It’s a podcast, people!!!
As you know, among other things, every week here, I blog about at least one podcast. Usually it is about an episode of screenwriter John August’s Scriptnotes. But today, I want to tell you about a brand new podcast I discovered this month. (Thanks to the women of TeamRAD who put this on my radar.) In fact, it’s only been around for a month. New episodes air every Tuesday, so if you start right now, you can get caught up on the back episodes — and it is worth your time to do so. So, without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, direct your attention to:
Who are the hosts of HAGS? From their website: “HAGS co-hosts Riley Rose Critchlow and Nicole Wyland met on the set of a hit web show and have been creating feminist content together ever since. In 2016, they co-produced a gender-bending parody series called Get Bent, which highlights the way women are portrayed in Hollywood by putting women in the men’s roles and vice versa.” They have both worked in a variety of positions in the film industry. More on them at the bottom.
This week I want to talk about their second episode which centered on INTELLIGENCE. They discuss, among other things, how intelligence is monetized and commoditized so that a women’s cleverness can be devalued. The societal value applied to female intelligence is for the benefit of men. A woman’s intelligence, they argue, is yet just another element of the “full package” making her more attractive to a man. Rather than say, this education, or her inherent brightness, will serve her well in accomplishing her personal goal, or in serving our planet better, a woman’s intelligence is turned into a commodity for the benefit of the male gaze (well, the male gaze is done by the eyes, so whatever-a-male-brain-does-instead-of-gaze). And I agree with Riley and Nicole completely — not that their positions need male validation, because they do not.
Nicole Wyland (left) and Riley Rose Critchlow (right).
I promised more information about these hilarious and insightful feminists. Here it is, again from their website:
RILEY ROSE CRITCHLOW – HOST
Riley grew up on a small island in Maine, moving to Los Angeles to pursue a BFA in Acting from USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. After graduating, Riley founded sketch comedy troupe Bowling for Tiffany, whose content caught the eye of Funny or Die, Tosh.0 and Discovery. Out of BFT, Riley and fellow comedian, Daniel Montgomery, formed comedy duo Mary-Kate and Ashtray. MKA recently performed at SF Sketchfest and has a pilot slated for completion later this year. Riley has appeared mostly as criminals on such television shows as Southland, Rizzoli & Isles and Marcia Clark’s pilot, Guilt By Association. She is also the lead of Julia Max’s film, Distortion, which is currently touring college campuses as a cornerstone of the Obama/Biden “It’s On Us” campaign to end sexual assault.
NICOLE WYLAND – HOST
Nicole is an actress, writer, and vocalist. A native of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, Nicole received her degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. She is known for viral videos like freddiew’s “Flower Warfare” which has over 15,000,000 views online. In addition to playing Moriarty on the critically acclaimed webseries Video Game High School, Nicole writes and performs sketch comedy for her own YouTube channel. Her parody Lady Gaga music video has been viewed over 12,000 times. Nicole also owns her own production company, Verdant Pine Productions, and is looking forward to producing her first feature later this year.
Next week, I will revisit this same episode, because I want to dig deeper into their discussion of the Jane test for scripts. (Not the Bechdel test, the Jane test.) What is the Jane test, and what do I think about it? You’ll have to come back here next week!