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Oh, great, thanks, universe, I totally wanted Roman Polanski to stay in France and never be extradited to America to face rape charges. Oh and he can continue directing because he's such a great artist, you know.

God fucking dammit.

Mary Sues.

Apr. 16th, 2010 03:39 am
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Why the Culture of Mary Sue Shaming is Bully Culture is an interesting meta about a problem I hadn't considered before.

Admittedly I poked fun at so-called Mary Sues in the past under my previous livejournal account--the most recent one is only a few years ago, and I might dig out that entry because I forget the year I posted that entry never mind, it was four years ago, I checked, so it wasn't that recent but it was still less than five years ago--but I never stopped to consider what it means to the authors of these stories, or how the term's adopted another set of problems that everyone tends to overlook. Or, call myself out on the hypocrisy since uhhh, I WROTE OFCs, TOO.

And since I'm sick of some of my favorite female characters being called Mary Sues to question their worth in canon--such as Tifa from Final Fantasy VII, Terra from Teen Titans, and Kairi from Kingdom Hearts--and I'm aware of how problematic this term is, I'd like to see it die, too. Or at least, see something change.

Here's a snippet from the meta. [ profile] boosette didn't write this, it was only included within the text to further prove the points raised in this meta:

No, “Mary Sue” has to go. Not only is it being applied too broadly to exclude female characters in general, but it is being used to devalue the writings and fantasies of young women. (Tolkien fan Dawn, at The Midhavens, March 2009)
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Why, yes, I've seen the Ask Amy article. Thank you, good ol' Chicago tribune!

Look, I do recognize that Ask Amy still acknowledged that the person who wrote the letter is, in fact, a victim. I got that part. What upset me in particular was this:

Were you a victim? Yes.

First, you were a victim of your own awful judgment. Getting drunk at a frat house is a hazardous choice for anyone to make because of the risk (some might say a likelihood) that you will engage in unwise or unwanted sexual contact.

I beg to differ: nobody is a victim of their own "awful judgment" when it comes to rape.

Women are raped no matter how they act, how they look or what they do. Sometimes they can't avoid it or stop it, no matter how well-behaved they are. I know a lot of people don't want to hear that, but it's true. This sort of victim blaming is usually why many rape victims don't speak out and seek help or justice. They're taught the wrong things. That if you get raped, then it's assumed that you were asking for it. That it's your fault. That it was your "awful judgment" that caused you to engage in unwanted sexual contact.

This line of thinking is dangerous. I can't think of a lighter term for it.
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A rant about the Roman Polanski case... )

Randomly, everybody's getting sick. It's also fucking freezing over here. Three days of nonstop rain. I swear to God.
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It's about a week old, it might be old meme, but... ugh.

Rapelay virtual rape game banned by Amazon.

My overall feelings about this is:

1. Look, I know these sort of things happen in Japan every day, but what the flying fuck is this?! This isn't just disgusting, it's completely sexist and demeaning. The "lol it's Japan" excuse isn't funny to me anymore because the more I think about it, the more I realize it's been going on before this game. This is serious. This is the reason why feminism exists and why we need to talk about feminism in other countries. I'm not going to pretend that western culture doesn't have its share of problems, but I'm also not going to turn a blind eye to what's going on in another country.

I'm genuinely concerned about the women in Japan and why they don't have the same knee-jerk reaction to these sort of things, because this only seems to happen against women in anime, manga, hentai, and television shows, and countless others, and all of them encourage violent acts against women and the demeaning stereotypes about them. I hear about the weird shit that goes on in the country, but I almost never hear about the general negative reaction to it, if there's any at all.

Women, in general, around the world, need to take action against things like this or else it's going to continue and we're not going to make any progress towards gender equality. Men need to tag along with us, too.

2. I heard the game was over exaggerated and it's not as bad as the article makes it sound. The topic of rape is still there, though. Knowing that some of the details are exaggerated doesn't change how I feel about it or change what's wrong with it. It's still based on a topic that shouldn't have been a focus for a video game at all.

3. Now I realize why I was told to write about my vagina in my Women's Creative Performing Arts class. This makes my vagina feel like curling up in a ball and hiding from the world right now. :|
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I took a quick glance over the book He's Just Not That Into You out of curiosity, and it's quite the brainless self-help book. Apparently, some people need a book to understand what common sense looks like on paper. All it does is take things we already know ("he's not into you if he's married, not dating you, not calling you," et cetera) and apply it into a book. It even comes off as sexist at times. I'll just sit here and wonder why anyone bothered turning this into a movie.

In lighter news, I got a 40/40 on that monologue I wrote. I'm not going to jump around and show just anyone, because it's still embarrassing and I can't believe I have to read this in class. D:


Dec. 23rd, 2008 08:35 pm
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So, remember that Little Mermaid prequel where Ariel's jerk of a father decides to ban music and dancing from the sea? I didn't think such a thing was possible in real life until I saw that one television show about the family with eighteen kids. I finally watched it, and holy shit. The kids are not allowed to listen to music and they're not allowed to dance (literally, no dancing). Just. What is your life without MUSIC? They home schooled their kids, so they literally have no access to these things and have no other friends except for what their parents choose. :/ That's a damn shame.

If that wasn't worst enough, the father? Such a douchebag. I don't know why the family thinks he's such a great guy. He's a control freak. He talks for his wife most of the time, doesn't let his kids listen to the toys that play music in the toy store, he gets aggravated if his wife doesn't follow their supposed budget plan (translation: his budget plan), he calls their outings 'woman shopping' if the wife takes a look at more than one thing and complains about wanting to go home ... I don't know about you, but if my father said or did half this shit to my mom, she'd tell him to go home and continue shopping.

I'd laugh, but I'm too busy being absolutely appalled at how this family operates.
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Part of me is intrigued that somebody created a robot to this degree. It's impressive and I applaud the inventor for going that far.

Mostly, though, I'm extremely disturbed by how she's being shown off in this video. What disturbs me most is this article I found about the "tweeks":

Le says his relationship with Aiko hasn’t strayed into the bedroom, but a few “tweaks” could turn her into a sexual partner.

Le said: “Her software could be redesigned to simulate her having an orgasm.”

Excuse me while I go throw up. DX


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