Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Your girlfriend is trans* right? Did you know that when you first met her? Were you cool with it? What about your friends/family (if any of them even know). Also, was her trans*-ness/race/appearance a factor at all in choosing her?

To answer rapid-fire:

  • She is, correct.

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dimittas asked:

Anita Sarkeesian (female) sent many death threats to herself. But she isnt a video gamer, so your point still might be a valid.

rainaftersnowplease:

dimittas:

rainaftersnowplease:

You are literally too stupid to insult.

Translation: I can’t disprove that so you’re stupid.

I can’t disprove that unicorns are real, but that doesn’t make them exist. I know I shouldn’t feed the trolls, but hell, I’ve got a bit of time to kill.

Gamergate is a hate movement that started with a jilted ex of a game dev accusing her of sleeping with a journalist for a good review, when said journalist never reviewed the game in question at all.

Anita Sarkeesian and Brianna Wu have been driven from their homes by death threats and harassment. #Gamergate as a whole has been revealed as a concentrated, concerted effort to harass Zoe Quinn by the aforementioned jilted ex.

And over what? Feminism in video game journalism? Less than half a percent of articles written about video games contain explicit references to sexism, misogyny, or feminism. Every major art form is analyzed in sociopolitical lights. Every major everything is analyzed that way. It’s what criticism is. Feminist criticism is an accepted academic method of analyzing media that has been in use since the late 1700s.

Even if it wasn’t, these people are essentially getting angry about discussions about women having more egalitarian portrayals in games. That’s literally it. Their biggest rallying cry is that men who play games are being shoved into the margins despite being gaming’s core target demographic. Except they fail to notice that adult women are the largest demographic in gaming, and even if they weren’t, it’s not oppressive to be asked to maybe not use women as sex objects in games. It’s not oppressive for some things not to be about men and their entertainment.

The threats made against Sarkeesian are credible, and the FBI agrees with me on that one. She isn’t the only one to receive credible death and rape threats recently (or in the past) and she won’t be the last.

I suspect you’re not the type who actually cares about facts, however. I suspect you’re one of the people who urge us to “look at both sides” of the issue, but honestly? When one side sends death, rape, and bomb threats, and the other wants women not to be treated as shitty by the gaming industry as they are, that’s not a debate I’m willing to have.

By the way, humanism is the belief that people have the ability to act ethically without the assistance of theism or supernatural belief. If you want a belief system that’s about ensuring men and women have equal rights and opportunities, that’s feminism.

voices-and-variables:

Alright, so, here’s the deal.

See the person in the lower right hand corner? That’s the woman that did the post on Southern Linguistics. She’s also my mom, and we recorded it on a lark a year or so ago. But that’s not the point right now.

My family and I have a little soap company. Most of our employees are our family members, and a few others beside. We travel to conventions, we sell soap and candles (mostly fandom based things) and we quite enjoy doing so. We aren’t the richest company in the world, but we love what we do.

As of right now, we’re trying to crowdfund the money together so we can expand our ventures and full time hire a few more people. Now, normally, we’d ask our family for the help, since they’re willing to come together and split the amount between themselves.

but the problem is most of our relatives are kinda on the pro-Christian, anti-anything-other-than-straight-and-the-gender-they-were-born side of things, and would force us to fire anyone that wouldn’t mesh with their ideals before giving us the money. (You know, the one bad apple ruins the batch mentality and all).

And that would be 90% of our employees.

We want to keep making our products, and we want to keep everyone on board, but without getting even a fraction of the amount were asking, we would still have to let people go. My mother—the founder and CEO—is dead set against that; her attitude is, “you are who you are. You love who you love. You worship—or don’t worship—who and what you worship. Period.”

So here : This is the link to our IndieGoGo.

Even if you don’t donate, or don’t have the means to, please reblog and help get the word out; we already are taking a HUGE step of faith just putting ourselves out there, and we can’t do it alone.

Thank you for reading, and thanks in advance for sharing.

The Inner Goddess Soap Company

I have exactly two fanfics in which I’ve invested a sizable amount of effort and time into - one I started threeish years ago, the other last year, and yet they still aren’t done.

Go me

woooooo

And the trolls aren’t stupid. The most damaging troll/haters are some of the most powerful people (though they self-describe as outcasts). Typically, the hacker trolls are technically-talented, super smart white men. They’re not just hackers. They are social engineers. They understand behavioral psych. They know their Kahneman. They “get” memes. They exploit a vulnerability in the brains of your current and potential listeners. How? By unleashing a mind virus guaranteed to push emotional buttons for your real, NOT-troll audience. In my specific case, it was my alleged threat to a free and open internet. “She issued DMCA takedowns for sites that criticized her.” Yes, that one even made it’s way into a GQ magazine article not long ago, when the writer Sanjiv Bhattacharya interviewed weev and asked about — get this — the “ethics” of doxxing me. Weev’s explanation was just one more leveling up in my discredit/disinfo program: DMCA takedowns. I had, apparently, issued DMCA takedowns. If you are in the tech world, issuing a DMCA takedown is worse than kicking puppies off a pier. But what I did? It was (according to the meme) much much worse. I did it (apparently) to stifle criticism. If a DMCA takedown is kicking puppies, doing it to “stifle criticism” is like single-handedly causing the extinction of puppies, kittens, and the constitution. Behold my awesome and terrible power. Go me. But here’s the thing. I never did that.
Trouble at the Koolaid Point — Serious Pony (via daviddobbs)
Anonymous

Anonymous asked:

Have you ever met your girlfriend? Are you two still together? What's she like?

I am sad to admit we have yet to meet physically - such are the pains of developing even an Internet-based friendship, only to discover the two of you are several hours apart even by plane. And alas, funds are in short supply and she has university to tend to. All that said, we do consider ourselves to still be together, even if our circumstances are less than ideal.

She - well, she’s amazing. Majoring in computer science, fan of games (and she’s wanted to make her own), smart and gorgeous, maybe a tad self-conscious but as long as she’s taking care of herself then I will support whatever she feels is needed. 

Also, she’s to blame for the occasional Dangan Ronpa post on my blog, since she got me into the series (also the Zero Escape series as a note).

And also she’s unbelievably patient with me.

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