Ah you’re watching nge? I love that anime. The way they just [unit01clenches fist] [kaworu splat noise]
Here’s a less nuanced, more sound-bitey post: The most popular form of left-wing homophobia, stretching all the way back to goddamn 1930s communists is to claim that all LGBT people are rich, privileged, decadent bourgeoisie etc etc etc.
funnily enough i was considering making a post saying that modern radical queer analysis seems to assume every gay person has been born and raised on a liberal arts college campus in the bay area since the early 20th century
Gisella Perl was forced to work as a doctor in Auschwitz concentration camp during the holocaust.
She was ordered to report ever pregnant women do the physician Dr. Josef Mengele, who would then use the women for cruel experiments (e.g. vivisections) before killing them.
She saved hundreds of women by performing abortions on them before their pregnancy was discovered, without having access to basic medical supplies. She became known as the “Angel of Auschwitz”.
After being rescued from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp she tried to commit suicide, but survived, recovered and kept working as a gynecologist, delivering more than 3000 babies.
I want to nail this to the forehead of every anti-abortionist who uses the word “Holocaust” when talking about legal abortions.
Always, always, always remind pro-lifers how many more people would have died during the holocaust without access to abortion, and remind them ho they would have died.
Never let pro-lifers compare the victims of the holocaust to fetuses that have no concept of their own life or being. It’s not equivalent and it’s gross.
Stop comparing abortion, or anything else, to the Holocaust.
mspantie said: john didnt mention a lot of things that calliborn has done, he just mentioned the basics as to why he's a bad guy. im all about feminism and calling out pigs, but im pretty sure that 'trillions dying and a lot of universes blowing up' is more important than him being an excruciatingly bastardous misogynist, as far as webcomics go.
Wel, yeah, but that wasn’t my fucking point at all? My point was that his misogyny was not the reason he was hated by everyone, and thus that was not a good argument for caliborn’s misogyny having consequences????
i love that barrowman’s response also distances him from the contestant
"hahahaha women do laundry right john? you with me, john?"
"don’t lump me in with you, you fucking martian”
This is what I’m talking about when I keep saying that men have to deny the endorsement. This guy wanted Barrowman’s tacit support or agreement for his sexism, as part of bonding through humour. John went nope.
I have become so cynical about homestuck and how it’s going lately. I don’t know how to handle this. How do you handle growing increasingly aware of all the problematc shit that is only getting worse as time goes on, of growing increasingly dissatisfied with something that defined and was a huge…excuse me, i know hs has been really shitty lately, but hussie is trying his best to finish up and get us out of the caliborn font. calliborn is a good character but a bad person, he is diverse and has veiws, shitty vews, but there his and they are currently being represented just as callies were. anywho, john’s about to beat his ass for us. so just know it will be back soon. :)
already kind of answered this but
characters do not exist in a vacuum. All the shit caliborn is doing is not being called out, criticized, or in any way commented upon. Caliborn’s awful awful language and general quips at the expense of women has never been called out in canon. The most that got called out one time is john’s reprimation of how he was displaying them in his story.
Hussie has made the mistake so many writers/game developers/movie directors/ script writers make in that they equate showing or bringing up an issue as actually being about an issue, without feeling the need to criticize/have actual consequences for the actions.
It’s not satire, t’s not comedy, it’s just misogyny.
Like ok, let’s compare using homestuck. One of my favorite new scenes in the recent acts is terezi talking about gamzee’s abuse. Gamzee’s abuse here is not made into comedy, and we don’t just see gamzee being an abusive asshole with no commentary. Instead, we see how awful and crushed terezi has become due to his abuse that led her into making a decision she can’t reverse. We see her cry, breakdown, be incredibly emotional due to this in both the first pesterlogs we saw this, and in subsequent scenes.It rings so well with me because i’ve experienced the exact same things, and seeing it treated so realistically and darkly was great.
None of caliborn’s actions have received this treatment. Hell, we haven’t even seen how this type of language/treatment has affected calliope. As much as i love caliborn as a character, how his awfulness is handled in the story is not well done.
I’m just gonna go ahead and bring this up here (and I know I could be TOTALLY wrong about this). But well, I think that I might be able to address the criticism to some extent.
Generally we can view Caliborns actions one of two ways. The first way is that Caliborn is acting as an archetypical parody. A mirror of every douche-bag misogynisitic male you know. A stand in for all the people who we do not condone and whose actions and beliefs are not only deplorable, but utterly disgusting.
Now firstly, we could say that this is used as comedy. In which case what is occurring is similar to what happens in older Mel-brooks parody movies, in which the traits of characters are amplified to an incredible extreme such that they become utterly ridiculous and as such create humor because we recognize them to be so out of place. The major thing I enjoy about Hussies writing is that he allows characters actions and statements to speak for themselves, they don’t need to be explained because we as readers are smart enough to figure it out (or at least that’s how Hussie generally tries to treat us). In the case of parody I think that we are supposed to KNOW that Caliborn is wrong. And that what Hussie is trying to present to us is a souped up hyper parody of the standard mysoginistic douchebag we have all encountered before. It’s similar to old Mel-brooks parody movies, in which the characters we know from classic films are taken to such an extreme that they become utterly ridiculous. The problem with the mysoginists that Hussie SEEMS to be trying to parody here, is that they are already such an extreme and ridiculous group already that it is very difficult to satirize them. I admit it seems to be played straight if you have encountered these kinds of people before, but there is an element of ridiculousness in the most recent update which bespeaks that he is trying his best to make Caliborn as an extreme and ridiculous example of mysoginy as possible. But again, for those who have encountered them before, it seems to hit a bit too close to home.
Alternatively, there is the idea that Caliborn is played straight. Not a hyper parody of a mysoginist, but just a regular mysoginist. This seems to be what the majority of people are viewing it as. And I can understand the concern that simply bringing it up does not lead to solvency. That by not doing anything terrible to Caliborn for being a mysoginist Hussie is tacitly supporting them. That being said, Hussie seems to respect his readers enough that he trusts them to UNDERSTAND right from wrong and that again, Caliborn is utterly deplorable. And yet, for all his wrong doings, we have yet to see him receive his comeuppance. And I think that is intentional to a large degree. And I believe that we HAVE seen to an extent, the fallout from Caliborns words and actions, multiple times. Such as Calliope’s feelings of hopelessness and despair as he continues to berate her and demean her throughout their entire chess exchange. Or how he demeans Jane, body shaming her and causing her severe emotional distress. These are genuinely heart-wrenching things which hit close to home in my opinion and show how much of a terrible influence Caliborn is on other characters. And unfortunately, just like the douche-bags and mysoginists who sit behind their computers consequence free as they shame and demean others, so too has Caliborn gotten away generally scott-free with his bad behavior. And in that sense he is all too real, as he is not only a cosmic entity of destruction and death, but also that person we all know and hate who brings misery to our everyday lives (basically he is Voldemort+Umbridge if that makes any sense).
I could be wrong on these accounts but I don’t think Hussie is supporting mysoginists and fedora-wearing douchebags by having his principle villain be one. He has qualities we recognize as being more human, recognizable and even relatable as shown in his brief “remorse” as his thoughts wander to his lost sister. But at the same time he is a character made to be hated by the reader while still being that, a CHARACTER, and more than just a base stereotype (just as almost all of the cast of mspa is). And there is still one thing to recall. It took a VERY long time to build up the full nature of Terezi and Gamzee’s unhealthy relationship and for it to hit home just how terrible it really was (similar to a very real abusive relationship). And while this is pure conjecture, I think Hussie may be on the same path with Caliborn. To allow us all to see and recognize his actions as well as their full impact on the people around him, as well as (hopefully) the sensation of a sweet just-reward for all the terrible things he has done, both in his cosmic world destroying actions, and in his more palpable inter-personal terrorization.
Or, I could be completely wrong about this, that is a definite possibility
On Homestucks other short-comings? Well, I can’t really speak on those. I just know that for all its problems it has been a fun ride, and while we should not excuse its problems, that doesn’t mean that we should just give up on all the positive things it has done and brought to our lives.
JUST. SHOWING. SOMETHING. IS. NOT. PARODY. OR. SATIRE.
Expecting your audience know your intentions is bad fucking writing. People aren’t inside your fucking head. And here’s the thing- everyone goes into creating what they do with the intentions to make the best thing they can. However, this does not excuse when something is just plain bad or problematic.
All the homestuck characters are exaggerated. They’re characters. But with all the other characters, we see some form of consequence or commentary. Karkat’s romantic obsessiveness is frequently punished and called out. Characters get foils to each other that create commentary (like how Karkat and Dave play off of each other). Caliborn’s misogyny has had no commentary and no consequences. It’s not even a fucking thing really outside of the 4th wall. Calliope never really mentions or shows any actual consequences of his misogynistic actions- none of her self esteem problems are ever shown to have a gender slant to them. You know whatspending years wth an abusive misogynist would do? You fucking internalize that shit. While caliborn’s actions and abusive behavior is generally handled pretty well, the misogyny is not. And now she’s dead and very separate from the story, so now he has even less options for foils. John has only called him out on how he treated women in his story, and not his awful language and just general attitude towards women.
I don’t need comeuppance every second in the story. I want consequences, I want acknowledge that his behavior is awful and toxic, I want this subject to be treated with the respect it deserves. If he actually treated it with respect, he could make actual satire or comedy. Gamzee sure as hell hasn’t gotten comeuppance but you don’t see me complaining about his abusive plot with terezi because that area is handled with respect. The second is became known as a thing we saw consequences. Hell, before it became a thing we saw consequences.
And yes, by not having commentary or comeuppance or consequences, he has contributed to misogyny. Want proof? The sheer number of fucking people who have tried to tell me, a woman, that I shouldn’t be offended or feel uncomfortable with Caliborn’s behavior. Just like every boy who tells women they shouldn’t be offended at rape jokes, or kitchen jokes, or 500 other displays of misogyny. When you show something without commentary or consequence, it becomes problematic. It validates those who believe in it, and turns the subject into a joke, punching down at those affected, rather than punching up at the fucking misogynists. There’s a way to do social commentary humor. This ain’t it.
From the way he’s handled the abusive plotlines, save perhaps for the tavros/vriska ones (though that’s another debate), it makes me think he may have very real experience with emotional and maybe other types of abuse. What he does not have and will never have, is experience with misogyny. And it really, really, shows.
Anonymous said: How do you feel about people who don't oppose what feminism stands for, but feels the title "feminist" has been co-opted and chooses not to use it? Surely someone who's been actively hurt or erased by someone in the name of feminism has every right to feel wary about it as a movement.
I don’t care what people want to call themselves. If a person has been mistreated or ignored by feminists, I understand why she might eschew the label. There are plenty of people who justifiably feel that way, because feminists, like all people, are imperfect humans who, like all people, exist in a framework of intersecting hierarchies and oppressions. In other words, feminists have a long history of ignoring their own privilege and treating certain people like shit. I can’t blame anyone who wants to say, “Screw that.”
But! Can we be clear? Feminism hasn’t been co-opted, and it’s not a movement in the first place. Feminism is an umbrella term that describes a lot of different people and things. There really has never been one single feminist movement. There have always been multiple feminisms, and there probably always will be.
I would hope that, whatever a person believes in, she won’t shy away from letting everyone know it — even if lots of horrible people purport to believe similar things. Saying “I’m a feminist” is one shorthand way of saying that you believe in gender equality. Saying, “I believe in gender equality” is another way of saying the same thing, just slightly longer. So say it however you want.
a team in last year’s robotics class forgot to comment out a line of joke code so during the final their robot completed the assigned task in autonomous mode, stopped directly in front of the professor, printed “HEADED HOME, MOTHERFUCKERS” to its LCD, and drove back to base
The above document was sent to me by a male reader of my site who’s quite stunned by what he read. I’m not.
They’re fairly organized and are actively calling for articles and research to highlight just how oppressed they are:
"Cite sources that show Leigh Alexander’s EXTREME racism, misandry, and bias towards Intel’s largest consumer-level base (Gamers)… If you have an academic position, tenure, are part of a research group AND have an interest in contributing NEW PAPERS that go against the current Feminist Inquisition…"
DiGRA = Digital Games Research Association.
We all know what consumer base they’re about as well.
But it’s all about ethics in journalism and research, right?
Reasons why it is terrifying to be a feminist academic in videogames: This
GamerGate: their tactics.
Trying to brainstorm more characters and concepts for my silly, untitled fantasy setting and I had this idea for a bandit sitting around.
She’s a hulking terror clad in a wrestling singlet, hailing from the swamp lands. She likes to feel cute, and she is quite a babe for her kind.