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This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds, even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science fiction. It’s so normalized that when these elements are critiqued, the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game worlds would feel too “unrealistic” or “not historically accurate”. What does it say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye? When dragons, ogres and magic are inserted into historically influenced settings without objection. We are perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration and the ability to carry dozens of weapons and items in a massive invisible backpack. But somehow the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable.
Tropes vs Women in Video Games, Women as Background Decoration: Part 2 (via femfreq)

Alien Hippy Lovers’ Mugs available on my Zazzle. Just to be a shit, I put two female names on them. I wonder how many people will twitch over that…. *snicker* Just like I refuse to tag anything with flowers as “for her” and I sometimes will put a male name on something society would generally consider to be “girly” because, dammit, it’s perfectly OKAY for a guy to like things that are cute, flowery, pink, foo-foo or whatever. :-p

Call Ripley’s! On a whim I decided to put the new version of Gryphon up on Threadless just to see if it would make it. It did! So, if you want this tee, PLEASE click below to fund it on Threadless! Scoring works, too, if you can’t buy right now. The bonus is, if you fund it and it actually goes to print, you will get $5 off the price with my promo code 1TLQV8 and I’ll get double the commission on the sale. If the shirt ends up not being funded, then you don’t pay anything.

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femfreq:

Brand new episode of Tropes vs Women is online! Please heed the content warning on this video. It contains some especially triggering scenes of sexual violence.

People seriously need to think about how young people are basically being programmed to see violence in general and violence against women in particular as “normal”. Reveling in these kinds of graphic depictions of violence is really not a sign of a healthy and balanced mind. And then people wonder why we’re having increasing incidents of young people killing people because it “seemed like a fun thing to do” or because they “wanted to see what it was like in the real world”.

The fact that most games are so over the top with the violence and brutality toward women in particular is exactly why I quit playing most video games. It got to a point where it was becoming psychologically disturbing.

Okay, I finally got around to watching An Adventure in Space and Time. My one gripe with it was the tossing in of stuff from modern Who such as Tennant’s “I don’t want to go” line and the cameo by Matt Smith in the ending. I would have much preferred that they leave it as a testament and salute to Verity, Waris and William rather than trying to hook younger viewers to this movie by tossing in The Doctor they’re familiar with. That was cheesy and kind of ruined an otherwise good movie. If they just HAD to do it, it would have been much more appropriate (and made a lot more sense) to have Christopher Eccleston in there seeing as he was the one who was the rebirth of Doctor Who, first of the modern batch. Just my thoughts on that.

iheartgeek:

Ok. Here it goes. This is terrifying. If you’ve known me for years and have looked past this or are kind enough to never say anything, you have my undying gratitude. If you’ve never met me and this disgusts you, sorry, this is who I am, for now. www.gofundme.com/MariesSmile - Here it is. TAKE NOTE, the following link contains gruesome imagery. I know things are hard for everyone and no one I know, including myself, is made of money. If you cannot donate, I ask that you simply SHARE with everyone you know or who will listen. It goes a long way, I promise. Thank you all, you have no idea how hard this is. 12 Years in hiding, I can’t do it any more. 

Signal boosting this again.

Whovian Nerd Day! Wooo!

So, it’s the big day when we get The Doctor back! I’ve been up all night, all twitchy with anticipation. I’m having a whole Whovian nerd day watching stuff about Doctor Who while I work on my Torchwood fan fic. I’m going to go crash for a bit to sleep on how I’m going to block out my next bit of action in the story and get some rest so I’m fresh for The Doctor this evening. Happy Whovian Nerd Day! :-D

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