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thisfeliciaday:

This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.”

Using your privilege to speak up: Priceless. 

Also can I randomly mention how happy I am that Guild Wars 2 is putting some of their female staff forward in a very public way and highlighting their work with Points of Interest? Visually normalizing women in the industry is helpful, I think, especially with such a great female moderator like Kate Welch.

yunglapras:

i hate that “LOL SO IF WOMEN ARE EQUAL CAN I PUNCH YOU” shit bc 1 in 3 women are abused

y’all are already punching us

the issue is that we’d like you to stop

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isaia:

swingsetindecember:

door:

Truths

hard truths

 om g

fattydingdongs:

ineloquentformalities:

reallymadscientist:

twotommyolivers:

Some context: entering this season, no woman had completed a televised course in either Japanese or American Ninja Warriors. I’d also argue that ANW’s qualifying courses are harder than any Stage 1 course on either.

This woman is a fucking badass. First woman ever to advance!

I’m not crying your crying

SHE IS SO STRONG AND GRACEFUL CRIES OPENLY

My workout days are Mo/We/Fri/Sa/Sun but I’m definitely lifting tonight. Wow.

pimpunderthemountain:

emomfr:

¿?¿?Or just do the smart thing and not put yourself in danger by going to parties?¿?¿?

WISDOM, ladies. Don’t go to parties. Don’t go out to social events. Don’t go out in public, there are strangers there who could be rapists. Don’t attend family gatherings or friends’ houses, sexual assault is most often from people we know and are close to. Close yourself off from the world. Don’t grocery shop. Don’t shop at all. Shop online and don’t answer the door for the fedex man. Live in a darkened room with the drapes closed. You don’t get to have fun, fun is for people who don’t have what rapists feel entitled to. Your body is the cost you pay for fun.

Women can have social lives. Don’t you dare, even for a second, suggest that the cure for our rape culture is by avoiding any situation where rape could occur, because let me fucking tell you, it can happen anywhere, anytime. It can happen in your home, it can happen in your neighborhood, it can happen in your car or in your mother’s car or in the mall. 

The fact that we need these kinds of precautions are already sick enough, don’t you victim shame. Make parties safer.

Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.

"Why I Love Makeup" by John Green

I love vlog brothers. I know it’s fun to poke fun at John Green, but he and his brother Hank are some of my favorite people in the world. His musings on makeup here and his shout out to Hank wearing makeup in high school in particular are perfect things.

shehateme:

theseraphimwolf:

Serendipity saying it how it is

(Dogma, 1999)

Always reblog Dogma.

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lanasolyluna:

itsthegirlie:

I’m not reading any buzz about this on Tumblr yet, so please pass around and sign.

Stalker Zero –End the Japanese “Culture of Silence” toward crimes against women!

"Dear Prime Minister Abe,

As you know, I am the first Japanese woman to be crowned Miss International in the 52-year long history of the pageant. Since winning my crown in October 2012, I have been the victim of stalking, intimidation, threats, extortion and blackmail by a powerful Japanese talent agency executive known to have ties to organized crime.   

This man tried to abduct me from a TV studio, made threatening calls to my family, and hired private investigators to stalk me, peep into my windows and photograph my home.

The Japanese organizers of the Miss International 2013 world grand prix even asked me to “Play Sick” and “Keep Quiet” in order to appease my stalker after he made threatening phone calls to their sponsors. Because of this, I became the first Miss International titleholder in the 52-year history of the pageant prevented from passing my crown to my successor. I fear for my life and require 24hr security.

I went to the police with more than 30 exhibits of evidence including recordings and photographs. As is typically the case in Japan, the police did nothing more than offer to increase patrols in my area. They did nothing to assure my safely or to punish my stalker.

In an unprecedented move, I became the first Japanese women ever to publically name her tormentor and went public with my story. In sharp contrast to strong global coverage in the foreign media, not a single Japanese newspaper or TV station has covered the story out of fear of reprisal from my stalker who is linked to organized crime.

My blog has been read by millions of people and thousands have written messages of support and shared their own stories of fear, intimidation and violence.

Japan is plagued by a “culture of silence” toward crimes against women that has been the standard for centuries.  

Mr. Abe, as prime minister you have been a strong and vocal supporter of women’s rights. You have called time and time again for a “society in which women shine.”

Your strong leadership on this issue would be a game-changer.

As a first step, I ask that you establish a taskforce to investigate stalking and violence against women with the objective of laying out an immediate national strategy to address these issues and offer real protection for women.

Out of all the industrialized nations, Japan is by far the lowest ranking country on Gender Equality. –A disgraceful 105 out of 136 countries.

We need strict anti-stalking laws and strong punishment for perpetrators of crimes against women. We need a police force that will protect women and immediately act to prevent stalking and intimidation.

We need Restraining Orders granted by the courts for any woman who has been threatened, BEFORE she is actually harmed, murdered, or forced to commit suicide. We need media that report on these issues without fear.

Without protecting the women of Japan, our country will never enjoy the economic and moral benefits of a truly equal society.

Ikumi Yoshimatsu

Miss International 2012”

This is really important. After I published my story in japan times a scary amount of stalker stories were emailed to me. It’s time the police took violence against women seriously. If you need proof read the comment thread after my article in japan times. “No country safe for foreign women”

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darklittlefaun:

I believe in body positivity, feminism, and always using your turn signal.

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lacigreen:

brb smashing things

"The Department of Health and Human Services argued that the companies forfeited protection under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 when they became corporations instead of other legal entities."

iridescentskylines:

shinykari:

madmaudlingoes:

bropakpro:

touch-my-cuboner:

zecretary:

zecretary:

the stereotype that women talk more than men is infinitely amusing to me because men are literally incapable of shutting the fuck up

i hope this post gets popular enough that i hurt a man’s feelings

It’s not a stereotype it’s a proven fact you femanazi piece of shit.

lmao there it is 

You wanna talk proven facts? This shit’s been done, son: researcher Dale Spencer in Australia used audio and video tape to independently evaluate who talked the most in mixed-gender university classroom discussions. Regardless of the gender ratio of the students, whether the instructor was deliberately trying to encourage female participation or not, men always talked more—whether the metric was minutes of talking or number of words spoken. 

Moreover, men literally have no clue how much they talk. When Spencer asked students to evaluate their perception of who talked more in a given discussion, women were pretty accurate; but men perceived the discussion as being “equal” when women talked only 15% of the time, and the discussion as being dominated by women if they talked only 30% of the time.

Spencer’s conclusion, if I may parahprase: you only think we talk too much because you’d rather we were silent.

Don’t fuck with me, asshole, I’m a scientist.

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dangolding:

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It’s been a weird few days. A tweet of mine, what I thought was a completely mild, innocuous tweet, took off and has so far been retweeted something like 1800 times. A screenshot of that tweet was featured in a tumblr post that so far has about 140k notes.

In the tweet I’m…

roooneymaras:

this show is so fucking real