1. halfhardtorock:

    shipsanddip:

    I find it so fucking hilarious, men think about famous women and female characters sexually all the time, they masturbate to the thought of Scarlett Johansson and Black Widow all the time, there is an entire genre of porn dedicated to spoofing movies like Star Wars and Harry Potter

    but women write (sometimes novel length) pieces of fiction featuring their favourite characters who sometimes end up in sexual situations and it’s “weird” and “gross” and “odd”

    and I’m just, I didn’t see your double standard there, would you mind just shoving it a bit further into my eye socket that’d be great

    Men are literally spoonfed this sexual objectification of women characters by mainstream media itself. There isn’t one fucking poster of Back Widow that hasn’t provocatively positioned her body, hip jut, body turned to show her ass, breasts outlined. Comic book art has always been incredibly misogynistic, with women characters displayed in such a way that mouth-breathing dude readers can enjoy their comics and then have a wank after. 

    …so women spend time crafting fanworks that sexually stimulate them because mainstream media and comics offers us crumbs when it comes to stimulating our gaze, yet somehow, we end up the ‘weird,’ gross ones??

    lol. oh ok.

  2. "

    My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

    And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

    "

    Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

    Dang, I love those movies, but yeah that’s a problematic thing. Yup. Yup. 

    I sadly agree… as a guy even.

  3. bec-centigrade:

writergrrrl:

pervocracy:

postwhitesociety:

hm

I think the “women are mysterious” thing can also come from:
1) Women actually being quite clear, but not telling men what they want to hear.  ”She said she doesn’t want to talk to me?  So many mixed messages and confusing signals!”
2) Women not having cheat codes.  ”I tried being nice, and she didn’t have sex with me.  I tried being an asshole, and she didn’t have sex with me.  Come on, there’s got to be some kind of solution to this puzzle!”
3) Women not being a hive mind.  ”First a woman told me that she likes guys with big muscles.  Then the very next day a woman told me she thinks muscles aren’t attractive at all.  Make up your mind, women!”
4) An individual woman doing something confusing, and instead of asking “why is she doing this now?” men ask “why do women always do this?”

5) Women sometimes don’t say what they’re really thinking/feeling because society has taught us that certain emotions and reactions are unacceptable (i.e. you must be nice to men even when they’re creeps because man feelings are delicate and must be protected at all costs).
6) Women sometimes don’t say what they’re really thinking/feeling because we’re used to our thoughts and emotions being invalidated and can learn to invalidate them ourselves.
7) You didn’t even fucking ask. 

8) You see women as NPCs instead of people, so when they act like people you’re surprised and wonder how such a sophisticated NPC can exist and what algorithms drive it, instead of interacting with her as a human being.

    bec-centigrade:

    writergrrrl:

    pervocracy:

    postwhitesociety:

    hm

    I think the “women are mysterious” thing can also come from:

    1) Women actually being quite clear, but not telling men what they want to hear.  ”She said she doesn’t want to talk to me?  So many mixed messages and confusing signals!”

    2) Women not having cheat codes.  ”I tried being nice, and she didn’t have sex with me.  I tried being an asshole, and she didn’t have sex with me.  Come on, there’s got to be some kind of solution to this puzzle!”

    3) Women not being a hive mind.  ”First a woman told me that she likes guys with big muscles.  Then the very next day a woman told me she thinks muscles aren’t attractive at all.  Make up your mind, women!”

    4) An individual woman doing something confusing, and instead of asking “why is she doing this now?” men ask “why do women always do this?”

    5) Women sometimes don’t say what they’re really thinking/feeling because society has taught us that certain emotions and reactions are unacceptable (i.e. you must be nice to men even when they’re creeps because man feelings are delicate and must be protected at all costs).

    6) Women sometimes don’t say what they’re really thinking/feeling because we’re used to our thoughts and emotions being invalidated and can learn to invalidate them ourselves.

    7) You didn’t even fucking ask. 

    8) You see women as NPCs instead of people, so when they act like people you’re surprised and wonder how such a sophisticated NPC can exist and what algorithms drive it, instead of interacting with her as a human being.

  4. destronomics:

The Skyler White EffectThe cognitive dissonance that happens when a female character is presented by the narrative as absolutely correct in their judgment of a male character, and yet the viewers assume she’s the bitch.

    destronomics:

    The Skyler White Effect
    The cognitive dissonance that happens when a female character is presented by the narrative as absolutely correct in their judgment of a male character, and yet the viewers assume she’s the bitch.

  5. unicornempire:

    superlolbubblesblog:

    thewintersupersoldier:

    dailydot:

    Why is Gamora missing from Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise?

    Exit polls indicate 44 percent of GotG’s opening-week audience were women, yet Disney/Marvel still seems unaware or unconvinced that it can profit from this half of their audience. At San Diego Comic-Con last month, women’s T-shirts for Marvel’s upcoming Agent Carter TV series sold out in a day, with the bemused attendants saying that they hadn’t expected this kind of interest. This is after years of fans clamoring for a female-led superhero movie from anyone.

    Fans have been asking, well… where’s Gamora?

    When companies are so sexist they don’t even want to accept women to make a profit you know society is very fucked up 

    Yeah except this isn’t true. There’s plenty of merch with Gamora.
    She has a figure http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HMVA7903A#.U-OSust0zIU

    A bobblehead http://www.entertainmentearth.com/prodinfo.asp?number=FU3795#.U-OS5st0zIU

    Also custom-printed t-shirts http://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/t-shirt/guardians-of-the-galaxy-gamora/64350/

    You can bitch and moan about sexism all you want but don’t fucking lie.

    It’s not lying (or bitching and moaning for that matter). Also, you can’t link to a site that is selling unofficial merch and say that it counts as the official sources not leaving out a character. If I went and made 50 Gamora designs, it wouldn’t mean that Marvel had made them, it would mean that I, a fan, had made them. Those action figures you linked are only available in a few select stores, not in every store like everyone else is. I mean look at this shirt; it has five boxes. There are five Guardians. Strangely, they chose not to include Gamora on the entire shirt. Why is that?

    She’s not on the display stands either, when they made room for 4 out of 5 guardians. They could have gone with 3 and left out a guy, but they made it work, leaving out the only female member on the team. Why her again?

    There’s two sides on this thing and both sides have all 4 Guardians. If it’s a space/size issue, why not have Gamora/Nebula/Ronan/Yondue on the other side? At least she would be included!

    Official mugs without Gamora as well:

    I mean come on - According to Marvel, the other four members of the Guardians are available at Toys “R” Us online and in stores while Gamora (along with Nebula) will only be available at specialty stores. Seriously. And you think it’s just ‘bitching and moaning’ ? Here are several pictures where it’s clear that Gamora is the only member of the team that is ‘optional’. They aren’t regularly leaving out Drax and swapping it in for Gamora/Rocket/Groot/Peter, or leaving out Groot and Rocket or any other combination. This is not just whining, this is a big deal. Women already have to be happy with just having ONE person of their gender being on a team out of FIVE characters, and you think we’re asking too much for that ONE woman to be included in the merchandise?

  6. Do you ever think you'll stop drawing fanart? No offense it just seems like the kind of thing you're supposed to grow out of. I'm just curious what your plans/goals are since it isn't exactly an art form that people take seriously.

    lezzerlee:

    euclase:

    Ah, fanart. Also known as the art that girls make.

    Sad, immature girls no one takes seriously. Girls who are taught that it’s shameful to be excited or passionate about anything, that it’s pathetic to gush about what attracts them, that it’s wrong to be a geek, that they should feel embarrassed about having a crush, that they’re not allowed to gaze or stare or wish or desire. Girls who need to grow out of it.

    That’s the art you mean, right?

    Because in my experience, when grown men make it, nobody calls it fanart. They just call it art. And everyone takes it very seriously.

    Ah yes, for example Sam Spratt. He’s taken very seriously, published even. That’s not to say that he’s not very talented. But people don’t question that his work is art, though he does fanart.

  7. "

    What about our fans? Are they privileged? Let me tell you about Anders. He was one of two male love interests in Dragon Age II, and the only one of the two that would actually make his intentions known to the player without the player expressing interest first. If you were nice to him, he would make a pass at you, and you could turn him down, and that would be the end of it. And some fans REALLY did not like that.

    Some of them asked for a gay toggle; because in a game where there’s mature themes, slavery, death, and none of which we offer toggles for, encountering a gay character? OOH, beyond the pale. They didn’t want to be exposed to homosexuality.

    And this one fan on our forums posted that he felt too much attention had been spent on women and gays and not enough on straight male gamers. For all of whom he personally spoke, of course. ‘It’s ridiculous that I even have to use a term like Straight Male Gamers, when in the past I would only have to say fans.’ The purpose of the romances in Dragon Age II was to give each type of fan an equal content. Two romances whether you’re male or female, straight or gay.

    How upsetting for this particular Straight Male Gamer to realize he wasn’t being catered to. This was not equality to him, but an imbalance; an imbalance of the natural order. He did not want equality, he’s not interested in equality. To him, from his perspective, equality means he’s getting less. Less options? Actually, no, the number of options we had in that game was actually the same number of options that he would have received earlier. What was his issue was the idea that there was attention being spent on other groups, which SHOULD have rightly gone to him.

    Do ALL straight male gamers feel exactly the same as he does? Absolutely not. In the thread where this came up in fact, there was quite a few guys who came in and identified themselves as straight male gamers and said ‘I actually don’t have an issue with that, as long as I receive an experience I enjoy, I think other people should be able to enjoy that too.’ But if you think that Straight Male Gamer Dude is an outlier among our fanbase, you were not paying attention.

    This is Anita Sarkeesian, she’s the author of the Feminist Frequency, a blog which examines tropes in the depiction of women in popular culture. You’ve probably all heard about this, it’s a matter of public record, she announced a Kickstarter to start a web series to look at the tropes in video games and she was subjected to a campaign of vicious abuse and harassment by male gamers. Why? Well, because she represents to these guys the loss of their coveted place in the gaming audience. Never mind that well all know Goddamn well that they’re still at the top of the totem pole. What they see themselves losing is sole proprietorship over their domain. That’s what it is.

    Everything that is changing about the gaming industry to accommodate these players, to them, is diluting the purity of gaming which has belonged solely to them. That’s what this is all about. And here’s the thing, I’m pretty certain that our industry fears the scrutiny of those guys way more than the scrutiny of everyone else. Because those are the guys that scream at the top of their lungs, they spend their time on every internet forum, they spend their time making Metacritic reviews. Infuriate them, and you become a target. It’s so much easier to say “Well, that’s what our fans are like. There’s nothing we can do.” And that’s bullshit.

    They didn’t set the tone, did they? We set the tone. What we put out there, what we permit, whether it’s on our forums, whether it’s on Xbox Live, the things that we permit we are in effect condoning. What happened to Anita, we the industry, are partly responsible for. We’re in part to blame. And if the idea of moral responsibility doesn’t phase you, consider the idea that the time will probably soon come that this will also amount to legal responsibility.

    "

    BioWare EA Writer David Gaider speaking on sexism and sexuality in video games. (via lolitsgabe)

    also known as “Why I Love And Support BioWare Games”

    (via optimisticduelist)

    Bioware ain’t perfect, but good gosh it does give me the warm fuzzies when one of their crew knocks it out of the park.

    (via northstarfan)

  8. "It’s when you’re kickin’ it with your boys and you don’t speak up (or maybe even join in) when the one dude is being called a “bitch” or a “pussy” because he didn’t hit on the girl you saw. It’s knowing street harassment is wrong but also knowing that you let your eyes linger way longer than was comfortable for her when she walked by you in those yoga pants. It’s that you find it impossible to have a debate with her without dismissing her opinion as the product of emotion or PMS, then reacting to her calling out your sexism with “I’m a nice guy!” It’s going on and on about how much misogyny, sexism, and patriarchy have entrenched themselves so deeply into our culture, then not understanding why she’s upset the only compliment you ever give her has to do with her looks. It’s all those things you’re not aware of but would be if you were actually listening to her."
  9. But breasts ARE sexual organs? They release oxytocin when stimulated, that makes them sexual.

    misanthrobot:

    thegoodnaysayer:

    algrenion:

    sundaydrives:

    pxstmxdern:

    seetobe:

    enrychan:

    allaboardthelarrybullship:

    algrenion:

    ive had to deal w this argument before ok listen here

    boobs do the oxytocin thing when theyre stimulated yes, nipples are an erogenous zone. Men’s nipples do this too. Now read over those two sentences and let the double standard dawn on you okay? Think about it if both kinds of nips release oxytocin when you do the touch touch on them, why is only one kind of nip considered a sexual nip? sexism that’s why

    it’s ridiculous and technically makes a dude’s nipples more inappropriate than a lady’s nipples because boy nipples serve virtually no other purpose than to be stimulated by temperature change or by sexual activity, while girl nipples serve the added purpose of oh you know, feeding babies no big deal

    but nah man nah both can be aroused so both nips are sexual or no nips are so make up your mind

    you know where else is an erogenous zone?? ears. Are you wearing an ear bra/?? Why the fuck arent you wearing your fucking ear bra you trash put on yoourfucking ear bra youre not allowed to show your fucking ears thats so inappropriate and its makinng me horny its distracting me from my school work youre not following the dresscode wear your fucking ear bra yo ufucking

    Things like this annoy me. I am feminist but SERIOUSLY. Boobs are genitalia. Accept it. And if you can’t then walk around in public topless. Completely topless. Enjoy embarrassing yourself.

    Breasts are not genitalia. They are secondary sex characteristics, just like facial hair is for men. If you need a complete description of what “genitalia” really are, read this article on wikipedia (some photos are NSFW).

    Our concept of topless being “shameful” and “embarassing” is purely cultural and it isn’t absolute. In other cultures women walk around topless and men simply don’t care. For them, seeing a woman’s breasts is as normal as seeing her face.

    Seriously.

    Oxytocin is released during labour which is about the least sexy time possible. We use artificial versions to induce labour/birth and it does absolutely nothing for arousal (in my experience it just makes things cramp and hurt and I only had the post-birth version). 

    Oxytocin is the LOVE (/connection) hormone which helps us bond with people including our children after a lot of pain (which breastfeeding is for many people which is why it’s useful there), it is not the fucking hormone (that’s more connected to testosterone). I’m not sure how that got confused. Nipples/breasts are not genitals in any species. That doesn’t even make sense, they’re to feed babies, any other benefits are secondary and certainly not universal. 

    "Boobs are genitalia"

    Good lord

    I mean, I’m a feminist but I do not want to live in a world where breasts are no longer sexual. I love my boobs, they make me feel incredibly sexy as a woman and they are one of the few parts of my body I actually have confidence in. I love them so much, I love how much they turn on my boyfriend. I just don’t want to walk around topless okay?

    good for you! it’s god damn amazing that you take pride in your boobs and that they turn your boyfriend on and that you enjoy that! but while it’s beneficial to you, to many other women it is nothing short of harmful and another tick on their list to feel uncomfortable over

    the over-sexualisation of breasts is leading to women being shamed. It’s leading to women being told that what should be feeding infants is an inappropriate sexual organ and it must be kept hidden. It’s making women feel  that if they don’t have a particular standard for their baby feeders and if their baby feeders are not round enough or perky enough or if their nipples aren’t just the right size, they are not allowed to feel proud of their tits because they don’t make guys’ dicks hard. That if they do have that standard of cute perky tits, their tits aren’t their property and they’re supposed to get whipped out on command of men for their sexual pleasure. That if they’re too well covered a woman is prudish, and if there’s too much cleavage a woman is a slut. That women and young girls shouldn’t be allowed to wear the clothing they feel confident and comfortable in because the upper half of that dress is going to distract your male coworkers and teachers and fellow students. The over sexualisation of breasts leads to women being made to feel objectified and too often even leads to verbal and physical attacks on women, which many women will be blamed for based on the age old question, “well what were you wearing?”

    it’s well and truly wonderful that you love your titties, friend. But the liberation of tits isn’t going to be harmful towards you and your partner’s sex life or your self confidence. The only thing that the liberation of tits is supposed to do is make more women confident that their breasts are natural, beautiful, and 100% their own

    I can’t believe we actually have to make this argument. Are breasts involved in sexual reproduction? No? THEN THEY AREN’T GENITALIA. GOD, PEOPLE ARE STUPID.

    Also, no one is telling anyone that they HAVE TO WALK AROUND TOPLESS. roll it the fuck back, buddy.

  10. slayboybunny:

    buzzfeed:

    The 31 Realest Tumblr Posts About Being A Women

    *stands up*

    *salutes*

    *applauds forever*

    wo ah i am on a buzzfeed article what a wild world

  11. Did you know?

    stfusexists:

    everyjoyitbrings:

    collectivecrack:

    White American males constitute only 33% of the population. Yet, they occupy approximately:

    • 80% of tenured positions in higher education
    • 80% of the House of Representatives
    • 80-85% of the U.S. Senate
    • 92%of Forbes 400 executive CEO-level positions
    • 90% of athletic team owners
    • 97.7% of U.S. presidents

    Good thing we solved sexism and racism u guise

  12. kaniehtiio:

    deadsmondmiles:

    mythicgamerx:

    deadsmondmiles:

    thanks to this shit storm im composing a letter to ubisoft instead of doing my homework so i can pass english

    I’m going to get hate for this but I need to speak my mind. I have personally done work on game programming and it is easier to animate a male character as opposed to a female character. Why? Because the body structure is different! Females look different from males. They move different, they act different. Besides, even if it was easier to animate females it still wouldn’t fit with the theme. The setting is during the French Revolution! One of the bloodiest time periods in history and women had almost no rights during this time period. I’m not trying to be sexist, I support gender equality, however if you want to get pissed at a great game company because the main character doesn’t have a pair of tits be my guest. I will be happily playing AC: Unity once I get a PS4.

    you really wanna do this buddy??? you really want to???????

    wouldn’t fit with the theme? do you even know a fucking thing about the french revolution? actually do you know anything about assassin’s creed because the whole fuckin point is fighting for freedom and i fail to see how playing as a woman would disprove that point. also do you know women’s history at all? women have always been on the forefronts of revolutions and social upheavals. ALWAYS. A L W A Y S. our history and our support and our SUCCESS has been erased time and time again but it’s still fucking there. time to read it, hun.

    people are pissed because ubisoft has animated females. they have an entire game featuring a woman and every co-op so far has had multiple female characters. they know how to fucking do it. women aren’t some kind of magical unicorn creature with fifty legs. 

    charlotte corday was executed by guillotine in 1793 for the assassination (WOMAN ASSASSIN RIGHT HERE) of jean paul marat. marat was a radical politician and journalist who was one of the most radical voices of the revolution. she stabbed him to death, in his bath tub. she posthumously name the angel of assassination. she testified that she carried out the assassination alone and that killing that one man would save the lives of 100,000 others.

    claire lacombe, or red rosa, was a founding member of the society of revolutionary republican women along with pauline leon. the group became so notorious, within just five months, that the national convention specifically banned WOMENS organisations. it was attended by up to 180 women. claire lacombe FOUGHT with the rebels in 1792 at the storming of tuileries where she was SHOT THROUGH THE ARM but carried on fighting anyway which earnt her the name “heroine of august tenth” and for her bravery she was awarded a civic crown. she was arrested in april 1794 and released august 1795. 

    olympe de gouges was a playwright feminist abolitionist and advocate for the improvement of conditions for slaves in the colonies. she wrote the declaration of the rights of women and the female citizen demanding woman have EQUAL rights to men, she challenged male-female inequality and and the male authority. she was excecuted by guillotine.

    pauline leon suggested the a female militia so women could protect their homes from counter revolutionary assaults. she requested that women were given permission to arm themselves with sabers, rifles, pikes and pistols as well as the privilege of drilling under the french guard. the request was denied. she co founded the society of revolutionary republican women with claire lacombe and when it was shut down moved onto be the leader of femmes sans culottes.

    theroigne de mericourt in 1789 was caricatured by the parisian royalist press as the female war chief and according to their pamphlets she assaulted the bastille and lead the womens march on versailles, fought soldiers, was to be found where unrest was greatest. by her own accounts she did none of these but did attend debates at the national assembly and in 1792 made a call for the creation of “legions of amazons” in order to protect the revolution. As part of her call, she claimed that the right to bear arms would transform women into citizens. she was arrested, publicly flogged and spent the rest of her life in an asylum. 

    there’s also the women’s march on versailles which was one of the earliest AND most significant events in the revolution and began because women were rioting over the high price of bread. 
    militant women carried the bathtub and blood stained shirt of the assassinated marat as part of his funeral procession.
    at the constitution of 1793 women were at the fore of the crown demanding bread and when their cries went unnoticed, the women went on a rampage, “sacking shops, seizing grain and kidnapping officials.”

    women had next to no rights PRE revolution but the rise of feminists during the revolution changed things. WOMEN WERE IMPORTANT. WOMEN FOUGHT AND WERE POLITICAL AND PHYSICAL AND WOMEN DID CONTRIBUTE TO THE REVOLUTION ON BOTH SIDE and i didn’t even write about everything. women played a very important role so stop pretending they didn’t. you can read more here and hell even wikipedia is good on this too.

  13. "It seems that when you want to make a woman into a hero, you hurt her first. When you want to make a man into a hero, you hurt… also a woman first."

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