Earlier this year, Teresa Delgado and Tricia Barr combined forces for short segments on topics emerging from Celebration Europe II, then joined several other podcasters on Star Wars Report to discuss the sexualization of female characters in Star Wars. Last month, when Jimmy Mac of RebelForce Radio asked if we would like to co-host a new podcast for and by fangirls, they jumped at the opportunity.
Fangirls Going Rogue is a segmented show where Tricia and Teresa discuss anything and everything that inspires their Star Wars fangirl hearts. The show’s goal is to highlight the many ways fangirls can participate in fandom, as well as talk to prominent female fans to find out what it takes to get where they are.
In the first episode, Teresa and Tricia introduce themselves (07:00) and their goals for the show. Then they turn to the segments. First up (33:00) is The Important Women of Star Wars. How could we not begin with Princess Leia? Tricia introduces a Tor.com article by Emily Asher-Perrin, which details how the character was received back in the 1980’s and how Carrie Fisher felt about the portrayal of the iconic character. Discussion ensues.
The second segment (43:30), Fandom in the Real World, was inspired by an article on the blog Eleven-ThirtyEight that weighed the positives and negatives of fan service and promoted a different way of serving fans: fan engagement. As the article points out, the Star Wars franchise has exhibited plenty of signs of fan engagement in the past couple of years. In our view, though, it has been narrowly aimed at male fans and their interests. Teresa and Tricia share their ideas for opportunities to broaden the engagement of female fans.
In the Real Women in Star Wars segment (55:00), Teresa and Tricia interview Star Wars voice actress Cat Taber. She talks about her project Games for Soldiers, which sends video games to troops overseas. You can reach Games for Soldiers through its website and follow Cat Taber on Twitter @cattaber.
Each episode, Teresa and Tricia will share highlights of what they are excited about in Star Wars (1:27:00). In this episode, Teresa provides some exclusive updates on game cards and poker dice and chip sets coming from Cartamundi. Jedi News has some details available, but Teresa had quite a bit more to reveal. Tricia is currently listening to William Shakespeare’s Star Wars from Random House Audio and loving it. Also out the day of the recording was the Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual by Ryder Windham, which she had a chance to preview at New York Comic Con.
Finally, the show closes with another regular segment (1:41:00): the character discussion. Boba Fett steps front and center for some fangirl opining – he might jump into the Sarlacc pit before the episode is through!
Below are the many ways to provide feedback. Teresa and Tricia want Fangirls Going Rogue to be a show where anyone feels welcome to participate. They will be reading emails and engaging fans via social media between episodes.
Where to find us:
Facebook: Fangirls Going Rogue
Please like Rebel Force Radio on iTunes and leave a positive review, and in your review mention how much you like Fangirls Going Rogue.
Until next month – Yub Yub!
Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.