A Voice for Me – AVfM’s Communication’s Officer Allows Racism and Homophobia

Let’s face it. Men have issues. The world is changing and while Feminism has been great at fighting for the rights of women, men have generally seen their rights eroded. Mostly this is to stop the unfair advantages men have and the erosion has generally been a loss of special privileges or women gaining the same. In effect our status on pedestals has been eroded.

But there are issues with being on the pedestal that we still have. A ripe place for men to campaign for issues that affect them such as mental health. There are men who are discriminated against heavily such as Black and Gay men. There is a role for a “Men’s Rights” movement.

But not The Men’s Rights Movement. That’s just a hate group that worries about men’s rights in the same way that modern racists hide their racism by worrying about “white rights”.

These are the uncensored tweets. If they no longer link, that is because they have been taken down by the man who said them. The following MAY contain images that are NSFW and catalogue the barrage of hate I have received this morning. I am sure they are trolls and I am told the best thing to do is to ignore them, but here is the thing? The reason they get away with this is the high level MRA being complicit in this. Janet may have fled the conversation when she realised her ally is “fucked up” but at no point did she do what I would do. At no point did she correct her ally’s bad behaviour and speak out for the men. Instead what occurs is the MRA attempt to defend the words used. So here’s the warning? NSFW – Racism/Horrible Pictures if you follow the instructions. I am putting this up here after 12 hours. Janet Bloomfield has had time to respond to the usage of slurs and harassment. She has refused to do so.  [Read more...]

Priorities Among Pro-Life

This is the rather charming press release from Children of God for Life.

A little back story, a short distance from my quiet little hospital lies an institution run by a charity I don’t quite like. Sure they do good work, but often they deny women the chance to decide what they should do with their own bodies. World Vision International lurk around my way. I see the t-shirts given out by them. And I am aware that the good they do comes with the ulterior motive of spreading Christian belief and while they explicitly do not flog Bible before Bread, they still have that undertone.

But contact with them puts me in touch with other pro-life organisations. Including Children of God for Life who today released a press statement.  [Read more...]

Minority

SO will these people be receiving a tonne of hate mail and death threats for pointing out how to do race in games?

This is a serious look among games developers into reaching new standards of quality about race. Oh and in response to Thunderfoot trying to distance games from being much more?

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

That’s like suggesting that Doctor Who should just be a kids show and keep away from poetry… When the Doctor convinces a little girl to not sacrifice herself to an awakening god, he quotes Lewis Carrol by listing the things that come from a unique explosion in a star (“shoes and ships and sealing wax, and cabbages and kings,”). There are little references to poems and little rhymes used to enhance the creepy factor and drama.

To say these things and this depth detracts from games means that we would ignore great games that have these things in exchange for Tetris and Asteroids.

Thunderf00t – Looks like a Duck, Quacks Like a Duck

You know? A lot of us used to be Thunderfoot fans. And I have come a fair way since then.

Now  here is the thing? Youtube is simply an easier medium to view than a blog. It’s hard to make rebuttals, it’s good for a dialogue but not for a good fisking. In effect it is a monologue. You guys can comment (and I know I get around 600 or so readers per page these  days which means that the vast majority of you are silent! Please! I encourage dialogue and I understand this place is very wild west but comment if you like and think you can add to the discussion)

But Thunderfoot’s taking on “feminism” under the guise of skepticism. I was torn between this and A Voice for Men and I figured that I may as well do this first.  [Read more...]

Jimquisition – I approve of this message and wish I had said it

No seriously. I am not being sarcastic. He does a phenomenal job. I don’t know why these very same Gamer Gate supporters are so hellbent on people like Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu when there are much bigger abuses in games journalism and asking for more inclusive games is a step in the right direction rather than a harmful one. I mean? This is a place where Total Biscuit (another prominent gamer) has pointed out that there are companies that will only let you review a game IF you give positive reviews.  [Read more...]