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    Eating My Words on Wonder Woman

    Oh, look at all these words. Oh… yum… gulp… so delicious… so meaty. So good… so good to eat… so scrumptious… I’ve never eaten words as good as this before. This is delicious. Scrumpf… glomp… chew… oh so good… so satisfying… filling…can’t get enough… So in 2012, I wrote a blog about how we’d never see a Wonder Woman movie, or at least a good one. Let’s take a look at some of the points I made and why I was wrong. “…to make Wonder Woman translate to today’s audiences, you would have to alter her so radically that she wouldn’t resemble Wonder Woman anymore. … Someone’s going to leave…

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    Thoughts on the New Ghostbusters

    DISCLAIMER: I am not a misogynist and I am not racist. I love Ghostbusters. My mom still has my proton pack and Ecto-1. I was looking forward to the new movie – everyone in the cast has proven themselves over and over again. I don’t believe the movie’s existence is/will ruin my childhood. I don’t believe “reboot syndrome” is anything new in Hollywood.  I saw the trailer and was disappointed in what I saw. But I also knew that trailers lie. They’re advertisements and don’t feature the complete product. (The Ghostbusters II trailer had an unfinished effect where there should be a ghost, but there’s nothing.) In other words, I…

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    Princess Peach in Punch-Out? Preposterous!

    I just saw on Punch-Out!! – Did You Know Gaming? (relevant section) that Princess Peach was planned to be in Wii Punch-Out. That fired all kinds of neurons in my brain, since it’s been thinking about women and stories and video games. It can’t be denied that there are a lot of video games out there that are unkind towards women. There are lots of games with good women too — well-rounded characters that exist beyond a simple goal to be obtained. Princess Peach is not one of them. She has a presence in nearly every Mario game, but when she’s not a simple option for Mario Kart or placeholder,…

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    When Is a Blow Job Not a Blow Job?

    My wife was in the car with some girls, going out to the bars.  In the middle of the trip, they said they weren’t going to drive her home because they’d be too drunk to drive.  And the driver wouldn’t drive her back to her car (despite being only four minutes away from it).  She begrudgingly told them she needed to take a sober cab home.  One of the girls said (jokingly I assume) that if you give the cabbie a blow job, you ride for free. These girls were about ten years older than my wife, so I’m trying to determine if they are symptoms of an earlier generation.…

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    Hot Girls You Don’t Know About: Emily Ratajkowski (the girl in the Blurred Lines video)

    Emily Ratajkowski is the girl in the Blurred Lines video. I still haven’t learned how to pronounce her last name. She really doesn’t need any kind of signal boost.  She’s a model, she’s flirty, she’s willing to take off her top. The only reason I’m bringing her up is to put a name to the face. She’s little more than eye candy, and it doesn’t look like she has ambition to be more. Underwear ads all over the Internet, and not much else besides that. But I keep thinking about her in the video. She’s the only one worth noticing. The blonde one looks like a ghost, and the third…

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    Tropes vs. Anita Part Deux

    Oh look, Anita Sarkeesian made a new video. That only took her, what, two months and twenty-one days? And she’s got 12 videos to make? Fantastic. At this rate, she’ll be done by November 2015. Good investment for all those kickstarter contributors. I feel like I should offer a critique like I did before, but I actually have fewer bones to pick with this one. The same issues I had with the last video remain. Like cherry-picking data — she’s starting with her point and then finding just the evidence that proves it. She doesn’t consider the medium as a whole. If you only use movies like “A Serbian Tale” and…

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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,…