“you’ll want kids when you’re older”
“when you’ve matured, you’ll want to have children”
“you’ll grow out of it”
“you’ll want kids when you’re older”
“when you’ve matured, you’ll want to have children”
“you’ll grow out of it”
needed this on my blog again
So does Steph’s costume have fingerstripes under the gauntlets?
Players will want to “protect” an increasingly-battered Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot, its executive producer has said.
The series’ young heroine will lose her best friend, be beaten, bruised, kidnapped, and finally be subjected to an attempted rape.
“When you see her have to face these challenges, you start to root for her in a way that you might not root for a male character,” executive producer Ron Rosenberg explained to Kotaku.
“When people play Lara, they don’t really project themselves into the character. They’re more like ‘I want to protect her.’ There’s this sort of dynamic of ‘I’m going to this adventure with her and trying to protect her.’”
The challenges facing Croft will allow her to appear more human, Rosenberg added.
“The ability to see her as a human is even more enticing to me than the more sexualised version of yesteryear. She literally goes from zero to hero… we’re sort of building her up and just when she gets confident, we break her down again.”
“She is literally turned into a cornered animal. It’s a huge step in her evolution: she’s forced to either fight back or die.”
It’s not the first time that developer Crystal Dynamics has explained how it wants players to notice Lara’s youth and vulnerability. Art director Brian Horton revealed last year that the new Lara, by design, has “a little bit of that baby fat”.
“We wanted to make a girl that was somewhat familiar, yet had a special quality about her - something in the way her eyes look and her expression in her face that makes you want to care for her.”
“Her skin is still bare on the arms and there are going to be rips and tears on her clothes, but it won’t be about being revealing. It’s a way of saying that through these tough situations, there is a beauty and vulnerability coming through. I think that is sexy in its own way.”
WHAT THE FUCK!?
This is everything that women complain about video games:
1) The assumption that no woman (and definitely no rape survivor, of any gender) is playing this game, and that all the players are gonna be hetero men who see Lara Croft as a virtual girlfriend and not associating with her or seeing her as their avatar
2) Rape is a thing that happens to women and is really about the men and protecting us and feeling bad for us rather than a serious fucking traumatic event!
3) That there’s “beauty and vulnerability” and “sexy” in an attempted rape, because again, this is not about Lara, this is about the hetero male player looking AT Lara, and the threat of rape hanging over her existing for THEM as part of some protection fantasy.
4) Rape is a way to notice Lara’s beauty and youth, which is so fucked up and plays into all sorts of fucked up stereotypes of what sexual assault is about I want to scream.
5) The threat of being sexually assaulted makes Lara more “human”, because we know female heroes who run around kicking ass without being raped are oh-so-inhuman. Heaven forbid we have a female hero who isn’t vulnerable or existing for men to protect.
And yes Crystal Dynamic released a damage control statement but it really doesn’t say anything contrary except that it makes it more apparent the interviewed guy spoke out of school more than said anything that wasn’t true (or what the Studio intended.)
“One of the character defining moments for Lara in the game,” he continued, “which has incorrectly been referred to as an ‘attempted rape’ scene is the content we showed at this year’s E3 and which over a million people have now seen in our recent trailer entitled ‘Crossroads’. This is where Lara is forced to kill another human for the first time.
“In this particular section, while there is a threatening undertone in the sequence and surrounding drama, it never goes any further than the scenes that we have already shown publicly. Sexual assault of any kind is categorically not a theme that we cover in this game.
I guess we’ll find out if they’re trying to split hairs and claim “oh she’s totally not being threatened with rape in that scene” or the guy interviewed really was saying something totally untrue. But lots of male heroes are forced to take a human life without being threatened with rape, so that is no excuse to have that threatened.
I really think the logic goes “it’s a beautiful woman captured and beaten down, what else would a villain do to such a woman but rape her?” and it’s just seen as if this thing that would just “naturally” happen. (Victim blaming stuff goes the same way, after all, wouldn’t a guy just rape a beautiful woman who is drunk? Or was wearing XYZ clothes?)
This thing reminds me of a Resident Evil 4 thread I saw on a gaming board where the male fans were talking about the period of the game where Ashley is still captured and talking about whether or not she was raped before Leon rescues her, and they all pretty much agreed she must have been, because after all, what else would you do to a pretty girl if you have her captured? >_<
And it’s just… rape as a natural thing that happens to women who are captured (and of course not to men, nobody wondered if during the periods where Leon is unconscious, anybody raped him, which erases male rape survivors also), rape as being about attractiveness, and that rape was so distant to these people discussing it that it was like discussing whether or not she was tied up with ropes.
It really disgusts me. As a gamer, as a woman and as a rape survivor how rape is seen as this thing to happen to female characters that is really about eliciting a response from male characters or presumed-to-be-male-gamers, how a word like “sexy” is used in that context, how rape is just this thing women have to deal with, and of course that any men playing the game couldn’t possibly be a rape survivor themselves (and a male character could never be at threat of being raped.)
This is what people mean by “rape culture” and I want it gone in my video games.
(And as a clarification to ward off the inevitable comment, I’m not saying “rape can never be used in fiction”, notice that my critique is HOW it’s being used, and the thinking behind it, and the assumption of who the audience is and how the female heroine is expected to be viewed.)
Yes Glee, the show that so often prides itself on being the voice and representation of a generation, that pats itself on the back for being progressive and for tackling serious issues in ‘appropriate’ and ‘tactful’ ways - Is in fact one of the most sexist, misogynistic, racist, ableist, biphobic and generally offensive shows out there.
It slut shames and yet also tears down the virginal, while taking the time to turn rape and sexual predators into jokes, it makes light of suicide and eating disorders and yet tells us they’re serious issues when convenient, it treats homophobia and gay bashing as a serious issue and something that should be addressed, only to then take part in such behaviour themselves, it’s a show that tells us abuse and bullying are wrong, and yet they do so themselves, it treats body issues seriously one moment, before turning them back into a running joke for the show.
There’s nothing wrong with dark, shocking and mean spirited comedies if done right, and if done with that intention and disclaimer, but there is seriously something wrong with a show that partakes in so much mean spirited and hateful ‘comedy’ that then asks you to see it and think of it in a positive, uplifting and inspirational way.
Now you know why I don’t like glee
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Glee is a show that is very pro-gay and moderately pro-lesbian, but subtly anti-bisexual and overtly anti-trans. The fact that it exactly mirrors gay and lesbian bigotry against bi and trans* people is no accident.
I just want to add the whole pro-gay thing on the show for me only seems pro-middle to upper class able-bodied white gay to me.
Oh shit I just thought about what it would be like if Cass got her period for the first time and LITERALLY NOBODY KNEW WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT.
Babs and Steph were busy so it was Cass and all the Robins and Broose and it’d be like horrible because she would skulk around being like I. am. dying. must. get. affairs. in. order.
and she’d go find everyone and hug them individually and scrawl out who gets what onto a greeting card and like Bruce would find her separating her Spongebob pajamas because Damian could fit into the shirt and Steph could fit into the pants and he’d be like what’s going on and she’d just look at him sadly and he’d see the stains and he’d be like NOOOOOOPE
And Dick and Jason would kind of awkwardly try to explain to her because they were the only adults in the mansion, dammit (Alfred and Leslie are quite mysteriously disappeared with one of the Bentleys) and Tim’s like audible keyboard smashing and Damian still thinks Cass is legit dying and he tries to comfort her and doesn’t seem to understand why Todd’s face is going red and he’s making odd grunting noises that might have been laughter but this was no laughing matter
and eventually Bruce calls Selena and she takes care of that shit and poor Cass oh my god.
The Snow White and the Huntsman cast reads Fifty Shades of Grey
omg ok usually i can’t stand kristen stewart but omg HILARITY when she’s talking about people reading it on planes also CHRIS HEMSWORTH UNABLE TO CONTINUE READING OMG I CANT
i never really had an opinion on Charlize, but the more i see her, the more i ABSOLUTELY love her. I also love how Chris was the most bashful. PRECIOUS CAST IS PRECIOUS
LOL Charlize Theron is totally like, “I’ve read better erotica than this on Quizilla.”
I love how there’s fucking goats (I think they’re goats?) in the background.
people who hate girl characters because they get in the way of m/m ships
Also that the Tolkien estate is making ridiculous loads of cash off of elves, while, despite your tenure, your book about people in coffee shops talking about dead sparrows and metaphorical sodomy will never make it further than the bookshop of the university that published it.
Oh God. This. So much. When I was working on my B.A., every single fiction workshop prof had a strict “no genre pieces” policy. The last prof in this series was a complete tool, the very definition of the disgruntled failed author who despises everything up to and including the fact he’s been “reduced” to teaching. Despite the fact he didn’t want us to write fantasy, sci-fi, horror, etc., our VERY FIRST FUCKING ASSIGNMENT was some inane writing exercise about what kind of tail we would have if we were animals.
I’m not even joking.
I dropped a class where the CW professor, first day, said that there was no point in us trying to write genre fiction because “Really, how many of you are going to be Asimov?” Yeah, sorry…I have enough bitterness of my own without steeping in your failure, lady.
One of the fellows I stayed with was actually a very good professor and helped me strip a lot of the fat out of my writing, but I still wanted to throw a brick at him when he said that genre fiction wasn’t worth using classroom time for because he could “bang out a fantasy novel in a week.”
Well, I’m sure you could, sir, but it would be crap, just like any other novel tossed off in a week. Ugh.
I spent the entire class turning in the origin stories for my superhero characters, and he spent the whole semester praising them to high heaven. So it’s promising literature now, but the moment I add spandex and superpower, it’s pablum? Get the fuck out, sir.
Not exact the same thing, but when I was in college, one of my first assignments in the “Introduction to Graphic Design” class was to elaborate a seminar/presentation on graphic design. My team chose “Graphic Design in Comics”, and the teacher IMMEDIATELY gave us that “Oh, what a bunch of slackers who don’t want to do any REAL work” glare. She actually GIGGLED in disdain.
So we proceeded to do the absolute best presentation of the entire class, in the whole semester, showing with countless slides how the process of making comics involved all the thought processes and decisions we were applying to graphic design.
No “A” was more satisfying to me than seeing the look on her face when we finished the presentation. Like she was hit on the face with the realization that, wow, maybe this comics thing actually involves, y’know, thought and craft.
In one of the slides (you’ll like this, Northstarfan), we used the page from Alpha Flight where Mac is trying to defuse his suit before it explodes. I was talking about how the way the page was laid out dictated the pacing of the storytelling, and how the way the panels were drawn as numbers in the countdown influenced the perception of the reader. And by the time I finished she was actually involved, and even wanted to know if he’d made it!
because we all know thor’s theme song is I THREW IT ON THE GROUND
DAMMIT THOR THAT WAS A LIMITED EDITION CASE.
Young Justice Shipping Generator
Because well making this is great especially when you have a costume to make that’s due tomorrow.
Inspired by this
Ooh Trisha this is cool. :D
I got shipped with Mt. Justice, lol.
THIS IS SO COOL. I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS.
I got Klarion and… Karen…..
Zatanna and Mal… Maltanna?? I ship it
Lol emotions/Roy lol I have Roymotions
SOUVENIR AND PUBERTY
HOW DID I NOT SEE IT BEFORE
Yes, very much so.