EP10: Mother Earth and Mother Nature

In the final episode of the season, we’re focusing on Mother Earth. We talk to microbiologist Maya about researching the tiniest living parts of the natural world, accounting for bias, plant emotions, and the ecstatic delight of slime blobs.

Topics Touched:

plant diseases, creepy plant metaphors for human bodies, the handful of differences between humans and fruit, our tendency to frame natural non-human phenomena through a patriarchal lens, the powerhouse of the cell, endosymbiotic theory, Trofim Lysenko, the creepiness of constructing the Earth as a mother, questioning who gets to benefit from the idea of “Earth’s bounty,” blobs and all the blobbing to be had in microbiology, blobbing as motherhood, fucking shit up, the slime mold scholar-in-residence at Hampshire (not Hamilton) College, cyanobacteria and the Great Oxygenation Event, how microbes thanklessly run the world, Julian’s eternal question is “Is this a mom?”, every blob is a mom, slime as a fun and popular toy for children, swamps are a great jam, fens are a specific kind of marshland, traumatic acid, all of your feelings and biases are meat, humanity was the true slime all along

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EP09: Wild Critters

This week we welcome poet and shark-lover Wren to discuss critters, creatures, and creepy-crawly moms of all kinds. You can find Wren on Twitter @suitofscales and be sure to check out his work at wrenhanks.com. Sabrina also joins again to discuss the wonders and horrors of the natural world and its multitude of mothers.

Topics Touched:

sharks, the intensity of mantis shrimp mothers, the philandering of mantis shrimp fathers, New Orleans, the fact that baby sharks are adorably called pups, warm feelings for sharks, the heart-warming fact that baby lemon sharks form childhood friendships, the social mores of great white sharks and their love of big ladies, beautiful and mysterious goblin sharks, majestic emoji-faced whale sharks, alligator gar and their poisonous eggs, snails colonizing Wren’s toilet, living in trash swamps, wild hogs, mama gators, alligator sex and nest temperature, rats, hawk drama (the male hawk in question is not Pale Male), Pale Male, living side by side with critters

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EP08: Gigantic Mythic Spiders

Trans writer, gamer, and resident eldritch abomination Sabrina Boynton joins us this week to discuss a sensitive topic very near and dear to everyone’s heart: giant fucking spider moms.

Topics Touched:

abject horror, Sonic DreamsCharlotte’s Web, maternal industriousness, James and the Giant Peach, arachnophobia, The Red Spot, the devouring mother, the castrating mother, love bombing, J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, the void, Ungoliant, unlight, Shelob, deadlights, Dungeons and Dragons, Lolth, matriarchy, The Drow, racism, anti-blackness, the politics of genre fiction, C. S. Lewis, H. P. Lovecraft, The Black Goat of the Woods With A Thousand Young, post-coital cannibalism, sometimes a man is a snack, ovipositors, doubling and doubles, Ceto and Echidna, vore

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EP07: Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe

Cora is with us again to talk about black cultural studies, motherhood, and gender. You can check out Cora’s multi-media work at https://polychora.org/.

Topics Touched:

Hortense Spillers, foundational work in black studies, cultural archetypes of black womanhood, the Moynihan Report, gender and race in the American imagination, construction of black motherhood, erasure of black fatherhood, intersectionality and what happens when terms from cultural theory hit the discourse without context (it’s fine), Harold Bloom and the anxiety of influence (he is wack though), productive misreading (but performativity still doesn’t mean what you think it does)

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EP06: Mammies, Nannies, and Reproductive Labor

Cora joins us again to to discuss race, blackness, mothering and motherhood, and reproductive labor. You can explore Cora’s work at https://polychora.org/.

Topics Touched:

housewifery as administrative experience, the institution of “hired help,” the legacy of slavery, the archetype of the mammy, controlling images, Octavia Spencer, black female characters in film, the perverse psychodrama of US whiteness, the wild psychosexual landscape of global white imperialism, our own moms

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EP05: Motherlands and Colonialism

Cora–scholar, multi-media artist, ancient prophet, and very good friend–joins us to talk about the Motherland and the role of maternal figures in colonialism and post-colonialism. Check out Cora’s website to explore their work.

Topics Touched:

T.S. Eliot’s voice, wrinkled dugs, World War I propaganda, weaponized white motherhood, nationalism, South African colonial and post-colonial history, Section 377, conveniently short historical memory, historical fantasy, gender and motherhood in the post-colonial imagination, getting personal, feminist ethics of care v. reproductive labor, the possibility that maybe capitalism might be bad

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EP04: Asherah and The Jewish Divine Feminine

Seth joins us again to discuss his search for a Jewish divine femininity, female messiahs, and androgynous God.

Topics Touched:

two thousand years of shitposts, Hephzibah, Zerubbabel, Battle Mary, The Talmud, Asherah, Elohim, King Josiah, Elijah, Code of Hammurabi, Kabbalah, androgynous God and Adam, Chasidism

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