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proffesorpopsicle:

SWJ always complain about getting “silenced,” and “harrassed,” by people who disagree with them, yet they jump to the chance to harass someone when they speak out against them.
http://imgur.com/a/wgMTZ/noscript

proffesorpopsicle:

SWJ always complain about getting “silenced,” and “harrassed,” by people who disagree with them, yet they jump to the chance to harass someone when they speak out against them.

http://imgur.com/a/wgMTZ/noscript

I don't think Anita Sarkeesian's videos should be treated as an extension of the PMRC mindset. She's pointing out misogynistic tropes in video games, not advocating censorship. I mean hell, she starts her first video in the series saying that even though she's pointing out problematic aspects of games, that doesn't mean those games shouldn't be played or enjoyed. I don't understand why she's getting as much flack as she is.

Answer:

theneedledrop:

Anita is getting flack because she’s an ignorant outsider. I’m not even a gamer, and this is apparent to me.

Whether you agree the content Anita showcases is misogynistic, offensive or not, most of her videos function on the same, flawed premise: That the negative gender stereotypes she finds in these games are harmful to the gamers that play them. She argues that these games somehow ingrain negative gender stereotypes in the individuals that play. They hurt women via perpetuating these stereotypes, essentially.

This is pure, unsubstantiated BS. Anita would never fund an actual study with the tens of thousands of dollars she’s raised, because she knows any such study wouldn’t work in her favor. It’s easier to buy a bunch of video games, cherrypick the most offensive parts for ignorant viewers, and then keep the rest of the money for yourself and your organization, right?

You’ve gotta wake up to the truth: Anita’s videos are about as effective and as enlightening as an elementary school screening of Reefer Madness

Media—especially popular media—reflects already-existing norms, ideas, concepts, and sentiments in a society, it doesn’t dictate them to consumers. Slasher flicks don’t make serial killers. Grand Theft Auto doesn’t increase the probability of shooting sprees. Gangsta rap doesn’t create gangs. The game Bully doesn’t create bullies. Reading 50 Shades of Grey probably doesn’t increase the likelihood of the reader getting tied up and whipped for sexual pleasure either.

If EA Games were to somehow create and sell a video game titled Mysogyny: Women Suck, the only people who would buy and enjoy such a game would be individuals who already agreed with the game’s clearly stated ideology. Anyone else buying and enjoying the game probably just dabbles in whatever fantasy the game presents during gameplay only. 

The probability of this game somehow CREATING a misogynist is about as likely as your local library’s copy of Mein Kampf creating a Nazi. Any such result would be minuscule if charted in a study of any sort.

As a kid, teen, and adult, I’ve been exposed to TONS of media that has displayed women as the weaker, more submissive, and more sexually desirable gender. However, this is not something I feel is reality. Why? Strong female role models, good upbringing, friends, family, amazing wife, and plenty of real-life interactions with women. FUCK A VIDEO GAME! A healthy reality ALWAYS trumps a fantasy. 

If you really want to change hearts and minds when it comes to gender roles in society, you’ve got to work on changing that society’s reality, not its media—especially media that so explicitly deals in fantasy. I know we tend to blame the media for a lot of our ills, but your real-life interactions and role models play a larger role in guiding your moral and social outlook than any music, movie, game, or book you’ll ever consume.

Anita is on the most foolish of errands, but y’all are eating it up like a hot pizza. Looking for positive gender roles in a game like Hitman is like looking for positive gender roles in any of the three Expendables films. There’s nothing applicable to real life in Hitman because the game’s not meant to guide anyone through real life. It’s a violent video game, not a dating advice show. There aren’t a whole lotta healthy social norms in the game because it’s not meant to portray any sort of normality.

NOW DON’T GET IT TWISTED: I do understand that violent, male-pandering video games persist in the video game industry. They make a lot of money, yes. And I completely acknowledge that a lot of what’s in games like Hitman, Manhunt, and Grand Theft Auto isn’t exactly, uh, healthy when it comes to the gender roles displayed. There’s a definitely a lack of female leading roles in many games, too.

However, it’s not like there aren’t alternatives here. There are plenty of non-violent, positive indie and mainstream games out there that would love more customers. And there could be MORE if we supported this sect of the industry. If Anita really cared about the future of the video game industry in relation to her cause, well, then she’d encourage all of her fans to purchase video games that work outside the negative gender stereotypes and violence of games like Hitman. It’s that simple. Supply and demand might have created Hitman, but it can just as easily create games with positive messages and gender roles, and it already has. You just have to buy them and be willing to support future releases that fit in with your taste.

But Anita is no gamer, and most of her supporters aren’t either. They’re outsiders that want to see change in a market they don’t participate in. Anita’s lack of experience is plain as day, yet, she’s lauded as some kind of expert. What if we applied the same angle to me right here:

Would you take my metal reviews seriously if I owned no metal records? Didn’t listen to metal? Had no real history with metal? Disliked metal? Constantly criticized metal with surface-level complaints like it being too loud, satanic, violent, angry, and perpetuating dangerous, overly masculine gender stereotypes? No, you wouldn’t. No one—except people equally ignorant to metal—would take me seriously. I’d be an ignorant outsider, which Anita is when it comes to gaming.

And I still stand by my PMRC comparison, too. I see similarity in her determination to find social dangers where there really are none. Yeah, Anita has nowhere near the same level of power or political influence, and she probably never will. And she probably won’t try to pull off the same censorship stunts due to the inevitable failure of trying to enforce or legislate any such censorship. It would be more beneficial to her to stay on the sidelines and collect her fundraising bucks as she highlights games she deems misogynistic. I agree America’s got a long way to go when it comes to creating social equality between the genders, but video games are nowhere near the root of the issues we need to address. They’re just an easy target for the quick to complain.

All in all, it’s same shit, different decade. People have been whining and moaning over “harmful” media for generations. And it should be no surprise that those desperately seeking to be offended lose every time. You can be on that side if you want, but just be a good sport when you take your “L”.

On Stats and Podcasts

thefineyoungcapitalists:

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TFYC is still a project mostly funded by men under 25, to support women of all ages. Some people think that’s bad, I think that’s incredible.

I have been trying to speak on as many podcasts as possible. Despite that I have only discussed the project with one female journalists. I would like…

I’m happy for everyone involved :)

http://smallworldofbigal.tumblr.com/post/95546217062/so-4chan-donates-5000-dollars-to-tfyc-the-same

smallworldofbigal:

So, 4chan donates 5000 dollars to TFYC, the same organization that Zoe Quinn tried to shut down, and snowflakes and supporters of her are calling it “dirty money” and accepting bribes from sexist rape apologists.

I’m going to repeat that.

An organization created to help women, accepts a donation…

As someone from /v/, I see a lot of people claiming we're donating just out of spite, this is not true. We're donating because we like content being produced based on the idea not who you know. We're donating because we aren't anti-women, we're your grocer, your lawyer, your brother and your mother. We might even be you. Seeing a campaign promoting ideas from women being crushed by the same people who pretend to stand up for women is unfair. Also we want to cure Totalbiscuits buttcancer.

Answer:

thefineyoungcapitalists:

If /v/ donated out of spite to everything, it would just be people 24/7 calling them out.

thefineyoungcapitalists:

Brought to you by 4chan - Woman in Game Design - Roberta William

I fucking love 4chan this week.

thefineyoungcapitalists:

/v/’s design for a character that is to appear in the winning game.

thefineyoungcapitalists:

/v/’s design for a character that is to appear in the winning game.

Straight white male who hasn't checked his privilege today; but I have donated on behalf of 4chan. What percentage goes to charity of these donations? Are you planning more stretch goals?

Answer:

thefineyoungcapitalists:

You are backing/investing in a woman’s game idea. As such you get a percentage of the profits of the game to give to charity. Around 90% of the profits once you remove all the costs goes to charity, 10% is used to create the next set of pitches for additional contests in the future.


If we add stretch goals, the money that goes to accomplish those goals would not go to charity. As such we may have stretch goals but we’d like them to be interesting and not take money from curing say Butt Cancer.

What do you mean when you say "they [4chan] are being given profit participation?" is 4chan going to receive a share of profit? How? Would everyone who donated using the 4chan referral receive a percent of the profit or would you be giving it to 4chan's owner, moot? the former seems like it would be a mess and on the latter, moot does not accept donations to 4chan (even when hosting it puts him in debt) so he'd probably tell you to keep the profits. Have you had any interaction with moot? Thanks

Answer:

thefineyoungcapitalists:

They choose a charity and the profits get donated to that charity. It is currently Colon Cancer Alliance to “chemo butthurt.”

Quinnspiracy Theory: In-N-Out Edition

How corrupt and hypocritical video game journalism is.

ambxrlily:

"Bro, I’m Telling You, The Date Was Going Well, And Then She Straight Up Turned Into A Latias."

ambxrlily:

"Bro, I’m Telling You, The Date Was Going Well, And Then She Straight Up Turned Into A Latias."

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It makes me sad to see that Neil Gaiman is a huge asshole :( And to all people, Jon.

Apparently Neil is one of those people who hates when you say “retarded” but didn’t care calling Jon a “white piece of shit”

Like, really? And he’s Persian…