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This is an amazing artifact: an early Siskel & Ebert episode from 1980 dedicated entirely to violence against women in films. The two critics felt they saw a disturbing trend in slasher movies in the theaters and so they spent one whole show talking about it. And they are MAD.

Part one, Part two

Why does this amaze me? Because Anita Sarkeesian has been dragged to hell and back by angry Internet men for calmly pointing out similar issues in modern video games. She doesn’t get mad, she never once suggests that people who enjoy these games are “vicarious sex criminals,” she just holds up examples of sexist tropes and says “let’s talk about what this represents.”

Meanwhile these two men take one week out of their lives to lambaste an entire genre of film, saying in no uncertain terms that these movies hate women while also implying that there is something wrong with moviegoers who enjoy them.

I’m not saying you have to agree with them. I’m not saying every argument they make is sound (Siskel sounds ready to call for a ban on slasher films, Ebert makes it clear that “nothing should be off-limits”). But goddamn it, these two film critics delivered a rage-filled condemnation of a very popular type of film (at the time) using their own personal politics.

Are you listening, GamerGate fans? Critics calling out art as sexist or even misogynist is nothing new. The fact that Siskel and Ebert hated slasher movies did nothing to curtail the success of slasher movies. Notice they’re talking about the original Halloween and Friday the 13th movies here, two series that would stretch on for decades (to say nothing of their imitators).

it’s not “censorship” to say a piece of art is disturbing.
Critics who reference their personal politics in reviews are not “biased”



Stand By Me (Rob Reiner, 1986)

Hey wilwheaton, did you get to see any parts of this scene being filmed before you gave your speech in the movie?

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Marlon Brando before and after makeup on the set of The Godfather (1972)

Wow, I actually never realized he was in make-up, I thought he was just well…just old by then.

He was only in his forties and worked for another thirty years.

Watch “The Freshman” and you can see an actual old Brando spoofing his own performance as Vito Corleone.

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penig replied to your post: “Hi, I am very impressed with your blog, and would like your input on something. I am running a Vampire game set in Hungary 1 year before the Mongolian invasion. I was wondering what other ethnicities would be present in the area?”:
To be fair here, part of the fun of historical RPGs and fantasy is to change as little as possible and watch the effect of the fantastic premise on the setting.

blackghostwaltz replied to your post: justcuriousabout said:Hi, I am v…

I honestly think they’re asking a question relating to what PoC groups were living in the area at the time. Just because it has a supernatural element doesn’t mean it can’t have accuracy. As a writer, that’s one thing I strive for personally.

myirrelephantlife replied to your post: justcuriousabout said:Hi, I am v…

I think they’re asking what sort of ethnicities were present in Hungary at that time. Not to be rude, but it’s a reasonable question and I’m not sure why you brushed it off. Vampires are fantasy, but the setting could still be historically accurate.

tranettew reblogged your post justcuriousabout said:Hi, I am v… and added:

That’s unnecessary shade. The whole blog is about historically accurate representation of PoC in history and, ergo, it is not an excuse to be non-inclusive in media as there were PoC in Europe at different points in history. This ask is essentially what you’re trying to promote, I thought.











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While discussing movies…

…conversely, it wasn’t until years later that I realized Superman was a huge dick for going back to the diner to “get even”

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My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.



Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

whoo boy am I sick of this, yuuuup

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"This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds, even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science fiction. It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game worlds would feel too “unrealistic” or “not historically accurate”. What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye? When dragons, ogres and magic are inserted into historically influenced settings without objection. We are perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration and the ability to carry dozens of weapons and items in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable."


Tropes vs Women in Video Games, Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 (via femfreq)

And even more telling.  When people (guys) complain about ‘realism’ in games or movies, they are not really talking about literal realism.  That’s not what they mean.  The word they are reaching for is verisimilitude - in other words: that which breaks the illusion.

When we say of a piece of fiction that contains dragons, flying suits of armor, or aliens that it is ‘realistic’, what we really mean is that it feels real - that the characters reactions, the world built around the fantastical elements and how the non-fantastical elements interact with them seems “true” to us.  We look at it and nod and say to ourselves inside “Yes, that is how someone would react to seeing a giant monster” or “Yes, that seems like how society would react to an alien invasion” - the world around the made-up stuff is carefully designed and seems thought-out enough that we buy it emotionally, even if we know that logically it is nonsense.

So when someone complains that a medieval fantasy world does not feel “realistic” without the ugly oppression, dehumanization, and violation of women as a standard background element, what they are saying is that those details feel right to them.  That the world, without that misogyny, is not emotionally satisfying.  They are saying they need that there for the world to make sense.

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THIS. This so hard.

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"the world, without that misogyny, is not emotionally satisfying."

millions, nay, billions of dollars are spent reinforcing this worldview

who is going to rip the band-aid off this wound and drag audiences into the light? Because that’s what it’s going to take.

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apparently the movie is Seven Psychopaths, which I am now curious to see

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I forgot what this was from for a moment and thought it was a gif set of Jonathan Crane weeping while he tried to microwave a pinwheel.


i’m still thinking about it that’s too long jonathan that’s too long to microwave a pinwheel 


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