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We, the female gamers of the world, are FUCKING tired of this.

Who in the world thinks this could possibly be anything but a sexist, classist clusterfuck?

No, this is not sexy. No, this is not funny. It is demeaning and rage-inducing. A pregnancy tracking sheet? Really? It's like a bad Youtube satire of playing with girls. "Roll to see if you're menstruating!" Filling in your bust and waist measurements on your character sheet? Really?

We are more than our genitalia. We want to play characters who are more than their genitalia. We want you to respect that we're fully-fledged human beings. Why on earth is that so difficult?

*Disclaimer: the men I play with, to the best of my knowledge, will all see this as just as jaw-droppingly disgusting as I do. That's one reason I continue to play with them.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes (No cut b/c everyone needs to see this - DEAL.):

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.  As opposed to the victim, who's gonna bounce back lickety-fucking-split, right?

Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands — known as the Quarters — said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.  TOTALLY BEGGING FOR IT.

THIS IS RAPE CULTURE, PEOPLE.

Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

Here's how to contact NYT: )

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I'm reading "Airborn," by Kenneth Oppel. It's excellent. I'm fairly sure that if I let myself pick it up again tonight, I won't actually sleep much. It's exactly the kind of SF I like the best - an alternate parallel universe, with differing technology that nevertheless holds together and makes sense.

And yet, the feminist in me can't help but notice that this excellent author, writing for the youth market and winning awards doing it, STILL isn't writing female protagonists. The story is told in the first person, from the POV of the cabin boy, and the female in the story is a wilful, bookish rich girl on a quest who pulls him in.

In other words, she's a smart, capable princess, in a secondary role. Her main job seems to be to get the protagonist in trouble that he can then get them all out of - or at least, the secondary plot is about him getting them out of that trouble.

There aren't a lot of young adult books written in the last thirty years with a female protagonist. (The His Dark Materials trilogy is one, though a boy comes into prominence in the second book; the Kate Pearson books are others. And the author of Ella Enchanted is another, but her protagonists are based on fairy tales and are either princesses, or destined to become princesses. I'm not sure if it counts.) Most of the others - The Thief Lord, Cornelia Funke's books, Harry Potter, etc, etc - all male protagonists, even when the author was female. There are strong girls there - but they're always bookish supporting characters like Hermione. She's just as much a literary trope as the princess - in fact the bookish princess is not limited to Belle in the fairy tale world.

Maybe I should start writing for teens after all. Mind you, I'd be likely to simply cast a Hermione type in the starring role, because my favourite female characters are always like her. Annarisse was, Velvet less so, Eklaa in the new book is a lot like that. I understand that character type very well.

It's depressing. We've come so far on the road to equity, but our literature still has a glass ceiling hiding behind its historical genre roots.

Whew.

Jun. 10th, 2009 09:54 pm
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I've spent most of my internet time today reading the Rape post I linked to this morning - or rather, reading half of the 1563 comments on it. (I got to page six out of eleven.)

The comments got me thinking.Stuff about rape, may be triggering )
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And I have links for you. So there!
Dear Pixar, please make a movie about a girl who isn't a princess

On Rape and Men, which all the wonderful men on my friends list still need to read. I truly believe that most of you are That Guy, and like some of the commenters said, it's pretty sad that I feel the need to acknowledge guys as good just for not being raging dickheads.
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I was browsing the friendslist. [livejournal.com profile] mytimetoheal linked to a metaquotes post, where I found this icon, ganked with permission and credit. It's a spiffy feminist icon. I like it. Take the time to read the whole thing, though; it's long. I believe it's a Joss Whedon quote.

EDIT: The whole speech, which [livejournal.com profile] thebitterguy pointed me towards:

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Thirty-nine-year-old singer and mother of three Faith Hill is on the cover of this month's Redbook. Except that her image has been photoshopped into a completely different look from the real her. Arm fat, tummy fat, back fat, the lines of love and laughter and life, a great tan - all gone. No wonder women end up striving for unattainable weight goals, never satisfied by their appearance.

Be sure to follow the annotated link at the bottom for exactly what they did to the picture.

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] hillarygayle for the link, and whoever she got it from - [livejournal.com profile] wayfarersgirl, I think.

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