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Jeanne’s Podcast Pick of the Week

Jeanne’s Podcast Pick is a weekly First Person Arts blog post that lets Jeanne, the Marketing Intern, share with you a recent story that has sparked her interest from the World Wide Interwebs. Please feel free to comment if you are moved to do so!

I began watching the animated television version of the X-Men when I was kid to try to bond with my big brother and his cool friends. I was the little sister who wanted to play basketball as hard as the boys, to be entertained for hours by Golden Eye 007 (a James Bond themed video game) and to play fight with GI-Joe action figures on hands and knees in the dirt.
For the most part I endured these activities simply out of a desire to spend time with my big bro. However, the X-Men truly captured my interest and attention. I have been a fan ever since!

The story of the Mutants in the Marvel Comics X-Men series is an allegory representing the experience of various social and racial minorities in our own society. It is about characters (with rad mutations and special powers!) who are attempting to live in a world in which they do not quite fit and become marginalized.

In this Radio Lab Podcast the X-Men allegory is reflected in real life when the question of categorizing the Marvel Comic toys as Dolls with human features or Action Figures with non-human features is confronted by the court of law.

My Pick of the Week: Mutant Rights on Radio Lab can be listened to and downloaded HERE

Jeanne Lyons

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