HITCH: Will Smith, Sexism, and the Normalization of Harmful Gender Roles

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HITCH was a smash-hit romantic comedy for Will Smith, Eva Mendes, and Kevin James back in 2005. But what if we told you that this seemingly inoffensive, charming movie about a “Date Doctor” finding love is actually super weird and harmful? Aside from having a main character who’s a proto-pick up artist, HITCH reads like a how-to guide on the basics of devaluing female personhood and agency.

So if you like it when Brian and Chris talk about media theory, hegemony, representation, and how frustrating it can be when pop culture reinforces a system of control, this is the episode for you! (We promise it’s not dry and joyless and angry.)

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That Thing You Like #25 – Orange is the New Black

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Netflix has found its first truly great show, and it’s ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. It’s progressive, funny, and poignant, and THAT THING YOU LIKE couldn’t resist chiming in with our own opinions! We spend the majority of the pod talking about the show’s truly amazing, diverse ensemble, which of course gives us a chance to bring back our beloved POWER RANKINGS. Don’t ‘edge’ – treat yourself to the full pleasures of this podcast experience!

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Okay, so, everyone loves Nicky. She’s the best. But the show really does have an amazing cast of people from all kinds of backgrounds. The show’s been getting a lot of deserved praise for its portrayal of well-rounded characters, addressing binary gender issues, and being pretty damn funny while doing it. It’s a hell of a watch, and we were only too happy to spend an hour talking about what stood out in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’s veritable ocean of awesome.

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