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“kill myself” was the most common answer when they contemplated the possibility of life as a girl
Yeah, tell me again how misogyny “isn’t real” and men and boys actually “love”, “like” and “respect the female sex”? This is how deep misogynistic propaganda runs in this world. Men and boys are so viscerally contemptuous of anything or anyone who/that is female or feminine, or perceived to be female or feminine, that they would rather commit suicide than to be associated with— or become a member of— the female sex. As Germaine Greer said, “women have no idea how much men hate them.”
they would rather die then be treated how they treat us
Hmmph. How much about myself would I reveal if I said that if I were to wake up as a girl tomorrow I would be perfectly happy about it, and perhaps even a bit relieved?
I would almost certainly be a lesbian though.
Do you know how common ‘I’d just die/kill myself’ histrionics are in middle school? I mean, the implications of the survey aren’t particularly great, but having been a middle school aged boy, I could say that any hypothetical situation that would result in a loss of my junk would have been horrifying beyond belief. The raw intensity, confusion and emotional turmoil of early puberty doesn’t lend itself to rational decision-making. Or empathy.
The idea that this hypothetical situation would result in a new functional set of sex organs is something that would take time to set in. The first response would be "oh crap, i’d lose my dick? But I like my dick! I only now realize the point in having it!"
In what other circumstance do we take the observations of middle schoolers as being indicative or meaningful in the larger social context? The brain will not be fully formed for about a decade. The ability to empathize and understand the consequences of actions is at its lowest possible point and the entire thing is topped off with a sex drive that has gone from nonexistent to perpetually screaming for use despite, in many cases, the host lacking any concept of what these new impulses mean.
The only area in which middle-school aged children are polled on their opinions is the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. How many of your opinions from 7th grade do you still hold?
Also, we see nothing, from this description, of how this survey was performed. The text suggests answers were given verbally, in an open setting. Again, do any of you remember what middle school was like? One of the popular kids throwing out ‘kill myself’ would invariably lead to a chorus of “me too” responses, in an effort to avoid anything that would set one apart from the in-crowd. Any polling that wasn’t done secretly can’t be relied upon, as social pressure would skew results.
Also, we see no percentages, no breakdowns of responses, no outliers. No indication of sample size. Just vague assertions of trends. No girls tittered about how ‘gross’ it would be? No young, perhaps pre-identified trans-women expressed a desire for that exact situation to come up? No one perked up with the idea of getting rich as a celebrity because of this happening to them?
And there’s no mention of control questions or control groups for polling. Nothing about other changes, like waking up minus a limb or being in a different country or being of a different socio-economic background. No mention of older or younger age groups being polled with the same questions to track opinions as time goes on.
What i’m saying is there’s a narrative here and the best possible polling group to support that narrative has been chosen. I’m not saying that the conclusions are wrong, per-se, just that the limited information regarding findings and methodology mean we can’t tell one way or the other.
One should be suspicious and critical of new revelations that say “your worldview is entirely wrong” but one should be more critical and suspicious of revelations that say “your worldview is entirely correct.”
Okay, I’m mad. More than a little mad. But I do have very specific reasons why I’m mad, and I’ll try and elaborate on all of them as best I can. This probably won’t be very focused, but here goes.
In her newest video in the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series, Anita Sarkeesian named the biblical Eve as a “Ms. Male Character.”
Anita defines a Ms. Male Character as “A female version of an already established or default main character. Ms. Male Characters are defined primarily by their relationship to their male counterparts via their visual properties, their narrative connection or occasionally through promotional materials.”
…This really rustles my jimmies. Now, I admit that I am speaking as a religious person, so my views are most likely biased, but I’m going to try my best to be objective.
I don’t object to Anita saying that “th[e] Adam and Eve version of the Creation Myth reinforces a subordinate view of women”. That is absolutely 100% true. Almost every branch of the Judeo-Christian belief system uses Eve’s creation as justification for forcing women into submissive roles. No argument there.
My issue comes when she states that “essentially Eve is a sequel to Adam” and then goes on to compare Eve to Mrs. Pacman. No. A thousand times no.
First of all, it is highly disrespectful to simplify a religious figure to a trope and then compare said figure to a video-game character. As a religious person, I was and still am extremely offended.
Eve’s “character” (I can’t think of a better term, I apologize) is not soley defined by, nor is entirely derivative of, Adam’s. Whether or not Eve’s “character” can be interpreted in a feminist way (which I personally feel it can) is another matter. But Eve has agency and an identity independent of Adam. Eve is known as the mother of humanity and the instigator of the Fall, in addition to being Adam’s wife. In-text, Eve makes the decision to eat from the Tree of Knowledge completely independent from Adam. In both our culture and in the text itself, she is more than just his wife.
However, I do feel it is important to note that, at the end of the day, Eve is part of a matched set. But that comes from she and Adam being the first man and woman, so their identities will, by necessity, be tied together. Of the two, I’d actually argue that Eve is vastly more important than Adam, because she is the one who gave humanity it’s understanding of good and evil, after all (according to the Judeo-Christian faiths, which I know not everyone adheres to).
My last point, specifically regarding Eve anyway, is that in a series discussing tropes in video games specifically, a biblical example was not warranted in any way. Anita did attempt to tie the Eve example back to video-games by comparing her to Mrs. Pacman, but I’ve already stated why I feel that doesn’t work at all. I did notice that after the Mrs. Pacman comparison, Anita used the Eve example to branch off and talk about a bigger societal problem, which I would have been completely on board with. Religion has a lot to do with forming and reinforcing harmful societal norms. But she jumps back to video games so quickly that that section could have been cut and there would be no difference.
All in all, I found it an extremely unprofessional and clumsy move.
I don’t know… I’m just irked when Anita states in her videos that using certain tropes “reduces” female characters down to stereotypes, and then proceeds to shew context away from the characters she does discuss, ignore their nuances, and by doing so reduce these characters to stereotypes herself! E.g. Eve, and her assertions about Princess Zelda and Yorda in the “Damsels in Distress Part One” video and Clementine of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in the “Manic Pixie Dream Girls”video. ((There are other examples throughout her videos, but these are a) the most glaring instances and b) the ones that I am the most comfortable pointing out, due to my familiarity with the source material.)) This shows either a critical lack of research into the media she’s discussing (which is probably the #1 deadly sin for a media reviewer) or deliberate misdirection on her part.
(Not even going into her constant implications that power = masculinity. Or the constant associating traditionally feminine clothing and attributes with “dis-empowerment” and dressing up female characters in masculine clothing to “empower” them. See: the altered images of Peach and Zelda. Not cool.)
My biggest problem with Anita Sarkeesian is that I don’t feel like she’s fair. She doesn’t talk about the potentially positive aspects of characters that she views as problematic, paints in broad strokes, dismisses characters and narratives that she personally has problems with, and makes very complex issues seem much more Black and White than they are in reality.
But, these are just my opinions. I felt compelled to share them because I know I’m not the only feminist who disagrees with Anita Sarkeesian, and I wanted to provide some criticism that wasn’t MRA-conspiracy-theory-feminisim-is-EVUL.
A depiction of why Walmart is shit.
Walmart workers are so grossly underpaid many of them are on food stamps or have to resort to this
Here’s an idea, walmart: pay your workers more
wow what a novel concept
Just looking at the article (and the signage) this is an individual store doing this, not a corporate policy. I don’t know whether that’s better or worse.
Not shown: "Employees not guaranteed to eat said dinner on Thansksgiving because Black Friday starts at 6pm Thursday now."
This is what distopia looks like, people.
I’ma tell you a story, this figurine is Dinosaur Dracula's fault.
I’m minding my own business one day, tumbling along, when I come across DinoDrac’s post on his Mummy Shark tumblr for Vintage Vending. And what popped up was “Robot Super Mart.” I was immediately taken by the wonky robot designs, the retro nature, and the sinking feeling that I’d seen those in a Safeway sometime in my youth.
I immediately set out to find some of these. But I couldn’t. This was before the age of heavy archiving and things like this could be lost to history in a flash. All that remained was the backer and an inhuman desire in my cold, blackened heart for one of these things.
So I went and made one. I based it off the green fellow in the upper right-hand corner because of his badass axe. Mind you, I don’t know if these things were originally figurines, or model kits, or what, so I just went with a roughly MUSCLE scale figure and ran with it.
So yeah, blame Dinosaur Dracula
This user dropping a truth bomb.
It’s a Halloween miracle as Obscurus Lupa trick-or-treats her way to the Isle of Rangoon and she’s brought a 1970’s Educational Film about dental hygiene with her! Don’t worry about Starchibald and Sunny Jim, they more or less brought this on themselves.
Necco wafers, haunted mansions, proper brushing technique and Caesar Romero await in… THE HAUNTED MOUTH!
I’ve never had so much difficulty figuring out which takes to use while editing. They were all gold.
A first glimpse of the 3d model for Ursenal’s (as of yet unnamed) Paraxxoid counterpart, a Manta Ray Axe/Laser Pistol combination.
The Manta ray represents the first of the smaller of the BMOG figures, being 2-3 part figures or teams of 1-piece animal-weapon combinations.
HappyDreary Halloween everyone! Our good friends at Encyclopedia Britannica have last-minute costume concepts for you in this spookybaffling short that is sure to fill you with terror & frightconfusion & unease.
StarchibaldTony Starch and Sunny JimMrs. Pac-Man as they take onshamelessly revisit Franz Kafka’s Existential Allhallows HoedownHalloween Party!
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