Right so first off if you’ve not played Telltale’s Walking Dead series yet, stop reading this and go play it right the heck now. Seriously. Right now. I’m not kidding. STOP READING! GO PLAY IT! It’s amazing and I love it and it’s probably one of my favourite games at the minute. If you’re still not sold, go read a review of the first instalment of the game (Season 1) and then go play the game. For everyone still reading, here’s a big neon warning: SPOILERS BELOW! I’ll be spoiling quite a bit of what happens throughout the game, including the recently released Season 2, Episode 2. Like, proper spoiling of big plot moments. You’ve been warned.
Originally posted on Libba Bray:
This is the hardest blog I’ve ever attempted to write.
For the better part of eight months, I have been struggling under the thumb of a rather intense depression. This is a monster I’ve battled many times in my life; it is not new. Yet, this has been a particularly brutal one, and I’m not out of the woods yet.
As a writer, I try to write about everything. But it’s hard to write about depression. For one, there’s the fear that the minute you say, “I’m suffering from depression,” people will look at you funny. That they will nod at you with wincing, constipated face, place a hand on your arm and say, with all good intent, “How are you?” And your pain will war with your desire to be “normal” and not looked at funny by sympathetic people at parties. So you will answer, “Fine, thanks” while you’ll…
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Over on Tumbler, Anonymous asked: “You seem like the anti-thesis to the evilfeminist on here. Is that why you are from space?” Here is my response:
Long ago and far away in the distant galaxy you call “Andromeda,” whose true name is unpronounceable in any language on Earth, there dwelled a species of beings that were renowned for their cutting edge space travel technology. The list of advancements they developed in the field of conveyance is too long to list. What is important for this story is the piece of tech they invented whose name, when roughly translated, means the “Go Anywhere.” The “Go Anywhere” was impossible: a gadget which facilitates the instantaneous transportation across the universe. There was, unfortunately, a kind of a hitch; a catch; a small downside to this amazing feat of innovation. It only worked in one direction.
Athena and I are recapping Hannibal. Check it out.
Originally posted on Athena Genevieve:
This poster makes me all kinds of uncomfortable.
The second episode was not to be outdone by the premiere, so it started off with a different kind of bang. OHMYGOD. That opening scene! I don’t know if I’ve ever cared about an unnamed character more on television than in that moment. HE WAS SO CLOSE TO SURVIVING!!!! The injustice! The cruelty! The repulsive ripping of flesh! It was perfect. It seems like we can always rely on Hannibal to wonderfully gruesome.
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TRICK QUESTION! The answer is that the person who wrote it is actually all of those things. Sunshine Mary has a blog post up talking about the “scientific fact” of men’s influence over women. It’s pretty standard fare, really: women care about what men think of them. And, there’s a grain of truth there. For one thing, a patriarchal society is set up in such a way that men pass judgement on women far more than women pass judgement on men. For another, everyone cares at least somewhat what other people think of them, regardless of gender.
Mostly, though, it’s a load of nonsense. For one thing, it’s so very cisnormative and heteronormative. But rather than tear apart the different things she thinks men do that influence women, bit by bit, I’d look to look at this in comparison to what another Christian fundamentalist says on men’s influence over women.
His very nature is made to respond to us it [sic] we will only treat him with reverence. A man does not have such power to influence his wife.
Yet those sentences themselves contradict other statements Pearl makes regarding the supposed nature of men and women:
God made us ladies to have this unreasonable desire to be needed by a man.
Wisdom is knowing what you “bought” when you married that man, and learning to adapt to him as he is, not as you want him to be.
That’s more keeping in line with Sunshine Mary’s blog post. So what the heck is going on here with all these contradictions?
The answer, I think, lies in Pearl’s use of the word “reverence.” The idea can be boiled down thus:
– Men are dominant and strong personalities and are meant to be in control and in charge of everything. Thus, women cannot change men by directly communicating with them. However, men were made to be vulnerable to their wife’s influence, but only if that wife does everything “right.” (i.e. be subordinate, follow traditional gender roles, and ‘reverence’ their husbands). If wives do everything “right,” then they will suddenly have great power and influence over their husbands. –
It’s the psychology of abuse, to be frank. It’s got an unhealthy amount of victim blaming, too. (i.e. if your husband is treating you poorly, it must be because you’re not doing enough to make him treat you better).
It’s also attempting to manipulate women who are in patriarchal relationships into staying with them. How do you convince a whole group of people (women) that it’s in their best interest to be absolutely subordinate to another group of people (men)? By convincing them that their subordination actually gives them unparalleled influence over the person who is dominating them.
It’s the same sort of anti-logic that drove TyphonBlue and John the Other’s post at A Voice for Men claiming that the Catholic Church is really run by women.
Finally, I don’t quite know why Sunshine Mary thinks that the “dominant feminist social narrative” says that men don’t influence women. In fact, I’d say the mainstream feminist narrative is quite the opposite: that the world is set up so that men have undue and unequal influence over women. Women are raised to believe that being liked (by both men and women) is more important than just about anything else in our life. Actually, hang on, I wrote a bit about this awhile back when Return of Kings was trying to shame women into going onto diets.
Maybe we should steal their “logic hamster” motif and use it when describing manosphere ‘logic.’ Though, maybe not. That would be kind of mean.
So my blog is currently private because I’m searching for a job. If you are reading this, you’ve got access. If you think you know someone who might like my cartoons/posts, please tell them to e-mail me at email@example.com. Alternately, you can e-mail me yourself with their e-mail address and I’ll send them an invite. Once I land a job and have a bit of employment security, this thing’ll go public again.