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“I remember working with a law school in which white men heavily dominated the faculty. They used lots of sports metaphors (doing an end run, Monday morning quarterbacking, and so on), with legal jargon thrown in for good measure. I suggested that this was not a particularly welcoming trait in their school, that in fact it was sexist, but they paid little attention. I made my point by speaking for about five minutes in dressmaking terms: putting a dart in here, a gusset there, cutting the budget on the bias so it would be more flexible, using a peplum to hide a course that might be controversial. The women in the room laughed; the men did not find it humorous….Language is power, make no mistake about it. It is used to include and exclude and to keep people and systems in their places.”
— Frances E. Kendall, Understanding White Privilege (via brute-reason)
One thing that irritates me about the Bioware fandom is the almost nonexistent love/appreciation for Male Revan/Exile/Shepard/HoF/Hawke while their female counterparts dominate the art and fanfic stories. And it offends me further as a straight gamer that they can only get appreciation if they’re gay.
Oh, wait you’re serious. Let me laugh even harder!
Okay, seriously though, you’re complaining about lack of representation for your straight male gaming choices when the female PCs and the gay PCs are considered the minority options in the first place. You are complaining about not feeling included and represented in this fandom. Guess what? That’s how female and LGBT players feel with like every other fandom out there.
I mean, while I get feeling disappointed about how you don’t see your choices reflected in the stuff that passes through your Tumblr dash (given that I play maleShep and most of the people I follow tend to prefer female Shepard, I know that feeling), but, again, you are complaining about feeling inconvenienced in this one fandom when female and LGBT players feel like this pretty much EVERYWHERE else. Because this one thing isn’t marketed directly for you, straight male gamer, you feel irritated? Try living with that feeling when everything else ISN’T marketed for you. Then we might listen.
The reason those characters don’t seem to get “appreciation” is because there’s nothing fucking special about yet another white heterosexual male protagonist. Nothing. You guys already dominate every fucking form of media out there.
So when everybody who doesn’t fall into that spectrum (which is about 70%-80% of the population, assuming you live in the U.S., more so worldwide) we tend to celebrate it. Because finally, we can play as someone WHO LOOKS LIKE US. WHO IS LIKE US. I can play as a female character who isn’t there just to add to heterosexual male gaze, who isn’t overly sexualized in order to convince male players to god forbid - play as a female character, who isn’t infantilized or victimized in her own story so that male players feel as if they need to “protect” her. WOW! AMAZING! Do you know how fucking rare that is? Obviously not because you’ve never had to deal with that fucking bullshit.
And guess what? Because most people aren’t white heterosexual men, most people in the fandom aren’t going to be either! I know, what a strange concept omg.
Especially because most people in the fandom got attracted to the series because they were finally able to play a character that looks like them, who is like them. I would have likely never picked up Mass Effect if I hadn’t been told by the fandom (TOLD BY THE FANDOM, because Bioware made no effort to show you could play as anything but white male sheploo until ONE commercial for Mass Effect 3) that I could play as a woman whose boobs weren’t hanging out in every other cutscene. I doubt I’m the only one either.
And guess what too? Most people who are productive in the fandom, the ones who do fanart, and fanfiction, and drive discussions, ARE WOMEN. Yes, women are the ones producing those fics and fanart. Why the fuck would they waste time with a Shepard that looks like every video game/movie/etc protagonist out there when they can make a Shepard that reminds them of themselves? Or hell, something that ISN’T yet another white heterosexual man? Obviously if I’m a woman, and I’m going to write fanfiction, I’m going to write it with the female Shepard I played in mind.
Now there isn’t anything wrong with heterosexual male Shepards in principle, no. But hetwhite males are fucking everywhere, and you’re so fucking used to the damned spotlight in everything you fucking do, that when for once we get the choice to be something else, and we choose to celebrate it, you fucking whine that you’re not getting enough attention?
You can fuck right off.
*aggressively slow claps*
*take deep slow breath*This is ridiculous. Joss Whedon is a supporter of feminism. It’s obvious just by watching his shows or movies. Buffy, Faith, along with pretty much ANY female in Firefly, or Btvs. Not to mention that his race isn’t his fault, so no need to be a rude just because of his color. And as for you asking why his opinion matters in feminism is just ridiculous to me. Especially since you’re going off on how he is a male so he doesn’t understand feminism. You’re a male aswell.
Joss Whedon is great at killing off his female characters firstly so chill your shit with praising white men for being decent humans just by including more women in their shows (that end up dying anyway). You can support whatever the hell you like, but when you go from supportive to controlling in a feminist circle you’re stepping outside of your line as a guy and that’s what the rant was about. Idk what the Whedon fans are coming at my neck for instead of lecturing Whedon and company on what feminism is actually about yall let him talk outta his ass and try to create a comfort zone using feminism. Like who the fuck does he think he is to come and try to dictate the usage of terms in feminism? Oh that’s right an overhyped white celebrity who gets a free pass on that sort of shit.
He can say “I don’t like how this word looks, I don’t like what this implies, this makes me uncomfortable, I don’t like this, or that, this should be like this” and yall wont question a thing, not a thing, just like white feminists did with Hugo Schwyzer. And yes, I’m also a guy but the feminism I subscribe to is not the same feminism most white folk subscribe to which is mostly solidarity with other whites be it male or female. That’s why dudes like Hugo and Joss can freely tinker and edit their own “feminism” circles to their liking without getting called out or put in their place. If you don’t understand the complexities of intersectionality between feminism and race then you should stay out of this conversation and go teach yourself something instead of stanning for Joss Whedon whenever he opens his mouth about shit he ha no place to begin with. And whether he writes enjoyable women or not is beside the case, you can do great shit and still make a terrible feminist (confusedtree???).
I missed this and had to look it up.
I’m a Firefly fan and I think Joss Whedon has done some awesome stuff and written some excellent storylines that illustrate feminist concepts.
But, on this specific thing and on his overall desire to dictate from his place of extreme privilege what feminism should be, he is being an idiot and fans have no obligation to defend his idiocy in order to justify continuing to enjoy his creative work.
"Dude, I like the shit you make, but you’re being an overprivileged fuckwad right now and this would be a good time for you to try listening more than you talk" is an okay thing to say even about your idols…
^^ Yes, this. I appreciate that he’s better than a lot of Hollywood, but that doesn’t make him the “voice of Hollywood/geek feminism”. I would appreciate it a lot more if he was willing to step back and support other marginalized voices being heard.
Themyscira: Returning Home
After dreaming about bringing Warrior Wonder Woman to life for years, this shoot at the Palace of Fine Arts feels like the zenith of the project. The setting was perfect, the weather beautiful, and the photographer - Andrew Ho - incredibly talented. I actually felt like an Amazon at home on Themyscira.
You can read my costume construction notes for Warrior Wonder Woman here.
I’m not a misandrist, but men will never be able to write great literature since so many of them aren’t able to see women as people. How can one write about the human experience while not understanding half the population?
By that argument, shouldn’t that go both ways?
Everything in media and society centers the experiences and voices of men in every conversation so we have so many more opportunities to learn the male perspective on things. Thus making it easier for women to write from that perspective.