Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!
Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:
- This Week in Comics
Jem #5, A-Babies vs. X-Babies #3, Giant Days Year One, We Stand on Guard #2, Infinity Gauntlet #3, Sex Criminals #11, Ms. Marvel #17 and DC Bombshells #1-3 | Sex Criminals is back with an amazing, Nintendo-themed, Bryan Lee O'Malley XXX variant cover; Ms. Marvel leaves us hanging; and DC Bombshells transports some of DC's greatest lady heroes back in time to the 1940s. The stories involving All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player Kate Kane (Batwoman) and Night Witch Kara Starikov (Supergirl) have been the best so far and we can't wait to see what they do with fellow librarian (though in this iteration, I believe she's a pilot) Barbara Gordon and Atlantean Mera.
- This Week in the Book Report
Book Deal-Breakers | Turn-offs include novels in verse, fourth-wall breaking, bad dialog, and men who know what's best for you.
- Real Ladies: Filmmakers
We address the state of women behind the camera in Hollywood. Spoiler alert: It's not looking good. While some of our favorite movies were directed by women (Clueless, Bend it Like Beckham, When Harry Met Sally, and A League of Their Own among them), the sad fact is that even among movies targeted specifically at women, including romantic comedies and dance movies, the overwhelming majority of directors are men (83 percent, to be exact). While women directors are working (and receiving critical acclaim) in independent and foreign film, the big-budget blockbuster is still a man's world. And, sure, recognition is great, and better late than never, but it isn't enough. We didn't get to this in the show, but Fortune and Geena Davis have some practical suggestions for improving the numbers.
- This Week in Ladies Recommends, with a cameo by Becca's cat Eliot
A: Leverage and This American Life episode 562, "The Problem We All Live With"
B: Pop Culture Happy Hour's recent episode on musicals
Thanks for listening!