New Favorite Meme: Feminist Hacker Barbie

"Last week, the internet was disappointed to discover that, contrary to the title, Mattel’s illustrated book Barbie: I Can be a Computer Engineer sends pretty much the opposite message. Instead, Barbie says things like: “I’m only creating the design ideas. I’ll need Steven’s and Brian’s help to turn it into a game.” She infects her sister’s computer with a virus and can’t even restart it on her own.

Enter Feminist Hacker Barbie. Real-life computer programmer Kathleen Tuite launched a website where you can hack the original book, creating re-captioned and much improved images. Check out some more of the user-submitted images here.”

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Su madre ha explicado que a la niña le gustan “Doctor Who, Minecraft, dragones, zombies y que también adora Frozen, las princesas y las cocinitas. Ella cree que etiquetar los juguetes para niños o niñas es una tontería”. La tienda se ha visto obligada a disculparse y a explicar que “El reloj puede ser un gran regalo para niños y niñas. El cartel ha sido retirado y sentimos haber causado confusión”. Pues bravo por Maggie.

Al contrario que en español: “Boys” no incluye “Girls” y “Children”, sí. 

Hasta los cojoneh de que los comics y los videojuegos no sean para niñas. Que hagan un estudio ya solo por tumblr a ver.

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The issue with Fox’s misogyny toward female pilots is that it reinforces the very thing military women already deal with from male counterparts.

And veterans are speaking out.

Read an open letter to Fox about Eric Bolling’s “boobs on the ground” remark, written by U.S. military veterans from the Truman Nat’l Security project:

Before you jump to the standby excuse that you were “just making a joke” or “having a laugh,” let the men amongst our number preemptively respond: You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused. Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.

The less obvious implication of your remarks, however, is that by offending an ally and cheapening her contribution, you are actively hurting the mission. We need to send a clear message that anyone, male or female, who will stand up to ISIS and get the job done is worthy of our respect and gratitude.

We issue an apology on your behalf to Major Al Mansouri knowing that anything your producers force you to say will be contrived and insincere. Major, we’re sincerely sorry for the rudeness; clearly, these boys don’t take your service seriously, but we and the rest of the American public do.

Disclosure: Lisa Reed is a Media Matters employee. 

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BE A GIRL:

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BE A BOY: The girl next door is basically in love with you and you get to start your journey with a jaunty skip in your step.

BE A GIRL: The boy next door thinks you’re incompetent and you get to start your journey proving he’s wrong.

EDIT NOV 24 2014: I fixed some of my wording that people were finding issue with and elaborated on some points. Hurrah peer reviewed papers ^__^ haha.

 I started off playing the boy because I didn’t like the overly feminine way the girl walked. When I met May she came off a little too friendly and it made me slightly uncomfortable, as I’m mostly attracted to boys. When I originally played Sapphire I played as the girl and so was used to having Brendan as a rival. So I decided to change to the girl just so I could see Brendan gush over me the way May had. But he didn’t gush over me at all, instead he disrespects my character’s gender and my ability as a pokemon trainer.

I was pretty shocked at how blatantly sexist that was. I went back to check the original game and yes… it is that way too.. I guess I never noticed because I played as the girl and was used to rivals treating me that way from the previous games, and I didn’t realise May treated the boy character so different.

There are actually some subtle differences from the original game to the remake that I will point out because I think they make a world of difference in tone.

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The pause in the remake for Brendan to say “Huh…. I didn’t know you’d be a girl.” where in the original he just states “I didn’t know you’d be a girl.” really changes the tone. The ‘Huh…’ at the start gives the impression that he’s disappointed she’s a girl, where in the original he’s just stating that he didn’t know.

It’s arguable that ‘assuming’ she’d be a boy comes off worse than ‘hoping’ she’d be a boy, but to me the original comes off as forgiveable ignorance where the remake makes it seem like Brendan actively dislikes the fact that the main character is a girl.

The last panel is the biggest change, and I don’t think it’s hard to see why. In the original after his intial shock that she’s a girl, he quickly moves on to introducing himself in a very friendly and pleasant way. But in the remake, it’s like he’s reluctant to get to know her or be her friend (because, as has been established, she is a girl). It comes off that he’s only doing so out of some moral obligation or convenience that she lives so close by. This is totally absent from the original and I’m not sure why the changes were made.

Anyways, I still very much love the remake and am excited to play

but this is what sexism looks like —> If May had disrespected the boy character the same way, it wouldn’t have been sexist (both genders treated equally). If Brendan had gushed over the female character the way May does, it wouldn’t have been sexist (both genders treated equally.) If you got to chose who your rival was (pick May if you wanted to be treated nice, pick Brendan if you wanted a classic jerk rival) Than it wouldn’t have been sexist because then it’s just the characters’ personalities instead of sterotypical boy-girl dynamics. But the way it is:

If you pick to be a BOY there is a GIRL who will treat you a certain and very sterotypical way that is different from the way the boy treats the girl if you pick to be a GIRL there is a BOY who will treat you in a very sterotypical way that is different from the way the girl treats the boy.

And that is VERY sexist.

EDIT Nov 24 2014: A common response to this post has been about the psychology of 10 year olds and ‘that’s just the way 10 year old boys and girls are’. However that’s still a very gendered way to look at things. Not all 10 year old boys act in that way towards girls and not all 10 year old girls act that way towards boys either.

This is a video game that was not written by 10 year olds. In trying to justify whether or not this is “okay” we are missing the point that once a player chooses a gender, problematic ideas of gender are reinforced.

It’s not whether we can accept that 10 year olds CAN act that way, the question is whether it’s a negative thing that boys are being portrayed in a stereotypical way and girls are getting the same “Heh! A GIRL?!” from their video games that they have to constantly deal with in real life.

EDIT Nov 24 2014: It’s been pointed out that the characters go through development and overcome these initial sexist portrayals. Thinking of the gendered stereotypes of being character flaws that these rival characters grow and over come is pretty cool! I still think there are wider and more far-reaching problems to the initial gendereing of the characters, however I very much respect the fact that they change over the course of the game.

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These posters are currently plastering the walls of my public high school. Many of the students were very offended by these. Many students aired their grievances on Facebook, and I was one of those. I was the only student called down to the office, and I was the only student reached out to by the leader of the group. I believe that it is ridiculous that these were allowed to be posted. We go to a school to receive an education, not be told that our existence screws everyone else over. All (except one) of the things on their checklist are things that people are born as, and no one has any supremacy over the next because they are born that way. I posed the question, “what privileges are people who do not fall underneath these categories lacking so badly to the point where it’s justifiable to attack the majority of the world’s population?” they could not give me a reasonable answer.

According to these posters:
Because I am
-female
-queer
I should feel oppressed and deprived…I don’t.
Because I was born
-white
-cisgender
-able bodied
My existence diminishes other people’s quality of life… It doesn’t.

I also find it ridiculous that our school’s Gay-Straight Alliance posted these. This is the group of people that preach acceptance and equality. If they wanted that, wouldn’t they treat everyone as equals and lead by example?
They defended these as something to inform everyone for transgender Remembrance Day, yet not a single poster contains the word transgender.

In the last week I have been called:
Arrogant
Privileged
A cunt
A dumbass
Told to “get the fuck over it, and check my damn privilege”
…all by a group who’s main goal is acceptance.