The Audacity of a Female Game Critic, or “The tumblr post that nearly made me throw my laptop across the room.” (Reblog)

Feminist Frequency • Twitter vs Female Protagonists in Video Games.

Do I even have commentary for this that isn’t a string of curse words? Basically, Anita Sarkeesian over at Feminist Frequency (now on the blogroll!) had the audacity to comment on Twitter the fact that ZERO of the games revealed at E3 had a female protagonist. What she received in response is some of the most vile sexist bullshit that I’ve read in some time, and I couldn’t even make through a third of the tweets she posted. They range from a simple “shut up” or to the tired trope of “wharrrr, feminist agenda!” to the sterotypical “girls don’t play games!” to the oh-so-charming “no one wants games about cooking and cleaning HARHARHAR girls are dumb”.

Sadly, women are still having to fight like hell for even the slightest crumb of respect in the majority of the geek/nerd community, and it seems like the gamer portion of that community is among the worst. The tired cliches of “there are no girl gamers” and “geek girls are all fakers” continue on and on. There’s ZERO logical or factual basis for these claims, and they do nothing but make the community look backwards and idiotic. Tirades like the ones Anita received do little more than cement the image of gamers as entrenched sexist pigs with the social maturity stunted and halted at the adolescent stage hallmarked by a deep insecurity with genital development and resultant fear of the opposite sex. Yes, I’m implying they’re acting like teenage boys with small penises who are terrified of girls.

Grow up, boys. And major points to Anita for her audacity. She’s my hero for the day.

Sharing: A Wonderful Piece on Transphobia and Misgendering, or “This person said this way better than I ever could, so just read it!”

James Nichols: Misidentification and Transphobia: One Musician’s Experiences Touring America.

The above essay is a lengthy one, and it does contain some triggery material. But it’s so beautifully written, and so poignantly covers a very important topic (misgendering) that I really wanted to share it. If you don’t know, misgendering is essentially misidentifying a person’s gender. When it’s an honest mistake, it’s forgivable (though it can still be heartbreaking for transgender people). But often times it’s intentional, either out of ignorance or as a form of verbal violence, and it’s common way trans people are harassed, both overtly and subtly.

Anyway, I hate to say much more, because my clumsy words pale in comparison to this eloquent work. So just give it a read.

What is Penguicon?, or “Where nerds go to play.”

What is Penguicon? » Penguicon 2013.

It’s clearly not a big secret that I’m tremendously nerdy. As a unapologetic nerd/geek, I happen to like to spend time around lots of other folks of the nerd/geek variety. As it turns out, conventions are a pretty amazing place to do exactly that. One of my very favorite cons, Penguicon, happened just a few short weeks ago in Michigan. It combines science fiction, open source computing, an enthusiasm for all things DIY, and a lot of other good geeky fun.

I’ve been going to this particular convention for about 5 years now, and it’s one of the highlights of my year. This year they produced a fantastic video about just what exactly Penguicon is all about. Check it out, and then come join us next year!

1st Edition of the Trans 100, or “I don’t have anything cheeky to say about something this cool.”

The Trans 100 – 2013 Inaugural Edition (U.S.) | We Happy Trans.

This is, without a doubt, one of the best things I’ve read about in weeks. I’m so completely overwhelmed with emotion reading about all of these amazing individuals. WeHappyTrans and This is H.O.W. deserve a tremendous amount of credit for the execution of this idea. The activists of our community do such a critical job, and without them, we’d have very little hope for progress for the trans community. I wish I had the chance to give a huge hug to every single one of them. It’s about time that we honored our own! While I don’t think I’ll ever quite be working hard enough to earn such an incredible honor, it does give me a kick in my rear end to be more advocative for myself, and for the transgender community as a whole. My heart and my thanks goes out to every Trans 100 honoree, and to all the activists giving their all to make life just a little bit easier for all of us.