Posts Tagged: outrage

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ergoknight:

[lengthy Bayonetta discussion truncated]

Im sorry anita has not been playing games since she was a child, she is using video games to further her agenda. because she knows that if it seems like she enjoys video games it would make her opinion worth something. but she doesn’t

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At this point I was going to walk away, but I’m not. Instead I’m reblogging this to show everyone what we’re up against: sexism among “gamers” is worse than sexism in the games themselves.

Here’s a guy (boy?) who’d rather believe that feminists are out to get video games to “further their agenda” rather than listen to anything they have to say. He’d sooner believe the harassment campaign against Anita Sarkeesian than believe her own words. Logic be damned: she hates video games so much that she’s spending years of her life playing them, researching them, and critiquing them on the internet.

This hits home for me because, as I’ve said before, the Internet ganged up on my friend Dina in a similar fashion: she got a job at a Japanese game company and the Internet decided, based on assumptions and misinformation, that she:

  • slept her way into the company
  • didn’t know enough about video games
  • hated Mega Man
  • was going to ruin games with her “feminist agenda”

…so dudes on the Internet, like they did when Anita launched her Tropes vs Women in Video Games Kickstarter, responded with harassment and threats of violence. When she defended herself by offering up examples of her favorite games, she was dismissed out of hand as a fake. But it had nothing to do with her gender, right fellas?

THIS KEEPS HAPPENING AND IT IS FUCKED UP BEYOND REASON. Women play video games. They’ve done so for decades. So why are women who play games always ridiculed as outsiders? Maybe it’ll take a “Gamers vs Women” video collecting all these examples before we do something about it, but I’m sick and tired of seeing women fall under fire like this.

I’m preaching to the choir at this point but I’ll say it anyway: if you’re rushing to defend video games from an “agenda,” you’re either being misled or you’re delusional. The people who are most concerned about objectionable content in video games are the people who play them (and make them). Headline-seeking opportunists exist but they come and go, and their arguments never amount to much beyond “ban games.” The rest of us, men and women, are trying to have a conversation about what games mean and where they can go.

If Anita Sarkeesian’s videos were nothing more than rants or suggested video games were inherently damaging to players, her kickstarter would have failed and no one would care about what she had to say. Instead, she’s making well-produced, well-researched, well-paced (if a bit long) videos outlining problematic content in games. You don’t have to agree with her but when you resort to this crap, it’s mean-spirited and, to paraphrase Lewis’ Law: complaints about video game feminism justify video game feminism.

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prokopetz:

prokopetz:

Rape is the only crime on the books for which arguing that the temptation to commit it was too clear and obvious to resist is treated as a defence. For every other crime, we call that a confession.

I’ve gotten more angry asks about this post than I have actual reblogs.

I was desperate your honor, so I stole that money.

"GUILTY"

I was horny your honor, so I fucked an unconscious woman

YOU SEEM LIKE A NICE GUY THOUGH

(via thebicker)

Source: prokopetz
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Full-page ads from 1981 paid for by “concerned” Star Trek fans. Proof that the arrival of the internet hasn’t changed much where fan entitlement is concerned.

I can just picture their sad alternate version of Star Trek II's denouement:

SPOCK: [grunting] The ship…out of danger?

KIRK: Yes

SPOCK: Do not grieve, Admiral…it is logical. The needs of the many outweigh…

KIRK:  …the needs of the few…

SPOCK: Or the one. [coughs] ANYway, Jim, I need a vacation. I’m getting too old for this shit.

KIRK: You should put in for a planetary assignment. I’m sure you’ll have many exciting adventures on that planet that we’ll read about in Pocket Books.

SPOCK: Live long and prosper, and never kill any characters in a popular series because it might upset the fans.

KIRK: As you always said, the needs of the many Star Trek fans in New Jersey outweigh the needs of a few Star Trek producers.

SPOCK: Or the one…Roddenberry.

[orchestra score, credits]

(Both pictures via @PeterAPeel, thanks to servobob for sharing)

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robdelaney:

thinksquad:

Today marks the anniversary of FDR signing executive order 9066, which authorized the “indefinite detention” of nearly 150,000 people on American soil.

The order authorized the Secretary of War and the U.S. Army to create military zones “from which any or all persons may be excluded.” The order left who might be excluded to the military’s discretion. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt inked his name to EO9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, it opened the door for the roundup of some 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese citizens living along the west coast of the U.S. and their imprisonment in concentration camps. In addition, between 1,200 and 1,800 people of Japanese descent watched the war from behind barbed wire fences in Hawaii. Of those interned, 62 percent were U.S. citizens. The U.S. government also caged around 11,000 Americans of German ancestry and some 3,000 Italian-Americans.

I only learned about this when I moved to LA when I was 24. That’s too old to learn that about your own country. I’m glad kids in Southern California are taught about it (since it’s an unavoidable fact that affected kids’ grandparents here) but Boston public schools, shall we say, “whitewashed” this fact from my own education. Maybe they teach it now. Anyway #teens, don’t let your school hinder your education; hit the books at home too. xo

I’m sure someone mentioned it in passing during high school but yeah, I was an adult when I found out what the United States did to its own citizens in the name of racism national security. What’s even more fucked up is it took the government four decades to officially apologize. Seriously. It was Ronald Reagan, in his final year in the White House, who signed it.

Source: thinksquad
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gingerhaze:

Oh, I know I have it better than a lot of would-be comics buyers, and that’s what worries me. I’ve had it with the self-appointed gatekeepers in comics. 

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Mighty No. 9 developer announces new hires; backers flip out

fucknovideogames:

Trigger warnings: sexism, harassment.

Earlier this week, Comcept posted an update about Mighty No. 9, spiritual successor to Keiji Inafune’s Mega Man series. They introduced their new community manager, two forum moderators (all three of whom are project backers), and a localization company,…

Dina is my friend, making this entire episode both absurd and infuriating. Absurd because I know how much she loves video games and to suggest otherwise is ludicrous. Infuriating because self-described gamers are rallying once again to attack another outspoken woman who just wants to make games better.

Source: fucknovideogames
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"The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by a group of South Koreans calling for the removal of names from the list of those enshrined at the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.
The plaintiffs are nine relatives of deceased servicemen and civilian employees who served Imperial Japanese forces during the colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula in 1910-1945, and a former civilian employee, 88, who is alive but enshrined at the Shinto shrine as a “spirit of war dead.”
Upholding a ruling by the Tokyo District Court in July 2011, the high court said the plaintiffs argue their feelings have been hurt by the enshrinement but they need to “show tolerance of the freedom of religion of others.”"

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Yes, read that again: these plaintiffs are upset that their relatives (and in one case, THEMSELF*) are enshrined in a place that stands as a monument to Japanese militarism, and the Tokyo High Court told them to go fuck themselves in the name of “tolerance.” Because Japan’s freedom of religion supersedes an individual’s right not to be listed as a casualty of war which he (possibly she?) didn’t want to fight.

*is this a word? English majors, feel free to rewrite that sentence for me.

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eschergirls:

amydentata:

paigeabendroth:

badtransjokes:

Before I even started playing the new GTA, I knew there would be trans women in it. I knew about where and when I could find them. I knew what their jobs would be. Because to the people this game is made by and targeted to, we can only be one of two things: secret ‘batin’ fantasies or sex workers moaning about hormones and their private parts. 

When I found and greeted a group of them, the main characters had the following things to say:

Michael: Hello, sir. I mean, madam. I mean, ~whatever~

Michael: Well, hello, Mid-op.

Franklin: Almost fooled me, (bro-she?). Almost.

Franklin: Hey, you need to keep taking your hormones!

And the trans women said the following as I creepily eavesdropped and took photos of them (remember, these quotes were intended to be funny.):

Trans woman: I don’t think the laser treatment is working!

Trans woman: They won’t let me on the ladies’ basketball league at the rec center. This is crazy! I think I’m going to sue or something.

Trans woman: (on the phone) I Just wish he’d let me untuck more… I dunno if I wanna lose it forever, and he needs to understand that!

I will never buy another Rockstar game ever again.  I’m fucking done.  Fucking shit.

I was already done with Rockstar. Now I’m beyond done.

The depiction of trans women in games is just as relevant to this blog as the depiction of cis women, and this is so utterly disgusting and awful. >:\  Haha let’s laugh at and stereotype trans women sex workers.  That’s so clever and original, and not at all totally hateful and dehumanizing to a group of people who already face both in society and are often targets of violence, abuse and murder.

I haven’t finished a GTA game since Vice City but I don’t remember the jokes being this pointed and gross at a minorities’ (sexual or otherwise) expense. Is Rockstar growing drunk with power or what? Why target transgender people in this way?

And I know I sound like a broken record (kids, ask your grandparents) but holy shit HOW COME Saints Row IV lets you do whatever you want while Grand Theft Auto has become so obnoxiously macho and spiteful? Saints Row lets you be a man in a dress or a woman with the exact voice of Nolan North, all because Volition made the conscious decision to value player freedom of expression.

Meanwhile, Rockstar has a game with three playable characters and they’re all dudes (and two of them are white dudes). Diversity? Never heard of it!

Source: badtransjokes
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"If stories about discrimination and sexism keep popping up, it might be related to how often people other than yourself are facing these actual issues. Or maybe everyone’s uptight, and you’re magically the only person who sees things the way they really are."

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blherrou:

princess-marutchi:

youarenotyou:

thisgingerisback:

One of two fake abortion clinics on the same street as the REAL center, the EMW’s Women Center here in downtown Louisville. This one is right next door to the actual clinic and this place is seriously a nightmarish hell-hole for any unsuspecting women tricked by the anti’s. They assure you this this the abortion clinic, they get you inside, and then offer you food and drink—which of course, means that once you realize your mistake, you can’t run next door and catch your actual appointment, since you need to fast.
Women have come out of this building crying, and on a few rare occasions, without their pants. They take you to a back room for an ultrasound, have you remove your pants, and then begin lecturing you on the sins of aborting. They do not give you back your pants until you have listened, and a few women tricked this far refused to listen and stormed out furious, ashamed, and in their underwear.
This is the anti-choice agenda—lying, tricking, shaming, and embarrassing women to the brink of hysterics in hopes that she carry the pregnancy to term. Forcing her, through lies and manipulation, to do with her body what THEY want, not what is best for her.
There is no “choice” at the Louisville “Women’s Choice” clinics. Just abuse, shame, and bigots who would rather undress a woman to make her feel vulnerable and then explain how awful of a person she is than let her make HER. CHOICE.

this is fucking disgusting

i hope everyone responsible for this dies a horrible death

I checked it out, and this is a real (and super skeezy) place.
Website: http://www.awomanschoice.org/
Street address: 140 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202
Page where you can leave a review: https://plus.google.com/105990983273629869613/about

holy shit at that website. think of all the hours it took to build that, how much money was spent. all to help convince a woman (or possibly A CHILD) that yes, you are safe to discuss your private health concerns with us here…SURPRISE! YOU SLUT! BABY KILLER!
I’m struggling to think of the reverse of this coin, does it exist? I know people make parody websites all the time, but does anyone, say, build a fake church next to a real church, hold weekly services, and then suddenly accuse the parishioners of being suckers?
short version: who the fuck hates women so much that they would go to these lengths to shame and humiliate them?

blherrou:

princess-marutchi:

youarenotyou:

thisgingerisback:

One of two fake abortion clinics on the same street as the REAL center, the EMW’s Women Center here in downtown Louisville. This one is right next door to the actual clinic and this place is seriously a nightmarish hell-hole for any unsuspecting women tricked by the anti’s. They assure you this this the abortion clinic, they get you inside, and then offer you food and drink—which of course, means that once you realize your mistake, you can’t run next door and catch your actual appointment, since you need to fast.

Women have come out of this building crying, and on a few rare occasions, without their pants. They take you to a back room for an ultrasound, have you remove your pants, and then begin lecturing you on the sins of aborting. They do not give you back your pants until you have listened, and a few women tricked this far refused to listen and stormed out furious, ashamed, and in their underwear.

This is the anti-choice agenda—lying, tricking, shaming, and embarrassing women to the brink of hysterics in hopes that she carry the pregnancy to term. Forcing her, through lies and manipulation, to do with her body what THEY want, not what is best for her.

There is no “choice” at the Louisville “Women’s Choice” clinics. Just abuse, shame, and bigots who would rather undress a woman to make her feel vulnerable and then explain how awful of a person she is than let her make HER. CHOICE.

this is fucking disgusting

i hope everyone responsible for this dies a horrible death

I checked it out, and this is a real (and super skeezy) place.

Website: http://www.awomanschoice.org/

Street address: 140 W Market St, Louisville, KY 40202

Page where you can leave a review: https://plus.google.com/105990983273629869613/about

holy shit at that website. think of all the hours it took to build that, how much money was spent. all to help convince a woman (or possibly A CHILD) that yes, you are safe to discuss your private health concerns with us here…SURPRISE! YOU SLUT! BABY KILLER!

I’m struggling to think of the reverse of this coin, does it exist? I know people make parody websites all the time, but does anyone, say, build a fake church next to a real church, hold weekly services, and then suddenly accuse the parishioners of being suckers?

short version: who the fuck hates women so much that they would go to these lengths to shame and humiliate them?