There’s a lot of splintering in feminist groups. Feminist seems like a bad word, even to women and men who want equal rights and equal pay for the genders. Even to those that agree there is a patriarchy and that we should work to dismantle it. Even to those who agree that the way we treat each other, and our daughters, and our sons, is shameful.
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You know, I’ve been thinking for a while about a blog topic. About what I wanted to write about, that I felt passionately about, that I really wanted to have a say on.
It’s not easy, though, to find something that I feel passionately about, for good or for bad. I spend most of my life trying not to feel so strongly about things because I have a very all-or-nothing personality. If I focus on all the bad things that upset me about, say, video games, then it will upset me and I’ll feel very disenfranchised. This is obviously a negative thing.
Lost Girl is a show I wish I had known about a year ago. Smart, interesting, and with a very talented cast, it’s an urban fantasy with humans and ‘fey’, which come in different varieties. Most are based in fairytales, legends and urban myths. The main cast includes a succubus, a human, a siren, and a werewolf. Other types of fey have included witch doctors, naga, etc.
As I’ve said before, I don’t have a problem with female sex or sexuality, and I don’t believe that people should be ashamed of finding the female form to be attractive or appealing, and I don’t want for Tits and Ass to disappear from video games.
So, then, my problem doesn’t lie in how women are being portrayed in games and other media, but more in how they’re neglected to be portrayed.
Welcome to another blog roundup! A lot of interesting food for thought here. I don’t fully agree with everything linked below, but all links got me thinking, which is the most important thing.
A quick reminder that I guest blogged at Eden Connor’s blog: Women Desire Taboos in Their Erotica
J.E. Keep is a historian and writer, an avid critical thinker and lover of dialogue. His writing, along with his partner, is available at The Keep.
I wish I could attribute it simply to the prominence of the GOP primaries, but I notice in American media with a startling degree of regularity that morality is tied to one’s religious values. That whatever ideology a group or individual represents must be the core of positive morality and others fall short. Christians in the media will declare they wouldn’t trust an atheist to behave morally; atheists point fingers back at the instances of immoral behaviour in the Bible and amongst its chief representatives in contemporary politics, while from all corners Muslims seem a target of accusations of having an inherently flawed moral system.
My white privilege post got me thinking about racism, perception, and arguments some people have used when analyzing fiction, especially in regards to there being a right and wrong way to portray a group. My focus, of course, is on fantasy and science fiction, because of the ways that racism will differ in a world where ‘race’ as we know it doesn’t exist, since race in our world is a cultural concept rather than a physical one. In most fantasy and sci-fi, other races have physical, cultural and mental differences that we simply don’t have on Earth.
As some of you know, my partner and I are working on a rather large work of fiction set to start releasing today, February 1st, 2012 at The Keep (/end self plug!) It’s set in a custom made world with entirely new races, situations, economies, cultures, the whole shebang.
I’ve been feeling really good about it, about the lore and the story, about the characters, but walking back to work from my lunch today, I realized something.
So far, we have very few human characters, but of those that we do have, less than half could be considered non-Caucasian.