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ohhhh my god
For those of you who like clouds, or lightning, or things that glow, or just want an excuse to say “ALL HAIL THE ALMIGHTY GLOW CLOUD” once in a while, I did a thing.
Content warning: This post contains graphic language, slurs and triggering content
This article is heartbreaking. And true.
There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit.
There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.
NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.
Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article.
Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.
We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)
I really think it’s time to start arresting the people who make the threats. The sites have many of their IP addresses. For those who use proxies and anonymizers, a little more detective work may be required, but we need to, as a society, stop pretending that these people aren’t committing serious crimes just because their threats of violence are on the internet.
After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer “Weird Al” Yankovic earns his first No.
An update on that interview I did last night:
The reporter got back to me just now and said that my answers were “awesome and thorough” (thorough is what I do, but the “awesome” was a nice surprise). Apparently the article is for the Fall issue of the magazine, so while she promised to send me a link when it goes live, she also told me that it’ll probably be a few months.
But when I have the link, I’ll share it with you as well.
sometimes i get overwhelmed by the sadness. It comes out of nowhere and it find its way through my skin, and it stays in my veins, and it runs in my blood and I don’t know how to stop it
I got tagged in the Six Selfies meme thingy by tin-pan-ali (in a roundabout “if you see this you have been tagged” sort of way). I don’t exactly have a lot of pics of myself, so a few of these are really old (that pic of me in a stream is from my high school days, so probably close to 25 years ago, and that was one of my more conservative outfits back then — normally I’d wear that shirt with clashing weightlifting Hammer-pants).
Also, when celebrities accept their Oscar awards and mention that they’re really heavy, they aren’t kidding. It doesn’t look heavy, but it weighs about 13 pounds.
And yes, that really is my skull.
Fig 63. To find the long and short months. 1904.
OH MY GOD.
I use the one-hand version of this (when I get to the last knuckle on July, I then start over with the first knuckle of the same hand for August). Knuckle = 31 days, depression between knuckles = 30 days (except February, of course). It’s the easiest way for me to remember which months have 31 days and which don’t without consulting a calendar or trying to remember that old “30 days hath all these months that are listed out of order in this saying for some reason, all the rest have 31, except for…” thing.
when someone asks me why i’m not a feminist I think i’ll just show them this
You’re going to show them a lazy attempt at satire? Alright dude
you know this is satire? can you prove that?
The twitter account started with that incendiary post and only posted a handful of similarly related things within the same time period. It also retweeted from other blogs that posted only in that same time period. The username uses the term ‘womyn’, a term which only a very few members of the feminist community actually use (more often, it’s used to make fun of them). Then there’s the fact that the tweets happened at the exact same time that 4chan was trying to make people believe that ‘freebleeding’ is a thing.
Also, do you notice that both blogs use what appear to be stock photos? Let’s reverse image search that:
It looks like someone used the profile picture of this woman (notice that’s how she spells the word in her bio, btw) to make a lazy strawman, doesn’t it?
4chan is trying to discredit feminism by tweeting ridiculous things in the name of feminism. All they have succeeded in doing is discrediting themselves and the idiots who defend them.
- Tumblr: Let's add support for embedded Vine videos!
- Users: Hooray!
- Tumblr: But let's make them impossible to re-mute after they are unmuted. Just make it mute for the rest of that play-through, then bring the sound back the next time it starts and repeat it forever and ever until they leave the page entirely.
- Users: Screw you, tumblr.