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The Problem of Lady Robots: Feminist Theory Part 1 | The Whole Plate: Episode 5

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That's right. It's happening. Let's examine our most muscle-bound Autobots through the lens of feminist critical theory.
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  • Reckless Ted

    Reckless Ted

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    It's 2020 and still no 12-part "Directly Beneath The Enemy's Scrotum" series.

  • mady


    5 दिन पहले

    Still waiting for directly beneath the enemy’s scrotum

  • Linuxgeek3124


    5 दिन पहले

    It's January 2020. Where is, "Directly beneath the enemy scrotum?"

  • Magic Medic

    Magic Medic

    6 दिन पहले

    So, christmas 2019 passed...

  • Taylor Hren

    Taylor Hren

    11 दिन पहले

    Lindsay, you promised me a 12 part series titled, "directly beneath the enemy's scrotum."
    Well where is it? WHERE THE HELL IS IT LINDSAY!!?????

  • Fred Versteeg

    Fred Versteeg

    11 दिन पहले

    Being a skinny boy from a simple family I allways thought that trying to explain the world from a 'bigger' point of view ain't gonna help me. I'm 59 now, not rich, but I thought I have to slalom me through life. Still doing it. Better chance of some happiness than trying to change the world! Nothing to do with gender. My lovely sister thinks the same.

  • Daniel Martini

    Daniel Martini

    12 दिन पहले

    christmas 2019 has come and gone and no "under the scrotum"

  • Jesse Golo

    Jesse Golo

    13 दिन पहले

    Where is directly beneath the enemy scrotum?

  • Jesse Golo

    Jesse Golo

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    I think it comes down to a mix of using gender to humaize them, it being a series for guys and the presence of a female making people question whether or not the robots have sex. It's lazy but... I'll direct your attention to Bumblebee peeing on some guy.

  • Daniel kanevsky

    Daniel kanevsky

    14 दिन पहले

    still waiting for the underneath the enemy scrotum video... 😂

  • Maria Viana

    Maria Viana

    14 दिन पहले

    "coming christmas 2019" LIAR



    16 दिन पहले

    What happened to directly beneath the enemies scrotum?

  • grimwolf100


    17 दिन पहले

    came for cringe but it was a decent video

  • Naum Rusomarov

    Naum Rusomarov

    21 दिन पहले

    Still waiting for "Directly Beneath the Enemy's Scrotum" vids. Tomorrow is 2020, Lindsay!

  • Mica


    21 दिन पहले

    I, for one, was looking forward with joy for "Directly Beneath The Enemy Scrotum: An Examination of Transformers and Postmodernism" this holiday season.

  • Crimson Blush

    Crimson Blush

    22 दिन पहले

    *cue lowbrow 'still waiting for "Directly Beneath the Enemy's Scrotum" ' comment*

  • Chris Allen

    Chris Allen

    23 दिन पहले

    Christmas 2019 has now came and went, and no "Directly Beneath the Enemy Scrotum." I'm disappointed in you Lindsey.

  • opsimathics


    24 दिन पहले

    transformers comics have been about gay robots for quite a while now

  • vidal moscoso

    vidal moscoso

    26 दिन पहले

    Well....where is it Lindsay?

  • Lincoln Keane

    Lincoln Keane

    27 दिन पहले

    Its christmas 2019, where is beneath the enemies scrotum!

  • Calla Bassett Bigg

    Calla Bassett Bigg

    27 दिन पहले

    Eyy it's christmas 2019 where's that directly beneath the enemy's scrotum series?

  • Jess Simpson

    Jess Simpson

    27 दिन पहले

    So it's Christmas 2019, where is this "Directly under the enemy scrotum" video essay?

  • Alex Tsats

    Alex Tsats

    27 दिन पहले

    I happened to be watching this on Christmas 2019 and I'm really disappointed that "Directly Below the Enemy's Scrotum" hasn't come out

  • Keegan R.

    Keegan R.

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    Well, it's Christmas 2019. Looking forward to your postmodernist deconstruction, "Directly Beneath the Enemy's Scrotum".

  • Nick C

    Nick C

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    Looking forward to when I can turn my male gaze to watch 'directly beneath the enemy's scrotum' :)))

  • Maria M

    Maria M

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    IT'S COMING GUYS "DIRECTLY BENEATH THE ENEMY'S SCROTUM" IS NEXT WEEK Oh boy I can't believe we had to wait only 2 years!

  • quentin hampton

    quentin hampton

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    I’m not saying there doesn’t need to be a female autobot but when have bumblebee an. Prime who cares

  • Mirko Steudtel

    Mirko Steudtel

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    Hey it is almost Christmas 2019!

  • Gurianthe


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    still waiting on that

  • fionatastic0.0


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    It’s currently December 2019. I completely understand you’re a busy woman Lindsay, but “directly beneath the enemy scrotum” would be the best Christmas present ever!

  • Slevin Kelevra

    Slevin Kelevra

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    I'm so excited for Directly Beneath the Enemy Scrotum!!!! Just a couple weeks!

  • Jessica Onymous

    Jessica Onymous

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    I'm ready to get a peep directly beneath the enemy's scrotum

  • ofsinope


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    Dec 2019 and I'm stoked for "Directly Beneath the Enemy's Scrotum"!!

  • pearl m

    pearl m

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    Really looking forward to Directly Beneath the Enemy Scrotum in 2 weeks.

  • Ghosty0100


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    So looking forward to "Directly beneath the enemy scrotum". We're so close to the promised day!

  • Eugenia Bukhman

    Eugenia Bukhman

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    Hey Lindsay, no pressure or anything, but I hope you're going to make good on that promise to release "Directly Beneath the Enemy's Scrotum" this Christmas

  • Apple Draws Stuff

    Apple Draws Stuff

    महीने पहले

    It’s nearly Christmas 2019... You know what that means...

    I know it’s been two years, but I want that series, Lindsay

  • Stephen K

    Stephen K

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    Christmas 2019 is a month away. The twelve-part series "Directly Beneath the Enemy's Scrotrum" is almost here!!! Boy Oh Boy!!!!!!!

  • Jonathan Seamon

    Jonathan Seamon

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    Here from the future... How's "beneath the enemy's scrotum" coming along?...

  • JenSmells ReallyNice

    JenSmells ReallyNice

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    yo it's almost Christmas 2019 hmmmmm ?

  • the Dig DOWn

    the Dig DOWn

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    Ummmm postmodernism does not deny capital U Universal truths, the only proper kind of universal truth. That's nominalism, there can be and are postmodern realists. Postmodernism denies universal narratives.
    Edit: sorry for mansplaining

  • One Two

    One Two

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    Who else is here just patiently waiting for the "Directly Beneath the Enemy's Scrotum" series?

  • Tomas Senn

    Tomas Senn

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    Good thing I'm watching this a month before christmas 2019. I don't have to wait long.

  • michael gorz

    michael gorz

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    why you not on joe rogan, i am beches. #postmodernism.

  • Michael Rigg

    Michael Rigg

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    Christmas 2019 is coming soon!

  • Celestian Brightmoon

    Celestian Brightmoon

    2 महीने पहले

    So how's that 12-part series coming? Christmas is almost here. Or are you putting that on hold for the book?

  • A.X. Unknown

    A.X. Unknown

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    2:33 ASPLOSIONS aside,,, I understood that I literally wanna laugh and scream-joke to a biological parents that I didn't fail out of a class at a Torontonian art and design college for nothing! adsmasdsadj

  • TheGooseGirl


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    It's almost time for the promised sequel, "directly under the enemy's scrotum"!

  • Dalibor Jovanovic

    Dalibor Jovanovic

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    Not gonna lie, I find it quite hilarious how people who want to question the concept of female Transformers even exist. I mean, if they’re going to question and demand an explanation for why Cybertronians have gender like humans, then why don’t they also question why Cybertronians have suspiciously human-like body plans, or why they speak English, or why so many aspects of their society (including their government and military) so closely mirror human society, or why they are Cybertronian animals like panthers, vultures, dragons and so on, or why these robots have other human-like attributes like giving each other personal names or having feelings and a sense of humor? The simple answer is that this was conceived as a children cartoon made by humans, so of course this alien race of giant mechs is going to mirror humanity in almost every aspect short of not being organic beings, in order to “humanize” them as much as possible, down to giving us male and female robots.
    Ignoring all those other things but making a big fuss about gender is a classic example of hyperbolic individuals on the internet somehow over-thinking and under-thinking a simple and straightforward concept like this, and those individuals are probably unintentionally revealing something about themselves.

  • James Stark: Ben Edition

    James Stark: Ben Edition

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    We're still waiting for "directly below the enemy scrotum", Lindsay. Don't think we've forgotten. Time's ticking.

  • Baum Mann

    Baum Mann

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    some one explain to this dude that including a pink female bot is more sexist than not having any, cause its pink^^

  • Megan Robinson

    Megan Robinson

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    "Coming Christmas 2019" I look forward to it

  • Eoin


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    3:20 It's Po Mo! Post Modern! Yeah alright weird for the sake of weird.

  • Isaiah Wilson

    Isaiah Wilson

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    next Month: Directly beneath the enemy scrotum!

  • TheGoatRide


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    So looking forward to Xmas so I can finally watch 'Directly beneath the enemy's scrotum'!

  • Roman Metelli

    Roman Metelli

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    Not a native speaker. Struggled a lot to put male gays into context.

  • Dank Blitzwing

    Dank Blitzwing

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    Arcee, Chromia and Elita-One were already introduced in 1985-1986. Female Transformers were always around. Sadly, Michael Bay is a sexist, who can't get Transformers right. Hope we see more of the three in future installments after "Bumblebee".

  • Trevor Prendergast

    Trevor Prendergast

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    Am I the only one that always thought it was strange that women are always seen as an aberration when in actuality women are the default biologically. i.e. at a certain point in early development male and female fetuses have the same genitalia which is phenotypically female.

  • Jonathon Cameron

    Jonathon Cameron

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    And she didn't even need to disable the comments!

  • cool beans

    cool beans

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    "Directly Beneath the Enemy's Scrotum"
    it's October 2019 now, Lindsay. You have 2 months left

  • Ysera Reborn

    Ysera Reborn

    3 महीने पहले

    Looking forward to “Beneath the Enemy Scrotum” this holiday season!!!!

  • Devin Cruz

    Devin Cruz

    3 महीने पहले

    Give us robo-tiddies!

  • Get it together now

    Get it together now

    3 महीने पहले

    Lindsay - what was MARIA robot in Fritz Lang's Metropolis? Your Pal.

  • Alien Star

    Alien Star

    3 महीने पहले

    Statistically speaking, males of the human race, which the transformers have many similarities with, are stronger than females. You must keep in mind that all the transformers were MADE not born and that most of the transformers in media we see were build during the war on Cybertron. Female transformers are small, slim and swift meaning they would be used as spies however, some transformers have superior spy abilities such as turning into another transformer to a T. So unless you wanted an army of spies, male transformers were necessary as soldiers because they, like humans, were statistically stronger than their female counter parts.

    Also may I add that there are several big name figures in media that do not have a gender but do contain male traits. Again this is because statistically speaking the male body is stronger than the female body. Female bodies are the way they are because they need to care for their children, in an asexual species like the transformers, none of that is needed. Take Freeza for example, his species reproduces asexually so all of the characters of his race have male characteristics. Not to say that females can't also be physically strong, there is plenty of that in media as well, Android 18, Sakura, Caulifla, only to name a few.

    My point is that in media like DBZ, Transformers, Naruto and anime/cartoons in general aren't out to get women.

  • pietremi


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    waiting anxiously for "directly beneath the enemys scrotum" : )

  • Avelier Plays

    Avelier Plays

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    Female transformers were always the coolest to me, Arcee being one of my favorite ones and I never understood why there was such an issue with the idea of female robots.
    In recent years, Ive seen Hasbro kind of embrace the idea of female transformers a bit more, but its still something niche within the brand.

    • Velvet Darksoul

      Velvet Darksoul

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      Yeah, Blackarachnia in animated wish she had been used more than just a oh im gonna get revenge cause my friends made a fream even though it was my own fault for going to the abadoned con ship in the first place plotline Honestly it was so stupid

  • Darren Skjoelsvold

    Darren Skjoelsvold

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    I would argue that Eve in the parable of the garden is actually the first attempt towards women being taken as equals and ending the attitude of them being seen as mere property. But to do so gets into cultural context and that the Hebrew people were not a separate group of aliens in the region but part of the region and came out of it.
    In other words they were humans and totally related to the other humans coming out of the middle east and the fertile crescent. So Eve was taken from Adam and thus made of the same thing as Adam and from his rib so equal to Adam.
    Plus there are a lot of badass females in the old and new testaments but thanks to the Roman culture that the church grew in women are portrayed by sexist men. So the focus is on the men and even though women were the leaders in the earliest church suddenly women couldn't be priests. But whatever...
    Eve gets lots right and lots wrong just like Adam. However Eve is not a corruption of Adam but an equal but different creation. But it's also a parable and Adam and Eve were likely not literal people. Especially when you consider that God actually created people already in the creation story by this point and 2 people who are the source of all people would inject so many genetic flaws their descendants would not be viable.
    However I do think that you are right concerning your conclusions about other cultures. Many cultures in the ancient world treated women like crap. Oddly enough though not Nordic culture.
    The Vikings treated women better than most other cultures in antiquity. I think that is interesting. But anyway, sorry to argue with you about that but it's a sticking point for me. I often feel like the Bible is misinterpreted and used to push an agenda. However that's not what you are doing just you are reacting to the misinterpretation and agenda by the people who pushed an agenda. I feel like the best reaction is to correct the interpretation and not argue with the incorrect interpretation on its own level.
    Basically yank the rug out from under the "women are lesser" narrative that gets superimposed on to the Bible because it doesn't belong in the Bible because a more accurate interpretation doesn't say that anyway. Hermeneutics is one of my favorite fields of study. It is really interesting to study the Bible as an artifact instead of treating it like a history book.

  • KK B

    KK B

    3 महीने पहले

    Is it plausible that no automaker was ready to market their automobile as a female transformer? No sponsor no female transformer?
    I may be wrong but just a thought.

  • Schadowization Productions

    Schadowization Productions

    3 महीने पहले

    Arwen is real. Convince me otherwise.

  • Cook Oo

    Cook Oo

    3 महीने पहले

    I am not a fan of what feminism has become but this essay was well put together and I enjoyed it sub