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Catra, She-Ra, and the Ethics of Redemption

Jess Plummer and Becky Allen join us to discuss She-Ra! What makes Catra such a compelling character? How does this show blur the lines between hero and villain, friend and dating, and different shades of morality? What makes this show such a powerful example of representation, on so many levels? And just how hard do you have to work in this world to NOT get a redemption arc?

Jessica Plummer lives in New York and loves Superman very much. You can listen to just how much on her Superman podcast, Flights and Tights. She also writes about comics and books in general at Find her on Twitter @jess_plummer.

Becky Allen is the author of Bound by Blood and Sand and the sequel, Freed by Flame and Storm. She grew up outside Ithaca, New York, and graduated from Brandeis University with a major in American studies and a minor in journalism. She is the product manager for, an online HIV resource, and loves New York, brunch, and feminism. She is also the co-host of the Rachel & Becky Judge Things Podcast.

Here is the great article about Catra referenced during the episode: “Love Can’t Make You a Villain: How She-Ra’s Catra Helped Make Sense of My Heart” on Reactor.

Riki Hayashi and Matthew Fox explore the ethical questions from the stories geeks love—superheroes, sci-fi, anime, fantasy, video games, and so much more.