Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!
Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:
- This Week in Comics
Ant-Man #3, Spider-Gwen #2, Ms. Marvel #13, Captain Marvel #33, Thor #6, Thor Annual #1, Ladykiller #3, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 and Sheltered #15 | First up, an FYI: Marvel's got 33 titles "ending" in May, among them two books we talk about this week, Captain Marvel and Thor. This week, Becca questions her qualifications as a feminist comics fan and rages about the ending of Sheltered. Allison gets on board for Gwen Stacy's talking Spider-Pig hallucination and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's kickass, take-charge roommate.
- This Week in the Book Report
A piece from The New Yorker, "The History of Loving to Read" by Joshua Rothman, inspires us to talk about our own reading histories and what it means to us to identify as "a reader." It's also a good time to revisit this Anne Helen Petersen piece for BuzzFeed on what it means to read like a teenager.
- Privilege, Pressure, and Power: Princesses in Popular Culture
In a segment we can't believe it took us almost two years to record, we talk about princesses in popular culture. Why are they so popular? What do they have in common? Who would win a rap battle between Belle and Cinderella? "What is Cinderella, exactly?" (Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson have an answer to that last one.) We also rec several of our favorites, including Ella Enchanted and The Princess Diaries (the books, not the Anne Hathaway movies, though The Princess Diaries movie is actually pretty good).
- This Week in Ladies Recommends
A: In the Heights Original Broadway Cast Recording
B: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski