The Brain Scoop: Where My Ladies At?
This was an incredibly difficult video for me to write and record. I haven’t been this uncomfortable or nervous about an episode since we decided to launch the Wolf series. I did it because I know my fellow female creators are with me: these comments are not easy to ignore, and they do have a negative impact on our desire to make videos and blaze trails.
Things can be said about women being more sensitive than men, or that men deal with these comments too, or that we should just accept that they’re going to happen.. but if I do, I’ll quit. If I accept that this is just part of the deal, this is what it is and always has been, it’s a requirement of my job to toughen up and barrel through, I won’t be able to continue. The remarks are enough to make me want to throw my hands up and retreat to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the compromise is that I need to become desensitized, I would probably just do something else instead.
Let’s not create that kind of environment for our peers. Let’s be supportive, encouraging. Focus on the content, not the presenter. Ignoring the fact that these comments are uncomfortable is dismissive and counter-productive: let’s have less tolerance for both those comments, and the apathetic attitude attached to how they affect our community.
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This week in the UK, Judge Nigel Peters gave a suspended sentence to 41 year-old Neil Wilson after he pleaded guilty to “making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity” with a 13 year-old girl. The judge explained his leniency as stemming from the fact that “the girl was predatory and was egging you on.” During the trial, the prosecution had declared the girl was “sexually experienced” and that “She appeared to look around 14 or 15 and had the mental age of a 14 or 15 year old despite being younger than that. There was sexual activity but it was not of Mr. Wilson’s doing, you might say it was forced upon him despite being older and stronger than her.” Law enforcement also found “a stash of images and videos depicting child abuse and bestiality” in Wilson’s home, but sure, the 13 year-old girl is the predator here.
Is there a process for removing judges from the bench in the UK? Because I can think of a judge who needs to go to hell and never come back.
New age of consent for women is 13 and men is 45. Their undeveloped brains just won’t let them make an informed choices.
Great music video!
Nothing to Prove - Geek Girls & The Doubleclicks (by thedoubleclicks)
I love the DoubleClicks
I never realized the gender dichotomy of cancer culture until today. Culture surrounding men’s cancer is primarily about prevention and treatment, while women’s cancer culture focuses on emotions and attempting to conform to the social standards held for women (looking pretty and “feminine”). I…
Our reimagined Nintendo princess stickers are on their way to backers of the Tropes vs Women in Video Games Kickstarter project who selected the sticker reward level.
I got mine yesterday!
Damsel in Distress: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games
This video explores how the Damsel in Distress became one of the most widely used gendered clichés in the history of gaming and why the trope has been core to the popularization and development of the medium itself. As a trope the Damsel in Distress is a plot device in which a female character is placed in a perilous situation from which she cannot escape on her own and must then be rescued by a male character, usually providing a core incentive or motivation for the protagonist’s quest.
ABOUT THE VIDEO SERIES
The Tropes vs Women in Video Games project aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in gaming from a systemic, big picture perspective. This series will include critical analysis of many beloved games and characters, but remember that it is both possible (and even necessary) to simultaneously enjoy media while also being critical of it’s more problematic or pernicious aspects.
For more examples of the Damsel in Distress see our Tumblr for this series: http://tropesversuswomen.tumblr.com
Visit http://www.feministfrequency.com for more information, videos and a full transcript.
There’s a guy in my neighborhood who dresses like Jesus Christ. He walks around Fountain, in Hollywood, just doin’ his thing - petting dogs and saying “hi” to everyone. Jesus My Neighbor, and most of the people in L.A., are pretty great. I’m super lucky to know a lot of smart, kind, weird and…
My only beef with this (awesome) post is the part where she said that DJ is a good person. I guess I am running out of tolerance fore this argument “He/She isn’t a bad person, He/She just does/says racist, sexist, homophobic, generally jerk-ish things. At the end of the day isn’t a bad person just a person who does bad things?
I’m an intern in surgery, PhD level, also completing a Master of life sciences. I spent a year and a half studying a particular point of heart embryology for that master and presented my results in a national symposium. Everything went well. Five prizes were to be awarded to juniors. The first…
I have this conversation with a lot of other people who are minorities because it is something that is often in the back of my mind (a form of impostor’s syndrome).. Do you ever fear that your success is because of your minority status? Here are some of the responses I get:
I have never and will never take any help based on my minority status, including grants scholarships or jobs. If I find out that I have received something because of my minority status I will return/refuse it.
There are so many things working against me in my field because of my minority status that if there are special fund put aside for people like me then why not take advantage? It would be a drop in the bucket as far as counteracting the imbalance.
I don’t really think about it.
My personal feeling is that if they gave this award to a woman because she is a woman then they admitting that they gave the other 4 awards to men because they are men (and probably all prior awards too). So the question is not “Why did you give this one award to a woman?” but “Why do you consistently refuse to give any awards based on merit?”. The need for balance is not a sexist act but evidence that sexism has been active in our communities all along.
We spend so much money on things why can’t we spend some one this? I get it, tax policy is hard. Nobody wants to pay taxes. Nobody wants the elderly to die in poverty. Nobody wants children to starve to death. Nobody wants the roads to be shitty, or Canada to invade Montana. But the space program is one of the most amazing things human beings have ever done! Not Americans, not in the 20th century, It is one of the greatest human achievements EVER!
"Remember that time people invaded that place and killed those people?"
"Which one are you talking about?"
"Remember that time we put humans on the moon?"
"Yeah, that was awesome!"
So how about less war and more science?