Linkspamming in a bubble (16th October, 2010)

2010 October 15
  • Chemistry and danger and pretty colours! All the ingredients of the perfect geek hobby. Have you seen Lauredhel’s series on soapmaking? The Setup, The Making, The Day After, Finis. She also runs a community for soapers on Dreamwidth.
  • This isn’t exactly geeky, unless you think politics are geeky, but since slut-shaming happens all over (including to many geeky women), you might find it interesting to hear Krystal Ball’s way of handling the scandal/attack thrust up on her, see also Valerie Aurora’s Making politics safe for the Internet generation.
  • Mlawski has a Female Character Flowchart: your simple guide to producing Hollywood-friendly female characters. (Via Sociological Images)
  • Penny Arcade Markets Rape Culture: As it turns out, Penny Arcade is now selling a dickwolves t-shirt. Yes, Penny Arcade exploited rape culture for a cheap joke in August, and is now set to sell t-shirts glorifying rape culture.
  • More The Social Network reviews: Tiferet, Amanda Marcotte (our discussion thread is still open for discussion on this site)

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5 Responses
  1. Deborah permalink
    October 15, 2010

    I’m not fond of the female character flowchart, personally. I’ve seen lots of angry discussion of it, but I admit my first moment of disgruntlement came when I saw that two — two! — of the Golden Girls were presented as if they were FeministFail. And one of them was Dorothy, for goodness’ sake. When you take basically the only US sitcom ever, practically the only US *show* ever, that highlighted older women as dynamic and sometime sexual beings, and present without further exploration as an example of FeministFail, you’re doing something wrong.

    I wish I could remember where I saw a link today to an alternate version of the flowchart that held creators responsible, not the characters.

    • Terri permalink*
      October 15, 2010

      Yeah, for a linkspam that bears my name, I have to say this linkspam has the most links I just don’t much like in a while. (I only provided one of the links in this one, but I guess whoever finished it up didn’t bother changing the name on the post. I wonder if we should maybe start putting linkspams under a generic posting name when there are multiple contributors?)

  2. jon permalink
    October 16, 2010

    Not sure if these have made it to Linkspam yet, but CV Harquail has a pair of excellent posts on Authentic Organizations: If Women Had Designed Facebook and Designing for Feminists vs. Designing for Women: Different vs. Revolutionary.

    • Kaonashi permalink
      October 17, 2010

      Interesting thoughts, but it strikes me as a bit essentialist that kind of makes women out to be pink gossipers obsessed with feelings and men to be blue robots obsessed with status. Also, the author quickly starts joking about a function to “rate men” in her ideas for an alternative.

  3. Briten permalink
    October 17, 2010

    Concerning the Penny Arcade Dickwolves Affair.

    I did not find any problem with the original comic when the work consisted only of the original comic. I did not interpret the comic as funny and I did not believe that the strip was supposed to be funny.

    My original interpretation was that we the audience were supposed to have sympathy for the sixth prisoner and his situation and that we were to have scorn for the minotaur, who doesn’t care about the sixth prisoner, or for that matter the other five, but is simply trying to get his ticket punched. I figured that said strip was also suppose to elicit us the audience to go the extra mile if you encounter someone who needs help dealing with sexual violence or similar situations. (I myself wasn’t thinking in the frame of an actual victim when thinking about the strip, but rather someone who has to make a decision to help or do nothing, in short I was thinking ‘What should I do if I was the minotaur?’ rather than ‘How would I feel if I was the sixth prisoner?’ People who actually have been raped are probably more inclined to ask the second question.)

    Unfortunately for all of us in the audience, the more reasonable interpretation of the comic strip is almost opposite of the paragraph above. The authors of Penny Arcade have given us more clues than audiences usually get from the creators of artwork as to what they actually meant. They devoted a strip to mocking the critics with collateral mockery directed towards people who have been raped and all people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and they decided to retail a ‘Dickwolves’ T-shirt. Apparently what these guys wanted to say was ‘If you are raped in prison, then helping you is not worth anyone’s time, instead your predicament should be mined for laughs; and if you have PTSD then you are weak and you don’t matter.’

    I’m not sure that the kats at Penny Arcade still retain the ability to say anything important.

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