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SRSLY #2: Rippling torsos and Rihanna

In this week’s episode, we discuss Rihanna’s new video, our love for Magic Mike XXL and why Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice totally works on YouTube.

This is SRSLY, the pop culture podcast from the New Statesman. Here, you can find links to all the things we talk about in the show as well as a bit more detail about who we are and where else you can find us online. Listen to our new episode now:

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Our guest this week was the marvellous June Eric-Udorie, who is on Twitter @juneericudorie. She also writes for the NS here.

If you’d like to talk to us about the podcast or make a suggestion for something we should read or cover, you can email srslypod[at] You can also find us on Twitter @srslypod, or send us your thoughts on tumblr here.


The Links

On Rihanna:

June’s piece is here.

(Helen Lewis and Margaret Corvid have also written excellent things on BBHMM that are worth checking out.)

Sunny Singh’s piece is here.

Doreen St Felix’s piece is here.


On Magic Mike:

Watch the trailer now, thank us later:

Anne Helen Petersen at Buzzfeed has explored the film’s expression of female desire here.

Alison Wilmore, Buzzfeed's film critic, has written about the film's fanservice and how smart it is.

And here are two pieces about the both films’ relationship with the female gaze.


On the Lizzie Bennet Diaries:

As a taster, here’s episode one:

The full web series is available in this playlist here. Or if you don’t have time for all of that, Caroline’s made a highlights version which you can see here.

For next week, Caroline is reading Rookie – and you can too, here.

Our theme music is “Guatemala - Panama March” (by Heftone Banjo Orchestra), licensed under Creative Commons.

See you next week!

PS If you missed episode one, check it out here.


Caroline Crampton is web editor of the New Statesman.

Anna Leszkiewicz is a pop culture writer at the New Statesman.