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Tag Archive: misogyny

Dec 08 2013

Guys in dark alleys shouldn’t get upset if women fear them

I wouldn’t blame a strange woman if she was unnerved by me, a lone guy, if she and I were the only ones walking in a dark alley. I call this the Creepy Default. This has happened twice, but I was the one unnerved due to doing everything I could not to be creepy (my …

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Oct 15 2013

Less dude focus, more creativity

I argued that if you care about progress (in general, but specifically in traditionally male-dominated areas), then we need to treat toxic anti-women sentiment as a serious hindrance to progress. Now many might say that it’s just basic human decency to not be sexist; of course, supporting diversity is not merely about combating the worst …

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Oct 03 2013

In which I don’t join the hype of GTA V – despite loving it

Yes, it’s possible to enjoy and be critical of a thing you love. For my next trick, I will walk and breathe at the same time. (I’m still struggling with how to respond to the major cultural phenomenon that Grand Theft Auto – as a franchise – has become: given its misogyny, it’s transphobic elements, …

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Sep 16 2013

Dear “fans”, we need to have a talk…

Fans of a thing embarrass other fans of the same thing. In this case: Angry gamers do something stupid that embarrasses other gamers. It’s a story we hear so often, these stories have become an indistinguishable mess of frustrating idiocy; a wrong not merely anchored by entitlement and immaturity, but damage to the very thing …

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Aug 13 2013

I wrote a letter to Straight Male Gamer

And it allowed me to convey what I keep trying to say in other ways. This isn’t solely about games but the dismissal of those who are not what John Scalzi calls “the lowest difficulty setting” in life: the straight (white) dude. The frustration can turn turn to apathy and giving up. I don’t want …

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