feminism

“If you were offended”

DC has apologised in the usual, weasely, non-apology way for the Harley Quinn panel contest. The usual inane responses have filtered through, including but not limited to: "Of COURSE people were overreacting!" "They didn't really do anything wrong!" and its variant,...

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Why PAX is no longer a safe space

Why PAX is no longer a safe space

If you've been around the video gaming related internets lately, you'll be aware of the re-emergence of the Dickwolves shitstorm. Here's a recap, for the interested: The recent controversy, i.e. Mike Krahulik is an asshole. The timeline of how it all went down The...

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The PAX Survey of Video Game Characters

So, seeing as gender in video games is such a hot button topic right now, I spent some time at PAX taking a survey of video game characters. Here are my criteria: I surveyed every game I could find in the main hall of Penny Arcade Expo - floor 4 only, both sides of...

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Why I’m Not Going to See Man of Steel

Why I’m Not Going to See Man of Steel

Much as I like big flashy action movies, I have to accept that they don't like me. It's the same problem I have with comic books - the lack of any kind of meaningful female representation that doesn't actively insult my intelligence or body shape is exhausting. So I...

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Impressions of the Vancouver Comics Art Festival

Impressions of the Vancouver Comics Art Festival

I want to love comics, though they don't want to love me. I've written often enough about mainstream comics and their treatment of women, which pretty much ensures I will never be interested in them nor want to spend money on them. Now's a good time, however, to talk...

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The Mystery of Bayonetta

The Mystery of Bayonetta

So, I've mentioned She With the Improbable Shoes before, but let's talk about her in depth. This, for all you non-gamer people, is Bayonetta. Yes, she shoots people with the guns built into the heels of her shoes. Yes, she's doing a boobs and butt pose there, and...

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A Game You Can’t Win

A Game You Can’t Win

Ever heard of Anita Sarkeesian? Long story short, she's a medic critic of popular culture as it relates to feminism and the effects of sexism. Her Tropes Vs. Women series on Youtube is still once of my favorites, because it actually does a very good job of breaking...

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A Reckoning in Amalur

A Reckoning in Amalur

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a very bittersweet game. It's effectively a single player clone of World of Warcraft, and, by all accounts, and 38 Studios planned to release a massively multi-player version. But it was not to be. The studio went under, owing millions...

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Reach for the Skyrim

Reach for the Skyrim

This is one of those games that I love to hate. It's equal parts frustrating, awesome, problematic, and everything in between. Skyim is the descendent of Morrowind and Oblivion, two games that very nearly bored me to tears and then some. I came to the Elder Scrolls...

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Minecrafting

Minecrafting

As part of transferring my blog to WordPress, I've decided to start a new series - reviews of popular games that look at just how well they measure up in terms of body acceptance, sexism, racism, all that social justice stuff. So, let's start at the very beginning -...

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What’s this BMI nonsense then

BMI stands for Body Mass Index, and apparently it's some random calculation made up by a guy in the 19th century to try to give the UK government a quick ballpark assessment of how overweight a person is, based on averages he pulled out of his ass. Newsflash - it's...

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People are from Earth

I've been saying it for years, and I've been told that I'm talking nonsense. I've asserted that men and women are not two different species, we are not incomprehensible to each other, and if people would just talk a bit more and stop making stupid and sexist...

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