(larger)“The SummHarry” is an illustration by artist Lucy Knisley (see previously) that sums up the entire plot of Harry Potter.image via Lucy Knisleyvia b3ta.com, MightyMega
Here Are Bill Murray’s Choices for an All-Female Ghostbusters
Katharine Trendacosta, io9.com
Asked about the Paul Feig-helmed, all-female reboot, Bill Murray gave his ideas for the new cast. Some stalwarts are included, but there are few new names, too. No matter what, it’s kind of hard to dismiss anyone endorsed by Bill Murray himself.Re…
In which Bill Murray appears less sexist than his fellow male members of the SNL original cast.
“The new sound of the 80s. Suddenly you hear it everywhere. Rap music! It’s all beat and all talk. It tells you a story and makes you want to dance. Steve Fox examines an overnight phenomenon: rapping to the beat.” ABC Ne…
Despite what the people at The Dove Foundation may tell you, there’s no definitive proof that letting kids watch R-rated movies ruins them for life. Still, there are more than a few in Los Angeles-based artist Newt Clement’s line of hypothetical…
HOW MISOGYNY IN GAMER CULTURE HURTS ALL OF US
By Britt Hayes
One of the biggest issues in the news this week has been the ongoing rampant misogyny and outright terrorism in gamer culture, specifically the attacks on Depression Quest developer Zoe Quinn and feminist media commentator Anita Sarkeesian — both of whom have suffered exceedingly personal attacks and threats on their lives (including the horrible one in the graphic above, which was sent to Sarkeesian via Twitter). The former for merely talking sexual agency as an independent, adult woman, and the latter for criticizing the industry’s treatment of women in its games. What do these issues have to do with the rest of geek culture? Well …. everything. Misogyny in gamer culture is a symptom of a larger, systemic issue. And something needs to be done about it. Now.
I am not steeped in gamer culture, but I can tell you that what I’ve learned over the last week about the treatment of Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn has horrified me (you can read a great primer here from Andrew Todd at Badass Digest). This isn’t casual sexism — these are women who are being tormented and terrorized because they are women. And the men who are responsible for crusading against them are fighting against people they’ve labeled “Social Justice Warriors” — a derogatory term they’ve coined to insinuate that anyone who supports social justice and equality is limiting them and holding them down. These are men who were born with every right handed to them; the only struggle is the one they’re imposing upon themselves by fighting to repress women.