If you ever feel the urge to defend a large corporation’s choices (or individual creators choices in creating a large corporation’s project or product) like “they’re aware of their consumer base, they did all this stuff on purpose, all of this was a plan, you shouldn’t call them oblivious/sexist/racist/whatever because they plan so hard and understand the world better than you do, etc.”
1) The host corporations have a lot of money. They are big. None of this reaches them anyway. You’re not defending them. They do not need you, and you’re not teaching anyone anything. You’re defending how right it is you feel to like them. Which, if its impacted by another person’s words, you should call into question.
2) It takes money to care. It takes guts to care. It takes a willingness to take risks to care. Major corporations don’t care because not caring is less expensive, less time consuming, and less alienating to the perceived audience. It doesn’t matter if a company is “aware” of a peripheral audience. Most are not writing for it, if they are. They’re writing for the people with the money. Which is why, for example, many kids shows have hidden grown-up jokes. Grown ups have the money to buy their kids the merchandise, not kids. But when the peripheral audience is women, MOGAI people, etc? Not a chance.
3) This is not the time to try and correct or defend a person. The person you’re talking to has no interest on hearing about how Nintendo, Hasbro, Bioware, Disney, whatever is wiser than one would think and has already thought of Everything. Nobody cares about what you need to say to feel comfortable. It’s not a useful addition. Your opinion is not useful to anybody but yourself. Go make a post for your own use.
4) It is never, ever wise to ever admit, if you are a creator, that you’re not in control of your creation, or that it’s really an assembled product of many parts that comes together rather than a creative brainchild full of absolute intent and perfection. All dev interviews for movies, TV shows, games, and other multimedia products will pretend that every aspect of the show was intentional or a point of art— even down to the things they take for granted. Like sexism. Or transphobia. Or racism. Or any number of troubling things.
5) If your defense is “They totally intended all of the themes and ideas that are unfortunate implications, and they included them on purpose but didn’t do anything with them or point them out or include them in the story because, uh, they did it JUST to give you feels!” , then no. If everything is exactly the same and just as if they totally didn’t think things through, no amount of elaborate “But it’s subtle!” changes anything.
6) You liking stuff doesn’t matter. Stuff you like is not more special than stuff you don’t. Sorry.
its funny how so many black men openly hated macklemore and no one once said “why are black men so bitter and jealous of macklemore?” but let black women discuss how racist, untalented, and ignorant iggy azalea is and suddenly we’re all bitter black bitches jealous of the poor innocent white girl lmao
So it happens I’ve decided to start a blog. I considered having a side tumblr and such, but I decided that I would be more successful if I kept my Tumblr-ing where I spam my love for Sailor Moon and feminism and cat pictures and a blog for things I’d like to put more thought and care into as seperate entities. Not to mention while I love Tumblr the text post function as a pop out page gets extremely unwieldy for long posts and tends to want to glitch the longer it gets. Anyway, I hope my active followers out there will want to read when I share the links here, and if not then that’s fine I just need a place to release the pressure valve before my brain explodes on some extremely problematic things going on in our world. Thanks for listening.
Internet Bullshit Intensifies
Between StopGamerGate2014 and this shitstorm I was introduced to today via Jenny Trout (the Hale incident) there is a whole lot of BULLSHIT flying around the internet recently and it’s the really fucking troubling kind. Why do I feel like Hale is going to be used in a ‘women are unhinged too’ sort of argument to somehow devalue the threats against Anita Sarkeesian? Furthermore… why are people taking such great care TO DEFINE REALLY FUCKING HARMFUL BEHAVIOR AS HARMLESS. STALKING IS NOT HARMLESS “TROLLING” and CATFISHING IS NOT THE ACT OF USING A PSEUDONYM OR SCREEN NAME TO PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY.
What the actual fuck is wrong with people that you think you can equate toxic behavior with harmless behavior? This is how people fucking get killed and nobody blinks a goddamn eye or then tries to blame the victim for the actions of others that they should have been protected from in the first place.
It’s absolutely disgusting that people are trying to defend monstrous behavior with “it’s just a joke” or “don’t feed the trolls” when that’s not even what the situation is at all. If you are defending people like Hale or the people who are threatening Anita Sarkeesian you need to look at your life and look at your choices and realize you are a sack of shit. Period. Threatening people is not okay at the very least it makes you a bully and is criminal. Hiding yourself from said shit is also not criminal. All of these fucking rape apologists and victim blamers are telling us to take better precautions and then we hide our name or turn off our Youtube comments and suddenly we’re not accessible enough and then it’s our own fault for getting threatened. Take your cyclical logic and shove it up your ass. I am tired of this bullshit circus.
Edit: Also this storify link found withing the body of Jenny Trout’s blog post defines catfishing right away for anyone who might be unclear on what catfishing actually is.
As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.
The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.
The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.
As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.
My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.
I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.
These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.
Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.
The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.
You can read more about the dolls here: http://www.playmatestoys.com/brands/hearts-for-hearts-girls
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But the minimum wage is set for teenagers with first jobs/ college students TO GET EXPERIENCE. Because a higher paying job isn’t going to higher you unless ypu have experience. AND YOU GET THAT EXPERIENCE BY WORKING AT MINIMUM PAYING JOBS. and the higher paying jobs are harder jobs which is why they get more money.
If you raise the minimum wage, then companies wont have the money to pay more employees so they look for the people with the most experience…
So if companies can only higher people with experience and you dont have any because companies DONT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY YOU??
well then you are never going to get a job.
And when the minimum wage goes up, the price of everything goes up.
And then we have the minimum wage earners complaining again.
So stop saying that the minimum wage needs to be raised because it doesnt.
What needs to happen is we need a better economy and thanks to obama, thats not going to happen for a while because obama doesn’t know what hes doing.
So if you want to make more money, get experience and a better paying job.
You’re a shitty economist buddy.
Less than 15% of minimum wage worker’s are teenagers (age 14-19), the rest are adults aged 20 and over (85.7%). So lets stop pretending that these jobs are meant for students. The economy is shit and unfortunately, people have to settle for low wages because the alternative often is unemployment.
Higher paying jobs doesn’t equate to ‘harder jobs’. Often, the higher a position is, the less labor you are required to do.
"And when the minimum wage goes up, the price of everything goes up."
Inflation doesn’t necessarily work that way. Obviously, you’re just regurgitating the bullshit theories conservatives spew out while disregarding the statistics and history that proves otherwise. But since you’re using that argument, why not raise the minimum wage with the rise of inflation? Or productivity even?
If we had raised the minimum wage with the rise of productivity since 1968, it would currently be $21.72. In other words, we are creating far more and producing more profit for corporations, while being paid for a third of what we use to.
What do you have to say about that?
And raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will raise 1.7 million families out of poverty and reduce the need for them to use public assistance, saving the federal government $7.6 billion per year. Would you say you’re you against that?
The current federal minimum wage is $7.25. In none of the 50 states is that enough money to pay the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment.
The minimum wage used to be able to keep a family of 3 above the poverty line. Now, the minimum wage can’t even keep a single parent working 40 hours a week, for an entire year without a single day off, above the poverty line.
When you raise the minimum wage, you’re putting more money into the pockets of the lower/working class. Their money is directly put back into the economy when the buy food, pay bills and generally spend their money. As oppose to higher paid people who have the luxury of saving their earnings. That means that businesses will generally make more money because the working class has more money to spend.
That’s my argument for raising the minimum wage, I would love to see your attempt to counter it.
Maureen Clemmons used Egypt’s historical clues to form the theory that pyramids were built using kites. To help test it, a team from Caltech raised a 15-foot, 6,900 lb. obelisk using only a kite, pulley system, and support frame. It only took 25 seconds to lift it. Source
ooc: Reblogging because holy shit.
I aspire to be this woman when I’m older.
This woman was born before women were legally allowed to vote.
So don’t think for a second that she’s joking when she sees you trying to take that right away, Republicans.