Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Reading

All Harassment Is Not Created Equal: Why We Need to Pay Attention to Rampant Online Sexism
by Alisha Karabinus
When people talk about a culture of harassment in video games, particularly online video games, they’re talking about the long history of trash talk. We hear it (and perform it) in a variety of competitive endeavors, like sports and games, but it’s hardly limited to those spheres. However, in gaming and particularly online gaming, the trash talk can be severe, both in and out of games, with frequently threatening and insulting discourse. We all know it; we’ve all seen it, if we’ve ever so much as picked up a controller, put on a headset, or sat down at a table for a little Settlers of Catan. But there’s a deep and unsettling difference between a very general, “I’m gonna fuck you up,” and “you’re a fucking whore and I’m going to rape you until you die.”
Read More at Not Your Mama's Gamer


Withdrawing My Endorsement of Sunday Assembly Los Angeles
by Heina Dadabhoy
As rarely happens, I had hope about something. But, as always happens when I do have them, those hopes were dashed. I have recently found out that this April, Sunday Assembly Los Angeles is hosting Michael Shermer. His talk is promoting the latest of his many books. 
The topic? Morality. Yes, really. 
Based on all that is at hand, as well as a promise I have made before, I have no choice but to not only decline the offer they have given me to emcee a future event but also to withdraw, with regret and apology, any form of support or endorsement I have ever given to SA-LA.
Read More at Heinous Dealings


A story is not a life condensed, but a moment expanded
by Margot Magowan
That is my theory, having written a novel for children. I have learned so many things writing this book with my husband that I feel like no matter what happens, if no one else reads it, or if I’m the next J.K. Rowling, I am forever changed. And just that, by the way, is something I’ve learned. Art is about process, not the result. It’s so strange to take a round-about route and end up at all the cliches. But here’s what I’ve leaned about cliches, you’ve got to get there your own way, to feel it, and that’s the only way they’re true for you.
Read More at ReelGirl


It isn’t asking the question, it’s hearing the answer.
He was a PHD student and every so often our paths would cross, I would feel sick and scared, and he would smile and wink. At the time I thought he was some kind of psychopath, now I realise he simply didn’t know he had assaulted me, that his self concept did not include either the desire not to rape, or the idea that he could.
Read More at Sometimes, It's Just a Cigar


From Lena Dunham to Bill Cosby: Hollywood Men, Sexual Entitlement, and Sexual Violence
by Aya De Leon
I can't help but recall a chapter from Lena Dunham's memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”, about how older, powerful men in Hollywood attempted to exploit her sexually when she entered the industry as a young filmmaker. Dunham's exposé, together with the revelations of Cosby's unchallenged predatory pattern over decades, paints a clear picture of entrenched sexual violence and exploitation in the entertainment industry.
Read More at XOJane


Plastic Bertrand - Ça plane pour moi



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