commentary

You’ve read the second issue of KAIJUMAX, now listen to the commentary! I tried (and failed) to keep it under an hour. So sit back, put on your headphones, grab a copy of the comic (or get some work done, fer cryin’ out loud), and enjoy!

This morning I was working on something, and made an interesting metaphorical observation.

The cutting discs used on this rotary tool are very brittle. You can break them with your fingers. However, mounted on a spindle and spun at thousands of RPM, those same fragile discs can cut through steel.

So the next time you’re feeling weak or useless, consider that you may simply not be getting utilized properly, and that your true potential awaits.

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The Good The Bad and the Ugly of Video Games

Really not happy with the summary of Mario - however I feel that the fact that everyone gets what they mean when they summarize Samus as being novel for ‘not being half-naked’ says everything important about mainsteam video games.

Also, as someone who was really excited to play the first generation of FPS games - I can’t help but feel that they sort of set the the standard for this sort of generic hero.

Meanwhile, Jurassic Park: Trespasser, one of the first FPS games to star a female protagonist didn’t give her a face and had a… unique way of displaying the health bar:

Yeah.

- wincenworks

edit: Now also tagged for ableism in the “Good” panel. Sorry we failed to tag the post initially and thanks to readers for pointing that out.

anonymous asked:

You know what I find hilarious? After 10 years of Sam & Dean cutting their arms constantly for whatever reason there are no scars whatsoever to be found :D lol

Pretty weird, right? And you know what’s hilarious? In the season 2 DVD, Jared and Jensen did commentary with Kim Manners on the episode In My Time of Dying and they mentioned that very thing:

Jared: We’re really lucky Jensen’s cut on his forehead healed so well.

Jensen: Pretty much by the second episode.

Jared: Right, right. Immediately after this episode. Sam was worried about him for a while.

KM: Yeah, I know he was.

Jensen: Magic network cream.

Jared: And I applied it on him every night, before we went to sleep.

Jensen: Little kiss on the forehead and you were off to bed.

KM: Little…going too deep, boys.

Jensen: Oh…right.

That is directly from the DVD. Oddly enough, they didn’t ask Jared and Jensen to do another commentary until season 7. Weird, right? lol

How Can You Tell if You’re Being Sexually Empowered or Objectified? Ask Yourself This Simple Question

An article/comic explaining the very relevant issue of how power dynamics and consent make the difference between sexual empowerment and objectification.

The bit above is particularly relevant to our blog, seeing how the question of female character’s agency is brought up every so often to justify her choice of attire.

As we said a few times before:

  1. Fictional people’s choices are entirely up to their creators.
  2. While it’s valid to create some characters as “sexy” because of their personality, it stops working when everyone (particularly every woman) is somehow “sexy”.
  3. Dressing skimpily during your crime-fighting/adventutring makes no sense, no matter how sexually liberated you are off-duty.

~Ozzie

more about fictional character’s agency on BABD

I think the real ambiguity here is the tenor of that scene. It’s a happy ending. Don finds a measure of connection, calm, and peace. “Buy the world” is one of those beautiful ads people remember. And the characters all find ways to move forward with grace and maybe even hope.

But it’s also a cynical, despairing ending, another moment of genuine emotion commodified and made into something that can be put on a shelf and sold. Life stumbles on. The moments of truth and beauty you are privy to are quickly made shallow by the imperfections of memory. Comforting a man in his hour of need becomes buying the world a Coke. It’s all mixed up together.
‘Being a Woman at a Concert Can Be Terrifying’

by Zack Zarrillo

Amy McCarthy wrote what I would describe as a brief “must read” for Salon:

In the nearly 10 years that I have been attending and reviewing live music, I have been punched, groped and had beer thrown in my face. I have snuck out of shows early to escape the aggressive advances of a man who just wouldn’t take no for an answer. I have watched and intervened as men tried to take advantage of falling-down-drunk women who could barely keep their eyes open. I have seen artists make sexually inappropriate remarks about me and other women from the stage. Unfortunately, my experience as a woman in music is not unique.

jerving asked:

Just out of curiosity, what is your opinion of female cosplayers that perpetuate the horribly designed costumes prevalent in comic books and video games? Now that I've been enlightened by your blog (thank you, btw), I cringe any time I see cosplayers that wear costumes that display the problems you discuss. I can appreciate the effort and craftsmanship that goes into their costumes, but I wonder if they think about the bigger issue.

Our opinion is that cosplayers are people with their own agency, acting on their initiative and (hopefully) not putting themselves hence they’re entitled to dress as sexy as they like.

If the choices of cosplayers heavily influenced studios then Harley Quinn would still wear her full body outfit and mainstream media would have a lot greater diversity in character race (eg cosplayingwhileblack ), body types (eg chubby-cosplay ) and gender expression.

Women who cosplay already have to deal with the Fake Geek Girl Myth, explain that Cosplay is NOT Consent and receive unsolicited criticism for not meeting society’s unrealistic beauty standards (even the ones who are also professional models).  Women who cosplay in some outfits display superhuman costume construction skills and spectacular personal confidence. We nothing but sincere respect for the effort and courage it takes to wear many a bingo breaking costume to a convention.

Women in sexy cosplay don’t decide that the media will focus almost exclusively on conventionally attractive women when talking about cosplay. Women in sexy cosplay don’t sit in on design meetings and write notes on concept art with a red marker. Researchers don’t create focus groups of sexy cosplayers to test marketing ideas. Having sexy cosplayer booth babes doesn’t guarantee sales or even a memorable product.

The problem isn’t even that sexy female characters exist (let alone that some people want to cosplay them). There actually are potentially good reasons for the sexy outfits.  The problem is that modern media has standardized making female characters sexy to the extent it’s assumed to be a top priority.

More important than telling the story.  More important than making the character interesting and unique.  More important than expanding your audience outside of straight white cis men. More important than making the character human or relate-able.

This mentality is upheld by myths such as sex sells, only boys play video games and that focus groups of straight white men can reflect everyone’s opinions.

The decisions are made by executives, marketers, creative directors and occasional auteurs who make these decisions on behalf of businesses that need to sell millions of units to stay in business.  They’re re-enforced by media about fantasy art and loud groups who are dedicated to halting all progress.  

Sexy cosplay ladies are not a big enough demographic to keep a AAA title in business and they’re generally not respected by society - they have no more say in what goes in mainstream media than slash fiction writers, furries, let’s players or anyone else who has a hobby related to popular culture.

- wincenworks 

more about cosplay on BABD

It’s so, so disappointing to me when I see any kind of gamer video online that has me laughing for the first little while… And then little by little the sexism, homophobia, racism and transphobia creep in one remark or joke at a time and fucking ruin it. It’s as though they have a being-shitty checklist or something. A tastelessness quota to meet, lest they be branded with any of the labels they hate so much.

You find this kind of crap throughout the internet, but it seems particularly pervasive within gamer culture, and that’s something that is everyone’s job to fix. Don’t stand for it, don’t support it, don’t do it.

We can make good jokes without being shitty. We can have real fun without being offensive. We can all share this new sandbox without being cruel to one another.

Body Positivity?

We need to stop reinforcing the whole “your body is beautiful” bullshit because its just that - bullshit.

Instead what needs to be said is this: your body serves a purpose. your body keeps you alive. your body isn’t meant to be beautiful. your torso (big or small) exists to hold your organs and keep them safe. your legs (long or short) exist to move you around, to play, to explore. your lips (thin or full) exist to bring air and nourishment in and let words and kindness out. your eyes are meant for seeing. your arms are meant for holding. your feet are meant for moving. these things ARE NOT MEANT TO BE BEAUTIFUL.

It’s ridiculous to think that if we say it enough, everyone will love the way their body looks because they wont. But loving your body doesn’t mean thinking its beautiful. Loving your body means appreciating what it does, respecting it, and nourishing it to its full potential.

'Celebrity Deathmatch' Revival

by Zack Zarrillo

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Eight years after its six-season run came to an end, Celebrity Deathmatch creator Eric Fogel and Wasteland Entertainment are behind the new incarnation, with Chris McCarthy and Paul Ricci also on board as executive producers. The new version will again feature animated no-holds-barred fantasy fights between infamous figures from entertainment and pop culture and will be reimagined for a social media world and hourly Twitter wars.

First Fuller House and now this! I’m excited to see MTV2 act out Tom’s departure from blink–182 that will feature an animated UFO dropping him down into the wrestling ring.