Summer is Coming (Episode 46)

Of Game of Thrones and Beltane

As much of the world is talking about the final season of Game of Thrones, The Leftscape joins the party! Wendy Sheridan, Mary McGinley, and Robin Renée talk about who’s watching and who isn’t, what is entertaining about the show and what is frustrating, fantasy vs. science fiction, and the misogyny in the fantasy genre that can put a damper on its appeal. Wendy offers up some ideas for fantasy works she particularly enjoys in which women live in their power. Later in the show, Robin, Mary and Wendy welcome the warm season with a discussion of Beltane and the various traditions of this prominent Pagan holiday.

After having a little time to get a sense for the impact of the Mueller report, the co-hosts share their thoughts and speculations in the News segment. Also in the news is the worrisome development that the Supreme Court will decide on a case on whether or not Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bans employment discrimination against people who are LGBTQ+. On a more hopeful note, an article in Medium praises the practice of cisgender people announcing their preferred pronouns to make it easier for transgender and gender-nonconforming people to do so.

There are some great reasons to celebrate during the month of May. It is both Meditation Month and National Masturbation Month! This week there is Beltane and May Day (May 1st), World Naked Gardening Day and Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You), and Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). Birthdays include Wes Anderson, The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), David Beckham, Adele, Meek Mill, George Clooney, Bob Seger, and let’s all wish Mary a very happy birthday on May 5th!

Note: The Leftscape is going on a bi-weekly summer schedule. The next show will drop on May 15th. In the meantime, be sure to keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and say hello anytime through the Leftscape website.

Game of Thrones - Photo @HBO
Photo @HBO

Things to do:

Read an opinion piece in the New York Times by Paul Krugman, “The Great Republican Abdication.”

Watch Game of Thrones.

Find out more about the Pern series by Anne McCaffrey.

Read about Beltane.

Celebrate the season! Listen to Robin Renée’s “Beltane Tunes” playlist.


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