Why are you so angry about JLaw's nudes being leaked? I thought you didn't like her.
i am angry because this is just another example of women being shamed for taking nudes instead of the douchebag who spreads them being shamed for violating someone’s privacy like that
i am angry because nobody deserves this, regardless of how i feel about their personality
i am angry because this is pure misogyny and shows how women aren’t respected in our culture
i am angry because she did not consent to having those pics posted everywhere but they still were
i am angry because on the VERY RARE occasion this happens to a male celeb he is not shamed but rather the perpetrator is and it’s forgotten quickly whereas this will haunt jennifer for years and years to come
i am angry because this was a sex crime and people are treating it like a joke
i am angry because she is being exploited/objectified and some gross dudebros are probably jacking off to those pics
i am angry because people are CONGRATULATING the fucker who did such an atrocious thing to her instead of being appalled
listen i may not like her personally but the fact remains that as a human being she is entitled to body autonomy and to choose who sees her naked body and who doesn’t
Sources to keep you informed and updated about the latest developments in Pakistan. I have tried to include a wide variety of viewpoints. I am not condoning/promoting any side, it’s up to you to inform yourself. This is by no means a comprehensive list and to take this list out of context i.e. to just make up your mind about the situation without first understanding the complex nature and origins of this ongoing crisis is to commit a really grave mistake. Stay informed, yes, but this crisis didn’t begin a few hours, days or even a few weeks ago. This crisis has been ongoing for decades. Don’t rush to make conclusions or to hype something up, especially when it involves something as serious as the prospect of military intervention. Tread with caution.
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Blackface is awful and there is no doubt about that, and it’s wonderful that people are becoming conscientious enough of the problem to call out people who think it’s appropriate in costumes, but please think twice before you jump on board with this whole “shoot first ask questions later” approach to anyone suspected of bronzing their skin in any way for cosplay purposes. I am seeing it lead to a lot of Latino, Native, and Middle Eastern folks getting bullied and harassed for cosplaying characters with their own skin tone by internet strangers accusing them of being white people in make up and that is disgusssssttttiiiiiinnnnggggg. It’s fostering an atmosphere where people are afraid to dress up like characters who actually look like them because someone on the internet will see and raise wild, insulting accusations that they’ll never be able to respond to due to the rumour mill game of telephone set up of sites like tumblr and twitter.
Especially with all the awesome Dragon Con photos that are gonna be circulating in the next few days, please just be conscious of other people, don’t automatically assume the worst as a knee-jerk reaction and start posting without looking into the matter further, and if you really, strongly suspect foul play please take it up with the cosplayer in private before you make a public spectacle throwing accusations you can never take back. (Also be aware that there’s really no polite way to accuse someone of being a white person in brownface so don’t take it too personally if they’re insulted you asked. It’s still better than making a scene in public only to find out you were harassing someone for no reason)
Yeahhh just because someone doesn’t adhere to your stereotyped notions of what X race looks like, doesn’t mean they’re pulling a Mitt Romney. There are plenty of people of varying races who are white passing or have otherwise “white” looking features. Because every race has a variety of features!! and wow, mixed race people also exist!
I don’t understand how all Muslims are called terrorists because of what one group of 19 extremist men did 13 years ago.
But white people aren’t called terrorists when they invaded their countries, killed millions of civilians, when they shoot up schools, shoot up movie theaters, and kill random POC. Isn’t that something.
You can claim you’re using a word in a new way but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s saying “terrible is synonymous with this group of people.” You’re not using it in a new way at all. You’re ingraining how terrible these people are into the language so far that people who don’t know the history behind it still know the negative connotations. But the people who it’s used against know.
You can’t erase the memories of people who’ve had that word spat at them thousands of times. You can’t erase the years of being dehumanized, harassed, and bullied.
You can’t change the fact that it’s still used for it’s original meaning by millions of people.
You can’t change that the message you’re sending people when you argue for use of casual slurs is “I don’t care that this word is used as a weapon against you. I don’t care about your suffering. My freedom to do whatever I want without consequences is far more important than you.”
with the whole gamergate thing, feminist frequency harassment and now celebrity nudes being hacked and sold it feels like a huge chunk of the internet (and people in society in general) right now are really kicking and screaming to not have to recognise and respect women as humans
what is this quinnspiracy / gamergate thing i keep hearing about and what does it have to do with jontron? do you have an opinion on it?
ok i think it goes something like this
a jilted ex posted a bunch of chat logs and a kinda spiteful-sounding story about how a female game developer, zoe quinn, had cheated on him with a few people in the game industry
reaction 1 was “omg what a dirty slut” because, y’know, gamers. but that turned out to not be popular rhetoric. this is the only place jontron is relevant: he retweeted a comic someone drew that starred zoe graphically in the middle of a gangbang. (probably because he was also in the comic, presented as the voice of reason. but wow.)
a couple of the accused people were writers for internet video game websites, so reaction 2 was a rallying cry for more ethics in game journalism. which on its own would be okay except
(a) the worst dirty laundry by far in game journalism imnsho is how review scores are kept artificially inflated effectively by extortion — if you give a game a bad review, the publisher can just not give you early access to its games any more. which is possibly why only 3% of games have a metascore under 33, versus 9% of movies. but that’s a problem with the publishers, really, and not something journalists can directly control.
(b) none of the journalists zoe had a relationship with gave her game a good review, as was a common refrain. as far as i can find, only one of them wrote about her game at all, and it was months before they were supposed to have hooked up. even the jilted ex confirmed this.
so reaction 2 was kind of complete hogwash as well.
reaction 3 was to devolve rapidly into conspiracy theories and general mudslinging like: zoe was in cahoots with a reddit mod (evidence being that he tweeted at her asking to DM), explaining why tons of posts were deleted from /r/gaming (which the mods claim was to remove personal information); that zoe had actively doxxed and destroyed a gaming charity (based on a reddit comment from someone involved with the charity) (but the charity now explicitly says zoe was not involved); or that zoe had faked being hacked and doxxed (????) because the posted phone number was from a place she’d never lived (my phone number is from pennsylvania where i’ve never lived, welcome to cell phones).
meanwhile, with spectacular timing, anita sarkeesian released another “women vs tropes in video games” video, which i guess showcases a bunch of examples of women as decoration or sex objects in video games, and everyone exploded anew.
faced with all this, basically everyone with a voice shook their heads and tut-tutted at gamers for being big whiny woman-hating baby manchildren. and then there came some murmurings that it might be time to hang up the “gamer” label altogether, because it’s become toxic and insular, and who never plays any games whatsoever?
which brings us, i think, to #gamergate. i’m not actually sure, because its origins and goals and contributors are all incomprehensible. i’ve been told two completely different things:
1. that #gamergate is about journalistic ethics, i.e. doubling down on reaction 2. i was talking to someone last night and asked for an example of “misconduct” he was tired of; he linked me to an article by leigh alexander, one of the people suggesting “gamer” is obsolete. apparently the problem is that she’s a journalist but also runs a consulting firm for game developers, but has never disclosed this “potential conflict of interest” in her articles. i think that’s fucking ludicrous, because if she’s not writing about her clients, there’s not even potential for conflict of interest, right? also, surprise, she’s a woman.
2. that #gamergate is about we’re not gonna take this disrespect of gamers any more. some feathers got ruffled by the fact that the people with an audience in the gaming community are making fun of the people who think they are the gaming community. (this is one of those awkward problems where, well, whose responsibility is it to ostracize toxic members of a group? if anyone’s?) my response to those people is that maybe they should try playing a game online with strangers for two minutes. i tried getting back into tf2 recently and very clearly recall joining a server just in time to hear an exchange of rape jokes. riot has had to pour untold manhours and UI tricks into tricking its players into not being complete assholes. and xbox live is basically infamous. navigating a minefield full of this kind of sludge is not really what i consider a good relaxing time, which is why i basically never play worldwide multiplayer anything. (but thank god for mario kart.) anyway given the long-running reputation self-labeled “gamers” have for being xenophobic and generally hostile to anyone who’s not a straight dude who loves FPSes, being taken aback when journalists point this out is kind of bewildering to me.
the one thing they do seem to agree on is that this isn’t about hating women, except a few thing it is about fighting “SJWs” or something, i don’t know.
a curious observation: most of the people replying to #gamergate tweets (and believe me, if you use the hashtag, you will get replies) are using accounts with a handful of follows/followers, three digits of tweets, and basically nothing except #gamergate replies and retweets. so it’s a bunch of people who don’t even use twitter trying to do twitter activism over a thing they can’t decide the meaning of.
oh and naturally several of the accounts i looked at were also retweeting misogynistic garbage. because gamers.
anyway stay tuned for further developments as the core gamer demographic burrows itself ever deeper up its own collective asshole
holy fuck we have our windows open and we heard a blood curling scream so naturally I went to look out the window because wow is someone getting stabbed?? and it is just my neighbour on his knees staring at a KFC chicken bucket spilt all over his driveway