Let’s Respond to 27 Issues in an Image

I saw this floating around on Twitter, and when I started to do my response there, I realized that I have too much to say on all of these issues to just have it be in a social media post.  So I’m going to do this on here.  I’ll share the image, so you have a point of reference, then we’ll respond.  Here goes.

I’m going down this list by number, so if you’re ever confused what I’m talking about, refer to the image.

1. Something I believe every woman should have the right to.  A former best friend I had had no choice because she was a teenager, her family already lived in poverty, and the man who knocked her up treated her like a sex toy.  She told me how hard that was for her, but there wasn’t another alternative.

2. I have the most progressive opinion on this than anybody else – apathy.  Somebody who isn’t someone I am tight with tell me that they’re transgender, my response is –

Fantastic.  Don’t care.

3. See previous answer

4. A center-right party Democrat who managed to actually convince people that he was some kind of liberal.  I’ll never understand how people fell for that.  I loved that episode of The Boondocks where Huey realizes that under Obama, not one damn thing was going to change.

5. A corporate shill who rigged the primary against Bernie Sanders.  She’s been on EVERY side of EVERY issue in the history of modern politics.  If she runs again in 2020 and wins the primary again, I’m voting for Trump on principal.  At least the orange-haired buffoon got where he is despite the party’s bullshit.  Speaking of…

6. A complete idiot who needs to have his fucking phone taken away.  Seriously, the whole reason this man is one day going to be impeached is because he won’t put the fucking phone down.  Somebody needs to SERIOUSLY take the guy’s phone and keep him off Twitter.  On the other hand, the fact that he makes policy on Twitter now is making the argument for treating social media like a public utility an argument now.  So maybe it’s for the best.

7. I love boobs, so I fully support this.  However, that being said, if you choose to partake of this you can’t be mad when I am looking.  That’s the price you pay.

8. Couldn’t possibly care less

9. Ick

10. My preferred pronouns are Master/Master/Master.

11. A made-up term by those who don’t understand biology.  Gender can be whatever stupid identity you want, but biology is a fixed scale.  The Laci Greens of the world would have you believe that because there are genetic defects that can make one not fit neatly on the fixed scale, that that invalidates it.  Sorry, but no.

12. Something that would do a world of good in places in nations with Islamic doctrine at their center, or in places in the Third World where women are treated like second-class citizens.  Found out about a neat ritual in Asian countries where, if you want to marry a girl, you can kidnap her and then negotiate with her family to force her to marry you.  Those places could use it.  But here in the First World, it’s nothing but identity politics and entitled people bitching about things that aren’t real problems.

13. A term coined by trolls, that people actually believe is a real thing now.

14. The fact that it’s taken this long for us to get here blows my fucking mind.  There is NO good reason to keep marijuana illegal.  None.  All of the arguments that were presented by people to keep marijuana illegal have been totally destroyed.

15. Don’t even know what that is.

16. If you have children and don’t vaccinate them, you should have them taken away, because you are unfit to be a parent.

17. There is NO good reason why we can’t tighten them to a reasonable degree.  None.  But I realize that it will never actually happen in this country.  There are now so many shootings in this country that it is pandemic, but we choose to not care.  I gave up on anything realistically happening ages ago.

18. Our species refusal to do anything about this, when we had the state of California burning this summer, and the hottest years on record happening every year for the last three years, and supposed to continue through the next five at least, blows my fucking mind.

19. The left treats this like it’s just something that is in the Constitution.  Not a right to be championed and defended.  This idea that what people say that hurts other people’s feelings should be banned baffles me.  The left and right engage in it.  So many snowflakes.

20. I have no thoughts on this one way or the other, to be honest.

21. Having a college degree is the new high school diploma.  The fact that college in this country can be crippling so many people should scare everyone.  It’s the next big bubble that is going to burst.  But this time, it will be worse.  Because unlike the housing bubble, this debt is attached directly to our government after we nationalized student loans.  If America could see a problem coming and actually do something about it ahead of time, what a wonderful world it would be.  I support Bernie Sander wanting to institute free college.

22. We’re already seeing the results of taking that away, and they aren’t good.  But this is one of those issues that nobody gives a shit about anymore, so whatever.

23. A term that has lost all meaning due to its rampant overuse by the SJWs who call everything under the sun racist.  That white people do, of course.

24. Just like the last one, except it’s when men do things.

25. I take this one on a case-by-case basis.  In the case of the teacher in Doctor Strange, it didn’t bother me because the actress is good.  But in the case of Mandarin in Iron Man 3, it pissed me off.

26. What is this even talking about?  I’m confused.

27. I couldn’t possibly care less.  I would rather have talented actors/actresses playing roles than someone who happens to fit an identity being portrayed.  After all, that’s how we get shit like Gen Zed.

That was interesting.

Until next time, a quote,

“Put more than two people in a room and we start looking for reasons to kill one-another.  Why do you think we invented politics and religion.” – Ollie, The Mist

Peace out,

Maverick

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Let’s Answer 100 Ways White People Can Make People Less Frustrating for People of Color

What a Title.  Yes, I am aware that I said two posts ago that I was never going to do this again.  I may end up horribly regretting this decision.  But I found out today that I had unknown members in my audience who keep up regularly, and knowing that I have an audience and they love my stuff is compelling me to keep the content flowing and to try and keep it fresh.  Plus, I got to thinking – there are people who buy into this shit.  There are actual people in the actual world who think that these lists aren’t complete and utterly bullshit and take their premises without a second thought.  That not only blows my mind, but also kind of bothers me.  How many kids today read this shit and take it as gospel.  This type of dogmatic thinking needs to stop, so let’s do this.

I have said before that I HATE the term “people of color.”  It’s and “of” and “ed” away from “colored people.”  I figure they might address this complain, so I’ll head it off here.  Here’s a link to the post, now let’s see what they got.

1. Just because you can’t see racism around you doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Trust people of color’s assessment of a situation.

I can’t do that.  I’ve seen FAR too many instance of the social justice idiots declaring things that are not remotely racist to be racism.  Ever heard of “digital blackface?”  It’s when a white person shares a GIF of a black person.  When you have these people calling shit like this racism, then I’m sorry but I have to take what you all say with a grain of salt.

2. Don’t assume that all people of color share the same views. We are not a monolith.

And yet, here you are, having made a list that we are to assume is to be universally applied.  Idiot!

3. Don’t assume or guess people’s races. This is NOT a fun game for us.

Unless I know you on a personal level, I don’t give a fuck what your race is.  I work with two Asian Americans, and since I am tight with them, we have talked about their racial identity.  Thankfully, they are from Asian heritage, so they don’t have the stick up their ass that some other ethnic groups do.

4. If someone tells you they’re from Uganda, don’t say, “I went to Nigeria once!” Just, please.

No.  Don’t tell me how to talk to people, bitch.  If I find out someone is from a part of the world that I have been around, and I feel like it’s a good talking point, then I will do that.  Fuck off.

5. Related: Don’t refer to Africa as a country. It’s a continent and it’s wildly varied. Yes. Take a moment.

America is the stupidest First World country.  It’s a fact.  You saying this is basically just asking for the sky not to be blue.  It’s a cute suggestion.  By the way, got to your average American college and see how many people say that it’s a country.  Go watch your faith in the human race die.

6. Oh, and rest assured that literally no person of color ever wants you to get back from holiday, show off your tan and excitedly exclaim, “Look, I’m almost as dark as you!” Cease and desist.

In my last post, I talked about a place called “Shit That Never Happens Land,” let’s add this to the list.  Also, it’s amazing how you say this is for all “people of color,” when most of your examples thus far are pretty fucking specific.

7. Don’t assume that a person of color knows everything about their country of heritage. Do you know everything there is to know about America? Germany? Sweden? That’s what I thought.

I don’t assume that.  Stop putting words in my mouth.

8. Don’t assume we can run if we’re Black, do math if we’re Asian, have drinking problems if we’re indigenous…

Don’t assume that women drown their babies, or white people hate black people simply by virtue of their existence.  How about we all give up bad stereotypes.

9. Regard us as autonomous, unique individuals, not as representatives of our race.

You already brought this up in a previous point.  Already running out of ideas?  We’re only 9 in on this list.

10. Don’t make embarrassing jokes to try and be “down” with people of color. We’ll laugh at you, not with you.

This is oddly specific.  Not to mention, I get the feeling the person who did this is one of your “intersectional” allies.  These are the white people you create when you have social justice telling us to hate ourselves and raise you up as the paragon virtue.

11. Don’t rinse our culturally specific memes. They’re ours. Go enjoy that weird one about the plums.

This is also oddly specific.  What are you talking about?

12. If you’re at my house party, don’t turn off the Weeknd to put on Arctic Monkeys. (Okay this one is very specific but it happened to me once and I’m not over it. The audacity!)

Is this bitch trolling?  I’m starting to think this bitch is trolling.

13. Avoid phrases like “But I have a Black friend! I can’t be racist!” You know that’s BS as well as we do.

Um, no.  If you hate people of an ethnic group, you’re not going to have friends in that group.  Why would you befriend people who you hate?  Also, nobody says they aren’t racist because they have a black friend.  I’m convinced this is a talking point you all invented because somebody at some point said it, so now it’s ad nauseum for all white people.

14. When you endlessly complain about how terrible white people are, you are being that terrible white person. Jeez.

Again, this is your baby.  You made this.  Don’t shit on what you created.

15. Don’t say shit like, “I know what it’s like to be a person of color…I’m a ginger!”

Given how, historically, being a ginger was associated with Irish heritage, you might wanna learn some history about how the Irish were treated like shit in this country.  For a group of people who goes on and on and on and ON about history like that has some bearing on modern culture, they have just as much of a right to get in on the fun as you do.

16. Don’t question someone’s Blackness if they’re light-skinned. It’s not your place. Other Black people can make sure that light-skinned Black people are cognizant of their privilege.

What white person has ever done this?!  The only people I hear bitching about lighter skinned black people are you all.

17. Never try and tell a person of color what is or isn’t racist.

No.  You all ignore nuance like the plague.  Sorry if I refuse to play ball (not sorry).

18. When you find instances of racist bullshit online, please don’t send it to us. We know racism exists, thanks.

I don’t want to deal with you ever again after dealing with your bullshit list, so yeah.

19. Read something already written about it rather than coming to your friends/acquaintances of color looking for hot takes on anything and everything appropriative a Kardashian/Miley Cyrus does. We don’t wanna think about this shit 24/7!

You all are the ones bitching about Kanye ad infinitum!  The ones I see online doing the most bitching about pop culture are black people.  Maybe I am just lucky enough to hang out with nerds and skeptics, but still.

20. Understand that some days are even more mentally exhausting for people of color thanks to the news cycle. Try not to badger us for our opinions on the latest atrocity that has occurred. Leave us to grieve.

I’ll talk about whatever the fuck I want.  Thanks.

21. But when we do have something to say about it, listen.

No.  I think you’re an idiot.  Why would I listen to you?

22. Share articles relating to the everyday experiences of race and racism written by people of color.

No.  A lot of this shit is stupid crap like the stuff you’ve listed here.  Why would I share that stuff?

23. But don’t be that person who is weird and sycophantic and loves to demonstrate their wokeness constantly to the people of color around them. Be thoughtful.

Your baby.  Your fault.  Fuck you.

24. Read books by people of color. I recommend Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and literally everything that Junot Diaz writes for great insights into Blackness.

I don’t read books about social justice.  Period.  Find me an author who isn’t white that has written good science fiction or fantasy?  I did read NeXus recently, and that was written by a guy who isn’t white, so find me more and I’ll consider it.

25. Watch shows that are created by people of color i.e. Atlanta or Insecure. (Seriously, if you haven’t seen Atlanta, you need to watch it. Now.)

No!  Stop telling me what to watch!  I comb through lists, and if I like it, I’ll watch it.  But don’t tell me what to do with my free time!  Bitch.

26. Have a critical eye when watching TV and movies. How are they portraying people of color and why? What purpose does it serve?

You know what I’m gonna do instead of that?  I’m gonna ask – how are they portraying characters.  Not just the “people of color.”  Because rather than wanting good characters of other ethnic groups, I want good characters.  I know, I’m such a piece of shit.

27. If you go to an art gallery, notice how many works are by people of color. If it’s lacking, make some noise, send an email, query the curator. White people shouldn’t have a monopoly on what can be considered art.

No!  If you don’t like what an art gallery is showing, start your own!  Stop telling the rest of the world to suck your dick.  You can go out and do your own shit.  Make your own movies, your own art, and your own art gallery to show it off.

28. If a character you assumed was white in a book is portrayed by an actor of color in the movie, embrace it. Whiteness is not the default.

This just ties into a point I’ve made 1000 times about how you all would rather the rest of popular culture cater to you rather than making your own shit.  See how well it’s done for you so far *cough*The Dark Tower!*cough*

29. Support plays written by and acted in by people of color. The world of theater is overwhelmingly white.

Tell you what, boo, you show me a play by “people of color” in my area, and I’ll see if I want to check it out.  But if I do, I’ll do a review, and don’t expect me to treat it with kid gloves.  If it sucks, I’m gonna call it out for that.

30. Refuse to go to club nights or drag shows or burlesque nights that use culturally appropriative acts.

No.  Cultural appropriation is bullshit.

31. If you have kids, buy them dolls of color and books with characters of color.

No.  If I have a kid, I’m gonna help them to cultivate their own interests.  I’ll show them the books I loved as a kid, and some of those do have characters of color, but not all.

32. Support crowdfunding campaigns for cultural products created by people of color if you can.

No.  Crowd-funding is a real good way to get scammed.  Ask Anita Sarkeesian how that works.

33. Donate money to grassroots movements around you that are run by and support people of color.

If the movement has a cause I can get behind, I’d consider it.  I don’t just look at a movement and go “black people are there!  I will support that!”  That’s how we got people like Barack Obama, who turned his back on the liberals who got him elected based on all the “hope” and “change” bullshit.  Don’t you feel foolish (same with the Trump supporters who believed he would “drain the swamp”)?

34. Support small businesses owned by people of color.

If they sell something I want.

35. If you’re upper or middle class try to avoid moving into an area that has historically been populated by low-income people of color. Gentrification tears communities apart.

No, it doesn’t.  It makes communities look nicer.  The whole “broken windows theory.”  If you want black communities to not be so infested by poverty, I suggest you lobby to end the drug war.  That will do more to help this problem them telling white people to stay away while low-income communities tear themselves apart.  By the way, I couldn’t help but notice you only said low-income communities populated by “people of color.”  So I guess the low-income communities with white people can go fuck themselves?

36. Don’t assume people of color can’t speak English.

I don’t.

37. But also be patient if our English isn’t perfect. Are you bi/tri/multi-lingual? Probably not. It’s hard.

Yeah, if you’re learning a language as a grown-up.  The older you get, the harder it becomes.  I know this kid whose dad is Russian, his mother is Brazilian.  He can speak Russian to his dad, Portuguese to his mom, and English to us totally interchangeably.  It was pretty crazy.  But to your point, I worked in a call center.  Thank Groj later on we got a translator service.  Saved me a lot of headache that I covered with absolute professionalism.

38. In general, just don’t assume we want to be white or want to assimilate. And don’t pressure us to do so.

So, you don’t want to be a part of a community or on good terms with another ethnic group?  Fantastic.  Then don’t be mad when other ethnic groups want nothing to do with you.  We can all have our little homogenized bubbles.  Because that’s what makes for an engaging world.  Fucking moron.

39. Recognize that you can’t assume someone’s religion based on how they look. Not all South Asians and Middle Eastern people are Muslims, not all Black people are Christian, not all East Asian people are Buddhist. You get the idea.

I don’t.  You all are the ones who said that being anti-Islam is racist.  Don’t blame us when your chickens come home to roost.

40. Remember that not all people of color are straight.

I don’t assume that.

41. Remember that people of color are not inherently more homophobic than white people.

The black community in this country is historically VERY homophobic.  Remember Prop 8 in California?  The black community of that state was staggeringly against it.  Things have gotten better when Obama came out in support of the LGBT community, but it isn’t great.  Also, Middle Eastern people have no room to talk about this.  Ever.

42. People can be Black and gay and disabled and trans and middle class. Blackness is expansive. It doesn’t look one way. Keep this in mind.

O-kay….

43. When we talk about race, we’re not just talking about men! Repeat after me: Intersections of race and gender exist.

Who just assumes it’s men?  We’re back in “Shit that Never Happens Land.”

44. Remember that it is Black women and Native women and mixed race women who are most likely to be raped in their lifetimes in America. You cannot be an advocate against sexual violence without considering the impact of race.

I come from a state where rape is damn-near an epidemic.  It’s all over the place because of bush communities of natives, where not only do sex crimes often go unreported, but there are cultural elements at play.  Not to mention, in the bush, the white man is often not a welcome sight.  There are women who would NEVER go anywhere in a native village alone.  Sexual violence is an ugly thing, and the worst part about it is that in your efforts to make it all about your ethnic group, you ignore factors outside of race.

45. Don’t ask Black women if it’s our “real hair.” And don’t judge Black women for wearing wigs or weaves or having relaxers.

I don’t give a shit about your hair.

46. Don’t touch our fucking hair.

Wasn’t planning to.

47. If you have a Black girlfriend, please make sure that your shower is always adequately stocked with conditioner. Never that 2-in-1 stuff!!! We beg you.

No.  Last I checked, she’s a grown woman and can buy her own.  That’s on her.

48. Never try and pull any uninvited “race play” shit in the bedroom. Seriously, what the fuck?

Last I checked, what two people do in the privacy of their bedroom is none of your fucking business.

49. Actively try to identify and unsubscribe from orientalist tropes i.e. believing that East Asian women are naturally more submissive or docile. People of color are people, not characters.

It’s white women I assume to be more submissive and docile, boo.

50. If you call a woman of color “exotic,” you deserve to stub your toe every day for a year. Do. Not. Do. This.

“Shit that Never Happens Land.”

51. Also, saying “I’ve never fucked a Black/Asian/Native etc. person” to someone you’re trying to hook up with is a one way ticket to hell.

Don’t believe in Hell.  This means nothing to me.

52. If you have such fetishistic thoughts, just don’t even bother coming near a person of color.

What I may or may not find sexually appealing is none of your fucking business.  Fuck you.  You do you, and I’ll do me.

53. Remember that having mixed race children is not a cure for racism or a way to live out weird racial fantasies.

Nobody has ever thought this.  Ever.

54. If you’re trying to start a mixed raced family, sit down and deeply interrogate your intentions.

Why?  If you want to start a family with the person you are involved with, typically it comes from a place of “I care very deeply for this person and want to start a family with them.”  But that aside, the reasons they start a family are none of your fucking business.

55. If you do have mixed race children, make sure that they have access to people who look like them and who understand their experiences.

I’ll let them choose their friends  Thanks.

56. If you have a partner of color or children of color, trust and believe that you can still be racist. You’re not exempt. If anything, you have even more of a duty to examine your behavior for the benefit of your loved ones.

No, I don’t.  I have a duty to do the best for my family, and that’s it.  Your social justice bullshit has no part of my family’s life.

57. Take your racist family members to task for the shit they say over the dinner table or via social media.

No.  I believe they have the right to say whatever hateful shit they want.  Unlike you, I actually believe in freedom of speech.  If they ask my opinion on what they said, I’ll convey my belief that it’s racist, but trust me, they don’t ask.  I’m the liberal on a conservative extended family.  They don’t ask.

58. Confront your colleagues who say racist shit unchecked at work.

My colleagues are professionals in an environment with high professionalism standards.  Trust me, the boss would ream them a new one if they said something like “don’t you all hate niggers?”  Oh no!  I said a word that is racially insensitive in the context of what a potential person might say if they were unprofessional and racist!  That must mean I’m a horrible racist!  Oh no!

59. Look around your workplace—are the only people of color cleaners or assistants? What can you do to change that? (The answer is almost never “nothing.”)

Nope.  Our cleaning lady is an old white gal who is a very pleasant individual, and we have a broad spectrum of people with various ethnic groups who are office assistants and caseworkers at my job.  So yeah, we’re just fine.  Thanks for asking.

60. If someone asks you to fill a role that you think a person of color would be better suited for, recommend a talented person of color who you know and forego the position yourself.

Uh, fuck you.  If there’s a chance to get a better position and not have to be in such crushing financial dire straits, I’m going to take it.  I’m already under enough pressure since I live in poverty now.

61. Don’t make us be the de facto diversity guy at work. Or at least pay us extra to do the labor of diversifying the workplace.

In my office, we hire people based on qualifications.  And everyone is paid the same.  That’s how equality works.  Sorry we don’t go out of our way to kiss your ass (not sorry).

62. Refuse to speak on an all-white panel. Regardless of the topic.

No.

63. If there are only a couple of people of color in your seminar, don’t weirdly stare at them when the lecturer poses questions about race and expect them to answer everything.

I don’t attend seminars.  They’re boring.

64. If you’re in charge of making curricula, make sure there is work by people of color, especially women of color, on the reading list. And not just in the weeks dedicated to race.

No.  I’m gonna put in those who I believe to be the best minds on the subject that I’m teaching.  I actually want students to learn.  I know, shocking in a country as stupid as America.

65. Commission people of color to make work about race.

If they have the credentials to show they have studied it in an in-depth way.

66. Commission people of color to make work that has nothing to do with race.

If they have the qualifications I’m looking for.

67. Don’t say things like “there are two sides to every story!” or play devil’s advocate when it comes to conversations about race.

No!  I refuse to “listen and believe” like you all want.  I do this weird thinking thing.  It’s why I left religion and never went to your church of social justice.  All seemed kind of silly to me.

68. In those situations, just listen.

NO!

69. It’s never useful to say stuff like, “But what about the white working class!!!” Have you thought about non-white working class people’s needs?

Right back at ya, sugar-tits.  Except about the first part.

70. Don’t? Vote? For? Racist? Politicians? Can’t believe I need to say this one but it seems like possibly, maybe, some of y’all did not get this memo.

Unless it’s a candidate I believe in, I don’t vote.  I voted in the primary for Bernie Sanders, but then saw Shillary rig the primary against him.  A nice reminder to me that the party supposedly for the people has systems in place in case a candidate for the people actually comes along.  A lesson I feel Democrats have forgotten.

71. Research your candidates. Who has progressive policies that won’t needlessly criminalize people of color? Vote for them.

What “progressive” policies needlessly criminalize “people of color?”  The progressive ideas I am for are things like ending the drug war, which would help an area where black people are most definitely being racially discriminated against.  So yeah, gonna need some examples on this one.

72. Remember that Black women are not here to save you from yourselves. You’ve gotta put in the work, too.

Nobody thinks this way.  Nobody.

73. Be cognizant of how your whiteness could be weaponized against Black people. i.e. white women, don’t play into stereotypes about Black men being inherently threatening to you. It gets Black men killed. See: Emmett Till.

My attributes aren’t weaponized against anyone.  Find me an example of how I, personally, am having the fact that I’m white used against anyone (you have to be specific of who) and I’ll take that argument and beat the shit out of it.

74. Use your white privilege to be on the frontline between people of color and the police at protests. You’re at much less risk than us.

I wouldn’t be caught dead at one of your protests.

75. Record police encounters you see involving Black people.

No.

76. Share alerts when ICE is planning a raid.

No.

77. Stand up to Islamophobia wherever you see it.

No.

78. If you have ever thought a phrase like “Black lives matter” is too assertive, consider why you’re so uncomfortable with Black people standing up for our humanity.

Too assertive?  Is that we call the chant “What do we want?  Dead cops!  When do we want it?  Now!”  Or is that what we call when they are smashing cars and committing property damage?  Or maybe it’s what we call when they have members saying things like telling a white couple who had a baby that their baby should die because it’s white?  Yeah, I’ll call them all sorts of negative things.  Your pathetic attempts at damage control do NOTHING to help your cause.

79. Listen when Black people say, “I’m not comfortable in this situation.” You’ve seen Get Out, haven’t you?

Because fiction is reality!

80. If you haven’t seen Get Out, watch Get Out. Understand that the everyday horror is real.

A film with racial undertones is real.  You people literally can’t distinguish fantasy from reality.  And you wonder why you aren’t taken seriously.  Huh, it’s a fucking mystery.

81. Question whether you have double standards when it comes to drugs. Do you think it’s cool when white weed entrepreneurs make tons of money but think that Black people who are found to have traces of marijuana in their systems deserve to be thrown in prison?

I don’t think that, actually.  I want to end the drug war, because it is destroying this country.  So yeah, totally covered on this one.

82. Don’t have dreadlocks if you’re not Black, just don’t. Beyond being offensive, it’s just not suited to your hair type. Do literally anything else with your hair.

I’ll do whatever the fuck I like with what little hair I have, and you can keep your fucking mouth shut, bitch.

83. Don’t refer to things as your “spirit animal” if you’re not Native. There are other ways to express affinity with something.

I’ll do whatever I like.

84. Do not compare the exploitation of animals to racism. Ever. I’m deadly serious.

I don’t care if you’re serious.  I’ll do whatever the fuck I like.

85. I can’t believe I even need to say this in 2018 but here we go: Don’t wear Blackface.

Who does this?  Outside of edgelords, who does this?

86. Don’t even think about saying the N word. Even if you’re alone. Even if you’re listening to rap. Even if you’re alone and listening to rap.

If I’m listening to 2pac and I hear him say “nigga,” and I’m rapping along, I’ll say whatever I like.  It’s a word.  The power you give it over you it is up to you.

87. Similarly, don’t use the word “g*psy” or “p*ki” or “r*dskin” or any other racial slur. Even if you’re repeating what someone else said or reading from a text.

Like how I call my girly-mate who I met traveling from place to place “gypsy girl” or talking about the Redskins football team?  Like that?

88. That includes the word “colored.” “Person of color” and “colored” are not the same. Trust me.

You’re right, one of them is an “of” and “ed” away from the other.

89. Understand that America has what it has because it stole land from indigenous people and stole people from Africa.

Understand that what’s done is done, and it’s time to move on.  I wasn’t there, and neither was anyone in this generation or the last.  The last three generations have never owned a slave or killed an Indian.  I’m not gonna be held to account for the actions of my ancestors. Sorry (not sorry).

90. Care about race on the 364 days that aren’t Martin Luther King Jr. day.

I care about all sorts of things all sorts of days.  Stop telling me how to live my life.

91. Also, don’t whitewash his legacy and use it to argue that Black people should just take what they’re given lying down.

You all are the ones who dilute that shit down.  Like how you try and ignore the fact that, towards the end of his life, he was much more against income inequality than racial inequality.  He said once that a poor white person and a poor black person have more in common than a poor white person and a rich white one.  So yeah, there’s something you could be championing.  But wait, that doesn’t fit the narrative.

92.Think about how race is operating even when people of color aren’t around. Be cognizant of it wherever you are, whichever situation you’re in. People of color have to, so should you.

I swear, you people should have “it’s because I’m black, isn’t it?” tattooed on your fucking foreheads.

93. Remember that your queerness/womanhood/transness/class background/disability doesn’t exclude you from white privilege.

You were born with Original Sin!  Come into our church so you might be cleansed!

94. Make your feminism useful to all women rather than calling yourself an ‘intersectional feminist’. Show, don’t tell.

Not a feminist.  I’m an egalitarian.

95. Don’t assume, full stop, that you can understand what it’s like to experience racism. You can’t. That’s the whole point.

If someone treats me bad because I’m white, then I can understand.  Thankfully, I’m a fucking giant who walks around with my resting face looking like “fuck off.”  People tend to leave me alone.

96. Understand that nothing in your life has been untouched by your whiteness. Everything you have would have been harder to come by if you had not been born white.

I have had to scratch and claw for everything I’ve gotten.  I haven’t been given a single thing by life, ever!  I bust my fucking ass to get anything.  Don’t you fucking tell me how life is just going out of its way to give me things.  Fuck you!

97. Be grateful for the lesson when you’re called out on racism, getting defensive won’t help.

Not a racist, so calling me one pisses me off.

98. Move past your white guilt. Guilt is an unproductive emotion. Don’t sit there mired in woe, just be better.

Don’t have white guilt.  Fuck off.

99. Recognize that fighting racism isn’t about you, it’s not about your feelings; it’s about liberating people of color from a world that tries to crush us at every turn.

Oh you poor baby.  You have it so fucking hard, here in the First World.  Where you aren’t the victim of random acts of violence by an dictatorial regime, or religious persecution, or like in the Congo, where rape is used as a weapon of military terror.  I feel so bad for you…

100. And remember: Being an ally is a verb, not a noun. You can’t just magically be an ally to people of color because you say you’re one, it’s something that you must continually work on.

Not an ally.  Fuck off.

Until next time, a quote,

“Never argue with stupid people.  They will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain

Peace out,

Maverick

Let’s Respond to 20 Things Men Can Do to Support Women (according to Medium)

I haven’t done one of these in forever.  After I got through all of BuzzFeed Yellow’s insipid catalog of crap, I haven’t had one of these to do.  Well, a woman who isn’t know for anything outside of being a glorified blogger decided to go to Medium and make another list.  I decided to respond to it and see if I fit the terms of a person who supports women, according to the criteria that she laid out.  Here’s a link to the article, now let’s see how I do.

Overcome your own transphobia. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Accept the lived truth of NB and GNC people, whether or not they are women.

Nothing to overcome.  I treat people as they come.  I don’t care about trans people any more or less than I don’t already care about anyone else.  I’m a misanthrope.  Granted, I believe in treating all people with basic levels of respect, so long as they treat me in kind.  That seems like a good criteria.  Unless of course that person is Riley J Dennis, in which case she can fuck right off because she is a prick who has the same beliefs about sexual preferences as pray-the-gay-away preachers.  So I got this first one down.  Excellent.

Be pro-choice and be vocal in support of reproductive rights. (And generous! Give to the National Network of Abortion Funds!) Understand that the opposite of reproductive choice is forced childbearing.

I have made donations in the past to Planned Parenthood, which I trust infinitely more than your charity because it is known for the results it gets and the transparency which it operates.  I have always been pro-choice.  Got this one too.  Damn!  I am on a roll!

Support subsidized birth control. Support women’s healthcare. Support women’s preventative healthcare. Support medical trials that include (or even prioritize) women.

I’ll do you one better, cupcake.  Instead of just supporting women’s healthcare, I support universal healthcare.  That way, everyone can have the healthcare they need without worrying if it will put them in bankruptcy.  So I am actually one-upping you here.  Nice!  I think I may be a very good “ally” for women, according to this woman’s criteria.  But I won’t be supporting medical trials that prioritize women.  If it’s for a drug or medical procedure that’s for both genders instead of just being a drug for women, then there’s no reason for me to support prioritizing women.  None.  So you got me there.

Support nontaxed menstrual products. Ask your workplace if tampons and pads are free. If they’re not, advocate for them to be free. Get over any embarrassment you may have about menstruation.

Don’t care about menstruation.  It’s all just biology to me.  As for supporting non-taxed, why would I support a product being given out for free?  Condoms aren’t free.  If it’s a product made by a company, why would I support them not charging money for it?  Companies can have whatever policy they want in regards to selling this stuff, but as for me, I don’t support us just giving shit away to people if it cost money to produce.  So I can’t support this part.  Guess my ally cred is slipping.

Vocally advocate at your workplace for longer and more egalitarian paid parental leave, whether or not parenthood is part of your life. Advocate for lactation spaces. Advocate for on-site or subsidized childcare.

Here’s a question – do you believe this should be applied equally to men.  Some countries have paid paternity leave.  That seems fair.  But here’s the thing – people leaving on maternity leave is an imposition on a company.  I’m not about to sit here and pretend that a corporation whose only concern is making money should just totally wave off the fact that losing an employee to have a kid is a problem for them.  Is that fair?  No.  But it’s the risk women taken when they choose to have children.  I’m sorry, but most women understand that risk when they take that step.

Tell your elected officials that you are a man who votes and you prioritize women’s issues when you decide who to vote for. Then actually prioritize women’s issues when you decide who to vote for. Understand that women’s issues are your issues.

I don’t prioritize women’s issues.  I prioritize issues that affect my life.  Like when my state chose to legalize pot.  I vote in that election.  I voted in the primary for Bernie Sanders, then wrote in Harambe in the general election because I didn’t (and still don’t) support either of those ass-clowns.  If that’s a problem, sorry-not-sorry.  Issues for other women are not necessarily my issues.  I’m not a feminist.  I’m an egalitarian.  In that same election where we voted to legalize pot, I voted to raise the minimum wage because the girl I was dating at the time was making that and I supported that issue.

Whenever you are in a group composed of only men (whether it’s social, work, church, or whatever) ask yourself why there are no women present. Then ask out loud why. Force an honest answer.

I have no groups I am a part of that only have men.  I’m not really a group person.  I don’t believe in Gawd.  My office has a ton of women in it.  My immediate supervisor is a woman, and she is viewed as the mom of the office for being so good at whipping it into shape.  She’s a hell of a woman and has years of status under her belt showing she’s earned her place.  So yeah, this question has no relevance to me of any kind.

Cultivate genuine, intimate, nonsexual friendships with women.

Got a ton of those.  No problem whatsoever.

Seek out women to be your heroes and mentors.

My heroes are George Carlin and H.L. Mencken.  Find me a woman who can compare to them and I’ll let you know what I think.

Any time you see a building, street, institution, etc. named for a man, see how long it takes you to spot another one named for a woman.

What the fuck do I care what a building, street, or institution is named after?  Nothing.  Why do you care?  What effect does this have on your life?

Ask yourself what things you don’t do, for whatever reason, that you also think of as something women tend to do. (Sew? Send birthday cards? Care about skincare?) Try doing it for a while, just to see what it’s like to be a person who does the thing.

I love to cook, I take care of my sad apartment by myself.  I’ve sewn buttons back on clothes.  Went shopping for lotion with a girly-mate and was cool when she bought some for me.  There’s nothing to think about.  What is this idea that all men seem to believe that there are some tasks that only women are supposed to do?  I guess only women can have lesbian sex.  There’s a task.  I found one.  Happy now?

Talk less. In all spaces. At all times. At a lower volume.

Um, no.  So long as I’m not hurting anyone or being rude and interrupting, I’ll do whatever the fuck I want when I’m not at my job.  Don’t assume you have ANY right to tell me how to conduct myself.

When you need support, reach out to men as well as women. Work to be a person your friends of all genders can reach out to when they need support. Create a culture of openness around yourself.

Nobody wants me around when I need support.  See, I’m kind of a negative person suffering from hardcore depression.  However, because of my depression, I keep an open door to all people in my circle of friends who need to talk.  That’s important to me.  Because I am the kind of person who is easy to forget, I will never let anyone in my circle who wants me there to feel they are forgotten.  So got the openness status all locked down.

Consume media marketed to women. Don’t perform your consumption.

I don’t care who media is marketed towards so long as it fits in my view of things I like.  My favorite film of all time is a hardcore love story (5 Centimeters Per Second).  Does that count?  I’ll consume whatever I like.  I like and dislike a lot of things.  My likes and dislikes run the gamut.  But I don’t think about it as something marketed towards women.  I think about it in terms of – do I think this product looks good?  If yes, then I consume it.  It’s why I drink fruity drinks and not whiskey shots.  Why are you working so hard to divide media when you should be taking my approach and encouraging people to create media that is meant to be marketed as broadly as possible?

Deprogram your beliefs about thinness being an optimal state of feminine beauty. Deprogram your beliefs that your desire matters in determining a woman’s worth.

No.  Fuck you.  What I want in a partner is my business.  It’s not yours or anyone else’s.  Same with what you want.  Since I’m bisexual, my desires for men and women are my own.  And yeah, I’m never gonna find a landwhale attractive.  I’m sorry.  I don’t mind women with a few extra pounds.  I like a girl I can eat a pizza with or get a burger and not have her going on about how bad it is.  A totally platonic girly-mate occasionally comes over for dinner and she goes to the gym but also likes the food I make.  I just won’t find attractive a quality in a person that I believe is detrimental.  If someone is eating themselves to death, I find that unappealing.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  Obese has NEVER been the standard of beauty.  It never will.

Jerk off without porn for a while. EDIT: This really should be “Pay for your porn.” In particular, seek out (and pay for) porn that’s made by women, queer people, and people of color, and that’s produced ethically. Consume sexual culture as thoughtfully as you would consume any culture.

I jerk off without porn all the time.  I have a very vivid imagination.  I don’t care who porn is made by.  I care about the content.  Don’t even bother to look into who made something.  It’s almost like I’m just trying to get off and then go about my day.

Learn about racism and intersectionality, and do everything you can to empower and amplify black women and NBWOC.

Not into the social justice scene.  Not even a little.  I fucking hate this victim culture people in the first world have.  So yeah, can’t get on-board with that even a little.

Detach yourself from straw-man definitions for hot-button issues (intersectionality, cultural appropriation, political correctness, preferred pronouns, etc.) and learn what they’re really about. Unpack the real meanings behind phrases like “SJW” and “feminazi.” Believe people when they say they’re in pain.

I have detached myself from straw-man definitions.  See, part of why I respond to posts like these is so I can make sure I don’t leave out context.  For many years I have responded to posts like this and made very clear my disdain for a large swath of people within the social justice community because of the things they say and the ideas they propagate.  So yeah, not gonna get behind this either.

Prioritize kindness.

Decent advice, I guess.

Befriend children.

I hate children.  I will never like children.  The job I have right now is the greatest form of birth control in the universe.  So yeah, never gonna do that either.

All things considered, this was pretty standard feminist advice bullshit for men.  Seen shit like this before on BuzzFeed.  Honestly surprised she didn’t say to stop looking at lesbian porn or something like that, but whatever.  How did I do?

Until next time, a quote,

“I won’t bore you with the details, but after reading these articles I discovered three modes of excuse-making – I mean thinking! – 1. pointless list-making, 2. dumb observations, and 3. overly intellectualizing” – Harry Ass Plinkett

Peace out,

Maverick

You Don’t Understand Blade Runner (A response to Anita Sarkeesian)

I never thought I’d be talking about this bitch ever again.  After she left video games, I figured she’d just disappear into some abstract corner of the Internet and I wouldn’t ever have to deal with her stupid views on topics that she clearly knows fuck-all about ever again.  But then The Drunken Peasants podcast subjected me to her latest video, where she decides to go after one of my favorite films, with her pathetic, paltry, pseudo-intellectual bullshit that shows that her ability to critically analyze themes in films has all the depth and size of a puddle in the parking lot of my apartment building.  Ugh!  I’ll have the video here, so you can see I’m not taking anything out of context.  Let’s talk about it.

She begins with saying that according to the original Blade Runner, the future is going to be racist, have flying cars, but oh boy, noodle shops!  Yeah, because that is TOTALLY what the ethnicity of Blade Runner was about.  You know, like how the lower world is a very ethnically diverse place, while the upper world is very white.  Huh, it’s not like that was a deliberate design choice that Ridley Scott made in order to symbolize the power gap over the time period the film was made.  Nope, not at all!  This woman can’t analyze anything in a way outside of her feminist lens that tells her that everything is bad unless it caters to views that, if we learned anything from her analysis of video games, are clearly contradictory.

After her TERRIBLE intro, she says that all the fans of the original film get to rejoice at the idea of a sequel.  Did she not follow the unveiling of that at all?  This sequel is being met with VERY fierce skepticism by the science-fiction community, as it should.  Hollywood has shown that they are bad at doing sequels and now Blade Runner is on the block.  Granted, they got the director of my favorite film of 2016, Arrival, to do this, and he has the cinematographer he had making Incendes and Sicario, the latter of which is one of my favorite films.  That does leave me feeling hopeful, but let’s hear more about what Anita has to say about this great science fiction cinema landmark.

Now we get to her “burning questions” Blade Runner introduced.  Like “shouldn’t there be more Latinx people in Los Angeles.”  Okay, stop.  Can we PLEASE stop using the term “latinx?”  It sounds like you’re talking about Kleenex, for one.  For another, there was a surprisingly good point brought up on The Drunken Peasants.  See, here’s the thing about Latino and Latina – in old romantic languages based off Latin, words are made to have different genders assigned to words depending on who is speaking and who or what is being spoken about.  It’s part of those languages’ cultural heritage.  Now we have some fucking white people coming in and saying “no!  You can’t have these distinguishing features because that’s not inclusive enough!”  Aren’t you the ones who stress out your fucking ass that we need to have respect for other cultures?  Sure doesn’t seem like you respect their language.  Maybe you need to check your privilege, white bitch.

After going on for a while, it’s pretty clear where this entire video is going – sex robots are bad and promote sexism.  Funny, I just saw an article where it talked about how women are going to replace men with sex robots in the future and didn’t paint that as a bad thing.  Funny how it’s only wrong when men do it.  Groj, I just wish she’d come out and say she’s a man-hater.  Can you please, Anita?  It’s so obvious where this video is going, and you even say that we’re about to be approaching a future in Blade Runner where biomechanical androids exist and men abuse them.  Unreal.  It’s funny, Anita makes fun of the men who have difficulty dating, whether it be to personality flaws, or to them being shy and scared of interacting with people, and mocks them for it.  How many socially awkward women who would seek a robot for companionship would she mock?  What a sexist harpy.  As with all modern feminists – it’s only sexist when men do it.

She then makes the argument that the film has good ideas, but it looks at them from the perspective of white men.  Yeah, I guess that’s true, unless we want to ignore the ENTIRE FUCKING MOVIE!  For example, one of the most interesting elements of the lower world is the language of the city.  The police officer who originally takes Deckard in speaks it.  It’s an amalgamation of all the languages spoken on the lower level.  Roy Batty may be played by a white man, but look at what his role in the film is – a slave.  He is part of a slave race.  Skin color be damned, he’s part of a slave race and is desperate to stop his inevitable death.  Even when he gets to see the head of Tyrell Corporation, the conversation about his demise doesn’t go well and you have no idea if Tyrell told him the truth at all.  To say that this film focuses exclusively on the perspective of white men is fucking ignorant, and also denies all the perspectives of the film from all the various characters.  But hey, let’s simplify it down to the color of people’s skin.  Because that isn’t fucking racist at all.

We get to hear next how the two female replicants are a metaphor for modern day misogyny.  Wrong!  They are representations of the exploitation of women in subjugated classes.  There was a time when all women in this country were a lesser class.  Hard to argue that.  But the entire narrative of the replicants is that they are a species separate from us who are being subjugated by the humans who created them.  It’s a story about power relationships and how there will always be those in power using their power over those without.  These two female replicants are not some metaphor for the “patriarchy.”  They are part of a larger narrative of those in power destroying the lives of those without, and how when we are out of peoples to conquer, we shall create power dynamics to have.  Like I said, Anita’s ability to critically analyze things has all the depth of a fucking puddle.

Then she talks about the scene with Deckard and Rachel.  All it is in her mind is – he assaulted a woman.  Since she clearly can’t analyze this film, let’s inform the class of how stupid that perspective is.  The narrative of this film is that replicants are lesser than humans.  It’s the belief that our entire species has.  Deckard is a bit hard to follow because he seems to have at least some regard for the replicants and doesn’t want to continue killing them.  However, he is still part of a species that sees them as lesser and deserving of death (even if he is a replicant himself, which is left unclear for a very good reason).  Is the scene with these two very jarring and uncomfortable?  Yup.  Anita criticizing the music is her not being able to see that the music there was a deliberate choice to make the scene more uncomfortable.  Everything in the film is deliberate.  Deckard using his power over Rachel was a sign that he is at least partially just as brainwashed as the rest of society and chose to exercise his power over someone who couldn’t fight back because she had nowhere else to go.  It does make him look like a bit of a bad guy, but the thing is – that was deliberate.  It was meant to tell the audience that even a character who you are supposed to root for is still human and subject to the same forces the rest of us are.  I hate Anita so much.  She is shitting all over a movie I love because it’s pretty fucking clear she doesn’t understand it.

One thing Anita says that just blows my mind – the film isn’t about the women.  No shit, moron!  It’s about the replicants!  It’s about members of a subservient race who are being hunted by a society that says that they aren’t allowed on Earth, on pain of death!  I just love how this imbecile has made it out to be like these three female characters don’t matter to the script at all.  Does this bimbo have any awareness of how themes work?  Any idea how to critically analyze media?  Of course not.  Her Master’s thesis basically sucked the cock of everything Joss Whedon has ever made, back in the day.  He isn’t exactly writing Shakespeare.

We also have some other white person who can’t critically analyze issues of race, either.  Race doesn’t enter at all into the film?  No, because the fact that the lower world is very ethnically diverse and poor, while the upper world is very white and wealthy isn’t a look into racial ideas at all!  Ugh!  Background texture?!  It’s one of the central themes at play, you fucking moron!  Roy and the replicants have to hide in the lower world because they are also part of a lesser class.  Except in the film they are even lesser than the oppressed classes of the lower world.  That’s the fucking point!  Rachel is part of the upper world until she realizes that she is a replicant.  After which she has to go down to the lower world because now she is lesser.  Do you not get anything to do with this movie?!  How did that escape your notice, oh wonderful feminist one?  Aren’t you the idiot who says that your research is “double and triple-checked”?!  Clearly not because I’m not some film school graduate and even I can pick up on this!

This was stupid.  It’s nice to see that her analysis of movies is just as shitty as it was about video games.  I hate this woman and her videos.  Please stop shitting on one of the greatest science fiction films of all time.

Until next time, a quote,

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.” – Roy Batty, Blade Runner

Peace out,

Maverick

Another Pseudo-Intellectual Wants to Talk About Video Games (A response to Ian Bogost)

I just love all these people with degrees from prestigious schools and 2-digit IQs telling me what video games are lacking.  It’s so charming.  These people who want to pretend like they got it all figured out, and then use the latest buzzwords to be able to bolster their arguments that sound like sophistry at best.  Is this lexicon verbose enough for you?  Our latest pseudo-intellectual wants to make sure that he sounds very smart while he talks about how videos really shouldn’t have stories, all the while ripping off arguments that Roger Ebert was proven wrong about 10 years ago.  It’s charming, in its own stupid way.  Here’s a link to the article, now let’s rip this bitch to pieces.

A longstanding dream: Video games will evolve into interactive stories, like the ones that play out fictionally on the Star Trek Holodeck. In this hypothetical future, players could interact with computerized characters as round as those in novels or films, making choices that would influence an ever-evolving plot. It would be like living in a novel, where the player’s actions would have as much of an influence on the story as they might in the real world.

First off, I don’t want games to be the Holodeck.  I’m not into VR.  Second, for the most part, the part about making an ever-evolving plot has already happened.  I’ve played it out dozens of times.  Whether it be something very linear, or something where I have choices and agency, I am able to help shape a narrative with the games I play.  Already there, skippy.  I look forward to what will be your solid reasoning for why that isn’t the case.

It’s an almost impossible bar to reach, for cultural reasons as much as technical ones.

Neat fact – immediately after this sentence, there is nothing about this for ages.  He goes on and on about how environmental storytelling works, but right when he makes a substantive point, he doesn’t go into greater detail.  I mean, if you are going to say why this bar is impossible to reach, shouldn’t you then follow that up with something about why this milestone is so impossible?  But let’s get into what he says about environmental storytelling and how it shapes a narrative.

The approach raises many questions. Are the resulting interactive stories really interactive, when all the player does is assemble something from parts? Are they really stories, when they are really environments? And most of all, are they better stories than the more popular and proven ones in the cinema, on television, and in books?

Well, yeah.  That’s easy to prove.  You use Bioshock as an example, a game with a very developed and rich lore with characters who you come to care about strictly from hearing about their trials in the city.  I’ve never met them, but there are some characters in the audio logs who was I sad to see go when you learn of their ultimate fate.  It was just another twisted end to a frankly depressing game.

Or let’s talk about my favorite game of 2015 – Life is Strange.  In that game, you look at pretty much everything around you and it tells stories.  You can see Chloe’s decent into a punk rock girl after her father died.  You can see her family with all their financial troubles and personal ones.  You can learn that David isn’t quite the asshole he seems, finding his book on recovering from war that he has read many times.  These things provide a richer canvas to the game’s narrative, which you grow to care about.  It’s what makes the fact that your choices ultimately don’t matter in the end that much more frustrating.

I think I see your problem – you are trying to make a direct comparison between video games and other visual mediums like film and television.  But you can’t do that.  I don’t play a game with the same mindset as I read a book or watch a movie.  I expect elements to be interactive and give me at least some agency in being a part of.  It doesn’t have to be everything.  As I said, I don’t want the Holodeck.  I just want a narrative that I feel immersed in.  My favorite games are ones where I feel like I was a part of the action.  It can still be linear and accomplish this, so long as the characters are well-developed and the world immerses me enough to want to see the story through.  Gaming is an interactive experience, not a purely visual one.  I didn’t like Metal Gear Solid IV because it felt like I had no agency.  60% of the time I was just watching the film play.  That’s not how games work.  For someone who purports to have a very rich understanding of the medium, this fact seemed to escape you.

In retrospect, it’s easy easy to blame old games like Doom and Duke Nukem for stimulating the fantasy of male adolescent power. But that choice was made less deliberately at the time. Real-time 3-D worlds are harder to create than it seems, especially on the relatively low-powered computers that first ran games like Doom in the early 1990s. It helped to empty them out as much as possible, with surfaces detailed by simple textures and objects kept to a minimum. In other words, the first 3-D games were designed to be empty so that they would run.

Okay…why did the male adolescent power line come up?  What did ANY of what followed in that paragraph have to do with men?  Are you clumsily setting the stage for where you blame men for video games being whatever way you don’t like?  I can see that coming from a mile away.  That is bad writing, dude.  If you want to take the Anita Sarkeesian route of saying men are pure evil in video games, then at least TRY and make it feel more natural.

The dude goes on and on for paragraphs about how environments in games aren’t realistic enough and that npc’s are all basically just going off a script, which I guess is supposed to mean that you can’t seem them as real.  Well…duh. I don’t see the vendor in Persona 5 selling me DVDs as a real person.  I’m not supposed to.  Half of this dude’s diatribes reek of a person who doesn’t actually have a lot of experience in this medium.  Or someone who is playing games with an agenda.  Seeing as how he brought up men in this article, I get the feeling him and Anita share similar social views.,

Environmental storytelling offers a solution to this conundrum. Instead of trying to resolve the matter of simulated character and plot, the genre gives up on both, embracing scripted action instead. The player’s experience becomes that of a detective, piecing together narrative coherence from fragments conveniently left behind in the game’s physical environment.

Well yeah, games that use environmental story-telling do have some convenience to them.  So do books and films.  After all, it sure was convenient that Tony Stark found out about the dead interpreter in Civil War, isn’t it?  Or it’s convenient that no one asked who had actually heard the main character say “Rosebud” in Citizen Kane when no one was clearly in the room.  All works of fiction rely on convenience to one extent or another.  Find me a piece of fiction where there aren’t some plot conveniences to move things along.

In 2013, two developers who had worked on the BioShock series borrowed the environmental-storytelling technique and threw away both the shooting and the sci-fi fantasy. The result was Gone Home, a story game about a college-aged woman who returns home to a mysterious, empty mansion near Portland, Oregon. By reassembling the fragments found in this mansion, the player reconstructs the story of the main character’s sister and her journey to discover her sexual identity. The game was widely praised for breaking the mold of the first-person experience while also importing issues in identity politics into a medium known for its unwavering masculinity.

Oh boy.  The pseudo-intellectual is about to talk about Gone Home.  This basically confirms to me that he is full of shit.  Every wanna-be intellectual and their SJW sister have talked about how this game is representative of some great milestone.  In this case, he says that it showed that games are basically on the level of young-adult novels.  Groan.  And the fucker actually makes the argument that this game represents the high water mark in gaming story-telling.  Give me a fucking break!

There are 1000 games, probably more, with narratives 1000X richer than that walking simulator could have ever hoped for.  Hell, I don’t even have a problem with the walking simulator genre and I see it as a lesser option.  When I think about the emotional levels the Mass Effect series got (before the STUPID ending to 3), or the moral implications of The Last of Us, and I see this clown telling me that some hipster-approved work.  Hell, Limbo, a 2D side-scroller was able to make a game world with more emotional weight, without any exposition of any kind.  Just from the environment you play in, you can see the story of a great civilization’s rise to power and then fall.  An art game called Journey did much the same.  Did this ass-clown actually play games, or is he just quoting the line from his contemporaries?  He is probably a grad with a fancy degree, who spent all his academic life citing other people in papers.  Thinking for yourself is hard, after all.

The result is aesthetically coherent, fusing the artistic sensibilities of Edward Gory, Isabel Allende, and Wes Anderson. The writing is good, an uncommon accomplishment in a video game. On the whole, there is nothing to fault in What Remains of Edith Finch. It’s a lovely little title with ambitions scaled to match their execution. Few will leave it unsatisfied.

Good writing is uncommon in video games?  Oh fuck off, you hipster culture critic.  Look me in the eye and tell me that Beyond: Two Souls or Uncharted 4 have bad writing.  And you better be able to bolster it with some strong argument.  By the way, dude, I was unsatisfied at that game.  Know why – because the ending was crap.  The game was FINALLY getting to the really good stuff, then just stopped.  It just ends.  And don’t tell me “it’s open to interpretation!”  That is a line used by people who have no other argument.  I heard that crap about the Mass Effect 3 ending by pseudo-intellectuals just like this.

And that’s really it.  He doesn’t go into any other genre or aspects to games story-telling.  I guess, in his mind, the only kinds of games that can tell stories are first-person ones.  That is beyond asinine.  When I play art games like ABZU, or JRPGs like Persona 5, both with very good narratives and stories that suck me in, I am realizing why this guy is full of shit.  Another person who had to write some bullshit about games and then peace out without even looking at anything else but the one thing he wants to focus on.  No wonder this guy came from modern university.  His argumentation is garbage.

Funny, he looks at three games to try and make his point.  I can talk about dozens to make mine.  Yeah, this dude sucks.  I cannot believe a publication like The Atlantic takes this bullshit seriously.

Until next time, a quote,

“If you don’t feel it, you won’t remember it.” – Bob Dickman

Peace out,

Maverick

A Content Creator is NOT Responsible for their Audience

I will say that this is in direct response to our favorite little uninformed kid who thinks that she knows how the world works, Milo Stewart, but the reality is that I’ve heard this talking point all around the SJW watercooler of videos, and it’s time that somebody made a response that isn’t full of emotional rhetoric.  For you see, that’s what the SJW videos on the subject are – emotional conjecture that leads them to think that they’re right.  There’s a flaw in that thinking that I honestly want to address, to my audience of nobody in the SJW circlejerk.  However, if some of you maybe think there’s something to the point that a content creator is responsible for the actions of their fans, this is for you.

The origins of this concept have come from the fact that there are now a plethora of anti-SJW YouTube personalities who make what they call “roasting videos” (they’re not.  They’re response videos.  And this isn’t a new thing.  These videos have been around for as long as I’ve been watching YouTube) toward people that they disagree with.  These videos take clips of what people say and reply to them.  Overall, these are very negative responses.  After all, there was that wonderful quote by Milo Stewart that put her on the radars of everyone who has replied to her –

All white people are racist, all men are misogynistic, all cis people are transphobic. The majority is always biased against the minority.

People will call it “victim-blaming,” but the reality is that a statement like that is going to understandably get some negative responses.  Maybe Milo doesn’t get why people find this a problem.  Her two biggest influences are a two YouTubers, on a racist bitch and the other a black nationalist called Uhuru.  It’s obvious that a level-headed examination of the culture she lives in not what she’s getting.  But when you make declarative statements about people’s prejudices and say that everyone has them, regardless of personality or upbringing, it’s going to understandably get some people riled up.

SJWs who end up becoming very well-known in a negative way often do not react well to this.  Milo is but one.  There are plenty of SJW responses that they make to being responded to where the first thing they do is blame the person who made that response for the reaction that their fans have, going to the person’s channel and then going after their videos.  While there are plenty of trolls in the bunch, I refuse to believe that there aren’t people who would like nothing better than to have a civil discourse about their disagreement.  For as much as I find Milo Stewart an ignorant little pup, I would love to sit down with her and hash out her problem with all these people who she clearly has taken no time to get to know.  But all of this insane digression has a point.

Those who create content are not responsible for what people do with that content.  If I write a post where I say that Anita Sarkeesian is really dumb and her views are unrepentantly ignorant of gaming and those who consume it, does that make me responsible for when one of my fans says something negative to her?  No.  I put the content out there.  I have never and will never encourage violence against anyone or even harassment.  When I say that someone is dumb, that’s a personal opinion.  I don’t go on to their channel and rail on every video.  I troll people on Twitter, but it’s usually just little jabs poking fun.  I’m not the kind of person who gets mad easily.  Granted, if I ever was face-to-face with Uhuru, I would have some words for that little effeminate piece of shit that are most unkind.  He is a terrible person, and his views on the world are morally disgusting.  Not to mention his actions are juvenile, such as when he want to a convenience store and made a giant ass of himself just so he could bait the cops into attacking him.  That was just pathetic, and it’s a testament to the cops involved that they just tried to talk to the little whelpand learn what his problem is.

Milo, I know that you’ll never read this.  Your echo chamber is so firmly closed that you probably have me one a block-list.  But no one who makes a response video to you is responsible for the actions of their fans.  Unless they are telling their fans to hunt you down and murder you, it’s not their fault if their fans troll you.  I’m sorry, but that’s just the way it is.  If you don’t like what people have to say to you in the Comments, then you can mod.  Or you can close your comments and ratings down entirely.  Or you can do what I do and let whoever comment and don’t even pay attention.  I don’t read the comments my YouTube channel gets.  I don’t have a cancer fetish.  To the other SJWs who want to make this argument, think long and hard about that.  After all, plenty of SJW supporters have doxxed, harassed, or in the case of Zoe Quinn, instigated trolling of those who they disagreed with (Google the incident with Candace Owens).  It’s a slippery slope to start going down, which is why I don’t do that.

Until next time, a quote,

“Being a victim is totally in vogue right now.” – TJ Kirk

Peace out,

Maverick

Do You Think Women Find Nothing Sexual? (A response to Anita Sarkeesian)

Why does this idiot keep making these videos that are so blatantly stupid?!  It’s so frustrating!  I don’t want to respond to this idiot.  But then I remembered that she is making more of these “Tropes vs. Women in Video Games” posts, and I knew that I would find something so stupid that I would have to find a way to stop myself from hanging myself over the railing at my apartment building because if this is the peak of what third-wave feminism has to offer, then I want it to just die already.  More than I already had.  In her latest video, Anita decided to take on the idea of the male gaze.  This is something that Christina Hoff Sommers and others have said that she uses to justify so many of her stupid ideas, and now she decided to prove them all right.  I almost admire this moistened bint.  I’ll share her video, so you all can see that I’m taking nothing out of context, and then we’ll talk about it.

Another instance where I just feel like this video while watching Anita.

First off, I want us to get something out of the way right off the bat – Anita Sarkeesian is pandering an idea about “exaggerated hip sway” that basically decides to ignore science.  See, while the SJW crowd will deny this up and down, it’s been proven scientifically that there are real differences between men and women.  We are a sexually dimorphic species.  There are real, biological differences between men and women.

With men, we have more broad chest and shoulders, more square jaws and developed musculature.  This is because the males of our species developed to be the defenders and providers.  Meanwhile, women have softer features, softer skin, a more pronounced chest, and a more pronounced ass.  Their hips widen at puberty and then the typical woman walks with a hip sway.  In not one of the clips that Anita stole from some other person who actually played the games did I see an “exaggerated hip sway.”  Almost all my friends growing up have been women.  I am bisexual.  I’ve had enough women who I’ve gone out with in many capacities to observe how women are.  These women weren’t swaying like they are on the catwalk.  They were walking like normal people.  With Catwoman, Sarkeesian blatantly ignores that the goal of having her walk the way she does is keeping in character.  She’s supposed to be like a cat!  You fucking idiot!  But all this talk about how exaggerated and sexualized so many aspects of the female characters are completely ignores the real biological differences that exist between men and women.  If it weren’t for the fact that she’s a con artist, I would think that this is a sign that she doesn’t know shit about women and biology.  It wouldn’t be surprising.  Modern feminism is fighting tooth and nail to pretend that biology and gender don’t exist.

But the real thing that I take umbrage with is her big talking point about the male gaze.  This woman’s statement about how people interpret sexuality just amazes me.  I want to break down all the things that bugged me.  First, she literally points out that the only time that gazing and finding something attractive is bad is when men do it.  Like so many thing associated with modern feminism, it’s only sexist when men do it.  Because women are oppressed!  In the First World!  In a way that NO feminist has been able to show.  Why do I make that distinction?  Because complaining about female portrayal in video games is a First World problem.  Women in the Middle East being forced to wear certain clothing don’t give a shit about this.  These people never cease to amaze.

But this comes directly into conflict with the second issue.  Sarkeesian makes a blantant double-standard about people looking and finding things attractive.  It’s okay when women do it, but not when men.  She literally makes the argument that when it’s a guy showing his muscles and being all buff, that isn’t sexual.  That’s power!  How the fuck can you say that?!  Are you saying that no woman finds that hot?!  Is that the argument?  No woman anywhere finds beefcake men hot?  Well, that’s complete bullshit.  A former girly-mate of mine is only attractive to beefcake men.  Slim men are a turn-off for her.  As are these men who don’t exhibit the “toxic masculinity” that you all bitch about so much.  Beta males, in other words.  She wants alpha, rugged men.  She’s married to one.  Your entire argument hinges on the idea that nothing a man can do is sexual, because there is the implicit statement that women aren’t going to find it that way.

Not to mention – you once-again leave out the idea that women might find another chick in a game hot!  For all your talk about “exaggerated hip sway,” what about if a woman finds that sexually appealing?  Hell, I have two that I could call up right now and ask if they find chicks who are hot sexually attractive, and they would be very affirmative.  Why?  Because they’re GAY!  They are sexually attracted to other women!  Oh, but that’s right, it’s only bad when it’s men.  That’s your standard.  That’s the idea you want to perpetuate.  You are effectively able to cut out lesbian and bisexual women yet-again because you have literally said that they don’t matter in this conversation.  It’s all about the men.

You are a con artist.  You have to be.  Because if you aren’t, then the fact is that you are the biggest, stupid, promoting of ignorance misogynist that I have EVER SEEN!  But you’re a con artist.  Anyone with perspective can see that.  Since you’ll never face any of your detractors, your narrative never has to be damaged.  This is why I have such a problem with you.  You perpetuate stupidity, all under the guise of a narrative which you adopted to make yourself money.  You are such a piece of shit, and while I don’t condone the threats against you, I hope that people wise up and stop feeding your lying coffers.

Until next time, a quote,

“He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do a second or third time, till at length it becomes habitual.”  -Thomas Jefferson

Peace out,

Maverick