. What bothered me about the controversy was people trying to use Rachel's story to discredit or question the trans community, specifically Caitlyn Jenner. Caitlyn came out as trans because she felt she wasn't being true to herself. Rachel, on the other hand, calls herself black because she is a liar and became obsessed with the black persona she created for herself. It's not fair to try and make a comparison between these two women. 

In my discussion of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, I talk about what makes Scott Pilgrim a good guy, someone we can associate ourselves with, as well as what makes Scott a bad role model. I also look at the movie as a whole and the positive as well as negative messages it sends about masculinity. The film is ultimately a parody of most films that depict a man doing battle for the love of a woman. However, in poking fun of this style of film, Scott Pilgrim adds itself to the list of films that depict a man battling for the love of a woman. 

What's your take on the film? Do you feel it successfully sends the message that it is silly to fight for a woman's love? Or does it simply reaffirm our understandings about gender roles? Let me know in the comment section below. 

REFERENCES 

Rachel Dolezal, in Center of Storm, Is Defiant: ‘I Identify as Black’ - The New York Times - http://nyti.ms/1BhIUUr 

Dolezal Says She’s Felt Black From Early Age, Evades Tougher Credibility Questions on Today - Slate - http://slate.me/1BhK3Lw 

Spokane County QuickFacts - United States Census Bureau - http://1.usa.gov/1GtyHmF 

Scott Pilgrim - Bryan Lee O'Malley - http://bit.ly/1QLiXn2 

- Movie dialogue and sound clips from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World courtesy of Universal Pictures 

1.10: Seeing Myself in Others

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In this episode, we've got stories of ballroom dance, college, super heroes, flying trapeze, and of course boobs! Another episode with two stories for the price of one! Topics include female body shaming, men playing the hero, and good old fashioned gender roles. 

In the first part of the episode, I share a story about a flying trapeze class I taught where two of the teens taking the class were pulled aside and asked to change clothes for fear their boobs might get exposed. In our culture, the fact that women's breasts are seen as offensive and inappropriate to display publicly I think is worth considering. What do we gain by forcing women to hide their breasts when men are free to do so? Are we really too immature a people to see breasts in public and not freak out? 

The featured story of the podcast is another about my time in college. In episode one, I talked about Spider-Man and how men are pressured to always be the hero. In this story, I take that understanding and apply it to my own life as I try to rescue a girl who probably doesn't need my help at all. 

Do you think it is ever a problem that men are pressured to be the saviors all of the time? Let me know your opinions in the comment section below. 

Note that the next episode of the podcast will be the season one finale of Romeo And... and the podcast will be on break for the month of July. Be sure to check back and find it again in August when we return for season two!