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Geek Girls Rule! #52 – More Angry Feminist Musings

Posted by geekgirlsrule on July 25, 2008

Yeah, I know, you were all hoping I’d got that out of my system earlier in the “I’m not a bad feminist” rant.  Well, I was, too.  But reality keeps slapping me in the face like a spastic haddock, and I am bull-headed enough to charge when I see red.

Ok, people…  I always smile when I type that.  I have a friend who says she knows one of my rants is going to be a good one when I start with “Ok, people…”

What set me off this time?  A couple of my favorite Whinging Lefty blogs (Shakesville and Feministe) had entries about a downloadable game from Sony called “Fat Princess,” the original commentary on it can be found at Feminist Gamers.   In the game the evil guy forcefeeds the Princess making her fat, and therefore hard to rescue, because fat people are all lazy, sedentary creatures, unable to rescue themselves (particularly fat women) who eat non-stop, voluntarily or not, and never ever do things like run triathalons  (the link is to an article about a fat tri-athelete, since she took down her blog after a rain of trolls calling her a fat, lazy, ugly liar) and no one can lift their gargantuan, adipose asses, not even to save them.  However, one of the most common comments these blogs got, after “you’re fat and ugly hurr hurr hurr” was, “Why are you wasting your time worrying about video games when there are REAL issues to worry about?”

This is something that gets thrown at me and other Feminist critics of the comics or video game industries, or critics of any media deemed “entertainment.”  The idea that if we were “Serious Feminsts” ™ that we wouldn’t be wasting our time on frivolous shit like comics, movies, books, tv shows, etc…  Because there are things going on like the rapes in Darfur, and human trafficking and child abuse and domestic violence. 

Yes, all those horrible things and many, many more are going on every day.  Every day women and children are killed by partners/fathers.  Every day women are so savagely raped that they may never recover, in addition to being shunned by their families because rape is “always” the fault of the woman.  Women and children are trafficked for sex. 

Yes.  All of these horrible, terrible things happen.  And yes, they are things that I care very deeply about, and believe me, if someone gave me a license to track down and kill every last mother fucker who did them, I would.  But no one has, as of yet, gifted me with the job of “Divine Vengeance” so I send money to organizations who can hopefully help the victims of all this horrible shit, and try to raise awareness of it by writing about it and letting people know that it happens all the time and how they can help. 

So, there.  Yes, I admit there are many more pressing and horrible things going on in the world than the size of Powergirl’s tits. 

The thing is the media is a bellweather of attitudes in the society in which it is produced.  Now, I’m not going to get into a “chicken and egg” argument with you about whether the fucked up media causes the societal perceptions, or whether the societal perceptions cause the media.  Because, frankly, I don’t care whether the chicken came first or the egg, what I care about is that the fucking chicken is shitting all over my house. 

Do I believe that comics, videogames, movies, what have you are the source for all the world’s ills when it comes to the mistreatment of women?  No.  Do I believe that by eliminating the more heinous misogynistic tropes in these media, and the rest, that it will solve all misogyny?  No.  Do I think it will help if young people aren’t being constantly told that women are decorative and helpless, and secretly want sex even if they say they don’t, and need rescuing?  Yes.  Yes, I do.  Do I think it will help if maybe we have a media that quits normalizing the objectification and dehumanization of women?  Yes, I do. Do I think that by re-shaping the media we can help change attitudes toward those very terrible, horrible feminist issues that happen every day?  Yes, I do. 

Popular culture IS important as a reflection of societal and cultural attitudes and practices.  And I think you can do some good by changing the reflection first, in order to influence the rest.  If you want some hardcore Feminist perspective on pop culture, Bitch is amazing at deconstructing popular culture as it relates to attitudes toward gender.  Do I agree with everything written in it?  No, but it always makes me think.  

Can I single-handedly stop the rapes in Darfur?  No.  Can I stop domestic violence, rape, human trafficking and child abuse?  No.  Can I convince a bunch of angry people to write in and tell media conglomerates that rape isn’t funny and they need to quit making it a joke?  Maybe.   

One of the rallying cries of the Feminist movement(s) is that “The personal is political” (Carol Hanisch, 1969).   What that means to me, is that sometimes that to make big change, you have to start small.  People are less resentful of little changes over time than they are of cataclysmic, earth-shaking changes.  Think of the end of the objectification of women in media as a little step towards convincing certain men that raping women is not their right, towards not viewing women and children as property, towards actual equality.  And yeah, there are days when I wish I had God’s own wrath and power to strike down the assheads, but I don’t.  So I do what I can, where I am, how I can.  And if that means irritating the fuck out of you by harping on women’s roles in media, then oh well…  Suck it up, Sunshine.

 

ETA:  I guess one important point I should have made directly, and didn’t was:  I can still care about the big things while I rail at the “frivolous.”  Really.  I can.  Honest.

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Geek Girls Rule! #30 – Jade Raymond Redux

Posted by geekgirlsrule on December 5, 2007

I really just want to comment on some of the responses to the whole Jade Raymond kerfuffle that I’ve read.  Most of the people I’ve read so far have pretty much been on the same side as I am, including a gentleman I met while ranting about this at my local comic shop, who works in the videogame industry.  He commented that if Ms. Raymond is working at Ubisoft, then she’s obviously good at what she does.  And sir, if you read this, please feel free to comment and let me know if I may use your name. 

The first response I’d like to comment on is:  “She should just expect something like this.”

Why?  Because she’s a woman?  Someone somewhere asked if people would be white knighting a guy like this.  The response they got was, “If she was a guy, THIS wouldn’t have happened.”  And it’s true.

One of my first articles was the “Bad Gamer Archetypes:  The Guy Edition.”  Don’t go wadding your knickers over that, because the next column was the Girl Edition.  But anyway, in that column two of the types of Bad Gamer Archetypes I talk about are:  “Plays His Sexual Fantasies Guy” and “Does Brutal Shit to Plays His Sexual Fantasies Guy’s Character Guy.” In the latter entry, I talk about how the most disturbing thing about the entire situation was not that the second guy spent long periods of time lovingly describing this horrible, brutal, terrible, fucked up sexual violence his character was perpetrating on the first guy’s character, but rather that it didn’t bother the first guy at all.  It was almost like, “Well, yeah, that’s what happens to hot chicks.”

Do I have to tell you why this is fucked up on so many levels?  Do I?

So, Jade Raymond should just expect this crap because, “Well, that’s just what happens to hot chicks?”  By doing her job she should just expect doucheclams to draw pornographic cartoons of her.  Because she’s doing her job?

Faith in humanity… sinking…

Another variation on this theme is, “Well, until guys stop wanting sex and women stop knowing that guys want sex…”  OMG!  How many ways is this fucked up?

1.  Hey, maybe women want sex, too.
2.  Wanting sex is not the same thing as being a sexist prick.
3.  How is a woman who is dressed fairly conservatively and talking solely about her JOB using sex to sell videogames?
4.  Did you hear that?  My head just exploded all over everything.

Seriously guys, do you not know how self-loathing you sound when you say shit like this?  “Urg want pussy, not able control self around pussy… do anything get pussy.” 

Do you really think that poorly of yourself and all other men? 

And people say Feminists hate men…

The other response I’m seeing a lot of is the “If people wouldn’t talk about it, it would go away.”

Until the next time, and the next time, and the next time… Yeah sure, AssBoy McDouchehound* is getting a bunch of free press out of this.  But if we say nothing, that gives a tacit acceptance of what he’s doing. 

It’s like this, how many of you were bullied in school?  I’m guessing there’s a lot of hands up out there right now, given the audience.  I know I was. 

Now, how many of you got the “Just ignore them and they’ll go away” advice from your parents?  Probably many of those hands still up.

Now, for how many of you did that actually work?  Lots fewer hands I’m guessing.  I know it didn’t work for me, it just made them escalate until they could get a rise out of me, as in escalating to physical violence, like hitting me with a car.

Ignoring these idiots doesn’t work.  Just like ignoring bullies, doesn’t work.  It’s like potty training a puppy, if you don’t rub its nose in it, it won’t understand piddling on the carpet is wrong.  Granted, after reading his response, I’m guessing the puppy is more capable of learning, but hope springs eternal. 

*The really mean part of me wants to find a picture of him so I can draw a cartoon of him sucking off guys for readership, and see how he likes it.  But I will not sink to that level… And I don’t draw that well. 

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