Feminism

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills

Content warning: Besides the usual misogyny, we have suicidal ideation. Terminology warning:  I am so over the term pick up.  For one thing, I’m never entirely certain whether it should be one word or two, and if the latter, is it hyphenated?  Also, we already have the perfectly delightful word libertine to describe these people.  So I think I’m going to use that instead from here on. ... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 4: In Which our Narrator Talks about Himself

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 4: In Which our Narrator Talks about Himself

Step 4: Disarm the Obstacles.  Nothing has happened in these 50 pages, so we can all go home early today.  What’s the point of having a book structured in 12 steps if there isn’t enough content for so many sections?  Our filler fluff is surprisingly self-aggrandizing, since it’s all about how all the “gurus” of the pick up movement are now all competing to have Style.... »

50 Shades of Fail: Chapter 2 yeah uh, I totally love DIY, yeah ha ha ha, this isn’t wildly inappropriate at all.

50 Shades of Fail: Chapter 2 yeah uh, I totally love DIY, yeah ha ha ha, this isn’t wildly inappropriate at all.

Yes it’s that time again. *sings* Come with me and you’ll see a world of poorly written, abusive eroticaaaaa.  Chapter two: yeah uh, I totally love DIY, yeah ha ha ha, this isn’t wildly inappropriate at all ha ha ha ANA IS FREE! Hurrah, she has escaped the subtly constructed penis building, without falling over! I feel like giving the poor girl a hug already. Oh I may have spoken... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our Narrator Gets Close to Thinking of Women as People, but Veers Off Very Expectedly into Rapiness

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our Narrator Gets Close to Thinking of Women as People, but Veers Off Very Expectedly into Rapiness

We have reached a need for content warnings, I think.  No actual rape, but very rapey attitudes and opinions are expressed. On a tangential, but unrelated note, I was in Austin, TX, recently, and apparently many famous movie stars live there, including but not limited to Sandra Bullock.  I was informed of this by a gentleman, expressing disbelief that a person such as her ex (who was described in ... »

50 Shades of Fail

50 Shades of Fail

50 Shades of Grey is once again rearing it’s damn head again and holy crap haven’t we heard, I dare say, too much about this series? Well no, as the newly released trailer is blinking across the internet with tag lines such as ‘tantalisingly sexy‘ and ‘hold on to your hand cuffs!’. It seems despite the chorus of angry voices that have been debunking this story a... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 2: In Which a Good Stiff Motivational Speech Might Be in Order

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 2: In Which a Good Stiff Motivational Speech Might Be in Order

I continue reading Neil Strauss’ The Game.  Step 2 is Approach and Open.  Are you ready?  Are you ready for this?  Are you hanging on the edge of your seat? In this section, we abandon our frame narrative for some point in the past When it All Began (TM).  Our intrepid narrator Style attends a workshop from renowned (?) pick up artist Mystery.  Mystery’s credentials consist of a manila... »

Assassin’s Can’t Be Women?

Assassin’s Can’t Be Women?

Feminism and the video game industry do seem to be clashing a lot recently, don’t they? If the egrigious reaction of the MRA-verse to Feminist Frequency’s series in ‘Tropes vs Women in Video Games’ is anything to go by, we still have a long way to go until the gaming world accepts the fact that 48% of their community is women and therefore deserve to be represented in this ... »

Do Your Research: Campus Sexual Assault

Do Your Research: Campus Sexual Assault

It’s about the time of year when many high school students are choosing a school for next year and getting ready to take the big leap into collegeland. Most of these young people, and probably the subset of them that reads here, have done a lot of research on the school that they will end up choosing: the number of students, location, ranking, specialties, required courses, food, dorms, dive... »

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