Posts tagged feminism
Posts tagged feminism
psa: feminazi is a fucking disgusting term that compares fighting for women’s rights to genocide.
it was coined by rush limbaugh (that alone should be enough to make you stay far far away from it)
it is a racist term, and it is disrespectful to marginalized groups who suffered in nazi germany (so jews, rroma, lgbt folks, people with disabilities, etc.)
do not use it.
if you disagree with feminists: do not use it
if you are a feminist: do not reclaim it
I think I’ve hit on something that’s bothered me for a long, long time
and that’s how rare it is to see a thoughtful exploration of female trauma compared to the many, many explorations of male trauma.
When women suffer from trauma or anxiety or tragedy usually two things happen:
1) It is completely glossed over. The woman/girl snaps back to her old self like nothing ever happened, with very little reflection. That’s because the narrative does not care to explore her perspective and deal with her pain, a girl’s emotions, how dull, but they DO want to victimize/brutalize her in some way (usually so a male character can save her). So they have their cake and eat it too: they brutalize the female character, then have her get over it in a split second and continue to be cheerful and supportive- they don’t have to show her working through what happened to her and recovering, instead it’s just an instant thing and they can move on.
2) She is irreparably broken, unable to ever accomplish things on her own again. Her perspective will not be explored, rather her tragic state will just cause angst for the male characters and their feelings about it will be explored. If she does make any improvement, it is because she is inspired by the strength of a male character.
Meanwhile, we have sooooo much exploration of men’s trauma and journey in overcoming it that it’s ridic. There are tons of traumatized male heroes/protags you can read as mentally ill and sympathize with (Harry Potter, Iron Man, Batman,actually fuck it any gritty male superhero) who have fully fleshed out narratives exploring their perspective where they struggle with their trauma in some way. Women? Not as much, usually it’s 1 or 2 above
So let’s talk about a couple narratives, most extensively FMA 2003 and how it gives a perfect example of both tropes and thus some of the many reasons why I prefer the manga.
This is completely worth reading if you want to get into writing. Hell it’s completely worth reading even if you don’t.
A headcanon, I think?
I don’t think there would be that much protest and prejudice against women ruling their lands in Hyrule. I mean, in most of the loz fanworks I see, someone always tries to stop Zelda (and in TP’s case, Midna) from ruling their kingdoms on the basis that they’re women instead of anything else. It doesn’t actually make that much sense considering the fact that most of the higher figures in Hyrule’s history/legends/beliefs are women.
You can argue with the medieval theme, but the Zelda franchise always mixed other themes with it. The Ancient Greece themed palaces in AoL, the Aztec themed ToG in WW, the whole Hindu/Eastern Asia theme in SS… etc. The Zelda franchise is multi-cultured and have its own races’s culture, so the medieval argument is not really that valid.
I’ve basically been saying this forever now yeah
if the presence of cameras and trains and robots and steamboats and BASEBALL didn’t clue you in that Hyrule’s not a strictly medieval setting I’m not sure what to tell you guys
and if you see a series where princesses and queens act as rulers and nobody EVER objects to this (in fact, in the games where Zelda is the acting ruler, people typically talk about her like a beloved celebrity, and Zant only objected to Midna being Princess because he was a jealous diaper baby) and toss that out the window in favor of one of the most uncreative fantasy tropes ever than you might want to replay the games friend
The Brain Scoop: Where My Ladies At?
This was an incredibly difficult video for me to write and record. I haven’t been this uncomfortable or nervous about an episode since we decided to launch the Wolf series. I did it because I know my fellow female creators are with me: these comments are not easy to ignore, and they do have a negative impact on our desire to make videos and blaze trails.
Things can be said about women being more sensitive than men, or that men deal with these comments too, or that we should just accept that they’re going to happen.. but if I do, I’ll quit. If I accept that this is just part of the deal, this is what it is and always has been, it’s a requirement of my job to toughen up and barrel through, I won’t be able to continue. The remarks are enough to make me want to throw my hands up and retreat to a tiny cabin in the middle of nowhere. If the compromise is that I need to become desensitized, I would probably just do something else instead.
Let’s not create that kind of environment for our peers. Let’s be supportive, encouraging. Focus on the content, not the presenter. Ignoring the fact that these comments are uncomfortable is dismissive and counter-productive: let’s have less tolerance for both those comments, and the apathetic attitude attached to how they affect our community.
And, please: check out the women in the video description for more fantastic channels to subscribe to.
Abortion was not just legal—it was a safe, condoned, and practiced procedure in colonial America and common enough to appear in the legal and medical records of the period. Official abortion laws did not appear on the books in the United States until 1821, and abortion before quickening did not become illegal until the 1860s. If a woman living in New England in the 17th or 18th centuries wanted an abortion, no legal, social, or religious force would have stopped her.
Reminder that records of contraception and abortion exist all the way back to 1550 BCE in ancient Egypt!
This was a really fascinating read. Until the early 19th century, abortion was legal until “quickening,” or when the pregnant person first felt the baby kick - anywhere from 14 to 26 weeks into the pregnancy. Society only began to condemn it when people decided white, middle- to upperclass women weren’t having enough children soon enough in their lives, and when male doctors started taking over traditionally female health care fields, like midwifery.
Yep, shockingly enough, it’s never, ever been about the life of the fetus - only about misogyny, racism, and classism (ableism, too, though the article doesn’t discuss it).
You got it, nonny!
Here’s the thing: in pretty much every feminist discussion of the Mass Effect series, you’ll see a reference to the fact that the dialogue for the male and female versions of Commander Shepard is pretty much identical across the board. In reality, there are some small differences, and I think it’s pretty telling to see what Bioware’s writers chose as ways of distinguishing between male and female Shepards. Let’s draw on a few specific examples:
In the first game, Shepard needs information from a washed-up, embittered, extremely drunk C-Sec officer named Harkin. When the male version of Shepard approaches him, Harkin’s dialogue is “Alliance military. Hmph. I coulda been a marine, you know.” For a female Shepard, it’s, “Hey there, sweetheart, looking for some fun?”
In the second game, Shepard gets recruited by a mercenary gang to help kill Archangel (which is, of course, all part of Shepard’s plan to rescue him from said mercenaries). When the male version of Shepard approaches the Blue Suns recruiter, the recruiter greets him with, “You three look like you could do some damage.” For a female Shepard, it’s, “Well, aren’t you sweet? You’re in the wrong place, honey. Strippers’ quarters are that way.”
In both cases, the dialogue is unavoidable, and the possible responses range from brushing it off to outright threatening the jerkwad in question. In both cases, the dialogue reverts back to the male Shepard version almost immediately, with no permanent repercussions. Keep in mind that these are virtually the only differences between male Shepard and female Shepard’s dialogue in the entire 50+ hours of gameplay between the two games.
The end result is a pretty uncomfortable message: even 170 years in the future, even decked out in heavy armor with a grenade launcher strapped to your back, your femininity is a joke, and people are still gonna target you for it. Hell, aliens are gonna have the same attitude. And hey. That stings. Because video games like this one, where you’re playing a quasi-superhero who runs around saving the galaxy, are basically power fantasies: you can subsume your own day-to-day worries in the death-defying, wise-cracking adventures of Commander Shepard. Except, if you’re playing as a woman, even your power fantasies come with a little asterisk, a footnote reminding you, again and again, that you don’t quite measure up, that as powerful as you are, weak and miserable people will still see themselves as stronger.
I remember reading an article about how Bioware made the female version of Commander Shepard such a fascinating and well-fleshed-out character more-or-less by accident, and I think these examples bear that out. The writing that’s specifically for a female Shepard has these weirdly nasty implications.
For instance, in the romance subplots, a female Shepard can get together with Kaidan in the first game, and then pick someone else in the second game, leading to a confrontation in the third. Likewise, a male Shepard can get together with Ash in the first, someone else in the second, and then the same sort of confrontation ensues in the third. When Kaidan confronts a female Shepard, it’s for “cheating”, and none of the available dialogue options allow her to do anything but lie or apologize. When Ashley similarly confronts a male Shepard, he’s able to point out that she stepped away from the relationship every bit as much as he did. Only a male Shepard gets to come out of that conversation with any sort of moral high ground, despite the fact that both relationships broke off in exactly the same way.
So, y’know, I think it’s a bit disturbing to look at these examples and see what the writers decided would be worth changing when it came time to write dialogue for a female Shepard. It’s pretty telling, for an essentially blank-slate character, to see what’s being coded as inherently “feminine”.
I don’t think the answer is to eliminate all gender-specific dialogue, either. Cookie-cutter “Mrs. Man” characters still run into the roadblock of dude-as-default, after all. There’s a scene unique to female Shepards in Mass Effect 3 that sort of wobbles into slightly stronger territory, where Shep has a brief heart-to-heart with Eve, the female krogan. The writing itself is pretty cringe-worthy and feels a bit like the sort of conversation guys imagine women having when they’re alone, but the point stands that Eve recognizes Shepard as a sympathetic role-model, a kindred spirit, when faced with her own patriarchal culture. That’s a relatively positive way to acknowledge the character’s gender: recognizing that she’s well-placed to offer encouragement to someone that a male Shepard wouldn’t have been able to help in the same way. It adds to the power-fantasy, doesn’t detract from it, doesn’t undermine it.
In the end, what I’d love to see is more player characters who aren’t “fem-” versions of anything, who are female player characters by default, who have narratives written for them rather than for the dude on the cover. I’m getting tired of constantly having to slip on someone else’s ill-fitting armor if I want to play.
I don’t really have anything to add to this, because I had precisely the same problems with female Shepard dialogue, but I never managed to word it quite so well.
the kaidan thing is why i stopped playing mass effect 3, because by having sex with hot gecko man I have somehow ruined kaidan forever according to the awful dialogue there, so fuck that noise
who even fucks kaiden anyway
Real life “Rosie the Riveter” - Tennessee, 1943.
GLORIFY THE SHIT OUT OF THIS IMAGE
Thanks! :) Honestly, I’m not that involved with reading fanfiction and it was more in reaction to seeing the “Mary Sue” label flung at female canon characters who dared to be present, and aspiring young female writers getting constantly warned off writing “Mary Sues” in their original writing, but I felt when you looked at the fanfiction part of the equation, the root of the problem came from there as well.
Xlizardx sent in this super cool submission. Here’s what she said:
"SAME GIRL, SAME DAY, *FIVE* DIFFERENT SIZES
I made this today to illustrate how inconsistent sizing in women’s clothing really is. Each of these skirts is a different size - and each fits me perfectly. So what size am I really?
Certainly not Oasis, Topshop, H&M, or Warehouse, clearly.”
This post is soooo good at articulating why it’s so harmful to have to relate women to men through their relationships with men
“Historically speaking, animating female characters are really, really difficult, ’cause they have to go through these range of emotions, but they’re very, very — you have to keep them pretty and they’re very sensitive to — you can get them off a model very quickly. So, having a film with two hero female characters was really tough, and having them both in the scene and look very different if they’re echoing the same expression; that Elsa looking angry looks different from Anna being angry.” — Lino Disalvo on animating Frozen, explaining (essentially) why they removed all the female supporting characters and replaced them with men. [[edited for accuracy]]
Yeah, I call bullshit.
don’t blame women because you’re a shitty animator
so basically what you’re saying is
"it was too harddddddd I didn’t wannaaaaaa."
"i dont care enough about women to animate them like reeeaaal peopleeee"
No. You don’t understand. You’re all ignorant fuckwads. Let me explain you a thing. Female faces? They’re softer. As in regardless of bone structure their faces are SOFT looking. Because of this, light bends differently and catches angles differently and the what not. Its harder to animate/draw/paint the female form, as any artist. It’s the same issue with babies- the SOFTNESS of the figure makes it harder to art them. And now I’m done with this tangent flies into the sun.
As evidenced by all of these guys with soft faces
none of whom are impressed by your sexist bullshit
female skin is NOT different from male skin, biologically
female skin isn’t softer, you’re just trained to think of it that way by media and our societal expectation that women use make-up to MAKE their skin look softer, which has not been done all throughout history and thus doesn’t actually make any sense in a movie set in a historical time period when nobody expected anybody to have flawless skin
the problem isn’t animating women
the problem is animating women to look like an ideal while still keeping them diverse
If animators treated women like humans beings they wouldn’t have this problem
look at all of these soft faces
Don’t even fucking talk to me about Kadaj
This gifset is making you look as sexist as you are, say cheese!
Look at Shrek and Fiona next to each other
It doesn’t matter if they’re humans or ogres
their skin is animated exactly the same
Same for Lem and Neera
OH WOW HER SKIN IS SO MUCH SOFTER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN HIS are you fucking kidding me with this
Basically fuck you
This is amazing.
Also I quite often have teachers tell me I need to down grade the way I draw noses and eyebrows and such on women. Draw less lines and details on women, they must all be beautiful and soft looking. I’ve actually had a teacher say: that’s why anime is so successful because the eyes are so big and they hardly even draw the nose. It’s appealing and should be used when always drawing women and children. AND THIS IRRITATES ME SO MUCH. I know it sells but I don’t want that. I want diverse, REALISTIC and different women with big noses and bushy eyebrows. With cheekbones and square jaws even. Not every female has a tiny, perfect nose, round features and perfect soft skin. arrrrrg
I.. I’m just so happy that people are using both 3D and traditional animation in this post about animation… it’s so wonderful to see… thank you ;_;
All this delicious animation talk belongs on my dashboard.
it got better
"females have softer faces" PSSSSSHHH yeah the fuck right maybe in fiction land where everyone fits the archetype nicely
This weekend I was schmoozing at an event when some guy asked me what kind of history I study. I said “I’m currently researching the role of gender in Jewish emigration out of the Third Reich,” and he replied “oh you just threw gender in there for fun, huh?” and shot me what he clearly thought to be a charming smile.
The reality is that most of our understandings of history revolve around what men were doing. But by paying attention to the other half of humanity our understanding of history can be radically altered.
For example, with Jewish emigration out of the Third Reich it is just kind of assumed that it was a decision made by a man, and the rest of his family just followed him out of danger. But that is completely inaccurate. Women, constrained to the private social sphere to varying extents, were the first to notice the rise in social anti-Semitism in the beginning of Hitler’s rule. They were the ones to notice their friends pulling away and their social networks coming apart. They were the first to sense the danger.
German Jewish men tended to work in industries which were historically heavily Jewish, thus keeping them from directly experiencing this “social death.” These women would warn their husbands and urge them to begin the emigration process, and often their husbands would overlook or undervalue their concerns (“you’re just being hysterical” etc). After the Nuremberg Laws were passed, and after even more so after Kristallnacht, it fell to women to free their husbands from concentration camps, to run businesses, and to wade through the emigration process.
The fact that the Nazis initially focused their efforts on Jewish men meant that it fell to Jewish women to take charge of the family and plan their escape. In one case, a woman had her husband freed from a camp (to do so, she had to present emigration papers which were not easy to procure), and casually informed him that she had arranged their transport to Shanghai. Her husband—so traumatized from the camp—made no argument. Just by looking at what women were doing, our understanding of this era of Jewish history is changed.
I have read an article arguing that the Renaissance only existed for men, and that women did not undergo this cultural change. The writings of female loyalists in the American Revolutionary period add much needed nuance to our understanding of this period. The character of Jewish liberalism in the first half of the twentieth century is a direct result of the education and socialization of Jewish women. I can give you more examples, but I think you get the point.
So, you wanna understand history? Then you gotta remember the ladies (and not just the privileged ones).
Holy fuck. I was raised Jewish— with female Rabbis, even!— and I did not hear about any of this. Gender studies are important.