Finally, the ACOMAF episode is here! J & K both adore ACOMAF, and in the spirit of that affection, we don’t shy away from dredging up the novel’s problematic aspects. Generous and loving critique is, after all, what our podcast is all about.

And now, copious show notes and links:

  • “O I forbid you, maidens a’,
    That wear gowd on your hair,
    To come or gae by Carterhaugh,
    For young Tam Lin is there.” –– “The Ballad of Tam Lin” is a faerie legend from Scottish lands and it tells the story of a mortal woman saving a faerie male from a Faerie Queen. Sound familiar? It should! That’s basically ACOTAR, although SJM makes a lot of changes. Shoutout to Taiko (K’s friend) for sharing her wisdom on this topic. Learn more about the ballad here.
  • The first print version of “La Belle e La Bête” [Beauty and the Beast] appeared in France in the 1740s, although stories of human women taking animal-esque partners is apparently a common trope from folktales worldwide. This article from the Smithsonian is a good read if you want to know more about different versions of the story in a variety of media (text, film, etc.) that have been created over the centuries. Also, K recommends the Beauty and the Beast episode of the podcast Myths & Legends.
  • Utilitarianism video from Crash Course
  • J mentions the “50 Shades of White: The Long Fight Against Racism in Romance Novels” article from the Guardian. It’s a long read, but well worth it.
  • Rhys and Tarquin might not explicitly discuss giving up power and privilege to make change happen, but adrienne maree brown does in this excellent post. Please read it and relinquish the patriarchy!!
  • We mention SJM’s privileging female sexual pleasure in our “Shipwrecked” segment. K has been reading Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown, and couldn’t recommend it more!
  • This Them article on queerbaiting gets into some specific pop culture examples (e.g., Ariana Grande, etc.). V helpful. Also related to our conversation about queerbaiting in ACOMAF, here is some useful info from GLAAD about dismantling stereotypes of bi folx.

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