#4. We’re Incapable of Mature Conversations About Gender
There’s a baffling disconnect where gamers want to be taken seriously, but they also want to be able to call Quinn (or Anita Sarkeesian, or Brianna Wu, or Jennifer Hepler, or the woman who just chainsawed them in half in Gears of War) insults that the average convicted sex offender would consider over the line. They want to have their asshole cake and eat it too.
Well, guess what? If you can’t talk like an adult, then you have to keep sitting at the kids table. But I’ll let you in on another secret: it’s not hard to talk like a sane adult human.
One thing that always gets me about these articles is the comment section just loaded to the brim with people coming in to bitch about how Cracked ‘keeps pushing the feminist agenda’ and ‘what’s next, Five Ways Games Encourage Rape Culture?’ (Fun fact! Of the three articles posted on the 17th, this one, as of this second, has nearly 8 times the number of comments as the next highest.). But, honestly, it sort of seems like the reason they keep ‘harping’ on about the fact that women are people and being an asshat to them for existing is bad is because all those people commenting don’t get that. Maybe if, instead of running to comments to talk about how women bring all the internet hate on themselves and that if they didn’t want their nudes leaked they shouldn’t have taken them and that whole endless raft of bullshit, just maybe they could take two seconds to soak in the fact that Cracked wouldn’t be posting article after article about this subject if the comment hate brigade wasn’t showing up to point out just how fucking necessary it still is.
I cannot understand anti-abortion arguments that centre on the sanctity of life. As a species, we’ve fairly comprehensively demonstrated that we don’t believe in the sanctity of life. The shrugging acceptance of war, famine, epidemic, pain and lifelong, grinding poverty show us that, whatever we tell ourselves, we’ve made only the most feeble of efforts to really treat human life as sacred.
DIY Comic Book Jeans first seen at Fashionably Geek.These were made by Kirameku (facebook link) for her Boarderlands’ costume. You can see the final costume on her FB page. She used Textilcolor paint and then thinned it for the “watercolor” shadowing seen in the bottom right photo. She says she may post a full tutorial and if she does I will certainly post a link here.