Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Day 18: Cause it's a little bit rapey

I'm getting ready with Rachelle to go public with the Sparkle Dice Alliance. It's a group for people who identify as female or women which provides a safe inclusive environment for gaming in. I'm posting the first event to TAG this month. I'm so afraid it'll become a point of contention and abuse by the men in TAG.

Talking with a friend about Star Wars. He feels that Rey did not have enough back story in the movie to get attached to, but felt that Han Solo and Luke Skywalker in Episode 4 had enough back story that you knew a lot about them. I thought at first this was my male friend's natural inclination to attach to male characters. But then I also though, well hey, why is he wrong? What if the original star wars did give more story to male characters? Why should that surprise me?

Yes, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has finally, finally announced out loud that the Doctor not only can be a woman, but that the character's next reincarnation may finally see this monumental (and long overdue) change.

A football fan went online to talk about how his football team lost. One fan and his distraught inner monologue took to Facebook, perhaps seeking some cathartic release, commenting that the Eagles had “played like they were wearing tutus!!!”

A comic with a guy saying getting catcalled is a compliment. Then he gets catcalled by men and can't sleep at night for the horror of it.

FCKH8 Posts: "Destroy the idea that women should be respected because they are mothers, daughters and sisters. Reinforce the idea that women should be respected because they are people."

"The perplexing question of the female footsoldiers of patriarchy aside, why are so many men so determined to stop women from assembling in spaces without them? What are they so afraid of? Perhaps it's the idea that there might be spaces in which their input and opinions aren't only considered unnecessary but also are not missed. Is it just sheer hostility towards women thinking they are entitled to operate for even a moment in the world without a man present to qualify their existence? Perhaps it's much simpler than that. Perhaps these men, so used to being coddled and listened to and flattered with attention, just cannot tolerate the indignation of being left out of something by the women they're so used to considering themselves better than." A woman asks why men hate women-only spaces.

A Free the Nipple picnic was planned in Brisbane which received massive trolling and harassment from men because the event excluded men.

A friend posts a picture of Supergirl, the supposed "feminist" heroine we all waited for.

Tanzanian president John Magufuli has banned miniskirts in an attempt to curb HIV.

A video of two women. One has a very low cut shirt. One is a breastfeeding mom. Men comment on the sexy girl once in the video, to sit and flirt. Several people call the breast feeding mom disgusting and tell her to cover up.

A comedian talks: "A guy will come out of no where and go 'Oh, can I get a smile? You'd be prettier if you smiled. It's beautiful out why don't you smile? C'mon.' And I always do. I don't want to, but I just like here you go (she smiles creepily). Cause it's a little bit rapey. Cause I'm a little bit scared. Because if a woman was like 'hey, why don't you smile?' I'd be like 'No, bitch, why don't you go smile and look into a mirror?' But, a guy I'm like is this the least I can do to not get raped right now? K, thanks, great, I love being a woman."

A comic of a red head woman and a long haired man. She asks why he doesn't hit on her, and he lays it out: "Well, even though this comic is a quasi-journal based on real people and events, your character it totally fictional. A hot, uber-geek to help set up jokes and provide sex appeal. You don't exist. Even if you did, you'd never be interested in me."

Paisley frame over a white middle. Text reads: "Are you olive oil? No? Then your virginity doesn't increase your quality."

A man looking to the side. He is dressed in a suit. The text overtop says: "A gentleman will open doors, pull out chairs, and carry things. Not because she's helpless or unable, but because he wants to show her that she is valuable and worthy of respect."

New Harley Quinn comic. Harley and her gang of Harleys. Mostly women in sexual positions in limited clothing.

Cash'n'Guns has three female characters. All of them have the exact same body type.

Kanye plans on redoing some Bowie songs. A man calls Kanye "That fucking twat."

A friend is playing a board game. It has four female characters to choose from. 

Talia the fortune teller
Loretta the cook
Janet the nurse 
Maria the teacher

Meryl, from Policenauts, is known as the best shooter on the force, and she's so confident in her skills that she agrees to let you feel her breasts if you can beat her target-practice score (we have the same outstanding offer for anyone who can design a prettier Animal Crossing house than ours). It's not easy to beat it, but if you pull it off Meryl will rather blithely let you molest her.

In Skyrim, in the city of Riften you meet an innkeeper named Haelga and her niece, Svana. Svana complains that Haelga has been sleeping with some of her customers in the name of Dibella, the goddess of love. She's unamused that her aunt's getting more action than she is, so she charges you to find proof that she's sleeping around and "rub her nose in it," because Svana is bad at phrasing. You immediately agree to help her out, because it's not like you have anything better to do in a world in the middle of a dragonocalypse.

There are over 20 sexual encounters in The Witcher, and in every one the camera discreetly pans away from the action while the sound of a voice actress half-heartedly pretending to enjoy sex plays. But don't despair, horny gamer! When the deed is done you're rewarded with a "romance card" emblazoned with a saucy image of the girl you were just with.

Don McLean, singer of the 1971 hit “American Pie,” has been arrested on a domestic violence charge in Maine. He was reportedly taken to the Knox County Jail, where he posted $10,000 bail early Monday morning.

Questions fat women face: "Oh my God. Do you guys have sex? Do fat people even have sex at all? Does your husband even WANT to have sex with you? Can he even get an erection?"

An image of a bunch of white guys sitting down at a table, likely in a basement, with drinks and dice and a GM screen on the table. It reads: "By day we are engineers, clerks, doctors, lawyers, managers. By night we are heroes." Not a woman or PoC in sight.

62 people own over half the world's wealth. 53 of them are men.

In referring to her stomach, “If you’re an actress and you have this area right here, you have to write your own stuff if you want to get it made," Amy Schumer said in her Critics' Choice award acceptance speech.

"There's this youth culture that is really, really powerful and really, really strong, but what it does is it really discards people once they reach a certain age. I actually think that people are so powerful and interesting - women, especially - when they reach my age. We've got so much to say, but popular culture is so reductive that we just talk about whether we've got wrinkles, or whether we've put on weight or lost weight, or whether we've changed our hair style. I just find that so shallow."–Annie Lennox, who turns 60 today

The real life Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) was actually a much worse figure than the character on the HBO series. He lured women into Deadwood with the promise of good jobs as stage performers, only to turn them into sex slaves. He abused the hell out of them. After his saloon burned down for the third time, Swearengen finally left Deadwood penniless. He was killed trying to hitch a ride to Colorado.

When posts about rape, such as "if a bank gets robbed you'd call the cops" or "a car left unattended and unlocked will get stolen" are used as comparison and compare women to inanimate objects.

Baby It's Cold Outside

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