you’re right you raised me to flinch, to grovel, to cry quietly, to mask pain, to swallow my words, to take rage out on myself. you raised me to cower, to respect authority without any reason, to live with your words riding in me.
you raised me wrong. i’m just reteaching myself how to be right. i’m sorry that doesn’t look like what you wanted it to. but i’m learning to love myself in the way parents were supposed to do.
she knows what she wants and how to get it. she gets sprung up easily and has high sexual energy to keep the others interested. she likes blowing shit up and staying in control. however, she loses interest fast. trying to keep her on her toes is near impossible unless u can match her energy. she knows how to get others riled up, some call her a major tease. she will keep your head spinning.
Taurus Venus: Expensive Girl
she comes with a price and u need to be willing to deal with her. she can be relentless. she doesn’t budge for anyone and her tastes always come with a heavy price tag! she wants glamour, chocolates, ur honesty and comfort. she doesnt deal with unpredictability well. she wants to be able to read you and solidify a long lasting romance. her features are so captivating its hard not to be attracted to her. expect her in silks and w/ glossy lips.
Gemini Venus: Cool Girl
she enters with style and quickness. she entices you with one conversation. she has stories in the back of her pockets and she is very airy. she might spread love in platonic ways but she still struggles with finding who she is esp in relationships so she usually retreats back to loneliness. all she wants is someone who can lead the unexpected and talk endless convos with. she is into art, music and the adrenaline.
Cancer Venus: Ethereal Girl
her large eyes will provoke your vulnerability. she wants to care for you, to understand u better but she also wants ur warmth. she is delicate and its hard for her to move on once the relationship has ended. she is used to loneliness so she tries not to be too much but it never works out. she shows her affection in various and noticeable ways such as cooking, having intimate conversations and gifts.
Leo Venus: Stargirl
her presence is magnetic. she has a big heart and gold aura that it’s hard for people to resist her. she likes to showcase her talents, her creativity, and to be applauded. yes, she loves an audience! she wants partners that appreciate her and that she can spoil. reciprocation is key for her. she likes public romances and strive to be that “it” couple.
Virgo Venus: Untouchable Girl
its hard to capture the heart of the venus virgo. she expects too much from others and not enough from herself. she gets sprung out easily and she tries to conceal it but it always ends in frantic cries. she is put together for the most part. sleek style. likes to insert control of all areas in her life. she may run lovers away because of her strict ways. she is constantly learning to accommodate for others. once she finds the perfect partner, she will give part of herself to them. she is a healer, an oracle, a treasure
Libra Venus: Party Girl
she loves glam and the fluorescent lights. she idealizes love to the point she loses herself. she wants to be your muse. your dream girl. but she may find it hard to stay in relationships bc her airy nature always comes to haunt her. she lives for the party atmosphere, to dance freely and converse over some cocktails. she may adorn herself with diamonds and a sleek slip dress.
Scorpio Venus: Mystique Girl
she offers a strange vibe that u need to know more. she reveals nothing but keeps your mind wanting all of her. she needs ur loyalty and ur trust. she seems a bit off putting bc she is scared. she must not lose you. she can be really daring but also grounded. if she cries, you will definitely hear her. she lingers in the room, maybe to the sidelines but your eyes somehow will always drift to her. she’s intoxicating. you just need to know more
Sagittarius Venus: Hell Girl
she isnt demonic but she can be hard to figure out. she is here for the fun, for the scenery, for the company. she loses interest quick because no one can seem to measure up to her expansive vision. she likes to be wild, to let loose, to scream, to hook up. she cannot be tamed. her beliefs are important to her and she can be a bit full of herself but it’s all for good measure. she always gets the last word and never tell her she is wrong. you won’t hear the end of it
Capricorn Venus: Ice Girl
she is cold to the bone but its bc she doesnt amuse romance well. she wants the power and triumph of love. if you have high status u will appeal to her well. she is reserved, calculating and enjoys getting her way. she feels like she can be too much for people so she reserves her insecurities. she may treat your romance like a business but its bc that is what she does best. once she finds the right partner, it is hard for her to leave and she will need their trust in order for her to come forward of her problems. she can easily be tense but she hides it with her wealth. she may splurge in alcohol to keep her rested.
Aquarius Venus: Electric Girl
She will literally make ur head spin and keep you on your toes. u cant tie her down. she sleeps around to fill some void and bc she lives for the ride of it. She has really pecuilar interests and she makes u look twice at her bc of her striking appearance. she loves color and music, other times she loves to tap into dark energy. she isnt consistent and if u want her attention u have to keep it.
Pisces Venus: Pixie Girl
she wants to lose herself in romance, to hold her partner’s hand with softness and relish in her fairytale. she has a delicate heart and when it shatters, she withdrawals. she becomes vacant. those glowy eyes turn to black. but she often doesn’t get to this point. her wishful thinking is what gets her in trouble. she is easily manipulated, taken for granted by people with bad intentions. she enjoys art, symphonies, and vulnerability
Horizon Zero Dawn and Cultural appropriation: A very different view.
first time EVER, I’m sitting on the other side of a discussion about
appropriating native culture. Why? Well, let me lay the framework.
First off, I’m
not a guy who “knows a Native American” or has a “Native friend” I am a 100% Anishinabe (Ojibway) dude who
lives on reserve and has fought racism, stereotypes, pan-Indianism, and
cultural appropriation fiercely for as long as I can remember. I’ve been the
victim of horrendous racial violence as a child, adolescent, and adult, and I’m
also a gamer.
I am the
first to point out anything that smacks of any of the above and after I saw the
Dia Lacina essay on “Horizon: Zero Dawn” being culturally insensitive and appropriating Native culture, I felt for the first time in a situation like this that I had to say something in rebuttal.
issue with the use of the words Tribal, Primitive, Braves, and Savage being used
in the game (fyi they’re used to describe predominantly white people in game
and they’re White words we didn’t use to describe ourselves thus I claim
no ownership of, nor want to, anymore than I want to be a redskin, Indian or
It seems (IMO) that most of her beef comes from an apparent belief that numerous aspects of generic tribal culture
that appear in the game (making clothing from skins, hunting with spears and
bows, living in a Matriarchal society, etc) are the sole domain of the Native American and just to be safe and cleverly keep her POV less subject to scrutiny, she
applies it even more broadly to indigenous people world wide (I will just
refer to us in particular as NA cuz I’m lazy and I also don’t refer to myself as a Native
American) and basically that anything that is remotely “tribal” shouldn’t be
used in gaming without our or someone else’s permission.
In fairness, I don’t know
if she’s actually played the game but as someone who is currently in the midst
of doing exactly that, I can tell you that I have a pretty good idea of what
stuff triggered her being upset and why, and while I absolutely respect her right to get
offended by whatever she likes, and she makes excellent points about some other games, I am going to point out that there are flaws
with this logic.
all, the basics: HZD is set in a post-post-apocalyptic future where people are
living in tribal groups in a very destroyed world. Machines exist but as hybrid animal/dinosaur
type creatures and technology is pretty much non-existent in day to day human
of the story is a red haired, white girl
named Aloy who lives as an outcast with her adopted father, Rost. Without giving a lot away, they are fiercely
shunned by the local tribe for something Rost did and also the fact that Aloy
and rightly, though somewhat dismissively remarked upon by Lacina, is the way women and especially women
of color are portrayed so positively in-game as this particular tribe is a
total Matriarchy run by elders of various ethnicity. African, Asian, White, and a variety of undefined people of color are common everywhere in the game. (The leader of one band of warriors is a very fierce, commanding, intelligently portrayed black woman with a powerful presence.) It reflects a fairly global society from a “skin
color” perspective without any horrible accents or broken speech.
an “All-Mother” goddess and their culture is (at least how I saw a lot of it) fairly heavy
on European i.e. Celtic, Germanic, Scandinavian, etc type symbolism and the
rest is filled in with mostly generic tribal-ish stuff that you could find in
countless cultures around the world.
didn’t get a “Native American” vibe off the game. Of course, I don’t automatically presume to
claim sole ownership of things like tribal life, hunting with bows and spears,
and worshiping spirits of various elements solely for my own. Random fact: Because there are over 500
distinct First Nations in N. America, we, believe it or not, didn’t all ride horses, live in tipis,
use bows and arrows, tobacco and sage, and worship Eagles and Wolves. Why? Well…use your brain. Tobacco and Sage don’t grow EVERYWHERE,
horses came over with the Europeans (and if you saw where I live you couldn’t have and cant for the most part get a horse through the bush if you tried) Eagles and Wolves don’t live EVERYWHERE….get
the point? Anyways….
examine Rost, he like most of the men has a braided beard and other seemingly Viking/Middle
Ages inspired features, is white, speaks clear, unbroken English, and is a
loving, protective and very positive role model for the girl. Aloy for her part, is also fairly Viking-esque
(to the point of looking incredibly like Lagaertha from the show Vikings but
with red hair) also Egrit from GoT, and is no damsel in distress who needs men to save her. NOWHERE
in the game have I encountered any Tipis, wigwams, Sweatlodges, or Non-White
people speaking in stereotypical “Me smoke-um peace pipe, He go dat-a way”
The opening cinematic is very touching (and long)
as we see the orphaned Aloy as a baby in Rost’s care being carried around in a
bundle on his back (which pretty much every culture did in one form or another
at some point in time) and him ultimately taking her to the spot where a child
of the tribe receives it’s name.
liked this idea as it isn’t often portrayed in a lot of mediums outside of
stereotypical “Dances With Wolves” bullshit.
Also, naming ceremonies are not the sole domain of NA people and what
occurs bears zero resemblance to any NA ceremony I know of. (It was actually a little Lion King at one
point lol) But it’s a powerful moment in the beginning with much more that
occurs during it but I won’t spoil that either.
is a pretty complex character. She’s
extremely independent, defiant, and questions pretty much everything about why
things are the way they are and wants to do something about it. You actually begin playing her as a 6 year
old which is pretty unique and even then she’s tough and fearless and
determined to explore her world.
She is in no
way hyper-sexualized (I’m looking your way Overwatch) Her clothing and everyone
else’s, is utilitarian and appropriate for the environments she lives in, and
so far, I have not encountered anything with her or any other character that
made me go “WTF?”and trust me, my radar for that shit is HIGHLY SENSITIVE. This isn’t Avatar, people. It’s not John Smith. It’s not The Great Wall
or Pocahontas. This isn’t white dude
shows up and saves the helpless non-white people while helpless native woman
falls in love with him stuff. It’s a
fictitious future where we maniacs blew it up, damn us all to hell!
the more annoying thing for me as an actual Anishinabe. I don’t need people speaking for me or
getting offended on my behalf. I am very
capable of doing that myself. I am also in no way writing this claiming to be
speaking for any other NA people or persons.
It’s based on my observations from actually playing HZD and examining the
various fictional “cultural” elements in the game.
If you see a
skin tied inside a hoop and automatically assume it’s a dreamcatcher” ripping
off “our culture” (FYI Dreamcatchers are a 20th century thing whose
popularity was a result of pan-Indianism that exploded in the 70s.) or if you
see feathers on a spear or as part of a costume (nowhere is anyone wearing a
single eagle feather in the back of a beaded headband or a Dakota looking headdress
either) and automatically presume it to be ripping off NA culture, you’re REEEEEEEEEEALY
reaching. If you think caring for the
environment, obeying matriarchs, worshipping elemental spirits, or making your
own clothes is solely the property of NA culture, see previous statement.
By all means get offended. Get offended
by Chief Wahoo. Get offended by the
Washington Redskins. Get offended that
thousands of Native women have been murdered or gone missing and nothing’s been
done about it. Get offended by Johnny
Depp or Robert Beltran playing Native people instead of actual Native people
getting those roles. Get offended by
shit like Adam Sandler’s “Ridiculous 6” where a native woman is called a “hot
piece of red prairie meat” or Depp’s “Lone Ranger” movie.
that my family was destroyed by the Residential Schools and that the 60s scoop
took babies away from their families and people, that forced sterilizations
took place and mass graves of dead Native children exist at former Residential
jump on the I’m offended bandwagon because you saw some feathers or skins or
spears or bows in a game and immediately grew indignant and wanted to claim
them as OUR culture. They’re not. They’re almost globally universal in numerous
cultures at various points in time. Get
offended, as she rightly mentioned, when the game Overwatch sexualizes the shit
out of almost every female character and takes West Coast tribal art and makes
a costume out of it.
appropriation. White people holding
powwows in Europe (powwows are also pretty much not traditional and are
extremely pan-Indian, not to mention full of us appropriating each other’s
Native cultures ie. Dakotas wearing Jingle Dresses, Ojibway wearing Dakota
regalia, etc) is appropriation.
just not seeing it the same way. And I’m nobody. I have no ties to Guerilla or anybody other than myself and my community.