Edward Strickson's Posts

The Conquest of Women in Sitcoms

The Conquest of Women in Sitcoms

There’s a disturbing common thread in television which stems from a predatory attitude society should have gotten over years ago. Yes, that sentence could apply to a great many things, particularly when we’re talking about the way the media portrays women, but the American sitcom has a bulging vein running through it that it doesn’t seem able to shake off. Can you shake off a vei... »

Thanks For Proving Our Point

Thanks For Proving Our Point

In light of the recent DDoS attack, I’d like to say something, something that’s always on my mind when feminists are targeted like this. Guys, whoever you are trying to take down these sites, including this one, you’re proving our point. This goes far beyond DDoS. Every time you threaten feminists with rape, or say that they should die for speaking out, you prove our point. And t... »

Don’t Panic: Quick Writing Tips for When the Essay Strikes Back

Don’t Panic: Quick Writing Tips for When the Essay Strikes Back

Well, the Christmas break is over for the majority of us and for teens that means back to school, back to college, or back to work if you’re one of those lucky people who has money to spend. While Christmas was great, I’m sure it isn’t just me who is so neurotic that above the holiday season loomed an overwhelming sense of dread. Somewhere, somehow, work needs to be done… a... »

Breaking The Fourth Wall: Pokéballs

Breaking The Fourth Wall: Pokéballs

Hello, and welcome to breaking the fourth wall, a new series where I take popular science fiction ideas and explore the different ways they could possibly work. This series will involve heavy speculation and fan theory, and is mostly just a fun exercise. I do not think that pokéballs could exist, although a man can dream. Pokémon X and Y have been out for almost a month now, so you can count this ... »

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: You’re Not Healthy Enough, AKA The Mike Adams

The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: You’re Not Healthy Enough, AKA The Mike Adams

‘Alternatives’ to the germ theory of disease have been known from time to time to blame the victims of disease, and though the inventors and backers of these dubious theories may believe that they’re fighting for some kind of hidden truth, the reality is that their explanations are both patronising and potentially dangerous. »

Critical Fandom: Speaking Out

Critical Fandom: Speaking Out

It’s important to have your voice heard, and, yes, we’ve gone over this, but it can do a whole world of good, no matter how vitriolic the loud minority may be. There are circumstances in which real change can be made, and though we’ve seen an unfortunate lack of movement in the larger skeptical organisations in this regard, other institutions have faced issues of outrageous inter... »

Critical Fandom: Helpless and Slutty

Critical Fandom: Helpless and Slutty

The archetypical stereotypes of women in fiction are everywhere, whether it’s a helpless woman being put into a situation where only a man can save her, eg. most fairy tales, and Super Mario to pick one modern day example, or the parade of other less than savoury characterisations of around half of our population. It’s not just in Japanese animation where free-spirited women are reduce... »

Critical Fandom

Critical Fandom

One of the astonishing things that has come out in reaction to the Tropes Vs Women Youtube series lately is how strong a reaction some people have to fair criticism. Video games, for example, are a product of our society, and therefore in one way or another are a reflection of the state of our society and the influences of the people who make them. The fact that there is sexism in gaming is obviou... »

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