Dissecting Dragons

Episode 275: Mean Girls and Internet Trolls -Positive Body Representation in Speculative Fiction Part 2

May 21, 2021

In the first part of this two-part episode, the dragons discussed how perceived norms, advertising and media affect our subconscious perceptions of ourselves. On the other hand, it's not all rainbows and kittens from the Body Positivity movement either - a movement which unfortunately attracts a lot of toxic individuals who seem to be more concerned with being heard than with what they are saying. There are definitely good, bad and indifferent aspects to both sides. This week, Jules and Madeleine delve deeper into perceived beauty 'norms' in speculative fiction. Where does positive body representation get it right? Where does the body positivity movement fall a little short? And what does it have to do with speculative fiction? Join the dragons to find out.

 

Part 2 of a 2-part episode.

CW: Jules and Madeleine briefly mention EDs. While the dragons don't go into detail, they realise that it's a subject that can be triggering for some people. Please approach the episode with care or check out their back catalogue instead, if the subject is likely to cause you distress. 

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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