Fandom and Wellness

Fandom and Wellness

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A podcast about the complex relationship between fandom and mental health


#35: Self-Care Through Movement with Geek Girl Strong
May 16 • 58 min
Arkeida and Jenny are joined by Robyn Warren from Geek Girl Strong (GGS) to discuss the superhero origins of GGS, how to take care of your physical health while staying at home, and how mental health, fitness, and fandom intersect. Follow Robyn:…
#34: Schitt’s Creek, with Elena Squatrito and Betty Rhoades
May 3 • 58 min
Arkeida is joined by Elena Squatrito and Betty Rhoades to discuss LGBTQ representation, character development, and family dynamics in Schitt’s Creek. Follow Elena: Facebook, Twitter, and instagram: @thecolorfulgeek Website: www.thecolorfulgeek.com Follow…
#33: The Good Place, with Constance Gibbs
Apr 21 • 69 min
Danielle and Jenny are joined by writer Constance Gibbs to discuss the role of empathy in the Good Place, the complexity of morality, and anxiety as portrayed by Chidi. Follow Constance: Twitter & Instagram: @constar24 Website: constarwrites.com Follow…
#32: The Force Against Cyberbullying with Erin Lefler and Angélique Roché
Apr 6 • 71 min
Danielle, Erin Lefler, and Angélique Roché discuss the Force Against Cyberbullying campaign, personal stories of experiencing and rising up against bullying, and positive fandom encounters. NOTE: Due to some unavoidable background noise, we recommend…
#31: Geek Girl Brunch, with Jamila Rowser and Aylin Aquino
Mar 22 • 37 min
Arkeida discusses the unique and welcoming community of Geek Girl Brunch (GGB) with GGB co-founder Jamila Rowser and GGB NYC Officer Aylin Aquino, as well as favorite fictional female friendships and how to keep in touch with friends while practicing…
#30: Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
Mar 1 • 82 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny discuss Birds of Prey! They talk about the refreshing portrayal of female antiheroes and friendships, the interpretation of Harley Quinn as borderline, the impact of childhood traumatic grief on Huntress, and more! Trigger…
#29: Healthy Romantic Relationships
Feb 16 • 59 min
For Valentine’s Day, Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny discuss the importance of communications and boundaries in a healthy romantic relationship, couples therapy, and examples from Parks and Recreation, The Addams Family, Up, and Firefly. Facebook:…
#28: Romanticized Unhealthy Relationships
Feb 9 • 93 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny talk signs of an unhealthy relationship, the cycle of abuse, and examples from Disney, Twilight, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and DC comics. Trigger Warning: Mentions of abusive relationships and rape throughout the episode.…
#27: Star Wars Rise of Skywalker
Jan 19 • 90 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny discuss Rey’s resilience and lineage, Kylo’s emotional turmoil and journey toward redemption, and missed opportunities with Finn and Rose. Psychology of Rey and Kylo: www.fandom.com/u/Doctor_Drea Ahmed Best - That Moment I…
#26: One Year Anniversary Reflection
Jan 5 • 101 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny reveal their favorite episodes of Fandom and Wellness, reflect on their achievements in 2019, and discuss their goals for 2020. Answer the end-of-year review questions with us! 20 Enjoyable End-of-Year Review Questions:…
#25: Frozen
Dec 22, 2019 • 64 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny discuss Elsa and Anna’s character arcs, the powerful lyrics of “The Next Right Thing”, and the portrayal of the Northuldra in Frozen 2. Follow us on social media! Facebook: @fandomandwellness Instagram: @fandomandwellness…
#24: How to Make Friends and Write Books with Ashley Poston and C.B. Lee
Dec 8, 2019 • 73 min
Jenny talks to authors Ashley Poston & C.B. Lee about their journeys to becoming authors, how fanfiction & fandom saved their lives, and how bipolar disorder, anxiety and depression affect their writing processes. Ashley: ashposton.com Instagram:…
#23: Moana
Nov 24, 2019 • 48 min
Arkeida, Danielle & Jenny discuss the repercussions of Moana’s dad’s fear and overprotective nature, how Maui’s actions reveal a lack of education around consent, and how Te Fiti’s “monstrous” transformation into Te Ka parallels the experience of trauma…
#22: Good Omens
Nov 10, 2019 • 49 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny discuss Aziraphale and Crowley’s acts of love, how Aziraphale is coded as autistic, and the merits of saving humanity. Follow us on social media! Facebook: @fandomandwellness Instagram: @fandomandwellness Twitter:…
#21: The Nightmare Before Christmas
Oct 27, 2019 • 51 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny revisit the Halloween/Christmas classic, The Nightmare Before Christmas. They discuss Jack Skellington’s depression, Sally and Dr. Finklestein’s abusive relationship, and Oogie Boogie’s problematic characterization and motifs.…
#20: The Matrix is a Trans Allegory
Oct 13, 2019 • 72 min
Danielle & Jenny talk to Cael Keegan, author of Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensing Transgender, about how the trans experience resonates through the Matrix trilogy through its exploration of Neo’s rejection of reality, Morpheus’ therapist-like role, the…
#19: Healthy Escapism with Taylor Deatherage
Sep 29, 2019 • 63 min
Danielle and Jenny talk to Taylor Deatherage about how she uses her social work background as a geeky business owner and how they perform healthy escapism through media, fanfiction, and conventions. Trigger Warning: Discussion of suicidal ideation between…
#18: Getting Nostalgic with Powerpuff Girls, Hey Arnold, and Other Childhood Cartoons
Sep 9, 2019 • 103 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny discuss the positive and negative effects of cartoons on children’s mental and social development, reminisce about the childhood cartoons that shaped them, and celebrate the modern cartoons that teach empathy and…
#17: Self-Care for the Cosplayer Soul, with Geisha Vi and Rachel Parker
Aug 25, 2019 • 76 min
Arkeida talks to cosplayers Geisha Vi and Rachel Parker about performing self-care during cosplay builds, advice for new cosplayers, and dealing with non-consensual photography/touching and other stressful situations at conventions. Support us on social…
#16: PTSD in Stranger Things
Aug 11, 2019 • 74 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny discuss how Will, Joyce, and Eleven experience post-traumatic stress disorder in Stranger Things. They also talk about the evolution of Eleven and Max’s relationship, Hopper’s questionable parenting and policing skills, and…
#15: How to be a Geeky Cake Boss, with Ralph Attanasia
Jul 28, 2019 • 55 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny talk to head sculpter on Cake Boss, Ralph Attanasia, about the geeky cakes he’s created, what goes on behind the scenes of Cake Boss, and how he manages his mental health in the public eye. Also, he attempts to define the word…
#14: Spider-Man: Far From Home
Jul 14, 2019 • 44 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny explore Peter Parker’s grief and futile efforts to perform self-care following Tony Stark’s death, express outrage at Mysterio’s villainous actions, and speculate about the future of the MCU. Support us:…
#13: X-Men Dark Phoenix
Jun 30, 2019 • 60 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny discuss X-Men: Dark Phoenix’s portrayal of trauma, lament how the writing fails its titular character, and marvel at the nonsensical character development choices and half-baked ideas the film doles out. This is the way the…
#12: Celebrating Sobriety with Benita Botello
Jun 16, 2019 • 70 min
Arkeida, Danielle, Jenny & special guest, Benita Botella, celebrate Danielle’s 7 years of sobriety and Benita’s 6 years of sobriety. Danielle & Benita discuss getting sober, share how sobriety helped them start their companies & give advice on how to…
#11: Grief through the Lens of Pixar (Coco, Inside Out, Big Hero 6, and Up)
Jun 2, 2019 • 61 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny discuss grief and pull examples from Pixar movies Coco, Inside Out, Big Hero 6, and Up. They talk about the symptoms of grief after losing a family member, the importance of a strong support system, and how to (and not to)…
#10: Positive Family Dynamics in Bob’s Burgers, with Kosi Harris
May 20, 2019 • 74 min
Arkeida, Danielle, Jenny and special guest, Kosi Harris, share their favorite Bob’s Burgers characters and episodes, admire the refreshing portrayal of unabashed female sexuality in Tina, and explore Belcher family dynamics. Follow Kosi: Twitter: @kos27…
#9: Avengers: Endgame
May 6, 2019 • 73 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny talk Avengers: Endgame. Follow us on social media! Facebook: @fandomandwellness Instagram: @fandomandwellness Twitter: @fandomwellness Support Us on Patreon: https://patreon.com/fandomandwellness Intro & Outro Music: Crimson…
#8: Facing Fatphobia in Shrill, with Margot Kavendek
Apr 21, 2019 • 102 min
Arkeida, Danielle, Jenny, and special guest, Margot Kavendek, discuss microaggressions against Shrill protagonist Annie, fat shaming in the clothing industry, and cosplaying as a plus size woman. Follow us on social media! Facebook: @fandomandwellness…
#7: Captain Marvel
Apr 2, 2019 • 69 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny share their favorite Captain Marvel characters and scenes, discuss how Captain Marvel passes the Bechdel Test and various other tests, and dunk on Yon-Rogg. Follow us on social media! Facebook: @fandomandwellness Instagram:…
#6: Exploring Mental Health in Unbreakable, Split, and Glass, with Dr. Andrea Letamendi
Mar 17, 2019 • 108 min
Arkeida, Danielle, Jenny, and special guest and clinical psychologist, Dr. Andrea Letamendi, discuss the portrayal of people with psychological disorders and mental health professionals in Unbreakable, Split, and Glass. 00:00 Intro 07:10 Unbreakable 23:00…
Fandom and Wellness #5: Visiting the World of Harry Potter
Mar 4, 2019 • 102 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny experience house identity crises, reveal their favorite Harry Potter books/movies and characters, and discuss mental health in the Harry Potter series. Also, they geek out about the Frozen 2 trailer. Trigger Warning: Mentions…
Fandom and Wellness #4: The Art of Drag with Whitney Newman
Feb 17, 2019 • 114 min
We talk to costume designer & drag queen Whitney Newman about finding their community & identity in the drag scene, how Sasha Velour inspired them to stay weird, and dealing with the intense joy & stress of being a costume designer for NYC drag queens…
Fandom and Wellness #3: Into the Spider-Verse with Darais Prince
Feb 3, 2019 • 120 min
Arkeida, Danielle, Jenny, and special guest, Darais Prince, talk about the significance of Miles Morales’ story, the history of the Spider-Verse characters, and dealing with mental health, toxic masculinity and racism. Also, they geek out about the…
Fandom and Wellness #2: Handling Anxiety Like a Pro, with Rose Del Vecchio
Jan 20, 2019 • 81 min
Arkeida, Danielle, and Jenny talk to FanMail co-founder Rose Del Vecchio about incorporating fandom into her role as a health educator, surviving conventions, and training her dog, Lego, to be a therapy dog. Also, they geek out about Sorry to Bother You.…
Fandom and Wellness #1: There Was An Idea…
Jan 6, 2019 • 47 min
Fandom and Wellness is a podcast about the complex relationship between fandom and mental health. In this episode, Arkeida, Danielle and Jenny introduce themselves, discuss the characters they identify with, and cover some basic facts about anxiety and…