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    The Flaw in the Defense of “Cuties”

    Anyone justifying the existence of Cuties is missing a crucial aspect of the puzzle. The plot is the same thing as “Bend It Like Beckham”, but meaner. We all know the huge problem with it–it sexualizes twelve- and thirteen-year-olds in the context of modern dance. Its defenders say the movie is actually a critique of the hypersexualization young women. That it’s presenting the content in a negative light. It’s about the “dangers” of such activity. That’s bullshit. There are 2-3 minute montages of them dancing outside, on stairs, on a stage. Wearing revealing outfits. Twerking, thrusting their hips, gesturing to their vaginas. That’s not criticism, that’s a music video. You…

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    But the Trans Ran on Time

    Transgender issues are bubbling up again thanks to J.K. Rowling. I don’t agree with or share her opinions, but (and I’ll probably come out on the wrong side of history on this one) there are things about the transgenderism movement that make me angry. That doesn’t mean I’m anti-transgender. I don’t think they need to be “converted”. I’m not afraid of sharing the bathroom with a transgendered person. I don’t ask questions about their surgery or sex life. I don’t subscribe to stereotypes–each one’s story is unique. But there are elements of the transgender culture that make me… skeptical. SIDE 1 – The Side Where You Hate Me Part of…

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    Where’s the Other Side of the Abortion Debate? (a.k.a. why media uses the ‘pull-out method’ when it comes to abortion)

    It’s time to talk about abortion. And as a straight white male, I feel the most qualified. I’m pro-choice, so if you already know nothing’s gonna change your mind, better skip this article. It would be a waste of your time. My base line is that I have no right to make decisions about procedures I know nothing about and can never experience. Men may have a say, but women need to design the rules. Men don’t get more than that until something makes them obliged to share the consequences of a baby. I’m in favor of giving women choices, but for some reason people think “pro-choice” equates to “pro-death”.…

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    Don’t Worry About Anita Sarkeesian or GamerGate

    Anita Sarkeesian’s latest video and GamerGate have caused quite a stir.  To me it sounds like a lot of sound and fury over nothing.  The Internet is more worried about “ethics in games journalism“ while ISIS, ebola, and elections are going on in the real word.  More celebrities taking the time to make a comment on its presence (like Tim Schafer and Joss Whedon and John Scalzi and Stephen Baldwin) and people backlashing “how could you”s back. Here’s the thing: I don’t get what people are afraid of.  Are games going to change?  Get deregulated?  Censored?  Nerfed?  The answer is no. Don’t worry, guys.  All the God of Wars, Saints…

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    The Black Villain

    I don’t like to talk about controversial topics, but I am trying to go beyond my boundaries. This is also a good exercise in me accepting feedback/criticism/humility. Something I need to do if I intend to write posts like “The Penny Arcade Dickwolves Go To State“, “My Philosophy on Writing Women“, and anything concerning Anita Sarkeesian (btw, that’s a fun name to say). I better be able to take it if I can dish it out. Remember, just because you are offended doesn’t mean you’re right. Here’s a problem I run into when writing. I’m a straight white male. I live in Minnesota. I simply do not know much about…

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    Anita Sarkeesian and the Adventures in Video Land

    I feel like I gotta get this off my chest, because it’s been on my mind lately. (Don’t you love blog posts about stuff that happened weeks ago?) First some backstory you already know. Anita Sarkeesian has done a lot of YouTube videos, most notably stuff relating to feminism. I respected her views — I learned a lot about the Bechdel test, on how it’s best applied (as in not per movie, but on a less-than-scientific global/informal level). She made sound points. She seemed intelligent. She made a Kickstarter to do a series about women and/in video games. For some reason, this drew down the thunder of the Internet gods,…

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    What I’ve Learned About Guns from Video Games

    • You don’t need to reload guns. Guns have magical dimensions where they keep bullets, like hammerspace. Depending on the dimension, these bullets either need resupply or are infinite. • If you do need to reload a gun, it happens automagically. You don’t even have to press a button. A new clip appears and loads itself. No need to operate machinery. No sliding a rack or pulling a pin. The gun and your remaining magazines automatically refill. No worries about partially completed clips. No need to count your bullets. • Guns don’t have kickback. No gun, not even a rocket launcher or sawed-off shotgun, has the power to move your…

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    Some Bits about Feminism

    PART 1: Males Get Stereotyped For Their Gender Too (But It’s Not Nearly As Bad As What Women Get) Every time I make a post about a controversial subject, I get page views. So here’s one. A few videos and other recent events have me thinking about things. None of the thoughts really have a cohesive theme, so here’s just a list. • Whenever people talk about gender platitudes, they always talk about those that aren’t in the majority — non-straight, non-white, non-male. Females are known for suffering from “gender boxing”, but males do too. There are male stereotypes too, both positive and negative. • But the consequences aren’t NEARLY…

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    My Philosophy on Writing Women Part 3 — The Conclusions

    I don’t think anyone knew this, but I was extremely nervous releasing “My Philosophy on Writing Women, Part 2 — The Debate”. For many weeks, I scrutinized each line, tried to be fair, but drew on my own experiences, exercised my critical thinking. Several times I almost erased the whole damn thing, thinking it would be easier on myself to avoid the potential controversy and heartache. I foresaw the same sites and people that targeted me before saying “Oh, here goes this douchebag again, making blanket statements. Let’s rage-sult him mercilessly and make him feel bad for shit he didn’t even write.” But I continued because that would be cowardice,…

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    My Philosophy on Writing Women, Part 2 – The Debate

    Don’t bite my head off yet. This is a list of tips that I collected over time regarding common mistakes writer make when writing from a woman’s point of view. Most of them come from David Farland/David Wolverton — a published, well-known author, most known for the Runelords series. And he is directly quoting from other women. So if you want to directly complain about the content, complain to him. Here is some excerpts from that e-mail (it’s not on his site, archives don’t go back that far) and another link to a similar post to mine. Here is his site. When I originally posted this, I was accused of…