The Y Not Jam is an all-women event that will take place at Glasgow Caledonian University between Friday the 29th of August and Sunday the 31st of August.
It’s free to register and take part in the Y Not Jam, but places are limited so if you are a woman who is interested in taking part then please sign up now!
Y Not Jam – Glasgow Caledonian University – August 29-31st 2014
"I’m sick of how bisexuality is erased in LGBT spaces. I get really nervous before any LGBT event, especially Pride. I feel incredibly sad and hopeless when gay and lesbian people call me insulting names. If gay and lesbian people don’t understand me – Continue reading Prejudice at Pride at Empathize This
This just punched me in the heart.
Text: Especially with #Ferguson all over social media, here’s my pet peeve: People who complain about racist family/friends without actively confronting them. Unless you’re depending on this racist for your livelihood, e.g. living in their home or relying on their income and they could cut you off, CALL THEM OUT. That racist aunt you visit maybe 3 times a year is posting about “thugs”? Send her facts. Show her the hypocrisy of her words. Don’t just let it go because you don’t want to “cause trouble”, THIS IS THE TROUBLE. And this applies to non-black POC. Recognize the anti-blackness in our communities (Asian Americans, you have a big responsibility in this) and do something about it. I always say no one is obligated to educate strangers that pop up demanding a breakdown of race relations, but if you consider yourself an ally yet can’t even confront that guy from high school you keep around on Facebook? I call bullshit.
Heteronormativity isn’t just about the presumption that everyone is heterosexual. The expectation that boys woo girls feeds into your mind the expectation that relationships are necessary for fulfilment, and you are less than if you are not having particular kinds of sex with a particular, and a particular kind of, person at particular intervals. It’s about what Lauren Berlant calls the love plot, in which love is produced as a generic text enabling society to interpret your life as following certain conventions. It’s not about what you want, it’s about what you’re supposed to want. You’re not encouraged to think about what you want in relationships, if anything, so much as you are encouraged to fit a script. Heteronormativity messes things up for everyone, straight people included.
teachytv replied to your post “btw it was my birthday yesterday but I like keeping it quiet cos im a…”
are you old enough to be called daddy yet?
well, those wee college-age dudes ive seen in gifs that’re cracking their belts while wearing badly-sized trousers and short-sleeve maccy d-s manager shirts thinking they can be daddy-doms to women who wont laugh in their faces arent letting their own ages stop them, so technically yes!
(by which i mean im 26 but pretty undadlike in more-or-less every respect except maybe for the fact that i’m absent a lot LOOOOOL daddy issues jokes)
(See also: All of FFXII’s quickenings and concurrences)
FFXII has rhythm. Things click into place in co-ordination, folk hit their marks (Ashe does it a lot in her quickenings actually), sounds click at just the right time, two things move at wildly different rates but stay in synch (Hashmal rising, Fran floating in place after Whip Kick), sounds burst and drone to the point that they sound cataclysmic (Black Hole, Vaan’s White Whorl, Chaos’ deathblow, the sound Famfrit’s urn makes).
Actually everything about FFXII’s sound and music is a dream x
jRemember that bit of Final Fantasy VI where you landed on a stage where an opera was taking place and yHad to have a boss battle right there and then and the Maestro was just like, “Well, we’ve got a full orchestra right here, might as well use it” and you got a special battle theme
more of that
The Tale of New Opek A.K.A. Why Animal Crossing is a Perfect Queer Experience
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Today, I’m going to tell you the story of my first Animal Crossing: New Leaf town, New Opek. It started, of course, with getting off the train, being told I was mayor, and starting to live my life. The first couple nights I spent in a tent, but slowly moved myself up to a house.
I started getting to know the town members and explore, but it all got a little lonely after a while.
Even the girls of the town started to think I was going crazy…
this reminds me of that episode of Family Guy where
Consider the many juvenile “interactive sex scenes” throughout the demi-god’s adventures. One or multiple females beckon a willing Kratos (who always seems to forget that he’s in mourning of the wife he killed) over to a formerly secretive section of a level. The camera pans away gradually, usually to a contextually humorous image like a urinating cherub fountain. The camera then shakes in response to simple button inputs. The camera pan is reversed, showing characters resuming their casual animation cycles and praising Kratos’ abilities while health and experience orbs shower down upon him.
The scenes themselves have been subject to a lot of deserving parody. Beyond their amusingly short length, there is an active avoidance of not only showing any intimacy, but any sexual mechanics at all. We are directly told, rather than shown, how wonderful Kratos is in bed. Sex is a transaction earned through bloodshed, offered by those rescued/discovered as either a means of self-preservation for fear of your Kratos’ power, or the overwhelming lust they suffer from by being in the player’s meaty presence. In a series renowned for its mechanical polish and rampant machismo, this skittish inclusion of alleged sexual dominance is tonally disproportionate. It feels like the equivalent of a desperate virgin faking a story about a great night, the sexy details of which he fudges for lack of understanding.
— Gavin Greene, “Dick-Less: Power vs. Sex Fantasies in Video Games”
Not only do those sex scenes Gavin mentions make Kratos look like he’s trying too hard to sound like a legend, but it also makes the developers look like fumbling dweebs — ‘cause this is such a common behaviour among men that, to put a scene like that in without demonstrating they understand differently, it’s far more reasonable to assume the developers are just perpetuating that same boring gross behaviour.
I think sex scenes in videogames can easily be read as the developers wanting to be ~edgy and adult~ (which usually means the sex scene will be loaded with dominance/dick metaphors), or ~authenticly sexual~ (which usually means the sex scene will be cold, clinical and dictionary-definition scientific, with badly-lit polygon-tits gliding over some monochrome boxers or something). And both of those are likely a function of how men often think about and are taught to think about sex: as fucking-and-wrecking-and-ruining-grr-masculinity or as dispassionate play-by-numbers rote-and-repeat, both of which is to say “with as little connection, emotion, play, vulnerability or mutuality except where it centers the woman as either an object to be used or an object on a pedestal.” (also, weird train of thought: isnt this quite similar to how men talk about sports? and probably other stuff too?)
This is by no means exclusive to straight-cis-men either, since it can easily be found reflected and refracted in cis-gay-male culture as well in altered, distorted by related ways, but that’s a whole nother story I want to give its own space.
anyway yes thank u gavin greene yr article is dead good x