• drken posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    I vote for sexism. You can get away with saying things about women that would get you in huge trouble if said about pretty much any other marginalized group.

  • drken posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks for the link. It’s nice to have something I just really don’t get explained to me by someone with the same tastes in ’80s movies I do. So, I understand why some people are pretty excited about this movie, I’m just not a big fan of remakes. I was skeptical about the Batman reboot (I thought Shumacher pretty much destroyed the franchise, so…[Read more]

  • drken posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    I’ve noticed lately that the biggest indicator of the power of the Patriarchy is that even when our dehumanizing stereotypes are about men, it’s everybody else that has to change their behavior to accommodate us. If we thought Sorority sisters were uncontrollably violent and unable to control their sexual desires, we wouldn’t punish Fraternities…[Read more]

  • drken posted a new activity comment 3 years, 6 months ago

    While it’s great that Terry Crews is enthusiastic about increased opportunity for women in his industry, I disagree with the idea that there is such a thing as a reboot that “needs” to happen. While sexists have been far too mad about this project (which has been entertaining to watch), everybody else seems far too happy. Good people are involved…[Read more]

    • I’m not sure how that’s any different from any other movie that’s ever been made, though.

      I’m not sure why some people are like WHAT A REBOOT?! NOOOO!

      There is a reason reboots happen: Because they are successful.

      And why shouldn’t there be an all-female cast of a really popular sci-fi comedy? How is that not a good thing? I don’t see the…[Read more]

    • Can you explain why this isn’t a good thing and why it doesn’t need to happen? People say this all the time but no one ever says why. I don’t get it, honestly. I don’t care if a movie is a reboot, as long as it’s done well.

    • Here is a really good outline of why so many women are excited about this. In a way that men have been able to get excited about stuff since, well, the dawn of movies, but we haven’t:

      View story at Medium.com

      • Thanks for the link. It’s nice to have something I just really don’t get explained to me by someone with the same tastes in ’80s movies I do. So, I understand why some people are pretty excited about this movie, I’m just not a big fan of remakes. I was skeptical about the Batman reboot (I thought Shumacher pretty much destroyed the franchise, so…[Read more]

  • drken posted a new activity comment 3 years, 9 months ago

    I believe that Adam Savage is now on the board of JREF, which gives me hope for the future of that organization.

  • drken posted a new activity comment 3 years, 11 months ago

    I like booth babes as much as the next straight male, but I’m not putting it in my profile, it’s just creepy. That he doesn’t understand how it would undermine any argument about sexism in the gaming community just underscores the whole problem.

  • drken posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    I think your kind of missing the point making it about Jay-Z. I hope he’s OK, because I wouldn’t want anybody to suffer from abuse. My problem is with the MSM/interwebs complexes reaction to it, which is a much larger problem. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine (which sort of explains me being impatient with everybody). Don’t get me started about…[Read more]

    • You hope he’s okay? I’m sure he’s perfectly fine.

    • And I wasn’t demeaning her or not taking her seriously. I am only laying out what I believe to be pretty obvious facts. I also said nothing about street cred, so if you could please refrain from literally making shit up, that would be swell.

  • drken posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    I get the reference to “Elevatorgate” and I’m sorry I jumped the gun on the “nobody else cares”, but I’m not trying to be a MRA icon and I don’t really care about Jay-Z. If was trying to be a MRA icon, I would have called for him to be able to hit her back, calling it “true equality”. I also would have brought it up while trying to highjack a…[Read more]

    • I think you’re right, and I think you could have waited a minute before deciding that you were the only one who had a problem with jokes about Solange assaulting Jay Z.
      I don’t think there’s any MRAing going on, either. You could slow your roll a little, though.

    • I don’t think you’re wrong, exactly, not in a broad sense, but I also don’t think Jay Z was in any danger and he KNEW it, and I think that’s an important part of the equation. His posture and his reaction make it clear that he thinks the whole thing was rather silly, and that he believes Solange ultimately doesn’t have any power against him.

      • Come on…JayZ wasn’t “in danger” because he’s freaking rich and has hired a (thank gawd) mellowyellow bodyguard that’s Extraordinarily Great snuffing out physical bullshit instead of exacerbating it Police departments in New York, Chicago, hello ?!?!?! ALBUQUERQUE etc should be asking JayZ to put them in touch with *his* guy who Knows How To Pick ‘Em.

        • I’m honestly having a hard time parsing this comment.

          It wasn’t just the bodyguard. It’s also because, as you mentioned, he’s rich and more powerful in other senses than Solange (he’s a producer and has a lot of clout in the business). But ALSO because Jay Z is a giant, strong man, especially compared to Solange, who can clearly hold her own,…[Read more]

        • And I think the bodyguard being there was also good for SOLANGE, as it kept the situation from escalating. What if this was a different man and a different woman, not in an elevator being monitored by cameras and bodyguards? He could have beaten her to a bloody pulp, and some men might have if put in such a situation as that. And then he could…[Read more]

    • Again, I agree. The incident was trivialized in the media overall, (where lameness is S.O.P), but also in progressive media. It worried me at the time (and I said as much in comments at the time) that it wasn’t dealt with more seriously by anyone in any of my feeds.

      I also admit I don’t completely get this Skepchick blogpost calling back to…[Read more]

      • I think it was just supposed to be a joke that missed the mark. No one is perfect, and I personally think Courtney, the author of this post, just didn’t really think things through. But, it did spark quite an interesting conversation, so I don’t think it was for nothing!

        I DO think it is important, however, when discussing Solange (a woman)…[Read more]

        • I totally get this. Jay Z not only “never felt threatened”, he was bodyguarded which enabled him to never feel threatened, and allowed him this bemused detachment. I’m not begrudging him Any Of That.

          From my seat,What a Wonderful World It Would Be if everybody was equipped with Jay Z’s bodyguard. That guy was
          AWESOME! The fire…[Read more]

          • I doubt he’d feel threatened if the bodyguard wasn’t there. That’s also part of my point.

            The bodyguard did his job, the job he is paid to do. I’m not sure why this makes him awesome.

            TBH, I find the need for bodyguards to be, in most cases, pretty ridiculous and unnecessary. It appears, to me at least, to be more of a status symbol than…[Read more]

        • drken replied 4 years ago

          I think your kind of missing the point making it about Jay-Z. I hope he’s OK, because I wouldn’t want anybody to suffer from abuse. My problem is with the MSM/interwebs complexes reaction to it, which is a much larger problem. It’s kind of a pet peeve of mine (which sort of explains me being impatient with everybody). Don’t get me started about…[Read more]

          • You hope he’s okay? I’m sure he’s perfectly fine.

          • And I wasn’t demeaning her or not taking her seriously. I am only laying out what I believe to be pretty obvious facts. I also said nothing about street cred, so if you could please refrain from literally making shit up, that would be swell.

        • d506 replied 4 years ago

          “And you know, as someone who has a bit of a temper, I’ve been where Solange has been. Sometimes you just don’t give a fuck about right or wrong, and I’m ALSO pretty certain that Solange knew there was no way she was going to harm Jay Z in any way, and therefore felt “safe” giving him a few hits. Again, I’m not saying it’s right, and I have learne…[Read more]

          • No. Me and my sisters are fighters, that’s all. My twin sister once put a guy in the hospital, I’m not even joking. But they were both, uh, not sober. I have gotten myself into some gnarly situations where my smaller and weaker statue could have put me in danger. Them’s just the facts. I just don’t always give a fuck because I have a bit of…[Read more]

    • It was more your tone than anything, and the not even waiting five hours.

      I don’t really think Jay-Z was in any danger, and he certainly didn’t think so.

  • drken posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    This sort of thing isn’t happening in a vacuum and t’s not just that people don’t take this problem seriously enough, they think it’s funny. http://youtu.be/Jy5vRGtKPY0

  • drken posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Jay-Z isn’t going to complain because it would make him look weak. If Jay-Z don’t have a problem with it, then good for him, but other men aren’t so lucky.

    • drken replied 4 years ago

      This sort of thing isn’t happening in a vacuum and t’s not just that people don’t take this problem seriously enough, they think it’s funny. http://youtu.be/Jy5vRGtKPY0

    • Did you see Jay Z’s posture in the videos of the event? He wasn’t at all worried. He was laughing and completely relaxed.

      No, I don’t think glorification of violence is okay, but Jay Z was in no danger whatsoever and I very much doubt he feels threatened in any way. In fact, the reason he was so relaxed is because he’s probably very aware of…[Read more]

  • drken posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Seriously? I’m the only one who has a problem with this? Abused men suffer in silence because they think people will laugh at them. Sarcastically calling it a “important moment in our movement” doesn’t sound like you take it seriously.

    • Just because no one has yet to reply doesn’t mean you’re the only one who has a problem with it…

      Honestly, though, I don’t think Jay Z needs anyone to defend him. He seems completely fine with whatever transpired in the elevator.

      • drken replied 4 years ago

        Jay-Z isn’t going to complain because it would make him look weak. If Jay-Z don’t have a problem with it, then good for him, but other men aren’t so lucky.

        • drken replied 4 years ago

          This sort of thing isn’t happening in a vacuum and t’s not just that people don’t take this problem seriously enough, they think it’s funny. http://youtu.be/Jy5vRGtKPY0

        • Did you see Jay Z’s posture in the videos of the event? He wasn’t at all worried. He was laughing and completely relaxed.

          No, I don’t think glorification of violence is okay, but Jay Z was in no danger whatsoever and I very much doubt he feels threatened in any way. In fact, the reason he was so relaxed is because he’s probably very aware of…[Read more]

    • Ummm, you do realize that nobody actually thinks the song has anything to do with our movement right? And that this post is a play on Rebecca’s Elevatorgate?

    • See? Most people would wait a week before concluding you were ‘the only one who has a problem with this’. Some would wait a day. Some would wait five hours.

      You…can’t even manage that.

      Oh, and FYI, one thing men who actually have been physically or sexually abused by women absolutely hate is being turned into MRA icons. And I doubt you…[Read more]

      • Meeeh, I don’t think drken was trying to turn him into an MRA icon. I think drken has some solid points, but I also think they are ignoring the obvious (to everyone INCLUDING Jay-Z) power differences.

        Jay Z was and is no danger whatsoever, and he knew and knows it. His posture in that video is very telling.

  • drken posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Because it’s funny when women hit men and they should just take it (because he probably deserves it). Still waiting for Solange to get any negative press for this.

    • No, it’s not funny when women hit men in elevators, and you’re absolutely right on this whoever you are. You’re absolutely right that the blows thrown by Solange in the elevator cam were treated in the press as reality TV giggles and gossip rather than attempted criminal assault (bodyguard earned his pay that night cutting that mess short quick).…[Read more]

  • drken posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Ronald Moore, who developed the series and wrote most of the episodes was also involved with Deep Space 9, another Sci-Fi show that explored religion and spirituality. To good effect, IMHO.

  • drken posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    I’m with PZ, until she plagiarizes her apology for plagiarism, she’s no Shia LeBeouf. I’ve never heard of Lee Lemon, but I do like Futurama references. I’ll have to check some of her videos out.

  • drken posted a new activity comment 4 years, 1 month ago

    Lighting from space is always cool to watch. Nova did a special on the ionosphere that include some of the studies done on the ISS to study lightning “sprites” that fly off into the ionosphere during particularly powerful lightning.

  • drken commented on the post, Skepchick Quickies 9.3, on the site Skepchick 4 years, 11 months ago

    Sorry, it should be Live Nude Girls Unite. It’s a good movie for labor day as it’s not your normal labor union story. Sorry to hear it’s closing down.

  • drken commented on the post, Skepchick Quickies 9.3, on the site Skepchick 4 years, 11 months ago

    For anybody who wants to learn more about the Lusty Lady, I suggest watching “Live Girls Unite!”, a documentary about how it unionized.

  • In my defense, Monster Cables are overpriced and overhyped. Heck, there’s a whole branch of Skepticism dedicated to examining the claims of various audiophile manufacturers. They’re as bad as the dowsers.