And this goes for you geeks, too

blue milk and tigtog have beaten me to it – so if a third recommendation is required, consider this mine for this post at Skepchick and this addendum by Kate Harding.

… it’s the consequence of a sexist culture, in which any time a woman shows her face or opens her mouth in public, whatever point she wanted to make stands to be delayed by a referendum on her fuckability.

And if I never again hear the lament, “Where are all the women in [X]?” it will be too soon.

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3 comments

  1. MemeSpree NZ (@MemeSpreeNZ)

    ((I’m not sure if this is a double-post due to my browser acting skew-iff, so feel free to delete/modify if so…))

    Jezebel ran an article a couple of weeks ago on one woman’s experience in coming to terms with Penny Arcade after they ran a strip (and released a related T-Shirt) on the theme of, well, Dickwolves. I don’t have the link to hand, but it was by turns heart-wrenching and, well, gutting.

    I don’t for a minute think that Gabe and Tycho are rampant, mouth-foaming misogynists; I just think that they’re people trying to make a living in this messed up world of ours, and let their sense of humour over-ride their (usually) good judgement when it comes to fan culture. If you can find the article, I think it’s worth a read, if you’ve got time to navigate more heartbreak over gender issues and so forth.

    • QoT

      I just think that they’re people trying to make a living in this messed up world of ours, and let their sense of humour over-ride their (usually) good judgement when it comes to fan culture.

      No, actually. They have at this point thoroughly established themselves as men who will make rape jokes, harass critics, make more rape jokes which reinforce rape culture in order to prove how much they don’t care, and will not step in to even tell their fans “please stop stalking people and calling their local police stations to “prove” they’re lying about being raped” – oh, until someone “jokes” about their families.

      A good timeline of the original is here. The most recent “lol non-consent” strip is discussed here with plenty of other links.

      I don’t think they foam at the mouth, but rampant misogynists? Their behaviour speaks for itself.

      Also, Jezebel? You mean, “running stories by pseudonymous guys about how watching French women navigate a horrific masculinist sexual-harassment-normalising culture taught them that American women are too uptight about consent” Jezebel? Uninterested.