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27 July 2015

SRSLY #5: Our Mad Ant Diary

We talk Taylor vs Nicki, the therapeutic qualities of My Mad Fat Diary, the gender issues in Marvel's Ant-Man and applaud the way Obvious Child handles abortion.

By Caroline Crampton

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The Links

On Taylor vs Nicki

This is most of what happened.

We recommend Yomi Adegoke on the race dimension to this story.


On My Mad Fat Diary

Karen Onojaife on why the character of Rae meant so much to so many.

Rae Earl, who wrote the original diary on which the show is based, on why today’s teenagers still want to take a peek inside My Mad Fat Diary.

Libby Hill on how TV deals with the burden of being a fat girl.


On Ant-Man

Mark Kermode summarises the Edgar Wright element to this film.

Maria’s excellent tweet about the gender prejudice in the film.

Wordsworth’s bit about “thou monstrous ant-hill” is in book seven of The Prelude.

On Obvious Child

The trailer:

This is a good review.

For the next episode, Anna is taking a look at the comic series The Wicked and the Divine.


Your questions:

If you have thoughts you want to share on anything we’ve discussed, or questions you want to ask us, please email us on srslypod[at], or @ us on Twitter @srslypod, or get in touch via tumblr here.


Next episode:

We’re going on our summer holidays for a couple of weeks, so we’ll be back with a new episode on 17 August. In the meantime, follow us on Twitter @srslypod for a few specials and outtakes to tide you over.

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

See you next week!

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