This dominant narrative surrounding the inevitability of female objectification and victimhood is so powerful that it not only defines our concepts of reality, but it even sets the parameters for how we think about entirely fictional worlds. Even those taking place in the realms of fantasy and science-fiction. It’s so normalised that when these elements are critiqued the knee-jerk response I hear most often is that if these stories did not include the exploitation of women, then the game world would feel too unrealistic or not historically accurate.
What does that say about our culture when games routinely bend or break the laws of physics and no one bats an eye? When dragons, ogres and magic into historically influenced settings without objection? We’re perfectly willing to suspend our disbelief when it comes to multiple lives, superpowers, health regeneration and the ability to carry dozens of weapons in a massive invisible backpack, but somehow the idea of a world without sexual violence and exploitation is deemed too strange and too bizarre to be believable.
The truth is that objectification and sexual violence are neither normal nor inevitable. We do not have to accept them as some kind of necessary cultural backdrop in our media stories. Anita Sarkeesian [x]
There are no words. Ferguson protesters chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot!” Darren Wilson supporters replied, “Shoot!” (via brutereason)
Man, I am profoundly uninspired by creative writing in the academic sphere.
"Abusers work very hard to normalise their behaviour, and isolate you from anyone who would tell you that what they’re doing is wrong."
Something the Counsellor said has been on my mind lately. I think it’s important for everyone to know though, so blah just felt like sharing.
Why Did I Do That?: A novel by me, with special guest appearances by several alcoholic beverages
I just got home and turned on the news and BAM they’re talking about patriarchy.
Tagged by Sluttywidow but I’m not going to post the rules b/c I feel like breaking them!
1) What is your aesthetic?
Background character from 90s episodes of Charmed.
2) What’s the stupidest thing a teacher OR a shrink has ever said to you?
"if you respected yourself you wouldn’t have gotten yourself into that situation" - psychologist on past abusive relationship (Y) (Y)
What a dick.
3) Where do you go when you need to feel peaceful?
4) Do you iron your clothes?
Only very occasionally
5) If your child self could see you now, do you think they would be impressed?
Yeah, I think she’d think I was a bamf.
6) What’s better, being in love or being in bed?
Being in bed with someone you love.
I told you I was a rule breaker.
7) What’s something you’re really proud of?
Ummm how hard I work at my mental health.
8) What song would you dedicate to your best friend? Why?
Loose Lips by Kimya Dawson (TW for suicide and self harm) because we’ve sung it so many times together and every time I hear the lines
"If you want to burn yourself remember that I love you
If you want to cut yourself remember that I love you
If you want to kill yourself remember that I love you
Call me up before you’re dead, send me an IM I’ll be your friend”
I think of our friendship and how much we love each other and legit tear up a bit.
9) What’s a super delicious food pref. one I can buy on Lygon St yes I am just trying to get advice now?
UM there’s a gnocchi bar on one of the streets off Lygon that has the best gnocchi ever and they let me put olives in my food and it was great.
10) Who is your fave member of 1D is it Zayn <3 Zayn. I don’t think I am very good at making up questions?
I don’t know okay yes it can be Zayn.
11) Tell me about your pets or someone else’s pets or whatever please send me photos of animals too
I have an ancient beautiful cat called Chinky (I’M SORRY HER NAME IS RACIST I WAS 6 I DIDN’T KNOW ENID BLYTON WAS RACIST) who I love dearly and she pretends to be an asshole but I know she loves me because she always sits on my lap and when I’m sad gives me extra affection but she lives at my Dad’s so I barely ever see her.
A married couple just told the story of how they met and fell in love at a SFK gig and this is all too much nope *cries forever*
*collapses onto the floor like a cat lying in the sun when fave songs start playing*