Over the course of the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to serve as producer on the Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series. During that time, I have been taken aback by the intense and often abusive reaction to the project.
This backlash, along with a number of other recent high-profile harassment incidents targeting women, has highlighted sexism in the gaming community and brought the issue to wider public and media attention.
One particularly astounding theme I’ve noticed running through online discussions surrounding these incidents has been a consistent denial that there is any real problem with the way women are treated in gaming. Despite the abundance of evidence, I’ve seen many of my fellow male gamers, in comment thread after comment thread, dismiss the issue as “no big deal” and insist that everyone is essentially treated the same.
The fact that a great number of women have been speaking out about how they experience prejudice, alienation or worse on a fairly regular basis seems to hold little weight.
WE CAN’T WORK TO FIX SOMETHING UNLESS WE FIRST SEE AND UNDERSTAND ITS EFFECTS
This list was inspired by the original Daily Effects of White Privilege list created by Peggy McIntosh and by The Male Privilege Checklist adaptation by Barry Deutsch. As well as by science fiction author John Scalzi’s post Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is.
A bill aimed at responding to sex trafficking, with a laundry list of services and safety precautions to protect victims, passed the Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday with a unanimous 119-0 vote.
The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed by Gov. Rick Scott, will provide the Florida Department of Children and Families with new guidelines to assess victims and provide housing in safe facilities or foster homes — as well as allocate $3 million toward the treatment of victims.
The bill’s sponsor, Gayle Harrell, R-Port St. Lucie, urged the other House members on by citing alarming statistics of what she called “modern day slavery” taking place in Florida every day.
Children are being sold for sex and forced into violent situations and drug abuse, Harrell said.
The average age at which a child is forced into prostitution is 13, she said, with their life expectancy reduced to a handful of years.
Just last week, we were compelled to write a post explaining that Gun Owners of America - which bills itself as a less reasonable version of the NRA - remains an influential force in American politics despite being run by Larry Pratt, a racist conspiracy theoriest with ties to white supremecists .
So we can’t really say that it’s a surprise that when Alaska Republican Joe Miller - the Tea Party candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin in 2010 - launched his second Senate campaign yesterday, he chose Gun Owners of America to help kick things off.
Miller’s launch event in Wasilla prominently featured a speech by Tim Macy, Gun Owners of America’s vice chairman, who the Alaska Dispatch reported “said his staff has been tracking Miller for years without his knowing it, in order to determine if he’s a true believer in gun rights and protecting the Second amendment.”
In an email in February, Miller proudly touted GOA’s endorsement. North Carolina Republican Greg Brannon also touted his GOA endorsement in a Senate debate last night.
Simmering tensions over the high court’s approach to race burst into the open Tuesday morning when Justice Sonia Sotomayor, reading from her dissent in an affirmative action case, mounted a full-scale assault on the right wing of the court, calling her conservative colleagues “out of touch with reality.”
“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race, and to apply the Constitution with eyes open to the unfortunate effects of centuries of racial discrimination,” Sotomayor wrote. “[W]e ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society. It is this view that works harm, by perpetuating the facile notion that what makes race matter is acknowledging the simple truth that race does matter.”
Sotomayor’s dissent was the most direct attack on a doctrine of “colorblindness” that has guided the conservative wing of the court’s attack on civil rights era laws designed to remedy the effects of racial discrimination. In a 2007 decision striking down a school desegregation program, Chief Justice John Roberts penned the battle cry of the movement when he wrote, “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”
For Roberts and his conservative colleagues, government intervention to remedy the effects of centuries of racism are morally tantamount to racism.
For the first time, America’s racial and ethnic minorities now make up about half of the under-5 age group, the government said Thursday. It’s a historic shift that shows how young people are at the forefront of sweeping changes by race and class.
The new census estimates, a snapshot of the U.S. population as of July 2012, comes a year after the Census Bureau reported that whites had fallen to a minority among babies. Fueled by immigration and high rates of birth, particularly among Hispanics, racial and ethnic minorities are now growing more rapidly in numbers than whites.
It’s the latest in a series of reports that have signaled a major, long-term shift in the demographics of the United States, as non-Hispanic white Americans are expected to become a minority group over the next three decades. For years, Americans of Asian, black and Hispanic descent have stood poised to topple the demographic hegemony historically held by whites.
Speaking at a town hall in Nanaimo, B.C. on April 13, the Green Party leader called the PMO “a $10-million-a-year partisan operation filled with ruthless, cutthroat psychopaths.” Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, later claimed she made the comments “in jest,” according to a Metro article.
I can scarcely believe that this single-issue zealot would so malign the hardworking young people who staff the Prime Minister’s Office. Even Senator Mike Duffy, in his somewhat spiteful 2013 speech in the Senate, was much more restrained when he talked about the “unaccountable power of the PMO” and implied it’s staffed by “kids in short pants.” (A great line, by the way.)
Elizabeth May, as many of you readers know only too well, has a penchant for hyperbolic comments, which she later disavows or for which she makes excuses.
More: Russ Campbell’s Blog
An Easter egg hunt in Henrico County, Va. was interrupted on Sunday when the parents of a three-year-old son found an egg filled with racist notes.
“My husband noticed the last Easter egg and I knew it wasn’t one that put out,” Jackie Smith told WRIC. “We opened it and it’s got the white supremacist stuff in it.”
The piece paper inside the egg contained language including “diversity = white genocide” and “mass immigration and forced assimilation of non-whites into our lands is genocide.”
Smith and her husband, Brandon Smith, went around their neighborhood alerting other parents, and found several more eggs in other yards.
“We don’t want other kids around here who can read being like, ‘Hey mommy what’s the million man white march or what’s the genocide project?’ Most of us don’t want to explain genocide to our 6-year-olds,” Jackie Smith said.
Last July I reported on a story from Springfield, Missouri where apparently the Ku Klux Klan had decided to start up their own neighborhood watch program. You know, because nothing says “safe neighborhood” like a white supremacist hate group patrolling the streets, right?
It was a story so ridiculous that when I first heard about it I had to make sure it wasn’t satire.
Well, apparently a chapter of the KKK in the Fairview Township in Pennsylvania is following the example set in Springfield, Missouri by starting up their own neighborhood watch to combat a recent rise in break-ins.
(This article posted in its entirely by permission of the author, Carol Morgan)
Religious liberty is at the very heart of what it means to be an American, yet Texas conservatives and our state’s activist pastors have conveniently forgotten that.
Lately, it feels as if Texas is waging some sort of religious war on a number of different fronts.
Throughout history, politicians have embedded a few religious references in their speeches, but nothing close to what we’re seeing lately. Beginning in earnest with Ronald Reagan’s nomination in 1980 and continued by Bill Clinton, “Religispeak” has evolved into a must-have tool for every conservative’s campaign rhetoric and policy effort.
In the same way that sex sells in the media, politicians discovered that religion does also.
It was last fall when Tom Delay’s conviction was overturned and an article in the Dallas Morning News quoted him as saying God is calling him to lead a constitutional revival. He referred to his legal battle and sentencing as his “time in the wilderness.”
And then…he remarked how glad he would be to get his concealed carry license back.
Houston’s very own Dan Patrick may spew hate and venom on his radio show, but on the stump, he claims that God talks to him via Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.
Rick Perry referred to himself as the misunderstood prophet after he was prayed over by the obscure pastors of the New Apostolic Reformation movement.
And how could we forget the dynamic duo of Senator Ted Cruz and his preacher-prophet father, Rafael Cruz? Pastor Cruz has taken his tent show across Texas claiming his son is anointed by God to lead the nation, peppering his speeches with the familiar money-sewn-in-his-underwear fable. Senator Cruz continually foments the mistaken idea of the war on Christianity.
Ted Cruz and his delusional father share a common trait; it’s called hucksterism: aggressive, showy, and devious methods to promote or sell a product. Hucksters, especially the religious ones, employ their theatrical skills to scam money, obtain power, and obtain the unflinching adoration from the non-thinking and naïve.
Just a reminder to Senator Cruz: Political extremists have short careers that end badly.
If you don’t believe it, look back at the controversial careers of Father Coughlin, Billy Sunday, Gerald L.K. Smith, Ralph Easley, Merwin Hart, Gerald Winrod, Joseph McCarthy, or George Wallace.
They employ the word “God” like the 1950’s advertising slogan: “2 out of 3 doctors recommend…” In their minds, the God-speak immediately cloaks them in credibility. It’s like fairy dust; rhetoric sprinkled with scriptural references to conjure up magical things that work in their favor.
In ancient times, there were proselytizing heretics on the street corners. Fast forward to the present and the ancient street corners have become the media, political meetings, sound bytes, and photo ops. Embedded within all of it are the political attention-seekers who wear their religion like a Boy Scout merit badge.
When things are going badly, street corner politi-preachers ratchet up the God-speak, gin-up the faithful into a wild-eyed-snake-handling frenzy, an odd anomaly of Friday Night Lights and the PTL Club.
This month, a disturbing ingredient was added to the religious-political oil and water mixture, when the Texas Renewal Project met in Austin. The TRP is an offshoot of the Texas Restoration Project, the brainchild of Laurence White, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Northwest Houston.
It’s designed to take activist-pastors to a new level, transforming religious congregations into raging pulsating political machines, megaphones for the extreme right. Wealthy donors bankroll these events for pastors and their wives through various foundations, one of which is Houston’s Niemoller Foundation. This is a dangerous and growing element, skirting around the tax-exempt status of churches and religious organizations, blurring the line between church and state.
With their unrestrained worship of the Constitution they realize this, but the cacophony of the cheerleading squads of the political demagoguery drowns out everything else.
All of this cultivates some unpleasant memories of Tomás de Torquemada, the Spanish grand inquisitor, whose mission was to restore Christianity among the people in the late 15th century.
The last hurrah of Texas’ Christian soldiers marching off to war could backfire for the right’s extremists because Texas is a changing cultural-religious landscape with fewer and fewer of its citizens claiming religious beliefs and more Texas newcomers who identify as Hindus, Buddhists and Islamists. Perhaps it means that Texas’ tent revival politics and activist pastor will have a short shelf-life.
Or perhaps, it means that God doesn’t need your help after all.
Sean Hannity is in a bad place. Something has gone terribly wrong with Fox News’s resident meathead. I suggest an intervention, stat.
First of all, he spends a week genuinely ginning up a dangerous situation in Nevada, much as he did a few years back in Florida with the Terri Schiavo case. Then he goes out of his way to pick a fight that he is going to lose, badly and hilariously. And then he he has a chat on his radio show with noted loon David Horowitz and the conversation quickly steps off the platform and onto the bullet train to Crazytown.
HOROWITZ: I think that’s exactly accurate. There’s normal anti-Semitism which has been going on for thousands of years. And this Kansas City shooter, I mean he’s a Klu Klux Klanner, he’s a Democrat — lifelong Democrat, Klu Klux Klan racist and anti-Semite. But he’s obviously been encouraged. The irony of course is that he killed three Christians. Um, obviously encouraged by the American left. Max Blumenthal, who is the misbegotten son of Sidney Blumenthal who worked for the Clintons in the Clinton White House, has written a book filled with Jew hatred about Israel, which this guy read and cited as one of his inspirations.
Of course, ol’ Frazier Cross there has a history of rightist batshittery dating back to the early 1980’s, when Max Blumenthal was three. Sean sat there. nodding like the toy German Shepherd in the back window of the family sedan. The man needs a hug, and a Thorazine the size of a SmartCar.