My blog is like Gretchen Wiener's hair: it's full of secrets. Here I reveal my oft-hidden passion for social justice, makeup/fashion, porn, and all the fandoms. My name's Julie, and I'm a white bi woman trying to learn about oppression and how to be a better ally. Please don't call me a girl, I prefer to be called a woman; however, I prefer “sir,” not “ma’am” or “miss.” Most of my posts involve trigger warnings. I’ll do my best to keep up with those. If you see anything labeled incorrectly or not at all, please let me know. In the same vein, if I say something oppressive please call me out if you feel comfortable and/or willing. I fuck up and would appreciate it, though of course no one has to.
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There is a profound difference between (what I will refer to as) a ‘liberated woman’ and a feminist. The liberated woman doesn’t really see past herself. She wants (competes for, and often wins) equal pay for equal work, more respect and prestige in the society, more orgasms, higher status - in short, shewants to ‘make it in a man’s world’. Insofar as she appears to dominate the women’s movement the accusations of ‘middle-class!’ are justified. The feminist, however, sees herself as part of a broad movement. She understands the implications of sisterhood and marxism. She does not strive for a bigger piece of the male-defined pie, but rather towards a society where not only all women, but all people are able to define their own existences.
Judith Stein, For a Truly Feminist Art (1972)
Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception).
Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly, how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them?
— Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format.
So I just need to get this off my chest. I just joined a dating site and have been talking to new people, which I also did two years ago. That summer I first signed up for OkCupid I was raped. It was and is confusing and traumatic; it still bothers me, a lot.
So I get a txt from someone I’ve been talking to, and I realize—they’re one of my rapists. Like, I’ve been talking to this person and they seem cool and intelligent and interesting and competent. And now I feel like such an idiot!! Because they’re someone who has pressured me and betrayed me. Ughhhhhhhh fuck this I should just give up on dating
Jesus was a poor brown Jewish boy who advocated for change in the Jewish community, before being arrested, tortured, and killed by foreign rulers who had already done the same to many members of his community, followed by his memory and life being appropriated by the same ruling group that had murdered him. Now, go ahead and explain to me why you would ever try to describe him in any other way. I’ll wait.