Things I learnt today: During WW1, MI5 used Girl Guides to send secret messages. They used Girl Guides because they quickly found that Boy Scouts couldn’t be trusted and were’t efficient enough.
the boy scouts were too gossipy, so they used girl guides as spies instead this is probably the best day of my life
This is DELIGHTFUL.
OKAY I’m posting about this shit
I am a Woman working in/around/for the games industry. I am also a feminist.
I am critical of Anita Sarkeesian’s ‘Tropes vs Women in Video games’ videos (all two of them) but I absolutely support her in making them because I feel like a lot of people pretend to criticize her videos but really just get mad at her for daring to make them at all.
Like personally I watched her original tropes vs women series and I thought it was pretty good. I liked it. but for a lot of reasons I feel like her tropes vs women in video games series misses the mark.
It seems to me that she started with her original tropes vs women series, and when it was over, the next “logical” progression was video games but she wasn’t really equipped to handle the differences or really understand the cultural differences because she’s not a gamer.
Also It seems like she under delivered on her kickstarter but i didn’t back it so i’m not really gonna get into that
But it seems like people aren’t attacking her based on her research or her methods but just on the fact that she’s daring to say anything at all. Even the people who say “this video is poorly researched” seem to follow it with “so it’s all bullshit and misogyny isn’t a problem in video games” which is one hell of a false correlation.
Why can’t we look at her videos and say “I don’t think she’s going about this the right way, but is there any truth in what she’s saying?”
Like i’ve seen posts where people say things like “why is she focusing on video games when movies are more misogynistic” and I’m just thinking “She already did focus on movies. Who’s got terrible research now?”
And people get mad at her by saying things like “she’s just doing it for attention” and “She’s trying to be a martyr” (which of course are attacks on her character instead of her material)
But even assuming those things are both true, I personally am GLAD that she is willingly accepting all of this negative attention because I sure as hell don’t want to. All this negative attention is bringing to light some REALLY SHITTY BEHAVIOUR that we, as people, need to be able to address and talk about and if Anita is willing to shoulder the burden than I am fucking thankful for it.
I don’t really like Anita’s videos. but i respect the hell out of her for making them and i am THANKFUL for her continuing to talk about what they represent. If you dislike Anita Sarkeesian I don’t blame you, but if you use her shortcomings to justify the misogyny in the games industry than I have absolutely no respect for you. Regardless of the quality of Anita’s videos, the reaction to them has more than proven that THERE IS A PROBLEM HERE.
I’m sick of magical worlds with no technology. I want fairy run coffee shops where you can get a latte with a shot of charisma, because you’ve got a big presentation you’re worried about, or witches working at Apple selling phones that automatically appear in your pocket if you accidentally leave it somewhere, or psychics running hair salons who always know how you want your hair to look, or aura reader therapists. I just really want normalized magic in modern society