Female Characters: A No-Win Situation
  • Female character: I love him!
  • Audience: Ugh, she's so annoying. All she does is think about him. She's such a weak character/mary sue/dependent/needy chick. I hope they get rid of her.
  • Female character: I hate him!
  • Audience: Wow, she's so heartless. After all he's done for her. She's such a bitch/diva/ice queen. I hope they get rid of her.

Anonymous asked: "Psst! Don't tell anyone, but you seem to have a typo in your FAQ: "mroe relevant" :)"

Don’t you know mroe is a very fancy schmancy author word? 

Just kidding. Gosh. That’s embarrassing.  Everyone go look at it before we have the mental fortitude to edit the page. 


So throw away your prodigal sons; They probably spent all of your money, anyway!


smashsurvey:

DOES OUR MEDIA CARE ABOUT THE DEATHS OF IMPORTANT WOMEN? Last December, Mother Jones ran a piece on the gender ratio of newspaper obituaries called Newspapers Don’t Care When Notable Women Die [link here]. “Big papers’ lists of significant deaths in 2012 overwhelmingly feature men,” wrote Dana Liebelson, “And lest you think this is some kind of freak 2012 phenomenon, the New York Times has consistently listed many more men than women over the last five years.”

Since that article went up, not much has changed. What does this mean for the value we put on the lives and achievements of women? Or, alternatively, what does it say about the men we put in charge of assigning that value (like Bill McDonald, editor of obituaries for the Times)? Read more about this topic here.

[Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. ]


smashsurvey:

Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularly,how do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is effecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 


That not all men are piggy, only some; that not all men belittle me, only some; that not all men get mad if you won’t let them play Chivalry, only some; that not all men write books in which women are idiots, only most; that not all men pull rank on me, only some; that not all men pinch their secretaries’ asses, only some; that not all men make obscene remarks to me in the street, only some; that not all men make more money than I do, only some; that not all men make more money than all women, only most; that not all men are rapists, only some; that not all men are promiscuous killers, only some; that not all men control Congress, the Presidency, the police, the army, industry, agriculture, law, science, medicine, architecture, and local government, only some.

I sat down on the lawn and wept.

Joanna Russ
To reject complaints about sexism and the representation, treatment, and struggles of women based on every individual nice guy’s perceived innocence hurts the people these men pretend never to have discriminated against. Their guilty conscious is not more important. That we even for a moment think it is is part of the problem.