Blog Roundup

Hey all, hope everyone is enjoying their Easter weekend. It’s blog roundup time!

(Trigger Warning) International End Victim Blaming Day When I was sexually assaulted two years ago, feminists that I trusted to not blame me for my own rape asked me what I was wearing, how much I’d had to drink and even suggested that it was “just an accident.” After watching my hands shake uncontrollably for a day and not being able to walk comfortably for a few days, I was also told that I needed to be more careful. My therapist even told me that it was merely a “regrettable sexual experience.” by @Feminist_Dating

‘Anti-Abortion Feminist’ Is Absolutely Terrified of Sluts We are women who believe that something precious is lost when fertility is intentionally excluded from marriage, a sacred bond and a total giving of each spouse to the other. by @morninggloria on @Jezebel

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes! I mean, I wasn’t really published. Ebooks weren’t real books! Then Kindle came along, and even though my books were now all over the place, including on Amazon through their Mobi site (back then, Amazon only offered publishers 35% profit, not the 70% they give to authors now, believe it or not) I still didn’t consider ebooks as real books. by @selenakitt

How My Sons ‘Panda Three-Way’ Made Me Rethink Virginity Loss What was stunning was how he lost it: in what he calls a “panda three-way”—a young, inexperienced man having sex with a slightly older established heterosexual couple. I was glad that I was driving and that the car was dark. I would have hated for him to have seen the shock and horror that must have registered on my face. on @RoleReboot

Gaming Is Good For You! (If You Pick Out The Good Bits) 76% of married couples said playing MMORPGs like World of Warcraft together had a positive effect on their marriage. on @rockpapershot

It’s Time For Games To Offer Us Solid Food But I also want other games to grow the hell up. This baby food we’ve been eating for the last three decades tastes great – it’s sweet and delicious, and can be eaten through a straw. But dammit, I want to chew. I want a game that’s too difficult for me to understand. I want a game where academics argue over the meaning. I want a game which makes me reconsider a previously well-engrained opinion. I want games to be a medium that merits the mainstream coverage we constantly claim they deserve. on @rockpapershot

Resumes Being Accepted For Newly Opened NBP Positions As we knew would happen, as we grow, so does our need for more qualified people to work with us. For each of the available positions, please include a resume. In the body of your email include applicable experience and the amount of it for the position in which you are applying. by @NoBoundariesPre

Rumor of the Day: 1st female Doctor Who might be happening after all “The 50th anniversary series will end with a very big twist,” the mole claimed. “The Doctor becoming a woman will give the show a new lease of life.” by @blastr

This is kind of awesome One clever 6th grade teacher (from Indiana!) turned his classroom into a role-playing game, complete with leveling up for completing certain tasks, unlocking achievements, having random encounters, and forming alliances with other students. by @jennifurret

TSA-confiscated scissors reborn as frightening spider sculptures When a TSA agent confiscates that shady grandmother’s needlework scissors from her bag as you pass through security, don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. Those scissors could come back to haunt you in the form of these metal spiders that are just perfect for putting on a shelf and scaring your ass off. on @dvice

We’ve Gotten a Little Too Good at Finding Breast Cancer A new study appearing in today’s Annals of Internal Medicine has found that between 15 and 25 percent of breast cancers discovered by mammograms would not have caused a woman any problems during her lifetime. by @cassiemurdoch on @Jezebel


When does diverse hiring become tokenism?
In a sense, this might be a case of developers not wanting to try – i.e. “Let’s just hire a woman or two, and then things will sort themselves out.” Then again, I can also see this being true, i.e. a diverse team *does* bring different perspectives to the table. on @geekfeminism

Idle Musing: The Joy Of Making Time Actually making time for games has to be one of the best things about being a gamer. To see a run of hours in which you can indulge opening out in front of you, and to know you can pour it into mastering some game system, honing a skill, or just languidly exploring a game world, is an exquisite thing. And in our busy lives it can be one of the toughest things to orchestrate. by @jimrossignol on @rockpapershot

Finding Your Joy For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness. by @LeotaMAbel

Why is everybody obsessed with Snow White right now? Though the movie hasn’t come out yet, Snow White and the Huntsman is already wowing audiences with its intense, violent trailers showing Snow White as a commander of armies and the Wicked Queen (Charlize Theron) as what amounts to a female version of Darth Vader. When Theron asks, “Who is the fairest of them all?” it’s clear what the real question is: “Who is the most badass of them all?” This is a rivalry between two powerful women that’s verging on Game of Thrones territory — all the bluebirds and bunnies have been stripped away to reveal nothing more than the clash of steel on steel. by @Annaleen on @io9

Pope Vows Never to ‘Tolerate’ Lady Priests Yesterday, a cranky 84-year-old man, tired from a “grueling” trip, delivered a stern diatribe against gender equality based solely on an irrational, antiquated tradition. Why do we care? Because that man is Pope Benedict XVI, so what he says goes for millions of Catholics. by @katiejmbaker on @Jezebel

Black Marine veteran, 68, shot dead by police after wearable medical alert gadget went off in error The officers were responding to a false alarm accidentally triggered by Chamberlain’s medical alert pendant while he slept. Instead of helping the man, who had a heart condition, they broke down his front door, tasered him, reportedly called him the “n-word” and mocked him, then shot him dead. by @xeni on @BoingBoing

When Dialogue Is Too Realistic Dialogue is a funny thing. Most often I hear people advise to make it sound real. We don’t want stiff or formal in speech. by @authoramberlin

In Defense of Hepler Mode Hepler is a writer at BioWare who said that she wanted a “fast-forward” button to skip combat. Then angry gamers saw the quote and aimed their rage cannon at her, unloading a huge dose of hatred, sexism, homophobia, and general jackassery. by @shamusyoung on @TheEscapistMag

Neverwinter makes its debut as an MMO with action combat and gorgeous graphics It’s been almost a year since I’ve played Neverwinter. Of course, back at last year’s E3, it was still being designed as a small-scale co-op RPG and Cryptic was showing off their trademark Foundry tools for the game. Fast forward to 2012 and I’m looking at a totally different game. Those content-creation tools are all still there, but the game’s expanded way beyond them being the most exciting part of the game. by @jaugustine on @pcgamer

No “O face” for Winter I’m just using this as an example where it makes perfect sense in context for a woman POV character to notice some sad-looking cock, and I’m immediately told that it’s an unnecessary detail and to remove it. But Martin talks about his silky virgins boobily walking their silky virgin boobs from here to there and I’m supposed to be okay with it? Pppppbbbttth.

Some thoughts about gender and literature. After wracking my brain, the only ones I could come up with who even managed to compete for my affections—who were writing stories with girls, rather than girl stories, and were thus worth reading in my twelve-year-old estimation—were McCaffrey, Kagan, Tiptree (who wrote as a man), Pini (whose writing still gets credited to her husband by about half the people I talk to), Jones, Duane, and McKinley. by @seananmcguire

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  1. Thanks so much for including my End Victim Blaming post in your roundup! xx

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