Problematic Badass Female Tropes EP 7: I’m Only Here For My Vagina

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-pcnwa-af3461

A seven part series on the way a lot of seemingly badass women in our stories are undermined and not as badass as they seem. 

 

The Outrider podcast is hosted by me, Jason Quinn Malott. I have a BA in English and an MFA in Writing and Poetics. My first novel, The Evolution of Shadows, was published in 2009, and I began hosting the Outrider Podcast in 2013.

 

My co-host for this miniseries is Jenn Zuko. 

 

Jenn is adjunct faculty at DU, MSU Denver, and Regis University. She teaches courses in writing; literature; visual, performing, and martial arts; body language; and stage combat. She is the author of Stage Combat: Fisticuffs, Stunts, and Swordplay for Theatre and Film, and “I Do My Own Stunts.” She can be seen performing on stage and in classrooms in the Boulder/Denver area, and online at Daily Cross-Swords and Writers’ HQ.

 

The music in the intro and outro is from the songs Choose an Adventure, and Break and Mend by Wichita based band, Cartwheel, off their new EP Best Days, and are used by permission of the copyright holder, Kristyn Chapman. You can get Cartwheel’s EP on Apple Music and Spotify. Visit them at www.cartwheel.band 


Problematic Badass Female Tropes EP 6: One of The Guys

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-m3sjj-af345d

A seven part series on the way a lot of seemingly badass women in our stories are undermined and not as badass as they seem. 

 

The Outrider podcast is hosted by me, Jason Quinn Malott. I have a BA in English and an MFA in Writing and Poetics. My first novel, The Evolution of Shadows, was published in 2009, and I began hosting the Outrider Podcast in 2013.

 

My co-host for this miniseries is Jenn Zuko. 

 

Jenn is adjunct faculty at DU, MSU Denver, and Regis University. She teaches courses in writing; literature; visual, performing, and martial arts; body language; and stage combat. She is the author of Stage Combat: Fisticuffs, Stunts, and Swordplay for Theatre and Film, and “I Do My Own Stunts.” She can be seen performing on stage and in classrooms in the Boulder/Denver area, and online at Daily Cross-Swords and Writers’ HQ.

 

The music in the intro and outro is from the songs Choose an Adventure, and Break and Mend by Wichita based band, Cartwheel, off their new EP Best Days, and are used by permission of the copyright holder, Kristyn Chapman. You can get Cartwheel’s EP on Apple Music and Spotify. Visit them at www.cartwheel.band 


First Saturday Report: June

Writing & Submitting
The latest manuscript is moving along, coming to a head. I’m a little behind schedule, but not worried about it. There are some large moves coming up for the characters, and some uncertainty about whether I can pull off the ending.

An essay I wrote is going to be published soon in a new journal being published by my Bad Business mini-series cohost Todd Robins. The journal is called Vautrin, and you can order it from Watermark books.

Reading
While I was in Colorado at the beginning of May, I hit the indy bookstores (Tattered Cover, The Book Bar, and The Boulder Bookstore). At the Book Bar (a nifty bookstore/Wine bar) I stumbled across The Archive of Alternate Endings by Lindsey Drager. It’s astoundingly good novel that thematically and structurally captivated me. I love it when writers take risks with their work, attempt something daring, and Drager’s threading together of different stories, set in different times and places by connecting them through the 75 year orbit of Halley’s comet was enlivening. It’s rare these days that writers I either don’t know, or who aren’t named Ondaatje, grab me quite as strongly as Drager did with this celestially informed story about the unique relationships of siblings. There were even some echoes, faint and distant, with my current celestial themed project. I look forward to hunting up Drager’s other books and reading them.

After starting, putting it down for some unremembered reason, and forgetting about it for a time (hey, it happens sometimes), I’m finally about to finish The Multi Culti Boho Sideshow by Alexs D. Pate. Sadly, it’s out of print, but if you can get your hands on it, it’s worth it. Published about twenty years ago, it’s still sharply relevant today, especially in post-Ferguson, Black Lives Matter America. Pate’s books should be brought back into print, and we should be reading him.

Podcast
There are two more episodes of Problematic Badass Female Tropeson the way. So far, it’s been very well received. Jenn, my co-host, is working on a companion series of articles onToxic Masculinity and when she’s got those done, we’ll do a companion mini-series.

In a few weeks, we’ll have a special interview with Todd Robins, one of my cohosts from the Bad Business mini-series. He’s the publisher, editor-in-chief of the a new literary journal called Vautrin.

We’re in the planning stages of a new live show scheduled for July 13th with musicianRhea Sewell and poet Chandra EA Di Piazza (formerly Dickson). Look for the event details.

Listening
Spent some time last month listening to a lot of Ani DiFranco. I’ll see her in concert June 2nd.
I’ve actually been getting out some for live music lately.

There was benefit show for local musician Jenny Wood, called Jenny Woodstock that featured local bands After Judo, Old News, Milkwave, The Travel Guide, Cartwheel, and The Cavves performed donating all proceeds to help Jenny Wood and her family after Jenny was injured in a horrific car accident that killed her mother and young niece.

I also got out and finally, officially, saw the great Wichita band Carrie Nation & the Speakeasy. They’ll get to open for Gogol Bordello at the Wichita RiverFest next week, then they’re off for a European tour.

Watching
On the recommendation of my producer, Heather, I started watching The Orville. Brannon Braga, who was a producer for Star Trek TNG, is a producer on this. More comedic than Trek, it still manages to tackle important social issues, just like Trek. I’ll keep watching.

Also watched the new Hulu series Catch-22. A fan of the book and of the original movie, this series is a pretty good re-imagining and with the series format it’s able to flesh out some more of the book.

Random Thoughts
I’ve been thinking a lot about men, violence, the threat of violence, and how that all functions to keep women, especially, uncertain and permanently on guard. One thing men need to come to terms with, and quit fighting, is that it doesn’t matter how non-threatening they think they are, women can’t afford to take them at their word. Once men admit that truth they have to then start thinking about the ways they may indirectly terrorize women. When we raise our voices, throw things, break things, pound our fists on the table, we men tend to think we’re ONLY expressing anger and that we not being “violent” toward a woman, but that’s not a correct assumption. That anger is like a terrorist threat, it’s a warning that, if pushed too far, the man may become violent.

We need to fix that in ourselves, but there’s something else that needs to be addressed: the fact that men rarely seem to stand up to other men when it comes to the issue of violence. Our patriarchal definition of courage often means the willingness to enact violence in the face of violence. This, I think, makes those sensitive, aware, empathetic men who are uncomfortable with violence feel incapable of confronting the more violent men they know. Some men run the same kind of threat assessment on other men that women do, and we worry that we won’t have the courage to confront another man being violent and that fear come from this masculine mis-definition of courage as the ability to enact violence.

Women have learned a very different definition of courage, it’s one where, for them, courage is the ability to endure and survive violence. All men are potential threats until proven otherwise, right? So imagine the courage it takes to navigate a world like that, and then to react in ways to preserve themselves when violence inevitably happens to them at the hands of men. The United Nations estimates that 35% of all women experience intimate partner violence, and in some studies, the rate climbs as high as 70%.

We can’t “fight” violence with violence, which sometimes seems the route men think they have to take. All that does is escalate the violence around us, just like abuse creates abusers. As frightening as it is, non-violence is the only antidote to our plague of violence. Those men, like me, who are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the violent potential we represent need to discover within ourselves the courage to endure the potential violence of other men. I’m not saying we need to put ourselves in the paths of mass shooters, those monsters are already beyond salvation, no, what I’m saying is that we need to put ourselves in the path of those innocuous aggressions other men create—the shouting, the fist pounding, the minor scuffles—and absorb that nascent rage before it gets out of control, before it escalates. We have to learn de-escalation, and that starts by learning self-control, by learning better ways to channel and express our anger so that when it does bubble up, it’s not presented to those around us as a display of our capacity for violence.


Problematic Badass Female Tropes EP 5: Mother Knows Best

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-5mx3q-af3453

A seven part series on the way a lot of seemingly badass women in our stories are undermined and not as badass as they seem. 

 

The Outrider podcast is hosted by me, Jason Quinn Malott. I have a BA in English and an MFA in Writing and Poetics. My first novel, The Evolution of Shadows, was published in 2009, and I began hosting the Outrider Podcast in 2013.

 

My co-host for this miniseries is Jenn Zuko. 

 

Jenn is adjunct faculty at DU, MSU Denver, and Regis University. She teaches courses in writing; literature; visual, performing, and martial arts; body language; and stage combat. She is the author of Stage Combat: Fisticuffs, Stunts, and Swordplay for Theatre and Film, and “I Do My Own Stunts.” She can be seen performing on stage and in classrooms in the Boulder/Denver area, and online at Daily Cross-Swords and Writers’ HQ.

 

The music in the intro and outro is from the songs Choose an Adventure, and Break and Mend by Wichita based band, Cartwheel, off their new EP Best Days, and are used by permission of the copyright holder, Kristyn Chapman. You can get Cartwheel’s EP on Apple Music and Spotify. Visit them at www.cartwheel.band 


Problematic Badass Female Tropes EP 4: The Meaning of (His) Life

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-iv2fx-af344d

A seven part series on the way a lot of seemingly badass women in our stories are undermined and not as badass as they seem. 

 

The Outrider podcast is hosted by me, Jason Quinn Malott. I have a BA in English and an MFA in Writing and Poetics. My first novel, The Evolution of Shadows, was published in 2009, and I began hosting the Outrider Podcast in 2013.

 

My co-host for this miniseries is Jenn Zuko. 

 

Jenn is adjunct faculty at DU, MSU Denver, and Regis University. She teaches courses in writing; literature; visual, performing, and martial arts; body language; and stage combat. She is the author of Stage Combat: Fisticuffs, Stunts, and Swordplay for Theatre and Film, and “I Do My Own Stunts.” She can be seen performing on stage and in classrooms in the Boulder/Denver area, and online at Daily Cross-Swords and Writers’ HQ.

 

The music in the intro and outro is from the songs Choose an Adventure, and Break and Mend by Wichita based band, Cartwheel, off their new EP Best Days, and are used by permission of the copyright holder, Kristyn Chapman. You can get Cartwheel’s EP on Apple Music and Spotify. Visit them at www.cartwheel.band 


Problematic Badass Female Tropes EP 3: Down The Rabbit Hole

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-eiajb-af343f

A seven part series on the way a lot of seemingly badass women in our stories are undermined and not as badass as they seem. 

 

The Outrider podcast is hosted by me, Jason Quinn Malott. I have a BA in English and an MFA in Writing and Poetics. My first novel, The Evolution of Shadows, was published in 2009, and I began hosting the Outrider Podcast in 2013.

 

My co-host for this miniseries is Jenn Zuko. 

 

Jenn is adjunct faculty at DU, MSU Denver, and Regis University. She teaches courses in writing; literature; visual, performing, and martial arts; body language; and stage combat. She is the author of Stage Combat: Fisticuffs, Stunts, and Swordplay for Theatre and Film, and “I Do My Own Stunts.” She can be seen performing on stage and in classrooms in the Boulder/Denver area, and online at Daily Cross-Swords and Writers’ HQ.

 

The music in the intro and outro is from the songs Choose an Adventure, and Break and Mend by Wichita based band, Cartwheel, off their new EP Best Days, and are used by permission of the copyright holder, Kristyn Chapman. You can get Cartwheel’s EP on Apple Music and Spotify. Visit them at www.cartwheel.band 


Problematic Badass Female Tropes EP 2: The Wonder Woman

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-n7cqg-af3437

A seven part series on the way a lot of seemingly badass women in our stories are undermined and not as badass as they seem. 

 

The Outrider podcast is hosted by me, Jason Quinn Malott. I have a BA in English and an MFA in Writing and Poetics. My first novel, The Evolution of Shadows, was published in 2009, and I began hosting the Outrider Podcast in 2013.

 

My co-host for this miniseries is Jenn Zuko. 

 

Jenn is adjunct faculty at DU, MSU Denver, and Regis University. She teaches courses in writing; literature; visual, performing, and martial arts; body language; and stage combat. She is the author of Stage Combat: Fisticuffs, Stunts, and Swordplay for Theatre and Film, and “I Do My Own Stunts.” She can be seen performing on stage and in classrooms in the Boulder/Denver area, and online at Daily Cross-Swords and Writers’ HQ.

 

The music in the intro and outro is from the songs Choose an Adventure, and Break and Mend by Wichita based band, Cartwheel, off their new EP Best Days, and are used by permission of the copyright holder, Kristyn Chapman. You can get Cartwheel’s EP on Apple Music and Spotify. Visit them at www.cartwheel.band 


First Saturday Report: May

Writing and Submitting
Inching closer to finishing The Poisoned Moon. This project has come to me in pieces over the years, and I’ve certainly approached it much differently than I have any of the previous ones. Normally, I do a little bit of “pre-writing” to feel out the characters, the scenario, and so on. Usually, an opening scene comes to me during that practice, and then I’m off and running. The pre-writing for this one dragged on and on, and the only things I liked were these weird, tonal pieces that were part narrative and part musings on the rift between faith and science, the past and the future.

My plots are always simple; there’s no villain, no world threatening crisis that only the protagonist can solve. It’s usually only people dealing with those personal failures and heartbreaks that plague all of us, and that sometimes make us hard to live with, and destructive of ourselves and the things around us. In this story, it’s about a lonely, religiously devout widower who meets a stripper who resembles his late wife so completely that he upends his entire life, and the life of the man his wife loved before him, in a presumptive attempt to save the stripper from herself.

I’ve got 66,900 words so far. Most of it coming from the pre-writing that has found its way into the story. Mostly I seem to be stitching the novel together like a quilt—creating a story thread to connect these semi-poetic riffs on mythology, faith, anthropology, space exploration, art, gender, the evolution of science, the moon, and love.

Podcast
The first episode of the Problematic Badass Female Tropes series is up. Episodes will land every Monday in May and most of June. You can get it straight from the source (Podbean) or on iTunes or Stitcher.

My producer, Heather, and I are working on getting some live shows set up this summer and into the fall. So, stay tuned.

Reading
After months of carting it around, I’ve finally started reading Jeff Talarigo’s In the Cemetery of the Orange Trees. It’s set in a Palestinian camp under constant watch by Isreali guards, and is part history, part magic realism.

I’ve also started reading Douglas Rushkoff’s new book Team Human. This one is a manifesto calling us to resist the isolating power of technology, and the algorithmic classification of our lives and actions online and reengage with our messy, beautiful, humanity before it’s too late. There’s also a website, podcast, etc.

Watching
Not much remarkable has been watched, although I was moved by Brené Brown’s Netflix special The Call to Courage. Very worth a watch.

Listening
Basically, all I’ve been listening to is my playlist for The Poisoned Moon. Which goes like this:
Homesick – The Cure
Particles – (feat. Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdottir) Olafur Arnalds
Falling Slowly – Marketa Irglova & Glen Hansard
Skinny Love – Bon Iver
Elephant – Jason Isbell
Signs – Bloc Party
JC – Sonic Youth
Lovecrimes – The Afghan Whigs
Decatur St. – The Twilight Singers
Fast Blood – Frightened Rabbit
Sunday – Bloc Party
Paper Thin Hotel – Greg Dulli
For Emma – Bon Iver
Brothers On a Hotel Bed – Death Cab for Cutie
Stars – Hum
Williamine – Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar
Empire – Of Monsters and Men
Fair – Remy Zero
Suicide Machine – Hum
Hyperballad – The Twilight Singers
Why I Like The Robins – Hum
Keeping Warm – We Were Promised Jetpacks
Doldrums – Fear of Men
Say Something – A Great Big World
What Sarah Said – Death Cab for Cutie
I Hate It Too – Hum
Apollo – Hum

Random Thoughts
A lot of my time lately has been spent thinking about vulnerability, courage, the gap between wealth and empathy, the end of the world via climate suicide, middle age sexuality, the believability of a younger woman falling for an older man who doesn’t have money, why the most interesting women I’ve met lately have all been gay and if the reason so many straight women seem boring to me right now is because the ones I meet are all trying to be inoffensive to some perceived fragility in my masculinity. I’m also dwelling on toxic masculinity, art as a means of redemption, the appeal of celibacy, and what it means to be white in a society where that question is never actually addressed, but when it is, people think anyone pondering “whiteness” is a white supremacist and how that might be a barrier to a white person attempting to become “woke” to the very simple fact that it is white people’s ignorance of what it means to be white in a society where racism depends upon white people being blind to the structural, unspoken privilege of their own whiteness.

Sigh. there’s too much.


Problematic Badass Female Tropes EP 1: The Marion Effect

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-vw7fd-af342e

A seven part series on the way a lot of seemingly badass women in our stories are undermined and not as badass as they seem. 

 

The Outrider podcast is hosted by me, Jason Quinn Malott. I have a BA in English and an MFA in Writing and Poetics. My first novel, The Evolution of Shadows, was published in 2009, and I began hosting the Outrider Podcast in 2013.

 

My co-host for this miniseries is Jenn Zuko. 

 

Jenn is adjunct faculty at DU, MSU Denver, and Regis University. She teaches courses in writing; literature; visual, performing, and martial arts; body language; and stage combat. She is the author of Stage Combat: Fisticuffs, Stunts, and Swordplay for Theatre and Film, and “I Do My Own Stunts.” She can be seen performing on stage and in classrooms in the Boulder/Denver area, and online at Daily Cross-Swords and Writers’ HQ.

 

The music in the intro and outro is from the songs Choose an Adventure, and Break and Mend by Wichita based band, Cartwheel, off their new EP Best Days, and are used by permission of the copyright holder, Kristyn Chapman. You can get Cartwheel’s EP on Apple Music and Spotify. Visit them at www.cartwheel.band