Author Archives: Hsere

“Men have the power to stop online harrassment” — but do we really? And how?

Another instance has arisen of a female geek receiving threats and harrassment in response to criticism she’s made.  This time, the target was Janelle Asselin, after critiquing the cover of the Teen Titans relaunch.  Dr. Nerdlove has written up a … Continue reading

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In defense of Flash Sentry (sort of, anyway): why “Equestria Girls” got gender-politics right

[EDIT 2013-11-08 12:10pm UTC: Reldan has posted a comment below clarifying their problems with the “rescue scene.”] In my previous post, I described how Reldan’s post on the traditional princess motif and FiM helped me better understand my problems with … Continue reading

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A virtuoso symphony with really bad acoustics: my (way, way late) thoughts on Equestria Girls.

Spoilers ahoy, just in case I’m not actually the last fan of FiM to see Equestria Girls. Yeah, I actually did put off watching Equestria Girls until just recently.  I think, at some level, I may have been doing so … Continue reading

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“You are Sarah Kerrigan”: Starcraft 2 and player identity

Okay, enough of this serious shit.  You know what I feel like talking about?  Storytelling in videogames.

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What World of Warcraft and a year-old hashtag meme can tell us about feminism’s PR problem

I’ve been thinking further about my last post.  In particular, I’ve been thinking about how it relates to the #sorryfeminists hashtag meme from a year ago. Yeah, sometimes I don’t understand how my brain works, either, but hear me out.

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World of Warcraft, Street Harrassment, and Depicting vs. Condoning

[Thanks to Misanthropology 101 for first bringing this topic to my attention.] World of Warcraft landed itself in some minor controversy yesterday. Some of the idle NPC dialogue in their latest patch features two male orcs discussing the attractiveness of … Continue reading

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A Vehement Rant Regarding Gawker’s Tom Scocca on the Subject of Racial Equality

[WARNING: The following is a rant.  It contains foul language, strong opinions about serious issues, and possibly even run-on sentences.  Reader discretion is advised.] I just had the poor judgement to read a pile of vomit-covered feces-covered vomit masquerading as … Continue reading

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