I thought a little bit more about Thunderf00t’s rape Video and realised something.
Some people really don’t get why something is bad or harmful or not helpful to everyone involved.
Thunderfoot… for those who are unaware was and indeed still is a big deal among the atheist community. Back in the great creationist wars, he was in effect the biggest anti-creationist on the Youtubes.
A big deal all in all.
But then came his sudden and (IMHO) inexplicable assault on feminism and women in general. From his brief stint at FTB before I joined up resulting in one weird interview and the beginning of the Anti-FTB malarky to his frankly one sided take on Anita Sarkeesian.
There are many things wrong here. [Read more...]
[warning]TW – Rape, Violence, Acid Throwing – This is a labour of hate. This is a gigantic rant over 8 hours in the making. This charts the absolute depths A Voice for men has plummeted in a recent article. It is long. It is not fun. It is terrible. I joke about it but I have to otherwise we will spend 18,600 words weeping at the heartlessness of the author.[/warning]
I have generally stayed out of the whole anti-FTB malarky unless it lands on my door. For those who are unaware? There are a sizeable group of people on Reddit and a forum called the Slymepit who actively dislike pretty much anything Freethought Blogs does.
On Reddit this manifests as “guaranteed downvotes” to any posts that are hosted here.
This has manifest in some very bizarre posts. I had my “Stand on the street and provide healthcare for protesters during the Indian Rape Riot” reports downvoted into oblivion. Just a few days ago Rock Beyond Belief had a post about why DOMA needs to be repealed and what it meant to a soldier with a same sex partner who served. Also down voted.
Why? Well either r/atheism’s “protest” by down voting blog content is so “principled” that it is willing to stick to the notion that blog posts are less important than memes even when down voting actual useful content from people such as Rock Beyond Belief or it just doesn’t like the platform.
TIme and time again I have been told that I only blog for the money (All $1.5 to $2 a day) or that I am some sort of feminazi ruining atheism by my actions (If anything I would have thought people would be happy to have me represent atheism).
And so with that we come to some hate mail. [Read more...]
[warning]TW – Rape[/warning]
Sometimes you run across something vile hidden in something benign.
Serena Williams is a role model for millions of young girls particularly those of colour who often rarely played any sport let alone tennis which for a long time was treated as “posh” (It certainly was when I was growing up. It was football or rugby. Cricket was rare and for the summer.). [Read more...]
We were doing this before it was “cool”…
That upstart newbie Tauriq Moosa has the audacity to demand our help on his blog! What is he? Lazy! Honestly!
So he is jumping on the sexism in gaming bandwagon. I am sure we have heard it all before. So what do I want you to do?
On no accounts must you go there if you have anecdotes playing games and have stories of abuse in the gaming industry or community. On no accounts must you go there if you have worked in games. All he wants from you is your anecdotes. And who wants to be listened to!
Bah Humbug! Hags of Lag was doing it before it was cool…
Well he is at it again!
I have been sat on this for a while because stuff kept happening that required me to run around and be busy. I just attended an all day medical conference (on Breast Cancer and Reconstruction) and figured I need to unwind a bit. (I do have a post about my conference and it is indeed “something for the men”, but today is about the ladies).
So Thunderfoot had my curiosity, and now he has my attention.
It also helps that I have a laptop now.
So let’s see what’s up this time. [Read more...]
There is a consistent problem within the various MRA spheres particularly the Indian one bemoaning “Women/Girls these Days”.
Basically? MRA don’t like what’s happened to women. No longer are they docile. No longer do their lives revolve around men and how to please them. It’s not that men’s power has been eroded but women have been gaining the same power that men have. And this frightens a generation of men brought up to think that women will like them no matter what.
I know I covered Thunderfoot’s take on Anita Sarkeesian’s Damsel in Distress video and why I thought his arguments were pointless, but the Escapist’s Critical Miss explains the gripe in a much more succinct way.
Can’t put it better myself.
Still waiting for “part II” on the Damsel in Distress trope. I want to see modern games and games that do it well.